Have you heard of aquafaba? It is the water from a can of chickpeas or other white bean. Not the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of making a dessert!
However, it really does work well as an egg replacer in a mousse, making a light and aerated pudding. Here is my first attempt:
Not bad, eh?! For a heavier mousse check out my tofu one…
The water from a can of chickpeas (about 125-150ml)
100g vegan chocolate
2 tablespoons icing sugar (add slightly more or less depending on personal preference and the bitterness of the chocolate)
Melt the chocloate in a microwave or using a bain marie. Allow to cool slightly.
Whip up the aquafaba as you would egg white until it forms soft peaks.
Add the icing sugar to the aquafaba and whisk for another minute to combine.
Carefully add the chocolate (if you add too quickly it will simply sink to the bottom) and stir, avoiding knocking the air out!
Chill until ready to serve.
Dust with icing sugar or make chocolate curls if you feel extravagant!
The mousse sets as it chills and mine had a slightly crusty top. Mine was also a bit grainy but I think I added the chocolate before it had cooled enough. However, I quite liked the texture! My mousse had separated a little so I would advise eating within 2 hours unlike the 8 hours of chilling I did!
Who would have thought it was made using chickpea water that is usually thrown away?!