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Chocolate Mousse (no sugar added)

December 22, 2017

This is not a typical chocolate mousse recipe. This is a super easy, kid friendly (no extra sugar added), egg-free version that will not disappoint! It also has a great texture so you don’t have to worry about waiting around for a few hours for it to set like with a classic chocolate mousse.

This is also a great excuse to get the kids helping out in the kitchen<3.

Ingredients
½ c. water
1 t. vanilla extract, paste, or half a vanilla bean scraped
3 dates, pitted
Pinch of salt
2 T. cocoa powder
½ c. 70% dark chocolate, cut into pieces if needed
2 c. heavy cream

Method

  1. In a blender or food processor, blend water, vanilla and dates until it’s as smooth as possible.
  2. Make a double boiler. Fill a medium saucepan with 1-2” of water. Bring the water to a simmer. Find a stainless steel or glass bowl that sits snugly on top of the top without touching the water.
  3. Add your date mixture to the bowl along with the chocolate and cocoa powder. Stir with a rubber spatula until the chocolate is all the way melted. Turn off heat and carefully remove bowl with a dry towel (being careful not to get burned by the bowl or steam). Let cool to room temperature.
  4. Whip heavy cream to stiff peaks. You can do this by hand with a large whisk or with a mixer.
  5. With a rubber spatula, fold melted chocolate mixture into whipped cream. Spoon into ramekins or jars and refrigerate for an hour before serving.

Component in Action
-Use as a dip for fruit
-Layer with fruit and freeze. Slice for a light and airy dessert.
-Spoon into jars and top with shaved chocolate, fruit or nuts.

Kids in the kitchen! Five holiday recipes just for them

December 18, 2017

I remember it like it was yesterday. I had been on hold for almost twenty minutes with a certain shipping company who will remain nameless. At the exact moment the agent came on the line, my two year old stood up and started the show that only occurs when I talk on the phone. He started shaking the maraca, jumping up and down singing Jingle Bells at the top of his lungs. I didn’t even know he had heard the song, let alone memorized it.

A couple days later, he informed me it was Christmas day. It was still November, and it occurred to me that if he was already anticipating the holidays at two years old, then he was certainly old enough to get in on a bit of holiday cooking action. So in the hustle and bustle, pull the kids into the kitchen. Give them an apron, a hand wash, and one more reason to love the holidays. Depending on the age of the kids in your life, some might need more help than others, so I’ll leave that up to you.

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