Happy GALENTINE’S Day, loves! I have THE PERF Valentine’s dessert for you – oh, did I mention it’s GUILT FREE ??
How would you rate your v-day game currently? It feels like such a minor holiday, but that’s totally our own faults. Last week I shared some Valentine’s cocktail recipes here and my bar cart inspo here.
OH, if you missed it – VALENTINE’S IS NOT JUST FOR COUPLES !! Because do only Irish people celebrate St. Patty’s? Didn’t think so.
Why not brighten up your life with alllll the pink, red, glitter, hearts, and chocolate that this fab holiday has to offer?
BUT WAIT – there is one thing about V-day that I’m not huge on. It’s nestled just over a month past New Year’s, the most critical time for keeping around any resolutions you are struggling with. But then BAM. Suddenly your kitchen is full of leftover chocolates for the next two weeks.
Ohhhhh I’ve got you! THIS RECIPE is not so scary. The best part, is that it’s very rich so you have no choice but to eat it slowly. That means you’ll eat less of it, and still feel like you indulged big time. AND you will flip when you read the ingredients. It’s all good stuff – I pinky promise!
This recipe is from A Better Happier St. Sebastian – and I’m SO happy she shared. The photography has me doing allll the heart eyes. BUT more importantly – her recipe had me doin’ the same thing.
If you are celebrating Valentine’s with a significant other, this is such a special dessert to create for the two of you to enjoy. BUT – if you are celebrating Galentine’s with your squad – this recipe makes 4 servings – so I’m lookin’ at you too.
Also, I’m popping in to make sure you already have culinary lavender – if you don’t – WHERE. HAVE. YOU. BEEN? You seriously are missing out. Seriously, stop what you are doing and read this post so you can be in the know. I use it to infuse vodka, I use it as an aromatic boil on the stove, I use it in food, blah blah you get the point. It’s KEY.
Back to our regularly scheduled Valentine’s programming. Ok, so THIS MOUSSE – while it’s totally chocolatey, the lavender is the star of this show. I have truly never tasted anything quite like this. It’s fabulous.
The ingredients are all pretty simple, but the result is far from ordinary. Ladies, this is man approved. My fiancé tried it, and he gave it the thumbs up. Although, maybe skip the lavender garnish topping if you are making it for your secret admirer. My guy kinda chewed on the lavender bits inquisitively and then picked the rest off. After we got through that little situation though, he loved the mousse.
So let’s get down to business and get you this recipe – it’s seriously a good one, and I can’t wait for you to try it.
ALSO – This recipe is vegan, nut-free, diary-free, but don’t worry, it’s not sugar free ; )
Plant-Based Dark Chocolate & Lavender Sea Salt Mousse
- 2 ripe avocados, cut in half & pits removed
- 1/2 cup dark cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup coconut milk
- 1 tsp dried food-grade lavender
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp sea salt
In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine coconut milk with 1 teaspoon dried lavender.
Let the mixture come to a rolling boil. Remove from heat, and set aside to steep for 5 minutes.
Strain the lavender from the milk and set aside.
In a food processor or blender, combine avocado, cocoa powder, lavender infused coconut milk, coconut sugar and vanilla.
Blend the mixture until completely smooth, about 3-5 minutes.
Scoop the mousse into small serving dishes and chill, uncovered for 30-45 minutes.
Optional: Serve with a sprinkle of dried lavender, and a pinch of sea salt.
What are you waiting for? RUN, don’t walk, to the store and grab these ingredients. You, your galentine’s, and your valentine, will all be glad that you did.