i have an obsession with peanut butter. it's a down right addiction to be completely honest. i absolutely love it and i find a way to incorporate peanut butter into just about everything. peanut butter is so versatile, you can use it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, desserts, and beverages!
without a doubt, chocolate and peanut butter are an amazing combination. the two were made for each other. over the weekend i had a craving for chocolate mousse and something with peanut butter, so i decided to make some chocolate peanut butter mousse for dessert. instead of making a traditional mousse, i skipped the dairy and the eggs to make a vegan version. the result was an incredible dessert that was just as light, fluffy, and flavorful as it's non-vegan counterpart.
this delicious mousse could be served as a stand-alone dessert, or it could be used as a dip or even as a frosting. clever treat! needless to say, i'm hooked. who says vegan food isn't fun? ;-)
chocolate peanut butter mousse
prep time: 5 minutes
chill time: 1 hour
yields: 4 servings
1 can (14 oz.) coconut cream, chilled
3 tablespoons all-natural smooth peanut butter, room temperature
1 tablespoon all-natural unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons agave nectar
in the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk the coconut cream until light and fluffy (about 1 minute). all the peanut butter and whisk together until incorporated (about 1 minute). whisk in the cocoa powder and agave nectar until incorporated. add additional peanut butter, cocoa powder, and/or sweetener to reach desired taste. to enjoy as a mousse, divide the mixture among 4 small cups and refrigerate for 1 hour to firm up before serving. to use as a frosting, use immediately.
be sure to use coconut cream instead of coconut milk. there is a difference. coconut cream is creamier and thicker than coconut milk and it has a different fat make-up. my favorite brand of coconut cream is trader joe's. also, my favorite all-natural peanut butter is smucker's because the only ingredients are peanuts. i love both the creamy and the chunky.