OK before you turn your nose up at the word vegan and run away, let me explain. I know it’s not my normal dessert fair for sure, but it was actually kind of an accident it ended up being vegan! If you’re looking for a super simple No-Bake dessert, that will wow even your pickiest family member, that’s gluten free, dairy free and above all bloody delicious? Then my Vegan Mousse Cake is for you!
What is a Vegan Mousse Cake?
Your second question, I can hear you already you see, “Stacey, what on earth is a mousse cake?”. Well it’s pretty simple really it’s a no-bake cheesecake without a setting agent. Again it was kind of by accident I created this decadent dessert but it was so good that I just had to make it again….. and again…. and again…. ok you get the point.
Think of a traditional no-bake cheesecake, but make it ultra chocolately. Then imagine it slightly less solid, more mousse like. You getting it now?
Let me break it down for you
We start with a simple gluten free biscuit base. This is one of my FAVOURITE ways to whip up a quick and delicious dessert. Simply take your favourite brand of gluten free/vegan chocolate biscuits and blitz them to form a fine crumb. (I love the Woolworths Free From Creme Choc Biscuits) Add some melted nuttelex or coconut oil and press into the base of a dish and set in the fridge or freezer for 15 minutes or until hard. Voile! A simple base.
Now due to my increasingly annoying dairy intolerance which has become worse over the last year I’ve had to stop indulging in, well you know, the good things like cream cheese. *insert eye roll here* So I’ve been making more dairy free desserts whenever I get the chance, enter my vegan mousse cake. I wanted to make a traditional cheesecake, but take it that little bit further with a decadent twist. And when my non gluten/dairy free Father in law and husband rave about then I know I’m really winning!
Dairy Free Cream Cheese
It might seem like an oxymoron but really there are lots of options these days for those of us that want that cream cheese like experience without an upset stomach. There’s also other options if you’re simply lactose free, like the new Philly Lactose Free Cream Cheese (which honestly is just like real cream cheese). Then you’ve got the new players on the block like Made with Plants and my favourite and what I recommend for this dessert, Sheese Creamy Vegan Cheese Spread. I’ve tried them all and they are all delicious and no you can’t tell they’re dairy free or vegan!
Then you can add any of your favourite dairy free / vegan chocolate. I love the Green and Blacks Organic range, but I reaaaaally love Alter Eco too. I must say I am a sucker for really good quality chocolate so I always have something on hand. The great thing here though is you don’t use much in this recipe, which is great as they can get a little pricey otherwise.
Make It Yours!
I’m all about putting a little twist on recipes to make it truly yours. So why not elevate this glorious recipe to a whole other level by using say Alter Eco’s Salted Almond Chocolate instead, then top with piles of chopped almonds, more chocolate and a sprinkle of sea salt.
Personally I like mine really simple, with a drizzle of extra chocolate, some frozen raspberries and some dairy free cream (I can get away with Zymil’s Lactose free thickened cream).
Whatever way you want to serve it my Gluten Free Vegan Mousse Cake is one dessert that will truly wow your guests…. and yourself. Because hey, it ain’t all about them! 😉
Looking for more amazing No-Bake Gluten Free recipes? Check out my Mini No-Bake Toblerone Cheesecakes, my Gin and Tonic Cheesecake or my Mango Cheesecake!
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