Hi, my name is Kate and I'm addicted to sweets! Last night, I opened up my fridge, and realized I had some leftover cashews. Since I am in my Follicular Phase, and cashews are on my list of 'Best Foods to Eat', I used this as an excuse to make a tasty dessert!
Cashews are awesome! I know I pointed this out in my last post on vegan cheesecake, but they really are! Being able to create desserts that taste similar to actual cheesecake is pretty fantastic! Another plus? Combining REAL, wholesome ingredients - nothing processed. It really does make me feel better about consuming a sweet treat.
Real maple syrup DOES contain a lot of sugar, but it's sugar in the purest form - a sugar that contains more antioxidants and beneficial nutrients, compared to white sugar. In my opinion, QUALITY is more important than QUANTITY, so I will always choose a natural sweetener, that might be more calories, over a "sugar-free" or "low-calorie" version.
Cacao powder is another wonder, all on its own! Cacao contains high levels of magnesium, calcium, iron and WAY more antioxidants than blueberries! Who knew chocolate could be so healthy?! Since I had a little Dark Chocolate & Blackberry Collagen Peptides (from Vital Proteins) left, I decided to sub that out in place of cacao, and damn - SO GOOD! As I'd mentioned in the past, Vital Proteins is a collagen powerhouse (my favorite collagen brand), that has various products that can be used in liquids, as well as baked goods. This particular flavor contains probiotics, coconut water powder, hyaluronic acid, AS WELL as a healthy-dose of collagen! Again, an easy way to add in some added benefits, without having to sacrifice taste.
Coconut Oil is a healthy-dose of fats that help you turn bad cholesterol into good cholesterol. Reasons why I love it? It treats yeast (candida) infections, improves digestion and is great for skin (just not ON skin, for me)! Adding it to recipes is key for good health; it proves to be an excellent substitution for oils and butters.
Feel good about incorporating these ingredients into your diet yet?! GOOD! Check out this recipe, below, for these Vegan Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake cups!
- WholeMe clusters of choice (I used Salted Peanut Chocolate) *Get 20% off by using 'KATE20' at Checkout!
Chocolate Cheesecake Mousse
- 1 cup cashews, plus 2 TBSP (soaked for at least 1 hour)
- 1/4 cup REAL maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 4 TBSP Vital Proteins Dark Chocolate & Blackberry (cacao powder will work too)
- 1 TBSP lemon juice
- 1/4 cup water (I added a few more TBSP for consistency)
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 2 TBSP melted coconut oil
- 2 TBSP maple syrup
- 2 TBSP Vital Proteins Dark Chocolate & Blackberry (cacao powder will work too)
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
First empty entire bag of WholeMe into high-powered blender, and blend on high, until tiny pieces form. Empty contents of blender into tiny serving cups, and push down hard, to create crust.
- soak cashews in hot water for at least 1 hour
- Once cashews are softened, drain and place in high-powered blender
- Add maple syrup, vanilla, salt, cacao and lemon juice, and blend, on high, for at least 30 seconds (or until cashews really start to blend into a paste.
- Scrape sides, and while blender is running, on low, add water. After mixture is well-blended, then add melted coconut oil.
- Blend all ingredients, on high, for at least 30 seconds. Taste-test to check flavor and consistency. May need to add a bit more water.
- Once cheesecake mousse is made, pour on top of WholeMe crusts.
- Blend the chocolate topping ingredients in your blender, just for a couple of seconds, and top over cheesecake mousse.
- Place in fridge to harden overnight (or if you're like me... 20 minutes)! haha
As you guys can see, these cups aren't the prettiest in the world - that's partially my fault. I quickly made these, and quickly devoured a cup. For best-looking results, let sit in fridge overnight.
*The coconut oil, in the chocolate topping, will want to separate, and may develop a thin layer, on top. In order to prevent this, make sure mixture is stirred well, throughout, when you place in the fridge.