These cute little heart shaped Raw Cacao and Raspberry Mousse Cakes are the perfect Valentine’s Day or other special occasion treat.
Not only are they completely raw and made with clean ingredients, they have the classic chocolate + raspberry combination that make them irresistible.
The other nice thing about them is it only takes about 10 minutes to prepare them using a Vitamix and this cute silicone heart shaped mold. The hardest part is waiting for them to firm up in the freezer.
The mousse has a delicate crunch from the raspberry seeds and hemp seeds and the soft shortbread-type crust gives this dessert just the right balance and texture.
Store-bought and homemade versions of this recipe can have lots of dairy and GMO ingredients like these:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Raspberry Chocolate Mousse Cake Ingredients:
Typical Ingredients: Oreo Cookies, Butter, Semi-Sweet Chocolate Squares, Cream Cheese, Condensed Milk, Cool Whip Topping, etc.
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Wegman’s Mini Chocolate Raspberry Tart Ingredients:
Ingredients: Chocolate (Cocoa Beans, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin (Emulsifier), Vanilla), Butter, Whole Eggs, Sugar, Raspberries, Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic Acid), Heavy Cream. Contains 2% Or Less Of The Following: Water, Cocoa Powder (Alkali), Salt, Gelatin, Vanilla Extract, Citric Acid (Preservative)
The homemade version is basically a “dessert” made entirely of highly processed ingredients and the store-bought version contains GMO ingredients, dairy, eggs and wheat so it's not vegan or gluten-free.
This healthier version is made with clean, real food ingredients and it’s raw, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, lectin-free, egg-free, no-bake, paleo-friendly and contains no refined sugar.
Want more healthy dessert recipes? Check out Gluten-Free Vegan Pecan Pie Bars, Raw Vegan Snickers Bars, Crispy Peanut Butter Protein Cups, or my Clean Eating Cookbook with an entire chapter of 20 healthy, clean eating recipes just like this one that you will love!
5 Fast Facts About Hemp Seeds:*
- healthy anti-inflammatory 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids
- contains 10 essential amino acids
- 11 grams of raw vegan protein
- helps to reduce blood cholesterol
- natural appetite suppressant
5 Fast Facts About Raspberries:*
- high in antioxidants
- anti-cancer benefits
- good source of dietary fiber
- high ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) value of around 4,900 per 100 grams
- excellent source of vitamin C at 47% dv
5 Fast Facts About Raw Cacao Powder:*
- contains over 300 compounds, including protein, calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron
- super high in antioxidants
- can help decrease blood pressure
- contains 4 different neuro-transmitters which act as anti-depressants
- promotes cardiovascular health
5 Fast Facts About Date Nectar:*
- 25% less sugar than honey
- vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, lectin-free, paleo
- organic + non-GMO
- great source of antioxidants
- made with organic California dates
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Oil:
- super high in lauric acid
- rich in antioxidants
- contains natural microbial and antibacterial agents
- improves metabolism and prevents fatigue
- improves cholesterol levels
5 Fast Facts About Coconut Flour:*
- highest dietary fiber found in any flour at 58% RDA
- 14% coconut oil
- 19% vegan protein
- helps to promote blood sugar health
5 Fast Facts About Almonds (Almond Flour):*
- helps to regulate cholesterol and blood pressure
- energy booster
- loaded with calcium and fiber
- 1/4 cup contains 8 grams of vegan protein
- high in anti-oxidants
5 Fast Facts About Vanilla Bean Powder:*
- high in anti-oxidants
- can help reduce inflammation
- contains small traces of minerals
- 1 tablespoon contains 2 g of fiber
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Raw Cacao and Raspberry Mousse Cakes
Yield 12 pieces
Raw / Vegan / Gluten-Free / Dairy-Free / Lectin-Free / Egg-Free / No-Bake / Paleo-Friendly / No Refined Sugar
For the mousse:
- 1/2 cup organic freeze-dried raspberries
- 1/2 cup organic hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup organic raw cacao powder
- 1/4 cup organic date nectar
- 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
- 1/4 cup filtered/purified water
For the crust:
Prepare the crust:
- Add all the ingredients for the crust to a medium-sized bowl and stir until well combined.
- Divide the crust mixture evenly between 12 mini-heart molds and press it down firmly in the bottom of the molds. Set aside.
Prepare the mousse:
- Add all the ingredients for the mousse (add the water and coconut oil first) to a Vitamix and blend until the mixture is creamy and smooth, using the tamper if needed. The mixture should be slightly thick in texture when done.
- Divide the mousse mixture evenly between 12 mini-heart molds and pour it on top of the crust.
- Place the mold tray on a baking pan and put it in the freezer for approximately 30-60 minutes, or until they harden.
- When ready to serve, remove from the freezer and let them sit on the counter for just a few minutes, if they are frozen solid. Add a single freeze-dried or fresh raspberry on the top for garnish.
- Store extras in an air-tight BPA-free container until ready to serve because they will get soft and lose their shape if let out at room temperature.
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Hi, I'm Karielyn! I'm the published cookbook author of CLEAN DESSERTS and content creator of The Healthy Family and Home website since 2012. I specialize in creating easy, healthy plant-based recipes that are gluten-free + vegan (with a heavy focus on Medical Medium® compliant) and made with clean, real food ingredients that you can feel good about eating.