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Healthy Pumpkin & Chocolate Mousse

One of the many reasons why I love this time of year is the food. It’s right about now that we start craving things a little heartier and richer during the colder evenings with delicious warming, Autumnal flavours such as cinnamon and ginger.

Many people ask me if I miss eating chocolate because of my plant-based diet. And the answer is no, of course not – I stuff my face full of chocolate most evenings! But because I don’t eat dairy, I stick to the dark stuff or I make my own chocolate recipes using coconut milk instead of the usual main ingredient, dairy milk.

That’s exactly what I’ve created here. A coconut chocolate mouse with pumpkin (I mean why not – it is nearly Halloween) and maple syrup. All of the ingredients have health enhancing properties, so indulge all you like in these delicious mini desserts.

It may seem strange using a vegetable, especially pumpkin, in a chocolate mousse, but with the creamy coconut, strong cacao powder and the sweet maple syrup you wouldn’t even know it’s in there. I love to use seasonal fresh produce in all my recipes and the pumpkin gives the mousse more substance and also provides many health benefits such as vitamin A for eye health and vitamin C to boost the immune system.

This is an incredibly quick and easy recipe perfect to whip up if you have friends round for a Halloween themed dinner party. You will need some kind of food processor or blender to create that smooth, mousse consistency. I use the Magimix 4200XL BlenderMix Food Processor that I couldn’t live without now! You can do everything with it from making soup to chopping vegetables. However a blender such as the NutriBullet will work well too.

Watch me make these desserts in my video below!

Niomi Smart

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