Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Day 2: Beautifying chocolate mousse pie w/ a secret ingredient (no bake, vegan, gluten & nut free)
Hey there! It's day 2 of Sweets Week! I am really excited to share todays recipe with you! If you read the title you may be asking yourself, "Why did she call this a "beautifying" chocolate mousse pie? Well let me explain. Did you see that there is a "secret ingredient"? Along with that secret, there are a list of other foods that are great for your skin/ hair in this pie, that will help you to look your best this Valentine's Day. The secret though is actually....sweet potato! There is a whole sweet potato that makes up the filling of this delicious mousse, and I gotta say it is AWESOME. And not just because I made it.
Why are sweet potatoes good for beauty? They are high in vitamin A, which helps to prevent wrinkles and keep your skin soft. They are also a great source of vitamin C, calcium, folate, potassium, and beta carotene. All of those are beneficial for healthy skin and hair.
What other beauty foods are in this pie? Sunflower seeds, dates, coconut oil, cacao, and maple syrup.
* Sunflower seeds are high in selenium, zinc, and vitamin e. All are great for skin and hair health.
* Dates are full of vitamin A, and K, and loads of other minerals, and help protect cells against free radicals.
* Coconut oil is a well known beauty foods because of it's good fats that keep skin hydrated and prevents sagging.
* Cacao is one of the most anioxidant rich foods you can eat! It is also full of magnesium and vitamin C and helps repair damaged cells, protect from free radicals, and helps increase blood flow to the skin. Raw cacao is best.
* Maple syrup is a beauty food because if it's high levels of manganese and zinc.
Now that I've explained the why, let's get to the how!
1 1/2 cups sunflower meal
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 cup pitted dates
1 1/2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 medium sweet potato, skinned
3 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp coconut oil
2 shakes of cinnamon
3 tbsp maple syrup
First, place your peeled and chopped sweet potato in a pan of water and boil until tender. Remove from heat and strain. Let them cool and prepare the crust. Add your dates, and sunflower meal to your food processor. Blend until combined. Add your coconut oil and vanilla and blend. Add cacao and blend again. Grease your pie pan with more coconut oil, and press your sunflower mix evenly into the pan. Place in refrigerator.
While your crust is chilling, get started on your filling. Place cooled sweet potatoes in food processor and blend until smooth. Add the rest of your ingredients and blend again. (Adjust sweetness and chocolatey-ness to your liking, I liked the amount I used here but that's just me!) After the mixture is nice and smooth and creamy, pur it into your chilled crust and smooth out. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Once set, just slice and serve!
I really hope you love this pie! Let me know what you think in the comments!
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