12 holiday dishes - no. 2 - Adults only chocolate mousse

I call this 'adults only' as it is a seriously intense cacao rich dessert which is usually loved by grown ups but too bitter for kids. This recipe makes 2 small mousses, this is a dessert you only need a petite portion of...trust me you will be so satisfied with this alongside an after dinner espresso. As you will see in the image at the bottom of the page this mousse is light and airy rather than dense and heavy as many vegan mousses can be. 

50g cacao liquor buttons, this is pure cocoa, click here to see the brand I used

6 tablespoons aquafaba, i use AF from a jar as I find it is thicker and results in a better dish

3 tablespoons rice syrup, you can add more if you prefer it to be sweeter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

2 handfuls of frozen raspberries (frozen raspberries are a great thing to keep a stock of in your freezer throughout the year, they make smoothies taste delicious and can be softened then added to chia seeds and chilled overnight for a refined sugar free chia jam)

1 tablespoon roasted and chopped nuts, I used hazelnuts which were bought already toasted and ground

Put the cacao in a glass bowl in a pan of water, bring to the boil and then simmer, whilst the cacao is melting mix the other ingredients

In a high sided bowl using an electric whisk mix the aquafaba, syrup and vanilla until it is fluffy. You won't get peaks as you would when making a vegan meringue but, after whisking for 5 minutes, you will get a slightly aerated mixture

Add the melted cacao and whisk until it is fully mixed in

Pour the mousse into 2 small bowls or ramekins, chill for an hour or more

Top each mousse with a handful of frozen raspberries and a scattering of nuts just before serving