This Valentine’s Day, say “I love you” with a Health-e-Recipe for Chocolate and Blueberry Tofu Mousse with Sesame Crunch. This elegant dessert uses a secret, undetectable ingredient—silken tofu—to boost its health-protective phytochemicals. Adding still more cancer-fighting power, blueberry syrup lends a tangy taste contrast.
This mousse recipe was developed by Shameer Griffin of Philadelphia, PA, who won second place in the Healthy Dessert Contest hosted by AICR and the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (CCAP), which helps high school students who aspire to be chefs.
The finished dessert looks 5-star-restaurant quality, but making it is actually simple. The mousse of almond milk, chocolate, vanilla extract and tofu takes 10 minutes or less to blend; then just chill for an hour. The blueberry syrup and sesame crunch each take about 20 minutes, but you can make them while the mousse chills.
Each serving contains only 280 calories and 6 grams of saturated fat (14 grams of total fat). Compare that to traditional mousse made with heavy cream and egg yolks (a load of saturated fat) that can weigh in at nearly 400 calories and 19 grams of fat (32 grams of total fat) per 6-ounce serving.
Well, okay, our mousse isn’t exactly low in fat, but it’s a big improvement! To cut the fat even more, skip the sesame crunch and save 9 grams of total fat (to get only 5 grams) and 50 calories (to get 230 calories) per serving of this dessert. Sesame seeds have a high oil content and therefore substantial calories.
Since the ancient Aztecs drank cocoa with hot peppers, chocolate has been a valued commodity. Today’s variety of chocolate candy was invented in the early 19th century. When you buy chocolate, remember the darker the chocolate you choose, the less fat content and more healthy phytochemical flavonoids you’ll get from the cocoa.
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