Have you tried making a dessert with cauliflower yet? If not then you really need to try my cauliflower chocolate mousse! Yes, it is a dessert. This smooth and creamy chocolate cauliflower pudding will blow you away!
I have to admit that I haven't always been the biggest fan of cauliflower. When I was a child I would only eat it raw and it's only in the last ten years that I've really started to love it. Even so, until recently I had only ever eaten savoury cauliflower recipes.
Why put cauliflower in a dessert?
Well, I am always trying to find ways to eat healthily and to try to sneak a few veggies into the children. Despite my best efforts they are still reluctant to eat any vegetables except their favourites.
Even though Little Miss Spice claims to eat all kinds of vegetables at school, at home she will only have a tiny nibble of anything except tomatoes!
I'd seen recipes for cauliflower puddings and smoothies online and I was curious to test it out for myself. After all, if I can't get the children to eat vegetables when they can see them, why not hide them?
Also, cauliflower is so nutritious with loads of health benefits.
What ingredients are in cauliflower chocolate mousse?
As you can imagine, the main ingredient in this cauliflower dessert is cauliflower. It's seamed first to soften it before being blended with the other ingredients. It has dates and honey to sweeten it. The chocolate taste comes from cacao powder and there is also a little milk to get it to the right consistency.
Can you taste the cauliflower in cauliflower chocolate pudding?
No, you can't. The cacao, dates and honey are all stronger flavours than the cauliflower. So don't worry, no one would guess that there is any cauliflower in this dessert!
What does cauliflower mousse taste like?
It's got a smooth silky texture. It tastes chocolatey but there is also a slight fruitiness from the dates and honey.
Can you adapt this cauliflower mousse?
Of course you can adapt it. You can adjust the sweetness by adding more honey. If you don't have cacao powder then use cocoa powder instead. I haven't tried it but you could experiment by using a drinking chocolate mix too. As the mousse is made in the blender it is easy to adjust the flavours by adding more of the ingredients.
I'm also curious about adapting the mousse to make it with a different vegetable. I'd love to try it with sweet potato next and will let you know how it turns out!
Can you make this cauliflower chocolate mousse vegan?
This is a super easy recipe to make vegan. I used cows milk to make it but it would work equally well with a milk substitute. I think almond milk or coconut milk would both work really well.
You would also need to replace the honey to make it vegan. I would suggest using agave nectar instead.
What equipment do you need to make this vegetable chocolate mousse?
This mousse is best made with a powerful blender or food processor. I like to use my Froothie Evolve power blender to get a really silky texture. Do check out my Froothie Evolve review if you need a new blender.
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Cauliflower Chocolate Mousse
- 245 g cauliflower cut into florets
- 50 g dates without stones
- 35 g cacao powder
- 125 ml milk I used semi skimmed
- 60 g honey
- Put the chopped cauliflower in a colander over a pan of boiling water and steam for 5 minutes until soft. Leave to cool completely.
- Put all the ingredients into a blender. Blitz till smooth.
- Taste the mousse and add extra honey if necessary.
- Serve in individual ramekins.
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Hi! Could I sub pumpkin or tofu for the dates?
The dates along with the honey add sweetness so you would need to add more honey if you use pumpkin or tofu. I don't think you could do a direct swap. However, as it's a blender recipe you could blend everything and then add extra honey until you get the sweetness you want. I can't guarantee it would work as it would be a big change to the recipe but if you feel like experimenting then do go ahead.
This must be the ultimate way of hiding vegetables!
It must! It can be really hard sometimes to get kids to eat any vegetables!
Cat | Curly's Cooking
I would never have thought about using cauliflower in a dessert! What a fantastic way of hiding veggies into something children will definitely want to eat.
It's the only chance I have sometimes of getting my daughter to eat more than a nibble of vegetables!
I am thinking I should try this out on my boys and see if they know what's in it! Thanks for sharing on #cookblogshare
Do let me know if they can tell. My husband had no idea it had cauliflower in, although he could tell it was a healthy chocolate mousse!
Kat (The Baking Explorer)
I'm so curious to try this!!
I hope you like it!
I have heard many times that cauliflower is a good flavour partner for chocolate. I can't imagine it, maybe I will just need to give it a go as I LOOOOOVE anything chocolate!
I hope you like it Ceri! I was really impressed by it although the dates do give it a slight fruitiness as well as the chocolate taste!
Anna l Serving Dumplings
Wow! I'm intrigued! need to try this
I hope you like it Anna! It's definitely worth trying and you really can't tell that it has cauliflower in although it does taste a bit fruitier than a typical chocolate mousse.
Helen - Cooking with my kids
I've got a vegetable hating chocolate loving little one at home. This sounds like the perfect way of sneaking some veg into his diet! #cookblogshare
I hope it works Helen! One of my children really liked it but the other one was a bit suspicious! H
What an inventive idea, I love it! I would never have thought to use cauliflower in pudding. It looks delicious!
I was inspired by seeing cauliflower smoothies on Instagram and started to think about making a much thicker version as a dessert! You can't taste that it's got cauliflower in it!