Friday, April 23, 2010

Chocolate Mousse Pie

My husband has been craving a rich decadent dessert something fierce these last few weeks. There have been many hints of this that have come my way. As a surprise I decided to take a variation of his favorite tofu chocolate mousse recipe and turn it into a pie. I assumed if I doubled the chocolate that would make the dessert thick enough to slice . Did it work? You will need to read on to find out (muahaha). Here is what I did:

Chocolate Mousse Pie
Serves 6


¾ cup almonds
6 dates
5 ounces dark chocolate, melted
12.3 ounces silken tofu, firm or extra firm
1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
Cinnamon, to taste
Vanilla, to taste
Sweetener, if necessary


Place the almonds in your food processor and process until they are finely ground. Now add the pitted dates and process until everything is incorporated. Place the crust (almonds and dates) into an 8 inch tart pan and press to evenly cover the bottom and sides of the pan. It helps to use the bottom of flat measuring cup to flatten the crust. The crust will try to stick to the cup. You can either wet the cup with a little water of spray it with canola non stick spray.

Place the chocolate in a microwave safe bowl and microwave on 30% power until it has melted. Place the tofu and melted chocolate in your food processor and process until it is thoroughly combined. Add the flavorings that you desire (I used bourbon, cinnamon and vanilla). Process again to combine. Taste the filling for sweetness; add stevia or agave if necessary. Pour the filling into your crust and refrigerate for at least two hours so the chocolate can set. Serve chilled.

Nutritional Information:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 282.52
Calories From Fat (52%) - 147.31

Total Fat - 17.81g
Saturated Fat - 5.13g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 23.94mg
Potassium - 297.38mg
Total Carbohydrates - 26.15g
Fiber - 4.27g
Sugar - 6.89g
Protein - 9.02g


My poor husband is still suffering through his second piece of pie. He had his first one last night but it was too late to post the recipe, and I couldn’t seem to get a good picture. Tonight’s picture wasn’t much better but I wanted to get this posted. Sorry about the pic.

How does this taste? According my husband it is “Smooth, creamy, and rich with a deep chocolate taste.” Yes, he seems to like it. The texture reminds me of a cross between chocolate ganache and chocolate mousse. Would I make this again? Absolutely! I will keep this recipe tucked away for when my hubby “needs” dessert.

Unrelated note:

Sorry for disappearing again today on you guys. It was one of those days that I have been having a lot of lately. But my schedule is reasonably open for the next week and a half.

Tomorrow we pick up our first tray of wheat grass. I can’t wait to get that home. It will be nice to not have to rely on the frozen wheat grass juice.

It is getting a little late tonight so this will be my only post today. I will check in with you all tomorrow. I hope you are all having a great Friday. TGIF!


  1. i could feel your good spirits through the internet:)

    a question about the tofu

    "12.3 ounces silken tofu, firm or extra firm"

    what brand do you use? its silken but firm?

  2. Good Evening Michelle,

    In this recipe I used Mori Nu organic firm silken tofu. However I have been looking for other brands of tofu so when I change I will let you know.


  3. I really like that it stood up to the test. I make a tofu mousse too and I really like it. It is deeply chocolatey, that spelled right...chocolatey....hmmmm, anyway, takes the cravings away for something bad like double dutch choc. ice cream....Which I am working on making when summer gets here. Can you tell I am tired?

  4. I've been catching up on all of my blog reading since being away, Alicia, and I'm sure that it doesn't surprise you that THIS is your post from the past few days that I'm most drawn to commenting on. YUMMY! (Of course, the Japanese soup and the BBQ caught my eye too, but I can't help but swoon at the chocolate!)


  5. Wow, this turned out gorgeous. I especially like the addition of cinnamon; I love cinnamon with chocolate. The crust looks great.

  6. Brandi,

    Dan is really enjoying the pie. The mean wife that I, he is only getting one slice a day. Somehow that seems like more than enough to me.


