Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse with Dark Chocolate

June 13, 2012

in Nut Butter, Other Desserts

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse

Oh man, do I have a recipe for you. As much as I love raw veggies, fruit smoothies, and mixed drinks, chocolate is the key to my heart.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse with Dark Chocolate

Aaron’s birthday is coming up in a couple of days (29! how did that even happen?!), and fortunately, chocolate is also the key to his heart. Well, one of them. Things like scotch and coffee rank right up there too. Oh, and peanut butter. Only in the last few years have I appreciated the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, but it’s one of Aaron’s favorites. Rest assured, if there’s some sort of peanut butter chocolate dessert on a menu, he will order it. And I will say I’m too full to order my own and then proceed to eat half of his. He loves this about me.

No-Bake Peanut Butter Mousse

I knew I wanted to make him some sort of chocolate peanut butter dessert for his birthday, but I wasn’t sure if I should bake cupcakes, a full-on cake, some sort of pie…and then I remembered Sally’s raw vegan chocolate mousse. I raved about this mousse once before – it. is. awesome. The ingredients are simple, the process is easy, and the result is insanely decadent without tons of added sugar or processed ingredients.

I got to work adapting her recipe, subbing peanuts for cashews and adding in extra cocoa powder (among other small changes). But then I thought – what if I covered the whole thing in homemade chocolate? Bingo.

Peanut Butter Mousse with Dark Chocolate Topping

It’s like a peanut butter chocolate cheesecake filling meets a peanut butter cup meets that chocolate magic shell we loved so much as kids. Need I say more?

Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse

No-Bake Peanut Butter Chocolate Mousse with Dark Chocolate Topping
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Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
For the Mousse:
  • 1 C. Peanuts, soaked for 4 hours and drained
  • ½ C. Water
  • ¼ C. Cocoa Powder
  • 1½ Tbs. Agave
  • 1½ Tbs. Maple Syrup
  • 1½ Tbs. Creamy Peanut Butter (salted or unsalted)
  • 1 Tbs. Coconut Oil, melted
  • ½ Tsp. Vanilla Bean Paste or Extract
For the Chocolate Topping:
  • 6 Tbs. Cocoa Powder
  • 2 Tbs. Coconut Oil, melted*
  • Sweetener to Taste (I used 15 drops of liquid Stevia)
  • Finishing Salt or Sea Salt & Fresh Raspberries for Garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all of the ingredients for the mousse in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Process the mixture for about 4 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl every so often.
  3. Portion the mousse into 4 small dishes and place them in the fridge while you prepare the topping.
  4. For the chocolate, stir the melted coconut oil and cocoa powder together until no lumps remain. Add the sweetener to taste and stir again.
  5. Pour approximately 1½ Tbs. of the chocolate over each dish of mousse and return to the fridge for about 15 minutes to allow the chocolate topping to harden slightly.
  6. Sprinkle with finishing salt or sea salt (optional), then place the mousse back in the fridge for at least 30 more minutes until the mousse has chilled and thickened.
  7. Top with a fresh raspberry for a pop of color and enjoy!
Notes
*I received some feedback that the chocolate topping can be a bit crumbly, which is certainly not ideal. The ratio listed in the recipe is one that works for me (I make it several times a week when I have a chocolate craving!), but it’s key to use level tablespoons of the cocoa powder. If you find that the topping is still too thick, I recommend adding an additional 1-2 Tbs. of melted coconut oil until the texture is similar to chocolate syrup.

 

Happy (early) Birthday, Aaron! Can you believe we met around this time twelve years ago?! Time flies.

 

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Amy @Macncheesenpeas June 13, 2012 at 3:20 pm

This looks amazing! and Happy Birthday to your hubby!

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Amanda June 13, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Thanks, Amy!

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Caitlin June 13, 2012 at 3:21 pm

omigosh, what a delicious dessert! i love that you SOAKED peanuts for the mousse! i have never seen that before! i love peanut butter more than almost anything, so this is the perfect dessert for me.

happy birthday to aaron!

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Amanda June 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm

I hadn’t seen soaked peanuts either, but it worked!

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Michelle Collins June 13, 2012 at 4:46 pm

I love the combination of chocolate with peanut butter! This mousse looks bomb dot com.

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Amanda June 13, 2012 at 5:07 pm

haha Thanks, Michelle!

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Jennifer S June 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm

This is destiny, I say! Today is my Hubby’s birthday (the big 35!), and I’ve been scouring the interwebs looking for something perfect for his birthday dessert. Chocolate and peanut butter is his favorite combination, and this will be perfect! I’ll even have time to soak the peanuts because he doesn’t get home until 1:0o a.m. Can’t wait to taste this!

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Amanda June 13, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Happy birthday to your husband! Aaron and I loved this dessert – I hope you guys do too!

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Elina (Healthy and Sane) June 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

I need this mousse in my life. Looks amazing. And happy birthday to Aaron. My husband and I met 12 years ago too – it’s so weird to realize since I think we are still pretty young. :)

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Amanda June 14, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Thanks, Elina! I like to think we’re still pretty young too. :)

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Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau June 14, 2012 at 8:55 pm

As I live and breathe. . . .there is no way this mousse would make past one afternoon under my supervision. No way.

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Amanda June 14, 2012 at 11:37 pm

haha It lasted nearly 4 days at my house, which is kind of a miracle. And that’s only because it got lost behind a giant head of cauliflower.

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lauren @ the talking kitchen June 15, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Wow! I’ve been craving chocolate and this looks ridiculous! Thanks for the recipe!

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Nicole, RD June 20, 2012 at 10:07 pm

This sounds divine!! That chocolate topping :)

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Amanda June 21, 2012 at 8:57 am

Thanks, Nicole! The chocolate topping by itself makes for a really good dessert. :)

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Sarah July 20, 2012 at 12:49 pm

This is yummy, but it’s not even close to mousse. It’s more like chocolate chunky peanut butter.

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Amanda July 20, 2012 at 12:55 pm

I didn’t find it to be like peanut butter in texture. More like a rich peanut butter cheesecake filling, but I’ve been eating raw desserts for a while, so perhaps my tastes are skewed! Glad you liked it, regardless. :) It’s hard to go wrong with peanuts and chocolate!

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Katie August 1, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Mmm looks so rich and creamy! I’m not a big coconut fan… is it a noticeable flavor in the end mousse?

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Amanda August 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Hey Katie! You could use a refined coconut oil to avoid a coconut flavor. I usually go with unrefined/virgin because I love coconut! :)

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