Chocolate and Berries Breakfast, Bring Romance to Valentine’s Day

This year, I am not sharing Valentines Day with someone special. But I will celebrate it with chocolate, starting with the indulgence of Chocolate Blini with Raspberry Drizzle for breakfast.

I created these petite pancakes to serve as dessert, perhaps at a romantic dinner for two. With Valentine’s Day this year falling on a Sunday, I realized they would also be a sensuous way to start the day.

Hazelnut Blini_07smallThese pancakes are called blini because they are about the same size as the little ones that Russians serve with caviar or smoked salmon.

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Not Your Mother’s Chocolate Mousse

chocolate-and-blueberry-tofuThis Valentine’s Day, say “I love you” with a Health-e-Recipe for Chocolate and Blueberry Tofu Mousse with Sesame Crunch. This elegant dessert uses a secret, undetectable ingredient—silken tofu—to boost its health-protective phytochemicals. Adding still more cancer-fighting power, blueberry syrup lends a tangy taste contrast.

This mousse recipe was developed by Shameer Griffin of Philadelphia, PA, who won second place in the Healthy Dessert Contest hosted by AICR and the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (CCAP), which helps high school students who aspire to be chefs.

The finished dessert looks 5-star-restaurant quality, but making it is actually simple. The mousse of almond milk, chocolate, vanilla extract and tofu takes 10 minutes or less to blend; then just chill for an hour. The blueberry syrup and sesame crunch each take about 20 minutes, but you can make them while the mousse chills. Continue reading