Is it possible to create a chocolate decadent dessert without using any grain, dairy, eggs, or sugar? If you don’t think it is possible this recipe will change your mind. My Chocolate Mousse Cake is truly allergy friendly, unless you are allergic to tree nuts, and in that case I am so sorry, because this has to be one of the most delicious allergy-free desserts I have ever made! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this may be the perfect dessert for that special someone in your life, and if there’s not a special someone, then that special someone is you, so indulge!
My hubby & I are continuing to celebrate our 30th year of marriage. For Valentine’s Day, actually the week leading up, we are attending a marriage conference cruise via Family Life called Love Like You Mean It; a time to relax, refocus, and enjoy a little romance. In this picture below we are standing among the ruins of Ephesus in Turkey. Thankfully our marriage isn’t in ruins but I can tell you it has taken a lot of hard work to keep it that way. Faith, family and forgiveness are a few of the key components! I love this man and am especially thankful that he enjoys eating my gluten-free creations, even when occasionally they’re not blog worthy. And yes, I have had plenty of those through the years! He gently says, this probably isn’t my favorite, which is code for I wouldn’t be disappointed if you never made this again. Haha, he doesn’t say that often but when he does, most of the time I am in agreement.
Before I had him taste my new Chocolate Mousse Cake I told him it had no grains, no dairy (including butter), no eggs, and no sugar. Can you call that dessert? he asked. But after one bite he said, People are going to love this! I had him try to guess what was in it. I told him there was a surprise ingredient that he might not figure out. And I was right, he didn’t come anywhere close. When I told him I used an avocado, he was amazed. He took another bite. I can’t taste it at all! he said. Yep, the cocoa powder and other ingredients completely mask the avocado flavor. Don’t get me wrong, I love avocado, but avocado and chocolate? Who would have thought those two could go together so well?! This recipe is adapted from The Comfy Belly, which uses hazelnuts in place of the avocado. If you decide to try this option, just note the hazelnuts must be soaked for several hours before grinding into a paste. I personally love the creamy texture the avocado gives.
The avocado produces this rich, silky texture that is absolutely perfect for the filling. I can’t wait for you to try this dessert. And don’t let the finished picture fool you. It may look like it’s difficult to make but it is quite easy. The great part is your guests or family members will be amazed! My hubby also said it was restaurant quality, which is quite a compliment. You see why I love this Man?
I used English muffin rings for my mold but I was thinking a large heart-shaped cookie cutter would be so great for Valentine’s Day. I just couldn’t find mine. I scoured through my cupboards but no luck. I got rid of a lot of kitchen gadgets and utensils last year and somehow my heart-shaped cookie cutter may have found its way into the wrong box. But I soon came across the English muffin rings and knew those would work for making an individual size Chocolate Mousse Cake. If you have a small spring-form pan, that would work great too.
A spring form pan has a release latch that naturally pulls the form away from the sides but English muffin rings do not, so I used a knife to run around the edges before lifting the ring off.
After making your ganache, spoon a large amount on the top, then drag the ganache toward the edge with a knife or the back of a spoon, allowing it to spill over and pool slightly around the edges.
This is a very rich dessert. We shared one and still were unable to finish it all. If not for Valentine’s Day, I hope you get a wonderful excuse to make this sometime soon. Just remember to plan ahead because it goes into the freezer for a total of at least two hours. It is the perfect dessert to make the night before a dinner party though.
This recipe was shared on the following blogs: TheChickenChick