Chocolate Mousse Pie with a Secret Ingredient!

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21.6.11

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My Tomato Cake raised several eyebrows. Lots of people thought it was a crazy idea! Some tried it and thought it was a wonderful idea!! Some friends asked me when I was making a beet cake! lol

Here comes another delicious recipe with a secret ingredient! And guess what that is!!

 

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BEETS! Yes… this incredible chocolate mousse pie has beet puree in it.

I know there are several beet cake recipes out there. So I thought of getting a little more daring and trying to make a beet-chocolate mousse recipe and I think it’s a winner! Mousse is creamy and soft with a hint of beet in it. It has no cream or egg or butter or anything else! It’s just chocolate and beet puree! I can confidently say that it is as good (if not better) as some of the best mousse I have had!

For the crust again I tried something I had never tried before. I made a whole wheat pie crust with coconut oil. I have been wanting to bake with coconut oil after knowing about how much healthier coconut oil is compared to butter. I added a couple of cocoa powder and sugar to it. It turned out amazing!! I stuck my coconut oil in the freezer for 10 minutes for it to harden before I added it to the flour. I made the crust as thin as possible and it was perfectly crumbly and almost brittle just the way I like it! It does have a deep coconut flavor (which my husband wasn’t a fan of) but I enjoyed it. If you have used coconut oil/butter in your cooking/baking and like it then I am sure you will like this one too.

A few of my cousins and friends who visited us tasted the pie and couldn’t guess the secret ingredient even after several hints!  They couldn’t even believe it that the crust was whole wheat and had coconut oil!  My daughter licked all the bowls with chocolate beet mousse clean and my husband was THRILLED that my weird beet chocolate combo worked this well!

I wasn’t really measuring everything while making this so all the measurements are approximate here.

I love how my vegan, healthy chocolate mousse pie with beets turned out! Make this and let me know what you guys think! Soon :)

 

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Ingredients:

For the crust

  • 1 cup of whole wheat flour
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • 5-6 tbsp cold water

For the mousse

  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup beet puree

 

To make the pie crust first place the coconut oil in the freezer/refrigerator till it’s solid and looks like butter. Mix the flour, cocoa powder, sugar and the coconut oil and slowly combine with your fingers. When it resembles bread crumbs add enough cold water to make dough. Keep it in the refrigerator for 20-30 mins. Roll it into ¼ inch thickness and place it in the pie plate. Use your hand to put it together if it breaks or tears. Bake the crust at 210°C for 8-10 minutes or till golden brown. Let it cool completely.

Peel and boil beets till soft and blend it into a smooth puree. Melt the chocolate using a double boiler till smooth. Turn off the heat and let it cool for a few minutes. Now add the beet puree and mix well.

Pour this chocolate beet mixture into the prepared pie crust and smoothen the surface with a flat spoon. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours till it completely sets. If you want it to be not too soft you can even put it in the freezer for 15-20 minutes till it hardens a little.

Serve with whipped cream or ice cream or eat it plain like how I did.

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31 comments :

  • nags

    just leaving another comment because i don’t know how else to subscribe to your replies. sorry for the spam! :)

  • nags

    did you use canned beets for this? also, is the coconut oil extra virgin? coconut oil is very commonly used for general cooking where i am from in india (kerala). wondering if its the same thing you used.

    • Chinmayie

      First of all thanks a lot for stopping by Nags! I have always loved your blog :)
      I used fresh Beets in this recipe. It was just regular coconut oil that we use for cooking. I am from Kasargod region which is bordering Kerala and we also use only coconut oil for cooking :)

  • Andrea

    Hi! I have never tried beets before but I came across this recipe (on foodgawker) and knew I had to try it! Well, I made it today and I LOVE it! Such a simple recipe! I have more beet puree left and I plan on making another one! Thank you for the recipe! :)

    Andrea

    • Chinmayie

      Thank you so much Andrea! Glad you liked the recipe so much :) I am so happy that my recipe actually made you like beets!!!

  • manila madanna

    excellent photos and i have to see other pages also then i will write in details. a good work. really appreciable. c. mahadeva shastry, manila house, pangalaya PUTTUR D.K. 574201

  • Richa

    Cool! i’ve been adding beets and other veggies in things as well.. its fun and i love the color! check out my beet yeast bread and bee and potato cutlets!:)

  • Jenn and Jac @sketchfreevegan

    cool! i was curious to see what the secret ingredient was and beets do go so well with chocolate for some strange reason…

  • Sandhya

    Tried this one out.. came out super yummm!!! Used 2 tbsps of butter instead of coconut oil though.. Loved the chocolate-beet flavour.

  • Lindsey@Lindselicious

    How smart! I need to get on the bandwagon and make some of these desserts that are infused with veggies. More veggies, less guilt is what I say! This looks amazing, no one would even know!

  • Tanvi@SinfullySpicy

    This looks and sounds out really awesome.I LOVE the color.I have seen beet & choco combo in cakes a lot though I dont know how they taste together.But the color of beets is one of my fav things about them.I would really love to try this for my husband who’s on a choco high lately !

    • Chinmayie

      This is the first time I am using chocolate and beet together and i think it works great!! I think i will always bake something with my beets in future!

  • Maria @ Scandifoodie

    I adore the combination of beets and chocolate, the sweetness of the beets is perfect for this!

  • Chinmayie

    Thank you guys!

  • Sharmilee

    Wow beets in mousse sounds a healthy idea..looks super yumm

  • Raquel @ Erecipe Free Nutritional Calculator

    never thought of making mouse pie with beet puree, that’s awesome looks delicious! love it…I also read one this kind of recipe but this time with tofu.

  • Brooke

    Wow. This looks awesome! And pretty in low calories, too! Nom!

    • Brooke

      Chinmayie, I have this tasty morsel in my fridge right now. I can’t believe how yummy the filling is! I can’t wait till it’s cooled down!

      • Chinmayie

        Thanks for trying my recipe Brooke! Just saw the photo of your son enjoying it!! glad your family likes it!!

    • Brooke

      I’ve got a gluten-free crust version in the works tonight for a friend. I’ll let you know how it turns out!

      • Brooke

        It was great! I used hazelnut flour instead of the wheat flour. It didn’t hold together enough to roll out, but I just pressed it into the pan like you would a graham cracker crust. It worked out beautifully! The hazelnuts tasted great with the chocolate. All my guests loved it, not just the gluten free people!

        • Chinmayie

          Awesome!!! That’s such a amazing twist to the recipe! I am sure hazelnut flour and chocolate can’t go wrong!! Are you blogging it?

          • Brooke

            I hadn’t planned on blogging it, we at it all up! =) I can make another if you’d like me to, or if you want to blog it, you are more than welcome to. =)

  • Jackie

    What a fantastic idea!! And I love the photos =)

  • Celeste

    Wow! This is a great way to add veggies to my diet. I’m not a fab of beets but I don’t think I would have a problem eating them this way!

  • Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    Oh no wonder! The chocolate color looks a bit different from regular chocolate, but until I read through I didn’t know the color is from beets! Yes you are crazy. Heheheh. What a great secret ingredient! I’d love to try this.

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