cacao mousse and raspberry parfaits

You don’t need a special occasion to dive into these fluffy Cacao Mousse and Raspberry Parfaits, but it is perfect for a celebratory Valentine’s Day dessert!

Cacao Mousse and Raspberry Parfaits ~vegan, gluten free~ A rich and chocolatey dessert just in time for Valentine's Day! Only 4 ingredients!!!

No baking, just blending and only 4 ingredients!!!

Light in texture and heavy on flavor…rich and chocolatey!  Small portions of this dessert are enough to tackle any sweet tooth.  I layered with juicy raspberries, but use any of your favorite berries!

Make sure you buy a can of whole fat coconut milk for this recipe, low-fat just won’t cut it!  Gently open the can and separate the coconut cream layer from the watery part.  Place cream in a small bowl and place in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden.

cacao mousse and raspberry parfaits
 
Makes 4 parfaits
Author:
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 can whole fat coconut milk, coconut cream separated and chilled in freezer
  • ¼ cup fresh or frozen and thawed raspberries (plus 1 pint fresh raspberries for layering)
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Gently open a can of whole fat coconut milk and scoop out coconut cream layer. Place cream in a small bowl and place in the freezer for ~30 minutes to harden.
  2. Using a hand held electric mixer, blend coconut cream, ¼ cup fresh or thawed frozen raspberries, cacao and maple syrup. Blend until light and fluffy.
  3. Layer cacao mousse and fresh raspberries in parfait glasses and enjoy!

Cacao Mousse and Raspberry Parfaits ~vegan, gluten free~ A rich and chocolatey dessert just in time for Valentine's Day! Only 4 ingredients!!!

Unfortunately, I am unable to accurately calculate nutrition facts for this recipe due to the coconut milk separation…sorry :(

Adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s delicious frosting shot recipe!

loaded potato bites

Secretly healthy Loaded Potato Bites!

Loaded Potato Bites ~vegan, gluten free~ Secretly healthy snacks for the Super Bowl!

Super Bowl will soon be here…and let’s be honest, it’s a day that we sit around and eat all-day-long!  It’s just the american way I guess!  Since we will munching on some type of snack food, why not make it healthy?

Include these “healthy” loaded potato bites to your Super Bowl party!  They are low-fat yet bursting with flavor for snacking satisfaction!  Our local grocery store has a wonderful pre-made organic cucumber salsa that I used.  However, this recipe looks wonderful if you want to make your own!

Loaded Potato Bites ~vegan, gluten free~ Secretly healthy snacks for the Super Bowl!

loaded potato bites
 
Author:
Serves: 5 servings
Ingredients
  • 5 red potatoes, thinly sliced
  • extra virgin olive oil (~1 tb)
  • 1 avocado, mashed
  • ½ lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup fresh salsa
  • cilantro
  • sea salt and pepper
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450. Place sliced potatoes in a bowl and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Place in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake for 20-25 minutes or until lightly golden and crispy, flipping once. Let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl mix mashed avocado, lemon juice, sea salt and pepper.
  3. Top golden potato rounds with mashed avocado, salsa and cilantro. Enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 5 potato bites Calories: 124 Fat: 9 Carbohydrates: 12 Sugar: 2 Fiber: 4 Protein: 2

 Loaded Potato Bites ~vegan, gluten free~ Secretly healthy snacks for the Super Bowl!

Here’s a list of my other healthy Super Bowl bites:

Baked Winter Wedges with Cilantro Aioli

Cauliflower Bites with Spicy Almond Dipping Sauce

Lemony White Bean Dip

Loaded Apple Nachos

Smokey Chipotle Hummus

Thai Peanut Slaw in Crispy Cups

almond joy superfood smoothie bowl

Almond Joy Superfood Smoothie Bowl

Almond Joy Superfood Smoothie Bowl ~vegan, gluten free~

Can you tell I’m on a superfood kick these days?!?  Smoothies are a great way to incorporate superfoods into your day!  This smoothie is loaded with antioxidant, vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber (13 grams protein and 12 grams fiber to be exact!)…plus it tastes like a bowl of almond joy ice cream!  Less liquid is added, so the consistency of this smoothie is more like a thick milk shake and requires a spoon!  However, you can add a little more milk for a drinkable smoothie!  We all agreed that this smoothie was sweet enough as is, but if you need a little more sweetness add a few pitted dates.

Almond Joy Superfood Smoothie Bowl ~vegan, gluten free~

A whole tablespoon of cacao is added, which will give you a jolt!  Cacao contains the stimulant theobromine, so use with caution!  I don’t recommend large doses of cacao for toddlers, especially while snowed in during winter storm Juno!  Also, use in moderation if pregnant…needless to say, we shared this smoothie bowl three ways!

I swear my kid wears clothes other than pajamas...but not often :)

I swear my kid wears clothes other than pajamas…but not often :)

almond joy superfood smoothie bowl
 
Makes 1 portion (nutrition facts calculated using soy milk)
Author:
Recipe type: Drinks
Cuisine: Vegan
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana (slice before freezing for easier blending!)
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats (add nuts if going grain free!)
  • ½ cup milk of your choice (hemp, soy, almond, etc.)
  • ½ tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon raw cacao or cocoa powder
  • ⅛ teaspoon almond extract
  • Toppings:
  • shredded coconut
  • hemp seeds
  • cacao nibs
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients (except the toppings) in a high speed blender and blend until creamy. Transfer to a bowl, add toppings and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 305 Fat: 8 Carbohydrates: 51 Sugar: 13 Fiber: 12 Protein: 13

Almond Joy Superfood Smoothie Bowl ~vegan, gluten free~