Friday, March 13, 2009

So Vegan.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Tofu Mousse with dark chocolate sprinkles

As if I'd write a recipe, or you'd need one.  Vegan or not, some vegan or tofu advocate has likely pushed this on you in the past.  It's a building block of (sometimes boring) vegan dessert.

Just last week I spotted it as the vegan chocolate pudding sold at Whole Foods (sweetened with rice syrup) and there are roughly 9 bajillion recipes that exist online, in old cookbooks and perfected in Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The World.  If you're veg, you've been to a potluck where there's been chocolate tofu pie.  I've been to many.  It can be boring, but since getting a Vita-Mix I've found myself digging  it's simplicity again.  

Note the keyword Vita-Mix - that baby turns unexciting tofu pudding into silky, sinful chocolate pudding, and I don't even have to melt the chocolate before blending.  I'm such a fan, but it's not like I've hugged it..yet.  The basic recipe is so versatile - add flavored liquor, mix up the sweeteners, add peanut butter, fresh fruit, extract, whatever sounds good and fits in the blender.  I honestly don't use a recipe, I just throw stuff - okay, ingredients, into my blender and taste for sweetness towards the end.

Here's what I had to play with:

I didn't use the cocoa or all of the sugar, instead I felt like a more peanut butter...passionate pudding.

In other news - I'll be in Phoenix next week for work.  Let me know if you have any dining suggestions for the downtown area - I won't have a car. Thanks!

23 comments:

VeggieGirl said...

SENSATIONAL mousse treat!!

Have fun in Phoenix!! Love it there.

Mihl said...

Oh yes!

Kati said...

Hey, I've hugged my Vitamix...

Chris @ Beyond Ramen said...

Looks quite tasty not to mention refreshing considering the coming warm weather (hopefully)!

DJ said...

Looks gooood!

Becca Elouise said...

I would give my left non-existent testicle for a Vitamix.

aredcardigan said...

omg stop it with the sweeeeeet desserts winners....

sedona isn't exactly near phx but if ya happen to swing by....
http://www.dlishvegetarian.com/

DJ Karma said...

I am a new vitamix owner- don't hate me because I'm blenderful! I can't wait to try some of these great pudding concoctions!!

kris said...

Phoenix pretty much sucks for eating out veg and their downtown doesn't have much for anyone to eat, unfortunately. All of the good vegan food is in Tempe, so if you can get over there you have to go to Green. It's all vegan, they have buffalo wings with ranch, a wicked artichoke dip and "soynamis", their answer to a DQ blizzard with their house made soy ice cream. Don't let anyone take you to the Mandala Tea Room. It's in Scottsdale and it's a terrible stereotype of vegan food, everything is bland and dry, I don't know how they are still in business. If you can get to a Pita Jungle location you can get some good food, too.

celine said...

there's so nothing boring about peanut butter chocolate mousse, dude.

veggievixen said...

mmmm delish.

have a great trip!

Lindsay said...

You might want to try "That's a Wrap" on 7th street. They always have plenty of veg options.

cookingschoolconfidential.com said...

Okay, okay, you've convinced me. I'll try tofu mousse once again. It just looks so darn good.

But I must confess, I've never had success the other two times I tried. Ah well, you know what they say ... third time is a charm.

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I'm not from Phoenix or anything but you just go to www.strawberryhedgehog.com and email Tracy Perkins. She's in the area, and she's a vegan so she could give you great tips I'm sure. I love your blog and that pudding looks yummy.

Jenny

Veganissexy said...

Mmmm yep that's a staple for sure. I've shed a little tear over here for my lack of vitamix. Not fair :(

Katie said...

I'm with Kris, go to Green. I Just got back from Scottsdale and a friend of mine took me there. Holy yum. It belongs in Portland. I had the chicken parmesian sandwich with pasta salad as a side. we opted not for the appetizers, only to enjoy the wonder that is their version of the blizzard. OMG. I had a chocolate mint one with crushed mint newman o's and their own chocolate syrup and mint syrup. I want to live there, if only for that restaurant. Please get a ride there or take a taxi. It's open fairly late.

Zoey said...

Your mousse looks delicious.

Tracy Warner said...

i NEED a vita-mix. Like, badly.

Evilsharon said...

If you are downtown, you might be able to take the light rail over to True Food on Camelback. I know it runs out of downtown.

I am not sure that it will take you to Green. I also had a good experience with Madala Tea Room - well some of the dishes we ordered were excellent, others just ok.

Thai Basil has a location on Adams in downtown too. That's another options. Also, Pizzaria Bianco has a cheeseless pizza but get there early because they often have 2 hour waits.

sarchan said...

I really want the pad thai from the previous post. But I love that you put tofu pudding in a margarita glass. A+.

jrsimon56 said...

I went to Mandala Tea Room. I suggest any sandwiches, but don't stray from them or the teas. The rest of their fare is stuff I found myself thinking, "well, I could have made this at home on a boring Tuesday night." But, the bread rocks, the ambience is groovy and the tea is fab. Needless to say, I'm a Phoenix native (living in NYC for now) and plan to open a veg restaurant with friends in a few years. I'll let ya know if we get around to it! :)

Jen aka Jewbacca said...

wah! i can't see any of your pictures! what's the deal with mah compooter?

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