Vegan Chocolate Merlot Mousse


Sweet Sundays: This recipe comes from our favorite online magazine (that’s free no less!) the Vegan Culinary Experience. It was created by one of their long-time contributors, Sharon Valencik, author of Sweet Utopia: Simply Stunning Vegan Desserts. Sharon added a unique twist to her class vegan mousse recipe for a dessert that is simply divine.

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A few other fun and interesting notes about this recipe:

  • Serve it with a vanilla biscotti and coffee for an over-the-top treat.
  • The base of this recipe is silken tofu. Silken tofu becomes creamy when it’s whipped, but then re‐solidifies when chilled. Because whipping introduces air into the tofu, when it firms, it has a light and fluffy texture.
  • A mousse does not necessarily have to be a dessert, though (like the recipe below) it frequently is. The word actually refers to the light and airy texture of the dish.

Now onto that simple, yet insanely rich dairy-free AND egg-free mousse recipe …

Vegan Chocolate Merlot Mousse
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Total time
Serves: 4
  • 5 Ounces Bittersweet Chocolate, melted
  • 1-1/2 Cups Silken Tofu, drained and at room temperature
  • ⅔ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • ⅓ Cup Merlot
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1‐2 Tablespoons Chocolate Shavings and Berries, for garnish
  1. Melt the chocolate.
  2. Process all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender until creamy.
  3. Spoon into 4 ramekins or fancy glasses.
  4. Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight before serving.
  5. Just before serving, sprinkle the chocolate shavings and berries over each serving of mousse.
Though it only takes 5 minutes to prepare, thiis needs to set for at least four hours to achieve a mousse texture. Otherwise, it will be a very tasty pudding.

About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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