Aquafaba Chocolate Orange Mousse

Have you heard the word? The cool new ingredient on the street is aquafaba. I’m sure all you vegan foodies have been using this for yonks to whip up perfect eggless meringues. I’m probably a wee bit fashionably late to the party, but I’m so happy I’ve finally made it! I guess I was always a bit sceptical that the gloopy water out of a can of chickpeas would actually whip up into soft glossy peaks. Turns out, it actually does! Wow.

Today I have been messing around in the kitchen and I thought I would try my hand at making aquafaba chocolate orange mousse for my pleasure and yours too! I got my mitts on my ingredients and set to work melting my chocolate and whipping my chickpea water. I literally could not believe my eyes as the murky chickpea water turned into a bowl of soft foamy clouds.

With no cooking required I have decided this is the perfect recipe to have up my sleeve for the van dwelling days that lie ahead of me this summer.

To make this delicious treat you will need;

  • Water from one can of chickpeas (Make sure it is just water!! Some contain salt!)
  • 125g dark chocolate
  • Zest from one orange
  • A pinch of sea salt
  • 1-2 tbsp Maple syrup

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Get a friend to check your aquafaba is not poisoned! 

This is one of the easiest recipes I have ever made.

Step 1; melt the chocolate in a bain marie or in the microwave in 20 second bursts, stirring in between. Add the zest, salt and maple syrup and set aside to cool down a little.

Step 2; whip the chickpea water with an electric whisk until the whisk leaves a trail and soft peaks form.

Step 3; carefully fold the chocolate into the chickpea water cloud.

Step 4; refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Deliciousness takes time!

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Enjoy this dessert with friends, on a sunny afternoon or a cosy evening by the fire. The bubbly texture is absolutely divine, I am sure this will be a firm favourite of mine whatever the occasion.

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I savoured mine in the sunshine whilst pondering life and lingering over a cup of chai. Some things my little brain have been pondering today are; what my 15 year old self would think of my current 26 year old self, cosmic insignificance, the fact that I am soon to be ‘of no fixed address’ and I think I am OK with that. That it’s really difficult to escape from the rent trap (especially in Bristol). That I know some very incredible, wonderful and inspiring humans. That I am exactly where I am meant to be. That maybe I’d like to study some more.

Questions for you;

  • What have you made with aquafaba?
  • What would be your choice of chocolate mousse flavour?
  • What do you think about when your mind is left to wander?

Peace,

Olivia ♥

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