Vegan Chocolate Orange Mousse Cake

I have got such a creamy and velvety smooth chocolate dessert to share with you today. As a general rule I try to have vegan desserts as we avoid dairy in our house. I like that they are filled with natural, raw goodness rather than anything artificial. I like to go by the rule of ‘if I can’t pronounce it, then I shouldn’t eat it’.

The creamy chocolate mousse is made from cacao, orange zest, maple syrup and avocados. Yes you read that correctly, avocados! You can’t tell that it is used but it just makes the mousse so smooth and gorgeous. My kids wolfed this down – they couldn’t tell the difference and just thought it was regular chocolate.

There is no added sugar – it just has sweetness from maple syrup and dates.  It is gluten-free, refined sugar-free and dairy free. Hence the vegan part in the title I suppose 😉

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Ingredients

For the Base:

  • 150g ground almonds
  • 150g ground cashews
  • 150g pitted medjool dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (alcohol free)

For the Mousse:

  • 2 avocados
  • 3 tbsp maple syrup
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 30g cacao powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract (alcohol free)

Method

  1. If you haven’t got ground almonds, then place the nuts in a food processor (or a strong blender) and mix until they are finely ground.
  2. Put the dates, vanilla and the ground nuts in a food processor and blend until it forms a nice gooey dough.
  3. Place the gooey date mixture in the bottom of a pie dish or baking tray. Compact it down the back of a spoon, until smooth.
  4. For the mousse, place all of the mousse ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth. Pour over the base mixture and smooth it all out.
  5. You could leave it plain or decorate with some fruit or nuts. Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.

Enjoy! It is very rich so you don’t need a lot of it. It can keep in the fridge for around 4 days and it freezes like a dream too.

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16 Comments

  1. 16th February 2016 / 1:44 pm

    I’m really determined to start making some healthier raw bakes. I love baking just think I need to step out of my comfort zone and try some new ideas. This looks delicious xx
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  2. 16th February 2016 / 1:54 pm

    My boyfriend is vegan, so we always struggle when it comes to desserts. This is a great recipe idea, I shall definitely bookmark to give it a try for him x
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  3. 17th February 2016 / 7:49 am

    That looks super yummy! I’ve only tried a vegan recipe once – and I didn’t rate it, but that was a pasta dish… I might have to try something different next time x
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  4. don erwood
    18th February 2016 / 5:52 pm

    Looks fab, I shall give this one a whirl.

  5. ashleigh allan
    19th February 2016 / 7:07 am

    looks delicious

  6. 19th February 2016 / 8:21 am

    wow this looks amazing. My friend is vegan so I will be passing this on to her to try x

  7. Kat Glynn
    19th February 2016 / 4:35 pm

    That looks lovely, i will have to try it out on some of my vegan friends x

  8. Darrell
    20th February 2016 / 4:35 am

    Love the sound of this. But not a lover of dates, so will try it without the dates. Thanks for the recipe

  9. karen salisbury
    20th February 2016 / 11:10 am

    this is a great 1

  10. Megan Adams
    21st February 2016 / 4:37 pm

    This looks really yummy! I love that it uses cacoa powder which seems healthier than cocoa powder. Definitely one for me to try.

  11. 21st February 2016 / 5:34 pm

    I don’t eat gluten free etc but I’m always intrigued to see how these recipes turn out and if the taste is any different. Looks so yummy x
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  12. 22nd February 2016 / 11:47 am

    Looks and sounds delicious, I would never have thought about using avocardo in a desert.

  13. Amanda Tanner
    24th February 2016 / 4:27 pm

    Looks amazing I’ve pinned it in case I get time to make it

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