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Pears with Chocolate Maple Mousse

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Low-fat tofu adds protein and richness to the creamy chocolate mousse filling in this juicy pear dessert.

Preparation facts

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 6 servings


10 oz (285g) low-fat, firm, silken tofu

1/4 cup (60mL) maple syrup

1/3 cup (35g) Dutch cocoa

1 tsp (5mL) vanilla

1 orange

3 large, ripe Red Bartlett pears


Drain the tofu and place it in the center of a clean kitchen towel. Draw the corners of the towel together, then twist the towel around the tofu to form a ball. Squeeze as much liquid as possible from the tofu by twisting the towel. Transfer the tofu to a processor or blender and puree until absolutely smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary. This will take at least 1 1/2 minutes of processing.

Grate 1 tsp (2g) of orange rind into the tofu. Squeeze and strain the juice from the orange and place 3 Tbsp (45mL) in a small bowl. Set the rest aside. Stir the maple syrup, cocoa and vanilla into the 3 Tbsp (45mL) of orange juice and mix well. Add the cocoa mixture to the tofu and blend completely. Chill this mousse, tightly covered, for at least 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.

Cut each pear in half lengthwise. Remove core then slice each half lengthwise into six wedges. Spread each pear half out in a fan shape on a dessert plate. Brush cut surfaces with reserved orange juice to prevent discoloration. Dollop mousse on plate and serve immediately.

Nutrition facts

Serving Size 1 serving
Calories 144
Calories from Fat 13 (9%)
% Daily Value*
3%Total Fat 2g
3%Saturated Fat 0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.6g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.4g
0%Cholesterol 0mg
1%Sodium 33mg
10%Potassium 337mg
10%Total Carbohydrate 31g
20%Dietary Fiber 4.9g
Sugars 21g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
10%Protein 5g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.
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