    LOL, I am not the slightest bit surprised that this is the post you are drawn to. Your sweet tooth is well known! ;-)


    I think you will enjoy this. It isn't too sweet, so it more like a dark chocolate bar, which I know we both like. The bourbon gives it a little aromatic something that you can detect just as each bite gets to your mouth. Can you tell I like bourbon? LOL.

    talk to you all later,

  7. I'm not vegan but I try to eat whole foods and have an appreciation for raw/vegan food preparation. I really enjoy looking at your blog...I've been lurking for a little while. I really like this recipe and will have to try it. I've made a chocolate pie before using avacado, cocoa, and agave w/ a date and nut crust. It turned out really well too although I think the combination of ingredients and avacado made me have a small allergic made my tongue itch. I normally can eat avacado just fine, but for some reason I couldn't eat more than a couple bites of the pie, so your recipe gives me hope of once again trying another healthy way of making chocolate pie. Thanks for the ideas. :) Also, I'm not sure if you'd be interested in this, but I live in a small town in NC where Halelujah acres resides. They are a ministry (I know, sounds hokey, but lots of people outside the religious realm get supplies from them b/c they sell good stuff) that promotes veganism for healing/health. They have an online store where they sell lots of quality products including this stuff called Barley max (close to wheat grass juice I believe), and they sell it in powder form. It's a little pricey, but the careful process they put it through to keep enzymes intact and the fact that it's organic makes it a pretty popular product around here. Just thought I'd share since you were talking about not really digging the frozen stuff. Here's the website if you'd like to look.
    I took some food classes there once and learned a lot and I adore their raw/vegan cafe. They have recipes on their website too...haven't looked at them though myself. :)

  8. alicia,
    this looks wonderful. how i wish i had a food processor here! i definitely want to try this for my sweet tooth!!! thanks.

  9. Hi Alicia. Oh this sounds wonderful. Like your husband, I do have to limit myself with these decadent treats. I have a baby shower I'm co-hosting in a couple weeks, and am thinking this might be a wonderful addition to the sweets table!


  10. Kim,

    LJ makes a chocolate and avocado mousse I have been meaning to try. Thanks for reminding me to put that on my list.

    I have seen Halelujah acres mentioned somewhere but didn't check it out. Thanks for the link!

    We drink a product called "Green Vibrance" which you can buy at Whole Foods or order thru Amazon. The price of this dried powder is also a little pricey and "grassy" but it seems to mak us feel better. I will check out the Barely Max. Thanks for the suggestion.


    Since you don't have a food processor, how about just making mousse? I know you have a blender. Hope you have a great weekend.


    I understand the sweet tooth problem after living with my hubby so long. He could have eaten the entire pie on the first night. This tastes very rich to me so I can eat a bite a be fine (though Dan can't). Since you are thinking of making this for a baby shower I would probably add a little sweetener to it. Most people would want that.

    You should check out the other mousse recipes I posted. Dan also loves the chocolate and peanut version. The biggest difference between the mousse and pie filling is that the pie filling is intentionally stiffer (from more chocolate) so that it will cut.


  11. Sounds like a great recipe. I'm not much of a chocolate fan, but my family would LOVE this one.

  12. Heather,

    Dan is the chocoholic at our house. One bite of this is enough for me. But if it were lemon ... I would be in big trouble. LOL.

    I make tofu chocolate mousse for all our omni friends. Everyone that has tried it has loved it, even the committed tofu haters. ;-)


  13. Heather,

    Sounds like I need to post a lemon dessert soon! I will suffer just for you. LOL. ;-)


  14. I've been saving this post in my Google Reader since you put it up last week and only now got to read it--WHOAH. Like your hubby, I often have days when I crave a dessert something fierce! This would definitely hit the spot. Sounds amazing!

  15. Ricki,

    Dan loved this. He made it last 6 days. I am shocked he hasn't asked me to make it again yet. Something tells me he will as soon as he feels better. ;-)

    thanks for your kind words,


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