Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate-Quinoa Topping

A simple dairy-free chocolate mousse with a chocolatey-quinoa topping - perfect for Valentine's Day!Valentine’s day = chocolate. Right?

That’s what we’re told our entire lives. From that first Valentine’s day in kindergarten, where everyone trades cards and the teachers hand out little chocolate hearts, to your first true celebration with the person that you love and you open that box of fancy truffles.

Chocolate just comes with the territory.

A simple dairy-free chocolate mousse with a chocolatey-quinoa topping - perfect for Valentine's Day!

When you live in NYC, where there so many different restaurants to choose from, how can you decide on the perfect way to spend your Valentine’s day? We could plan an elaborate night out where we have a 10-course chef’s tasting menu. We could go see a show. We could have a romantic night on the town. We could go out dancing.

Or we could get take-out pizza from our most favorite restaurant (which has the best gluten-free pizza I have ever eaten), get a nice bottle of wine, snuggle on the couch and watch a movie.

I’ll give you one guess what we’re actually doing  ;)

 A simple dairy-free chocolate mousse with a chocolatey-quinoa topping - perfect for Valentine's Day!

And what would a perfect Valentine’s meal be without a little chocolate? I think a silky-smooth, dairy-free chocolate mousse is in order, what about you?

If you’re a chocolate fan, you’re going to freak over this mousse. It’s so delicious, so rich, so creamy, and so dairy-free. Typical chocolate mousse is loaded with heavy cream and butter, but this time we’re going the coconut route – coconut milk and coconut oil. (And let’s just say…chocolate and coconut make the perfect pair)

I know some people shy away from using full-fat coconut milk in their recipes because it’s so high in fat. It’s true, and if you’re trying to watch your fat intake, I still believe that you can enjoy this recipe, just in moderation of course :)

A simple dairy-free chocolate mousse with a chocolatey-quinoa topping - perfect for Valentine's Day!Coconut is a saturated fat, much like other animal fats like butter and lard. Saturated fats have gotten a bad rap in the health industry, as contributors to heart disease and increased cholesterol. For a while, coconut oil was lumped into this bunch and people stayed away from it, including coconut milk, butter and oil.

But recent studies and research have showed that plant-based fats, like coconut, may even have positive impacts on cholesterol and may not raise your risk of heart disease.

What makes coconut a truly shining star however is the other types of fat it has (MCTs or medium chain triglycerides) which are actually more easily burned in your body and are less likely to be turned into fat. So yeah, coconut is okay. And it’s super, super yummy.

And it makes this mousse sensational.

It’s dense – not a light and fluffy mouse – without being too rich, but it’s so decadent and perfect for your elegant Valentine’s celebration. Ready to delight your tastebuds?

p.s. I totally love you.

p.s.s. those little red things are goji berries – this is my first time ever buying them and they’re delicious! (if you want to try them, you can get 15% off using this link!)

Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate-Quinoa Topping

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Break up / chop chocolate and add to a heat proof bowl. Add coconut oil and set aside.
  2. Bring coconut milk, salt and honey (if using) to a boil. Simmer for 1 minute.
  3. Pour over chocolate, let sit for two minutes, then whisk until chocolate is fully melted.
  4. Transfer to four small ramekins and refrigerate for at least two hours.
  5. When ready to serve, remove ramekins from fridge and let stand while you make the whipped cream and quinoa topping.
  6. For the whipped cream: Mash strawberries until smooth. Add strawberries and coconut cream to a bowl. Beat until stiff peeks form.
  7. For the quinoa topping: Toss quinoa and cocoa powder together in a small bowl.Add maple syrup and mix to combine.
  8. For serving, top each ramekin with some whipped cream, then a little of the quinoa topping.
  9. Enjoy!

Notes

We filled two ramekins, shared one and saved the other for later. If you're having a double date or other couples over, this recipe can easily be doubled, tripled, etc.

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About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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13 Responses to Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse with Chocolate-Quinoa Topping

  1. Kate says:

    What beautiful photographs of your decadent chocolate mousse! I
    I will be making this yummy dessert for sure! Thanks for sharing it
    It looks awesome!! Happy Valetine’s Day!

  2. OMG that chocolate! It looks so sinful…yet is healthy for you. I will definitely have to try this soon! Yum!
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  3. WOW! This looks delicious! And I agree with Meg, your pictures are beautiful :)
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  4. Cat says:

    Oh my I am making this!!! Looks delicious, thank you for sharing.

  5. Susannah says:

    Made this tonight and it was insanely delicious! Can’t wait to make it again and pleasantly surprise people who won’t believe it’s vegan and gluten free. Awesome.

  6. Auggie says:

    Wow! Thanks for the recipe! I really enjoy chocolates ^_^ using coconut milk and adding quinoa makes this a healthy treat.
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