If you’re looking for decadent and sweet-tasting desserts, a lot of treats come to mind, but most or all of them might not fit into your vegan diet, all the while being healthy and allowing you to have some balance in your diet.
You want to go beyond the usual desert staples and use a base that keeps the recipe grounded while offering you a nice texture that looks great in serving jars or bowls.
You might also be looking for a dessert that doesn’t take hours to make and can be served pretty quickly if you’re making it alongside an evening meal or making something for an impromptu party if you or a friend is hosting.
Not to stress, as we have a delightful sweet potato chocolate coffee mousse recipe that is going to hit the sweet spot, and you’ll find it’s super simple to make and prepare.
Read on to make your vegan desserts even better, whatever the day is.
What Ingredients You’ll Need?
- 1 whole or a cup and a half of sweet potato that is peeled and diced
- ¾ cup of unsweetened coconut milk
- 5 tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon of instant coffee
- 3 tablespoons of rice malt syrup
- 2 tablespoons of vanilla extract
- 1 cup of vegan dark chocolate chips for sprinkling
Start by preparing your base, so steam the sweet potato until it becomes soft, then allow it to cool to room temperature, then place this into a food processor or blender with your cocoa powder, instant coffee, rice malt syrup, and vanilla extract.
During the blending process, add your coconut milk and add more if you feel the consistency isn’t quite right.
You can also add more cocoa powder and instant coffee if you want a fuller flavor or if you find the taste isn’t as pronounced as you’d like.
Once you’re happy with this, you can pour the mixture into a container and leave it in the fridge to cool, preferably for around 2 hours.
Once you have a nice consistency, you’ll find the mixture thickens, so now you can serve it in a bowl or dessert glass and top with chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, seeds, or anything you prefer, and now you have a delicious dessert that looks as good as it tastes.
Some Tips To Make Your Desert Even Better
What we like about this recipe is that it’s super easy to make and doesn’t have to be over-complicated, as you can simply blend all the ingredients together and have something that can be vegan, dairy, and gluten-free without having to try too hard.
You might be sitting there wondering if you could change the recipe around a bit to get something that appeals more to you, and we couldn’t agree more.
Below are a few ways that you could change the recipe so that you can enjoy making and tasting it.
If You Don’t Want A Sweet Potato Base
As much as the sweet potato adds a natural, well, sweetness to a recipe without needing any other enhancements from any additional sweeteners, you might not be a fan of the sweet potato, and we’re here to give you an alternative.
You can use tofu for this recipe, as it is quite a versatile ingredient and adds thickness to your dessert, and gives you a sweetness that you can get without going overboard with flavorings and sweeteners.
When deciding which tofu to go for, you can use silken tofu or any other brand that has a soft to medium type of texture, as these will be easier to blend and will absorb the other flavors better.
It’s best to check the label of your tofu at your local store, as it might not be apparent what kind of texture it is, so going for silken tofu is always a good bet, and another sign of a softer type of tofu is one that is packaged differently to other kinds of tofu.
These you might have to look for in a different section sometimes don’t need to be refrigerated and can even have a longer shelf life than regular tofu.
Try Other Toppings And Sauces For Your Dessert
Your toppings don’t need to be chocolate in nature, and some options can really add a tart flavor to your dessert you could try a little coconut or almond-based whipped cream that you could use if you decide you want layers to your dessert.
You could use some vegan caramel sauce from a grocery store, though we recommend you add a spoon or two to the mixture as this recipe is going to be sweet enough, it adds a nice thickness to it that you’ll notice quite quickly.
If you’re feeling a bit daring, you could use 1-2 tablespoons of brandy to give the flavor a little boost, but be sure to check the label on the brandy, as some do include animal products such as albumin, gelatine, or isinglass.
We find a nice brandy pairs well with the chocolate, as surprisingly, the bitter-sweet taste can be appealing, and with the sweet potato makes it even better, but it’s not going to be preferable to everyone.
The Bottom Line
Dessert can be something that can make your day worth all the effort, so it’s no surprise that this recipe can help you unwind and works as a dessert with a savory meal, as you get a mixed palette of flavors that you find don’t require a lot of effort to create.
This recipe can work with those who have food allergies, intolerances, and specific diets, so as long as you check your labels, you should be fine to prepare this rich and delicious dessert.