AQUAFABA VEGAN CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
When I now look back at the countless times I tossed the cooking water of my chickpeas, I feel that I was wasting tasty and nutrient-dense treats such as this chocolate mousse... much gratitude for all of those who set on the quest for a perfect egg replacer and passed on this knowledge to us. Aquafaba is a merge of two Latin words, aqua (water) and faba (bean). Check Epicurious "Aquafaba: An Explanation and History" if you want to learn more.
In a stand mixer with a whip attachment, place ice-cold aquafaba and cream of tartar if using (it helps the aquafaba whip up faster and create firmer peaks.) Whip until foamy (about 3 minutes). Add extract, lemon juice and sugar and beat until well mixed and soft peaks form (approximately 10 minutes.) Turn off the mixer and put a third of the aquafaba in a large bowl. Slowly pour melted chocolate, mixing well with a wire whisk. Finish by gradually adding the remaining aquafaba gently incorporating it with a spatula. Fill individual serving cups with this mixture and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. Decorate with your favotite toppings and enjoy!
*How to make Aquafaba
In a bowl, cover chickpeas with cold water and about a tablespoon of baking soda. Cover and allow to rest for a few hours or overnight. Rinse, wash and place beans in a saucepan, adding the 3 cups of water. Bring to a boil over medium heat for 50 minutes or until the they are cooked. NOTE: You can leave the chickpeas in the cooked water for a day, it will increase the protein content of the water and whip better. Aquafaba can be used in place of egg whites in most recipes - as a binder, to make meringues, coconut macaroons and even vegan mayo!