I must confess that Valentine’s Day has never made a whole lot of sense to me. I mean, if you have a “true love,” then why set aside only one day to celebrate… CELEBRATE EVERY DAY, PEOPLE!! And if you don’t, then it seems like a sort of “in-your-face” holiday at best. I’ve long harbored a secret feeling that V-Day is probably just a big marketing scheme of Hallmark…
But before I sound too jaded, I will also confess that I’ve mostly enjoyed this maudlin holiday on the benefits of its chocolate-pushing alone. I know of no other single day that encourages as much giving, receiving, and consuming of chocolate as Valentine’s Day. And I have to admire that!
So in honour of this holiday that you may or may not love to celebrate, I shall give you a gift of chocolate in the form of this vegan chocolate mousse. It takes only 5 minutes and 5 main ingredients to whip up and is perfect whether you’re having a romantic date night at home or rushing out the door to meet your besties for a movie.
Many vegan chocolate mousse recipes call for soft tofu, and they’re good, but maybe you’ve already been-there-done-that in terms of vegan techniques. This recipe uses soaked raw cashews instead of tofu, with amazing results… rich, creamy, decadent mousse with the perfect silky texture in your mouth. I was also able to keep sugar to a minimum by using a flavourful combination of pure maple syrup and coconut sugar, and the only fat comes from the cashews and coconut milk. To keep it vegan, top it with coconut whipped cream, and dress it up with cacao nibs or fresh fruit.
No matter what your feelings are about Valentine’s Day, you’re going to be in love with this chocolate mousse, I promise.
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!