Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Dark Chocolate Orange Tofu Mousse

Non-dairy, creamy, rich, dark chocolate orange mousse. Yes, it does exist. 

I feel like tofu can be really divisive. There's the "I love tofu" camp, and the "that's the ickiest food ever" camp. A lot of times people are turned off by its texture - and hey, I get it - it's white, slimy, and flavorless - it's not the snugly teddy bear of foods. But those qualities can be a total plus - it's a blank slate! You can marinate it, and give it whatever flavor you want. You can grill it or bake it, and change the color and consistency. You can blend it into drinks and desserts to add a creamy texture without messing up the flavor. See? Glass just went from half empty, to half full.

I just joined a really cool group of health-focused bloggers called the Recipe ReDux. Each month, we're all given a theme, and we each create a different recipe based on that theme. We post them on the same day every month, so you get a lot of recipe options to choose from - all of them designed to be both delicious and healthy. This month, the theme was a chocolate recipe in which the chocolate complements other heart healthy, "good for you" foods. It was thought up by the lovely ladies over at Meal Makeover Moms. My recipe includes tofu (heart healthy soybeans) and oranges (a fruit with lots of fiber), and excludes cream (high in saturated fat). Dark chocolate itself has antioxidants that fight free radicals, which cause cell damage, and may help lower blood pressure. One study showed that milk may interfere with how your body absorbs those antioxidants, but you don't have to worry about milk in this recipe - we use tofu to get a creamy consistency. Topping with whipped cream is up to you, but this recipe could be easily non-dairy by omitting the whipped cream, or using a vegan alternative. 

As you know, I love a good presentation, so I scooped out the center of an orange, used the juice for flavor, and spooned the mousse inside. As the mousse chills, it takes on even more of the orange flavor. 

Dark Chocolate Orange Tofu Mousse 
(makes 2)
Ingredients:
2 navel oranges, hollowed out & juice reserved
12 oz silken tofu, drained
3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped (or 3/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
whipped cream (optional) 
orange peel shavings to garnish (optional)

1. Melt chocolate in the microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring in between until chocolate is almost completely melted. Stir to dissolve the last bits.
2. Puree 12 ounces of drained tofu with 2 tablespoons of reserved orange juice, melted chocolate, and vanilla extract. A mini food processor is great here, but a blender or immersion blender will work too.
3. Spoon mousse into orange cups and refrigerate, at least one hour.
4. Before serving, top with whipped cream (optional), and garnish with chocolate shavings and orange peel shavings (optional). 


16 comments:

  1. Perfect timing on this one. I just put tofu on the shopping list for the first time and this will be the way to convert my husband.

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  2. I love it, Susan! Let me know how it goes :-)

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  3. Like the way you served this up! So unique!

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  4. I love the orange as the vessel. I do not know what you think but I could not taste the tofu AT ALL. This is a crowd pleaser for sure.
    Gabriella newutrition.wordpress.com

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    1. I couldn't either! Just tasted like chocolate to me :-) Thanks Gabriella!

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  5. I'm pro-tofu (as is my husband), and how cute is the mousse-in-orange photo?! I'll definitely try your recipe.

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  6. One of my most favored foods is a chocolate covered orange peel from a chocolatier in Vermont... this sounds like the perfect alternative!

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    1. Oh yum...what chocolatier? I'm a huge fan of Vermont - I spent some time in Burlington and fell in love! :-)

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  7. So simple, and what a lovely photo and presentation. Chocolate and silken tofu are a great combo for desserts. I can't wait to try this ...

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    1. Thank you Liz!!! Thrilled you stopped by my site - I LOVE Meal Makeover Moms!

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  8. Wow this looks amazing! Love the photo, great shot! Will definitely share this on my FB page. Too good not to share.

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  9. Thank you - that's so great of you!! I really appreciate your spreading the word, and hope people enjoy the recipe :-)

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