Chocolate Mousse & Berries

Chocolate MousseChocolate craving? I get them every night around 8pm. As much as I will myself to crave grapes or carrot sticks instead, the chocolate continues to haunt me. During one of my recent moments of weakness, I decided to look to Google to expand my soy-free chocolate options. I stumbled upon Bobby Flay’s dark chocolate mousse.

Unfortunately, dairy free whipping cream is hard to come by. So, I’ve adapted this recipe to meet the needs of us soy-free eaters. But, if you’re dairy free, plan on tossing back some Lactaid pills!

 

Ingredients:

1 bag of soy-free, dairy-free chocolate

14 ounces of whipping cream (Flay calls for heavy cream, the whipping cream creates a lighter fluff- personal preference)

3 large egg whites

2 tbsp of sugar

A mix of berries. I prefer raspberries and blueberries.

 

Directions:

Melt the chocolate. I do this by heating water in a small sauce pan. I then put the chocolate in a glass bowl and rest the bowl atop the sauce pan. Heat gradually until the chocolate melts. Don’t try to melt the chocolate directly in a saucepan. Been there- it will burn.

In a medium bowl, whisk the whipping cream until it forms standing peaks. Set aside.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk the egg whites until they form standing peaks. Slowly sprinkle in the sugar while whisking until the eggs are firm.

Fold the melted chocolate into the egg & sugar mixture. Stir gently. Fold the whipped cream into the mixture. Stir slowly until everything is integrated.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least an hour.

When you’re ready to indulge, toss the mousse in something pretty and top with berries!

 

 

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And you thought we couldn’t eat chocolate…

I am two things for certain: a dog person, and a chocolate person. I don’t believe you can be indifferent about either. So, the prospect of eliminating chocolate from my diet killed me. Luckily for us, we don’t have to! Below is a quick and simple recipe for a delicious chocolate dessert.

Ingredients:

Strawberries

Soy-free, dairy-free chocolate chips (http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/chocolate-for-baking/?cat=chocolate_for_baking -Whole Foods carries them!)

1 spoonful of Earth Balance natural buttery spread -Also Whole Foods

Directions:

Rinse and thoroughly dry strawberries.

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Boil a small pot of water.

Put your chocolate chips and butter into a glass bowl.

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Once the pot of water has boiled, turn off the heat and place the glass bowl on top of it. Stir with a spoon until all of the chips and butter have melted.

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Hold the strawberries by their leaves and dip.

Place them on parchment paper to harden and enjoy an hour or two later!

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In the case that you have a chocolate craving you’d prefer to satisfy with less work, buy a chocolate bar! Trader Joe’s carries a milk chocolate candy bar that is soy-free and organic. It is not, however, dairy-free.

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Protein Bar Plug!

On my first date with Brett (boyfriend), I had the dreaded conversation with the server. As it turned out, the restaurant had NOTHING soy-free and only cooked with vegetable oil (always contains soy). I was embarrassingly limited to a cup of fruit. I’m sure Brett thought I was a freak (or an under-eater).

Instead of running for the hills, he texted me promptly Monday morning asking for my email address. Five minutes later, my inbox dinged with an email labeled “Protein Bar” containing only a link. I dismissed it thinking it was literally a bar of protein, something comparable to a granola bar. I later found myself in an awkward position when he asked me on a second date to Protein Bar (yes, a location, not granola). Oops.

When I was first diagnosed with my allergy, I thought for sure fast-food was off the table. Protein Bar is the exception! They are cognizant of all allergies, and incredibly accommodating. I had a burrito (quinoa) and chocolate shake (whey protein, cocoa, and almond milk) on that date! Their food is incredibly healthy and delicious! Try it.

They currently only have locations in D.C. and Chicago. However, they’re spreading rapidly. I suggest writing letters petitioning them to open a location in your city.

Here’s the link: http://www.theproteinbar.com/

And, credit goes to… Brett!