Chef Joanne Lusted's creamy tropical mousse blends rich coconut milk with fresh citrus for a downright heavenly combination you're sure to love.
3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp unflavored gelatin
14 oz light coconut milk
1/3 cup organic evaporated cane juice
Seeds of 1 whole vanilla bean or 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract, optional (TIP: To extract seeds from whole bean, halve bean lengthwise and scrape out seeds with the tip of a dull knife.)
3/4 cup egg whites (6 large egg whites)
1 kiwi, peeled and diced
1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut, toasted
In a small bowl, add lemon juice. Sprinkle gelatin over top and set aside for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small pot, heat milk on medium until small bubbles form around edge. Whisk in cane juice and vanilla (if using) until cane juice dissolves. Whisk in gelatin mixture until dissolved. Transfer to a medium bowl and refrigerate, whisking occasionally, for 15 minutes.
With a whisk or electric hand mixer, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Working in 1/4-cup increments, use a rubber spatula to gently fold egg whites into milk mixture until just combined; do not over-mix.
Divide mixture among small dessert glasses, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours, or overnight. To serve, top with kiwi, mango, strawberries and coconut.
A wonderful alternative to the heavy, sugar-laden treats of the holidays, this mousse is deliciously light and free of refined sugar. And, thanks to the addition of coconut and cayenne, it'll help rev up your metabolism to get you back on track in the new year!
Full-fat coconut milk is key to achieving the luscious creamy texture that’s often lacking in dairy-free puddings. For a pop of color, sprinkle with curls of lemon zest, mint or berries just before serving.