This simple creamy chocolate orange mousse is a firm winner in our house, for kids and adults alike.
It tastes not dissimilar to the supermarket chocolate orange mousse that my children always pester me for, and that I invariably give in to now and then. The difference with this mousse is that I’m really happy for them to eat it – coconut and dark chocolate are both exceptionally healthy, and the sugar levels in it are far lower than in bought versions.
Aside from the fab taste, this mousse is really a great way to get a healthy dose of 70%+ dark chocolate into people who believe they don’t like dark chocolate. Dark chocolate, cocoa powder and cacao (the unroasted cocoa bean) can all be really healthy additions to the diet when eaten regularly, supporting heart health and even blood sugar levels. Dark chocolate, cocoa and cacao all have higher antioxidant levels than better-known superfoods, such as blueberries or broccoli.
Coconut, in particular has a number of health benefits:
- Coconut contains a special type of saturated fat known as Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs). The MCFAs in coconut are easy to digest, and don’t rely on pancreatic enzymes or bile from the gallbladder to be digested; this can be helpful for people who typically have problems digesting fat.
- Unlike other saturated fats, MCFAs helpfully go directly to the liver to be used in energy production, instead of being stored as fat.
- MCFAs have another advantage – they are rich in beneficial lauric and caprylic acid, which have anti-microbial properties. This translates as anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral activity. This is why we regularly include coconut in our immune supportive recipes.
- Coconut is also rich in potassium – so is great for rehydrating and for counterbalancing the high sodium diet we so often seem to inadvertently follow. In the summer, coconut is an essential ingredient in many of our ice lollies.
These coconut qualities – being easily digestible, helpful in warding off bugs and a high calorie, healthy source of energy plus being great for hydration, mean that I’m much happier for my kids to eat this yummy chocolate orange mousse over any other!
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- 1 tin coconut milk
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 0.5 tsp orange extract
- 120 g dark chocolate
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
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- Heat the coconut milk on the stove until just reaching simmering point and turn off.
- Break the chocolate into rough pieces (we find bashing the bar on the counter is very effective,the kids love to do this but we also really enjoy the process if we're having a bad day) and place in food processor or strong blender.
- Add the maple syrup, orange and vanilla extracts to the chocolate.
- Add the warm coconut milk to the chocolate in the processor, and blend until the liquid is smooth
- Tip into small ramekins and put into the fridge for 3 hours until set