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Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse #Aquafaba

Bean juice! It never fails to amaze me.

Yup, even after writing an entire cookbook about it, every single time I whip some up in my stand mixer, it still feels like a miracle that I can make meringue with a waste product.

Okay! So today’s recipe is a riff on the very first aquafaba recipe I ever made, and for many people, it’s their gateway drug to the aquafaba universe.

Mousse.

Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse Aquafaba

I normally make this with melted dark chocolate, and it rocks. But if there’s one thing I love almost as much as dark chocolate, it’s peanut butter. Even better when they are together.

I recently got this powdered peanut butter. I’d been reading about this product for a while, and I was curious about it, and how it worked. Lots of folks in the paleo community are loving it, because it can act as a kind of flour sub, but it also adds protein. I’m simply for anything that tastes like peanut butter.

So I’ve been using it the last couple of weeks in my smoothies (yassss!), but I thought I’d try it in some other things as well. Would it work when added to mousse?

Oh yeah it does!

Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup aquafaba
  • 1/4 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar or 1/16 tsp of xanthium gum
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter powder (I’m using PB & Me)

Method

  1. Add the aquafaba to the bowl of your stand mixer and attach the whip. Add the cream of tartar or xanthium, and begin to whip at low speed for 2 minutes. Increase speed to medium and whip for 2 minutes more. Slowly add the sugar in a stream while whipping, and then turn the speed on high for 2 minutes. Check the mousse at this point, you should have nice stiff peaks. If not, whip it a little longer on high. Remove the bowl from the mixer.
  2. Sift the peanut butter powder into the mousse. Carefully fold it in using a spatula. Spoon into glasses, then allow to set up in the refrigerator for at least a couple of hours. Best if eaten fairly quickly–the mousse will start to deflate after a day or so.

Amaretti Cookies {Vegan}

This is my second cookie recipe this week, both of which feature aquafaba.

When I was doing research for this recipe, I had to go a bit further afield–Commercial Drive to be exact. I hadn’t had amaretti cookies in quite some time. They may not be easy for you to find, either, unless you live in a city with a fairly significant Italian population.

Thank goodness I do.

Vegan Amaretti Cookies

Fratelli is an old-school Italian bakery that’s been on The Drive for decades. I got some cookies to go, then headed next door to Calabria for some more Italian culture in the form of an Americano. I was literally the youngest person in there, and nearly everyone around me was speaking Italian.

There’s a lot of conflicting information about these cookies on the internet. There are, apparently, a few different versions of the cookie; but all of them come from a base of egg whites, sugar and almonds. Some are softer, some are harder, like a biscotti. They’re generally served at the end of the meal, along with coffee and liqueur, specifically Amaretto, which is a bitter digestif.

My version features a splash of Amaretto right in the mix.

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This version is a bit crispy on the outside, but chewy on the inside. They’re sweet, but not too sweet, thanks to the slight bitterness of the almonds and the Amaretto and a touch of dark cocoa.

By the way, amaretti are not just a cookie that can be enjoyed on their own. They make a great ingredient in other desserts as well. I’ve often used them in a trifle-like type dessert to add a little texture and crunch.

Amaretti Cookies Vegan

Amaretti Cookies {Vegan}

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup aquafaba
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/4-1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tsp amaretto liqueur
  • icing sugar for rolling

Instructions

  1. Place the aquafaba and the cream of tartar into the bowl of your stand mixer with the wire whisk attachment. Beat on low for 2 minutes, then change the speed to medium. Beat for another two minutes, while adding the sugar in a slow stream. You don’t want it to reach the fluffy meringue stage, you rather want the aquafaba to be at a marshmallow stage–glossy and white, kind of sticky.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the almond meal, cocoa powder and salt.
  3. When the aquafaba has reached the gooey marshmallow stage, remove it from the mixer, and add in the almond extract and the amaretto.
  4. Now fold in the dry almond meal mixture. Once this is all incorporated, begin to add in the flour, 2 tbsp at a time, until the mixture is still wet, but not gooey/sticky. You should be able to scoop up the cookies, and drop them without them sticking excessively to the spoon.
  5. Drop the balls into a bed of powdered sugar and roll them around a little in it. Place the cookies on a cookie sheet and flatten slightly with the bottom of a glass.
  6. Bake in a 325 degree oven for about 20 minutes. Remove to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.
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