We recently celebrated a second birthday in our house complete with a little pool party, bbq and an ice cream cake, the favourite food of the moment.
Although for someone with an intolerance to the protein in milk this is your worst nightmare.
This is the case for my sister. So everyone got to enjoy the sweets, I made her a little tart. A strawberry and chocolate mousse tart with a date and almond base, Dairy Free.
The secret ingredient for the mousse is the humble avocado. Surprise. When whizzed in a food processor is gets the most amazing texture, smooth and creamy with body. It also has a neutral nut creamy flavour that works well with rich cocoa. Match the rich chocolate avocado mousse with the date and almond base and you have a dessert decadent and rich. Decorated with fresh strawberries, toasted flaked almonds and some middle eastern safron sugar floss, Dairy free has never looked so good.
I really encourage you to have a go at the avocado mousse. It will surprise you.
Strawberry and Chocolate Mousse Tart. (Dairy Free)
5 Fresh Dates
25g Whole Almond
1 tsp Coconut oil
1 Ripe Avocado
3 tbsp Raw Cocoa Powder
3 tsp Caster sugar
3 tsp Coconut Oil
1 Ripe strawberries
20g Toasted Flaked Almonds
Safron Fairy floss
Line a small tart tin with plastic wrap.
For base place the almonds in the bowl of food processor and whiz until a fine crumble. Add the dates and the coconut oil and process until combined. The mix should come together in a sticky ball. press the mixture into tart tin until there is an even coating. Place into the fridge to firm up.
Clean out the food processor bowl. Add the avocado and whiz until smooth and creamy looking. Add sugar and whiz until combined and glossy. Finally add the cocoa powder, whiz until combined, taste and adjusting sugar /cocoa.
Hull the strawberries.
Into the chilled tart base add the mousse, smoothing the top.
Decorate with the strawberries, toasted almonds and Sugar floss. Dust with Icing sugar. Keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
I used raw cocoa powder but regular unsweetened cocoa powder will work just fine. Raw cocoa powder is available from specialty food shops, Health food shops and online.
Feel free to use olive oil instead of coconut oil. I used coconut oil as it has a more dessert flavour to it. You can get coconut oil online, from most major supermarkets and health food shops.
Middle eastern fairy floss is a great product, you can get it from middle eastern deli’s or online or from places like the melbourne food depo or the essential ingredient.
And for the record, my sister loved the dessert and actually, my mum and I helped her eat it.