Focusing on You Personal Training works hard to provide you with the best advice, hints and tips to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. These sophisticated chocolate mousses make an eye-catching end to a dinner party, and better still, are under 200 calories per serving.
3oz of dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa)
3 tsps of cocoa powder
1/2 tsp. of instant espresso powder (strong instant coffee will work, also)
1 1/2oz of greek yoghurt
Whites of 2 eggs
1 tbsp. muscavado sugar
1 tbsp. of liqueur, e.g. kirsch for cherry flavoured, Kahlua for coffee flavour, Cointreau for orange flavour or dark rum. (This can be replaced by 1 tbsp. of water)
Break the chocolate into small pieces and place in a bain-marie. (A glass bowl over a pan of simmering water.) Dissolve the espresso powder in a splash of cold water, and then add to the chocolate, along with the cocoa powder and chosen liqueur. Stir together until evenly distributed and leave to melt, with the pan off the heat.
When it is cool, stir in the yoghurt.
In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites and the sugar a little at a time until you have a glossy consistency that stays in soft peaks. Gently fold the egg whites into the chocolate mixture, taking care to use light movements to retain the air.
Transfer into small dishes, such as ramekins, large shot glasses or small wine glasses. Chill for at least three hours.
Serve with a garnish that matches your flavour. For example, use red fruits for a kirsch flavoured mousse, cocoa powder or shaved chocolate curls for rum, or a thin slice of orange for Cointreau.
This recipe is an ideal guilt-free chocolate fix, which dinner party guests will never guess is less than 200 calories per serving! It has been made healthier by cutting out cream and refined sugar. Where possible, always choose dark chocolate of at least 60% cocoa, as this reduces dairy fat and milk solids found in milk or white chocolate.
Your personal trainer will be happy to make suggestions on how to improve your favourite dishes to reduce saturated fat and calories.