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Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Parfait Cups! Healthy chocolate mousse cups layered with a date and almond crust. Perfect for date night or on Valentine’s Day! Vegan & gluten-free.
Hello, Gorgeous. Meet my new best friend, these fluffy chocolate pudding cups swirled with raspberries.
Swoon. What is it about chocolate that makes me so weak in the knees?
It’s probably a really good thing that I don’t hold any top-secret information as I would give it up pretty easily for a bite or two of chocolate.
But, like always, if I am going to make something as decadent as these pudding cups, I’m going to do my darndest to fill them with as many healthy, whole-foods as possible.
While I didn’t have Valentine’s Day originally on the brain when making these, I certainly do now. Though we rarely do anything special for the holiday, I think these cups would be the perfect dessert after a yummy, fancier than normal dinner. Or snack. Or breakfast. Friends, it’s a real slippery slope when these enter your house. Don’t be surprised if you wake up in the middle of the night craving these pillowing pudding cups. Just sayin’.
Coconut Cream! You most versatile ingredient, you!
Coconut cream is the perfect base for these uber-rich cups. While it’s a little more indulgent than other non-dairy bases like avocado or tofu, it takes these cups from meh to Oh.My.Goodness.Gimme. < —- which is exactly the response you want when eating chocolate.
So whip it, whip the coconut cream real good and then add in dates. Of course I went with dates. When you want to lessen the sugar and up the caramel-like flavor, you go with dates. Nature’s candy and my favorite healthy sweetener.
Then, we throw all caution to the wind and add in melted chocolate. Sure, I just nixed the whole no-sugar-added tagline, but when you want chocolate, you want chocolate. For my purist friends, you can swap out the melted chocolate chips and try unsweetened cocoa powder instead.
To add to the Valentine’s Day theme, swirl in some raspberries! Since it’s February and fresh raspberries are out of season, not too mention also crazy expensive–$5 for a 1/2 pint, I am using frozen, thawed raspberries instead. Trust me when I say that in this case, frozen doesn’t matter.
I thaw an entire bag and swirl in about 3/4 of it after the mousse is made. Then, I top each cup with a generous scoop of thawed raspberries. Because, like chocolate, there is never enough raspberries. At least not in my book. For a little more fancy-pants, I made a raw almond-date-coconut crumble to place on the bottom and top. It’s fancy, it’s awesome, but it’s definitely not necessary if you just want to dive right into that chocolate pudding. Self control be darned.
If you do decide to make these for someone special then I recommend making the crust and layering it in a glass: crust, pudding, raspberries, crust, pudding, raspberries. Oh yeah, #youfancy
If you try this recipe, let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your Instagram photos with #delishknowledge . I absolutely love seeing your creations. Happy cooking!Print
Chocolate Raspberry Mousse Parfait Cups! Healthy chocolate mousse cups layered with date and almond crust. Vegan, gluten-free, and mostly raw.
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