Dark chocolate is a powerful source of flavonoids and theobromine. Desserts made with dark chocolate can be good for you and deliver those antioxidants in a delicious way.
Here's a healthy version of everyone's favorite dessert: chocolate mousse. This recipe, substituting egg whites for whipped cream, will surprise you and your guests with a rich, decadent taste.
2 cups water
4 large eggs, separated (you will use 2 of the yolks and all of the whites)
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon Chambord (a raspberry liqueur – this is optional)
1 tablespoon low-fat milk
1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped and melted
- Heat water in a pan over medium-low heat until just simmering.
- Combine 2 of the egg yolks with 2 tablespoons of the sugar, Chambord, milk, and salt in a heatproof bowl large enough to fit over the pan. Whisk the mixture constantly over the barely simmering water until the sugar dissolves. This take about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the melted chocolate.
- Beat 4 egg whites in a separate bowl on high speed until soft peaks form. Add 1 tablespoon sugar and the vanilla and continue beating the whites until the mixture holds staff, shiny peaks.
- Whisk a small amount of the egg whites into the chocolate mixture until smooth; then, slowly incorporate the remaining egg whites. Spoon into dessert dishes and refrigerate until set (at least two hours)
- Decorating the mousse with chocolate shavings, fresh raspberries and mint leaves makes a nice display.
This recipe will make six ½ cup portions that are only 127 calories each! And don't forget to let us know what you think about this chocolate mousse recipe with a comment below. (:
(Modified from a recipe on eatingwell.com)
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