Once I finished my work at the hospital today, I was craving something sweet. The entire way home, I contemplated if I should make cookies or not. Basically, the debate was over making something healthy like a fruit bowl vs. buttery, fattening, no-good-for-you cookies that I wanted so badly!) to satisfy my craving for sweets. Usually when I crave an unhealthy dessert, I try searching the web for a lower fat version. After an unsuccessful search for a low-fat cookie recipe (I couldn’t convince myself cutting the calories was worth ending up with for a suboptimal taste), somehow my mind went to chocolate mousse. I know what you are thinking. Mousse is way worse for you than cookies! All of that heavy cream…arrghhh. I thought, no way is there a low-fat mousse recipe out there, but I gave it a shot and searched for one anyway.
I found a recipe by Ellie Krieger, and immediately I thought to myself, “Ellie Krieger has a mousse recipe?!…it must be low fat!!” I was right – she used TOFU of all things as the base. Just like the black bean brownies I tried the other day, I was really skeptical about using tofu for mousse. Her recipe has so many high reviews, I just had to give it a try. I used even less sugar than she did, and it came out perfect. I was completely amazed. I don’t think I will ever make mousse the traditional way again – who needs all of that fattening heavy cream when you can’t even tell the difference swapping it with tofu? It was so easy too, the hardest part is waiting for it to chill (I didn’t and it was still amazing!). You seriously have to try this…
- 6 ounces tofu, drained and cubed
- 3 ounces semi-sweet Baker's chocolate, chopped
- 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- Light whipped cream for topping, if desired
- In a blender, pulse tofu until smooth.
- Add chocolate and sugar to a small bowl and microwave for 30 seconds x3 (or until melted). Do not microwave all at once without taking breaks or it may burn.
- Transfer the chocolate to the blender and add the cocoa powder.
- Blend until smooth.
- Transfer to dessert dishes and chill for 1 hour.
- Top with light whipped cream and dark chocolate shavings if desired.
Recipe adapted from Ellie Krieger, Dark Chocolate Mousse, 2005
I love those glass dessert cups! Great dessert!
I have been on a super healthy kick lately as well and I am amazed at how many different ways you can use tofu! It’s like a miracle ingredient.
Chocolate mousse is one of my absolute favorite desserts! It’s right up there with creme brulee 🙂 I’ve done a healthier version of chocolate mousse using avocado a few times with great results, but I’ve never tried it with tofu. I’ll definitely have to give this one a try.
I have to work with tofu, but your chocolate mousse is making me change my mind. It looks amazing! What a great idea!!
Looks just as delicious as full fat 😀
Wow that’s awesome! I saw tofu being used in tiramisu before, but this is the first one I’ve seen in chocolate mousse. I can just imagine the light silliness of this.
I meant “silkiness”..not “silliness” lol. Damn autocorrect.
This looking so light and silky might make for some silliness at snack or dessert time in my house….
It looks rich and fattening. Hard to believe it’s made of tofu! You’ve done a great job of the presentation – it looks gorgeous in those glasses xx
So cool!!! I def. need to try this!
Who knew you could do that?! Crazy! But Im willing to try it! Looks incredible!! 😀
Tofu in mousse? I haven’t tried it before, but it sounds like it could work! I was completely aghast when my baker friend revealed that they used tofu to make their addictive fudgy chocolate frosting for their cupcakes. That’s next on my list of tofu sweets and desserts to try!
this is an awesome idea!! cut out the sugar and it will be perfect (add some sweetener since im on a low carb regimine)
I ended up blending nutella and vanilla extract with the tofu in order to save some time (I didn’t have any Baker’s chocolate either) and because who doesn’t love hazelnut?
Oooh that sounds so yummy!
I’ve had something similar before – really great flavor! Tofu never tasted better!
I got so excited when I saw this last week that I went out to buy the ingredients right away. Just curious, what kind of tofu did you use? Mine came out much firmer than I would have liked and didn’t even need to be cooled, because it was already in sold form. Please let me know when you get a chance!
Hi Caitlin! I used tofu from Trader Joes, just the firm one. Actually, Ellie uses “silk Tofu” in her recipe, so I bet that would make the consistency more like what you want! 🙂
eek! i meant to give it 5 stars but it didn’t work for some reason. sorry about that!
Would you happen to know how many calories is in each dessert?
I added all of the ingredients to CalorieKing.com, and I came out with 200 calories per serving (this recipe makes four servings).
They lost me at tofu.
Your loss. This is a great recipe.
did you blend it using blender / mixer?
This the best recipe yet! Love the thickness of it.