At our local Bikur Cholim gathering last year, we were lucky enough to have Levana Kirschenbaum, the talented caterer and cookbook author, do a cooking demo for us. I don’t remember everything she made, but one thing that really stood out was her chocolate mousse. I’m not one to eat raw egg yolks (like in most mousse recipes), so when I saw her using tofu instead, I was intrigued. That Shabbos, I made her recipe for dessert, and it’s been a regular in my house ever since. The tofu adds a silkiness to the mousse that you’d never dream would come from soy. I started experimenting with silken tofu some more and this peanut butter mousse is one of my favorite outcomes. You can even make a parfait of mousses, and layer the chocolate and peanut butter into dessert glasses (keep it small because they are very rich!). I did that one Yom Tov and topped it with whipped cream and brownie crumbles. My guests nearly fell off their seats!
Thanks to Levana for generously sharing her chocolate espresso mousse recipe below. Make sure to check out her new cookbook, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen!
Peanut Butter Mousse
1 lb. silken tofu
3/4 c creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup confectioners sugar
1 1/2 tbsp honey
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt
honey roasted peanuts, coarsely chopped
chocolate sandwich cookie crumbs (processed in the blender)
Remove tofu from packaging and drain on paper towels until all excess liquid is absorbed. Add the tofu, peanut butter, sugar, honey, cinnamon and salt to a blender and process until smooth. Refrigerate for a few hours until firm. Pour into glasses and garnish with whipped cream, chopped peanuts and cookie crumbs.
Variation: You can also make a peanut butter pie using this mousse recipe. Just add melted butter to the cookie crumbs and press into the bottom of a pie dish. Bake for 10 minutes to set. Remove from oven and set aside to cool. Pour mousse into pie dish and top with whipped cream. Garnish with chopped peanuts and chocolate shavings.
Levana’s Chocolate Espresso Mousse
recipe reprinted with permission from LevanaCooks, author of The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen
1 c good quality semisweet chocolate chips (or grated chocolate)
2 tbsp instant coffee powder
1/4 c water
2/3 c pure cocoa powder
2/3 c sugar
1/4 c vegetable oil
2 tbsp unflavored brandy or rum
1 lb. silken tofu, drained
In a small saucepan, on a very low flame, place all but last ingredient, and cook, stirring, until melted. This will take about 2-3 minutes (Or microwave 2 minutes). Transfer the mixture to a food processor, with the tofu, and process one full minute, until perfectly smooth. Pour the mixture into 6 to 8 dessert glasses or cups, and refrigerate until firm, 2-3 hours.
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27 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Mousse &
Levana’s Chocolate Espresso Mousse”
Have you ever tried the peanut butter pie in the Quick and Kosher cook book. It is AMAZING. I made the mousse part and spooned it into small canning jars. Then I melted some chocolate chips and poured it over the mousse. Then I sprinkled some chopped peanuts over the chocolate and froze it. It is parve and it is awesome.
no I haven’t, sounds yum!
Yum loving this recipe and loving your blog!
thanks Sheva! I’m a big fan of your blog too!
Hi! I would like to try your mousse out, just wondering how many packages of tofu did you use (Im using the same company as you did – na soya)
Hi Chaya, 1 lb. is 1 pkg. of Na Soya silken tofu.
thanks! cant wait to try it!
how much in advance can i make the above? the peanut butter mousse or the bonus recipe, am sure it cannot be frozen, am i correct on that?
I have frozen the chocolate mousse and it freezes beautifully. I’ve never frozen the peanut butter mousse, but you can make it a few days in advance. If it gets a little watery, just pour the water off the top and mix before serving.
What firmness of tofu should I use?
I love your blog and get so many good recipe ideas. Just made your corn bread and chilli. It was fantastic!
Thanks, so glad you liked it! You need to use “silken” tofu.
How long does the tofu need to drain on the paper towels for? Does all of the liquid drain out just by sitting on them or do I need to squeeze the tofu?
Just about 5 minutes. You can press it lightly with a paper towel.
what silken tofu do you buy what brand
I use the Nasoya brand.
I will have to try this chocolate mouse as my grandchildren are mourning the loss of the one I used to make. It used raw egg whites (beaten stiff) and I am now unable to find pasteurized eggs in all the tri state area! Have you seen them anywhere? Every store I call or go to says they have them but when I get there they are Pasture Raised eggs.
You won’t be missing out with this recipe, it’s so amazing!! Although if you are looking for pasteurized eggs, I have seen them at Shoprite.
Can this be frozen?
How can i make in advance?
Yes, it freezes great!
I’m dying to make both of these but I can’t find the silken tofu in any stores! Ang suggestions where to find it? Preferably in Flatbush/Brooklyn…
Try a non kosher supermarket, or maybe a health food store.
If you can’t find “silken” buy the one labeled soft.
Can this be made without alcohol and is there a substitution for the tofu?
Since it’s a tofu-based recipe, there isn’t a substitute but you can leave out the alcohol.