Quick Chocolate Mousse Tarts

From An Opera Singer in the Kitchen

Great raw and vegan dessert that I prepared last night that only took 15 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to chill. I halved the recipe to make 2 small tarts, one for Ryan and one for myself. Ryan devoured his in 7 minutes and I decided to save half for the next day. This chocolate mousse was actually very rich and decadent and not cooked and with no eggs or milk.

This recipe was my first raw recipe to make. What it raw? When all the ingredients are not cooked but used in its natural form. Unbelieveable that one can make a gourmet dessert with natural ingredients! I have to say that I was skeptical at first with the ingredients that were listed on this recipe but since I have been stayin away from white sugar I wanted to make REALLY good with no guilt or ramifications. You know what I mean?
I was chatting with another foodie and we agreed this would be a great Valentine’s recipe next month. Try it and you will be suprised! Remember, I halved the recipe for 2 small tarts but I am giving you the original recipe.

Shortbread Crust

Yield: 2 1/2 cups (enough for one 9-inch pie or tart)

1 cup unsweetened shredded dried coconut
1 cup raw walnuts
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 pitted medjool dates

Place the coconut, walnuts, and salt in a food processor fitted with the S blade. Process until finely ground. Add the dates and process until the mixture begins to stick together. Don’t overprocess.

Stored in a sealed container, Shortbread Crust will keep for 1 month in the refrigerator or for 3 months in the freezer. The crust doesn’t need to be thawed before using.

Chocolate Mousse

Yield: 2 cups, 4-6 servings

1/2 cup pitted medjool dates, soaked
1/2 cup pure maple syrup or agave nectar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1 1/2 cups mashed avocado (3 avocados)
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa or carob powder
1/2 cup water

Place the dates, maple syrup, and optional vanilla in a food processor fitted with the S blade and process until smooth. Add the avocado and cocoa powder and process until creamy. Stop occasionally to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Add the water and process briefly. Stored in a sealed container, Chocolate Mousse will keep for three days in the refrigerator or two weeks in the freezer. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
  • http://www.dairyfreebetty.com/ Jessica@Dairy Freey Betty

    MMMMMMMMMmm that sounds good!! and it’s soo beautiful!

    Thanks for emailing me, I haven’t been checking my google reader at all, but I’m missing some of my favorite bloggies!! :)

  • http://freecoconutrecipes.blogspot.com/ Sarah

    That does sound and look SO good! Yum.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/07073984731642037393 Tasty Eats At Home

    Also gluten-free! This is an amazing sounding dessert. I’m definitely going to make it soon!

  • http://www.simplysugarandglutenfree.com/ Amy @ SS&GF

    I made a dessert much like this one for Christmas and it was fantastic. My husband loved it. The walnut crust is perfect with the chocolate mousse.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/09882059098022072326 Isabelle

    It’s almost impossible to believe anything that looks this sinful and decadent could possibly be vegan. And a very unexpected use for avocado, too!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/13236777533457006312 ncl117

    wow these look incredible – and raw and vegan! yum!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16932360983765353619 Kelly

    That looks great! This could make me a raw food fan. Seriously!

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02712270785057036417 Vegan Fox

    This looks delicious! Avocado makes for some creamy, fantastic raw desserts…