I can’t tell you how many strawberries went into the making of this recipe!
A LOT. But it was worth it because the result is a super light and fluffy strawberry mousse that tastes just like cotton candy! It’s not too sweet, full of strawberry flavor, and makes the perfect summer dessert! Plus it requires only 7 ingredients and is naturally sweetened and gluten-free! You guys have to try this recipe!
HOW TO MAKE VEGAN STRAWBERRY MOUSSE
The base is strawberries (obviously!), maple syrup to sweeten, and vanilla extract. You can use seeds from one vanilla bean if you prefer, the mousses will pack even more vanilla flavor.
Important tip: Use the best strawberries you can find, their sweetness and flavor will affect A LOT the end result. It can go from meh to delicious. I haven’t tried with frozen ones so let me know if you do! I did try with (frozen) raspberries though and it was just as delicious! So if you are more a fan of raspberries, use them instead of strawberries.
You start by making a simple strawberry juice by blending the ingredients together until smooth. Then set aside while you prepare the rest.
The not-so-secret ingredient that gives the mousses their light and fluffy texture is aquafaba. You know, that yellowish liquid that comes in cans of cooked chickpeas. I told you I used a lot of strawberries while testing this recipe, well I also used a lot of aquafaba. Meaning I have enough chickpeas to make hummus for the rest of the year.
Anyway, the problem with aquafaba is that it tends to collapse very quickly if you don’t add something to harden it. When you are making chocolate mousse, the chocolate helps firm up everything, but to make fruit mousse it’s a different story. I had to rely on coconut cream + agar to get a light and fluffy texture that is perfectly soft yet keeps its shape well.
Do not omit the agar, it’s an essential ingredient to this recipe as it hardens the mousse and prevents the strawberry juice from separating from the aquafaba. I don’t have any substitute to recommend for the agar, maybe pectin would work but I haven’t tried it yet.
To activate the agar, you will heat it with the coconut cream until it reaches a boil. Next, stir in the strawberry juice and mix until well combined. I don’t heat the strawberry juice with the coconut cream because I found out strawberries lose some flavor when heated. Then you will have to let it cool for about 20 minutes, you don’t want it to be too hot or it will make the aquafaba collapse.
While the coconut strawberry juice is cooling down, whip the aquafaba to firm peaks using an electric whisker. This step can take up to 5 minutes.
Finally, you fold in half of the coconut strawberry syrup into the aquafaba and carefully mix with a spatula. Once fully combined, pour in the rest of the juice and fold again until combined. Transfer to jars and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours. The mousse will firm up as it cools.
These mousses have a very light pink color. If you want them to be more colorful I guess you could stir in half a teaspoon of beetroot powder when blending the strawberries. I didn’t use any as I thought it looked more natural this way. You could also use half strawberries and half raspberries, I tried it and the color was a bit pinker.
These aquafaba mousses are fluffy, light, and not too sweet. It makes the perfect summer dessert, plus it’s very low in calories! Yep, it’s good for your waistline!
Let me know in the comments if you try this recipe!
Note: This recipe has been updated, the texture and flavor are now even better!
Strawberry Aquafaba Mousse
- Place the strawberries, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a blender. Blend on high speed until smooth. You should get a thin juice. Transfer to a mixing bowl and set aside.
- Add the coconut cream to a medium size saucepan. In a small bowl, dissolve the agar with the water and add to the saucepan. Heat over medium heat, whisking regularly until it just starts to boil. Remove from heat as soon as it starts boiling.
- Pour the hot coconut cream into the bowl containing the strawberry juice and stir to combine. Let cool 20-25 minutes, or until just warm. It should not be hot.
- If you haven't already, drain the chickpeas from the can and reserve the juice (aquafaba). Place the aquafaba into a large mixing bowl. Using an electric whisk, whip the aquafaba on high speed until firm peak forms, about 5 minutes. You should be able to turn the bowl upside down without the aquafaba losing its shape. Don't be scared to whip for at least 5 minutes.
- Pour half of the coconut strawberry juice into the bowl and carefully fold it into the aquafaba using a spatula. Once fully combined, pour the rest of the strawberry juice and fold again until the juice is completely integrated into the aquafaba. Try not to overmix, stop as soon as it's combined and no juice remains at the bottom of the bowl. The batter should be very light and fluffy.
- Use a spoon to transfer the strawberry mousse to jars. Cover with plastic film and refrigerate for at least 3 hours.
- Before serving, top with a dollop of coconut cream and chocolate shavings! The mousses will keep for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.