The leaves have started to change from a bright green to vibrant, fiery shades of red, yellow and orange. So pretty! And according to the calendar, it’s officially fall. Do you know what that means!? It means that I can finally post pumpkin recipes on the blog. *hehe* Even though fall is my very favourite season, I like to hold onto the last bits of summer as much as possible. Winter on the Canadian Prairies can be quite harsh, so I like to savour summer – every last bit! To kick off fall on The Fig Tree today, I want to share a very special dessert inspired by the ever-so-popular “PSL”. May I present to you…*drum roll*…Pumpkin Spice Latté Mousse!
Earlier this year, I discovered that I have an allergy to dairy products. Since I’ve eliminated such products from my diet, my overall health has greatly improved. However, my sweet tooth has remained and constantly demands attention! When I decided to go dairy-free, I was worried that I would no longer be able to enjoy luscious, creamy desserts that would satisfy my needy sweet tooth. Over the past few months, I’ve learned how to make incredibly flavourful vegan desserts with a delightful, creamy texture. The trick? Silken tofu! Silken tofu can provide the most creamiest of bases for desserts without affecting flavour. Plus it’s loaded with protein and is a low-fat alternative to dairy. Soy often gets a bad rap, but I like to enjoy it in moderation and always try to buy non-GMO.
For this festive fall dessert, I’ve combined silken tofu, pure pumpkin purée, some pumpkin pie spice, and espresso powder. I’ve sweetened it up with pure maple syrup and poured the mousse into small mason jars and refrigerated them for about 6 hours to allow the mousse to set. Each mousse is topped with some whipped coconut cream and garnished with cinnamon sticks and star anise. The mousse is flavourful without being too heavy. And it’s just sweet enough to make my sweet tooth happy. It’s full of pumpkin flavour with a hint of coffee. If you love the taste of coffee, feel free to add more espresso powder. You could also just add in a tablespoon of strong-brewed coffee if you don’t have any espresso powder available. This pumpkin spice latté mousse is the perfect way to celebrate the start of fall and pumpkin season!
A delicious, creamy coffee-infused pumpkin mousse without the diary! Sweetened with pure maple syrup and spiced with a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and all-spice, this coconut whipped cream topped dessert will definitely impress friends and family alike.
- 1 package of silken (soft) tofu in aseptic package (such as Mori-Nu Silken Tofu)
- 1/2 cup of pure pumpkin purée (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice
- 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon of espresso powder dissolved in 1 tablespoon of water
- 1-14 oz can of full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated for at least 12 hours
- 1/4 cup of confectioner's sugar
- splash of pure vanilla extract
- star anise and cinnamon sticks for garnish
- Combine the silken tofu, pumpkin purée, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup and dissolved espresso powder into a blender. Blend until well combined.
- Pour the mousse into small ramekins or mini mason jars. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours. The mousse will thicken up after some time in the fridge.
- Before serving, whip the coconut milk, confectioner's sugar and vanilla on high with an electric mixer until thick and fluffy with soft peaks. IMPORTANT: 30 minutes before preparing the coconut whipped cream, place bowl and whisk attachment in the freezer. It's important that the coconut milk and the bowl & whisk are cold to allow for a thicker end result.
- Scoop or pipe the whipped cream onto the top of each pumpkin mousse. Garnish with cinnamon sticks, ground cinnamon and/or star anise. Serve and enjoy!
The pumpkin mousse must be made in advance, as it must sit for about 6 hours in the fridge to firm up.
Source: The Fig Tree
Wow looks delicious!
Thanks! I’ll make you some soon :) xoxo
Kaitlin @ TheGardenGrazer says
Gorgeous pictures Courtney!!! You totally just got me in the fall spirit :) Sounds soooo good – must make ASAP!
Thanks Kaitlin! I had so much fun shooting these adorable little mousse cups. Plus, they are actually fairly healthy…so I didn’t feel TOO guilty eating two last night. *hehe*
Kylie @ immaeatthat says
So pretty! Love these!
Thank you! xo I had so much fun putting these together. They are just so cute! And yummy too! :)
Rossi @ A Baking Girl says
I love tofu mousse, but I’ve never thought of making a pumpkin version! This needs to happen ASAP
I’m new to tofu mousse, but I love it! So many great flavour combinations to try! Hope you enjoy the pumpkin mousse :)
Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today says
I’m sorry about your allergy, but at least you discover new things now :) And this beauty looks delicious!
Thanks Marta! It was a bit tough when I learned about my allergy, but now I am happy with how everything worked out. I am learning great ways to make my favourite meals without dairy. It’s really challenged me in the kitchen and inspired me all over again :)
Katie (The Muffin Myth) says
This looks so good! I might leave out the espresso powder because a) I can never find it, and b) I’m not much of a coffee person. I love that you’ve used silken tofu as the base, it makes this such a protein rich healthy dessert, especially being naturally sweetened. Yum!
Thanks Katie! I think it’s so cool that dessert can be protein-packed, make your sweet tooth happy and be low-fat! I really don’t think you need the espresso powder, as the mousse has lots of flavour with the pumpkin and spice. A splash of vanilla might be nice :)
Natalie @ Once Upon a Cutting Board says
Yum! I made a pumpkin tofu pudding type dessert last year and loved it, you definitely don’t taste the tofu but I love the texture it adds! I also love your latte twist on this, and as usual, your styling and photography are gorgeous!
Shareba @ In Search Of Yummy-ness says
These are beautiful! I bet they taste great too :)
Thanks Shareba :) They were awfully tasty! :)
Your photography is gorgeous! What a good idea to use the silken tofu. My kids both have issues with dairy, but I never think to use tofu like this.
Thank you Dana! :) I’ve only been dairy free a few months, but I cannot get over how easy it is to have treats that are creamy and delicious! You honestly cannot taste the tofu what-so-ever in this dish. I’ve been playing with other flavour combinations and I’m smitten! :)
I can taste all the silky, creamy fall flavors right now! I love making healthier, dairy-free desserts and this one looks so perfect for this time of year! I’ve never made mousse and I’m so inspired to do so now!
I really never expected dairy-free mousse to be so creamy and flavourful. But the silken tofu makes it incredibly creamy without any strong soy flavour. I am so smitten. I’ve been busy trying different flavours and variations. I hope you make mousse soon! It’s my fav! :)
Oooo total yum! I don’t have a dairy allergy but I do love making desserts like this! This sounds awesome – especially with the espresso powder – I love using it in sweets!
Me too! Espresso powder really enhances other flavours in desserts. I am addicted to tofu mousse now. I’ve been experimenting with all sorts of yummy flavour combinations. I’ll post some ideas soon :)
Pure Ella says
These are adorable!! I love this!!
Wow, this looks amazing, I love coconut and pumpkin! Great combo, will try later this week :)
Me too! The coconut whip really makes this dessert. I hope you enjoy it! :)