One of the fun things about recipe creation is making delicious dishes out of unexpected ingredients. It’s fun to make cookies with beans or pumpkin loaf with lentils, and it’s cool to make ice cream out of bananas and pudding out of avocados. Sometimes I feel like a mad scientist in my kitchen—whipping up a delectable dessert and then forcing it on my friends and family, with a rabid look in my eye as I say, "You’ll never GUESS the secret ingredient!"
This has only backfired once, and I have only to say the words cauliflower pudding to make two of my best friends cringe.
The word "tofu" does not conjure up images of luscious desserts, does it? But this chocolate mousse pie is an unbelievably simple, yet positively scrumptious dessert, and the secret ingredient is a humble block of tofu. It tastes decadent without actually being so. Most mousse recipes rely on eggs and heavy cream and are a bit complicated, but this one requires only five ingredients and ten minutes to throw together. If you were so inclined, you could skip the crust and serve the mousse as-is, but the combination of the coconut oil and cookie crumbs is quite lovely. Give it a try, and I guarantee you’ll never look at tofu the same way again!
Combine cookie crumbs and coconut oil, and press into a 9 inch pie pan. Refrigerate until needed.
Melt chocolate chips in a microwave, stirring every 30 seconds, or in a double boiler, stirring often.
Pour melted chocolate into a food processor. Add tofu and vanilla extract and process until smooth and creamy.
Pour mixture into prepared crust, and chill until firm (approximately 2 hours).
NOTE: for a different flavour, omit vanilla extract and add 1 teaspoon peppermint extract, or 1-2 teaspoons almond or orange extract.
Want to see for yourself how easy it is? Watch me whip up a chocolate mousse pie here: