• 1 box extra firm tofu
  • 1 box firm tofu
  • 1 bag Vegan chocolate chips
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened Cocoa powder
  • 1 Tablespoon Raw Cacao powder
  • 1 can (13-14oz) full fat canned coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

My chocolate mousse is one of my newer recipes that is currently featured at the JivamukTEA Café and one, which is also featured, in my upcoming cookbook, The Jivamukti Vegan Cookbook. When asked why my chocolate mousse is so special and how does it embody my philosophy, I say the following… It is all about light and love.

The mousse is light, smooth and airy and at the same time deep, dense and rich. Yogis embody a balance of both the terrestrial and celestial forces. Yogis are deeply rooted and aligned with the earth and because of that connection they are able to transcend the binding heaviness of physical existence and soar into heavenly realms of spacious delight. So the mousse is light and heavy at the same time—I think that’s really cool! Also, just fyi, I recommend using a hand mixer and saving your arms for practicing handstands!

Put tofu into a food processor add a pinch of sea salt and blend, then add maple syrup, coconut milk, vanilla extract, cocoa and cacao powder and blend again. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a double boiler.  Add to tofu mixture the melted chocolate chips and coconut butter and thoroughly blend. Then transfer the mixture to a large bowl, using a spatula to scrap out all of the mixture. Now using a hand mixer whip for 3-5 minutes at high speed—this will lighten and more add air. Using a large spoon—spoon into serving cups or crystal champagne glasses and refrigerate till cold about 1-2 hours.

Optionally you could serve with a dollop of vegan whipped cream on the top. Makes about 10-12 servings depending on size of cups.

Sharon Gannon is a 21st-century Renaissance woman, an animal rights and vegan activist and a world-renowned yogini, perhaps best known as the founder, along with David Life, of the Jivamukti Yoga Method. She is also an accomplished writer, dancer, painter, musician and chef. Sharon has devoted many years exploring the role of diet in promoting physical, emotional and mental well-being as well as spiritual development. She lives in a 125-acre wild forest sanctuary in Woodstock, NY.

A student of Brahmananda Sarasvati, Swami Nirmalananda, K. Pattabhi Jois, and Shyam das, she is a pioneer in teaching yoga as spiritual activism and is credited for making yoga cool and hip—relating ancient teachings of yoga to the modern world. Sharon's book Yoga and Vegetarianism has been called the "seminal" work on the subject, exploring the relationship of veganism to the teachings of yoga.

Sharon is a musician and is a featured vocalist on many CDs including Sharanam, which is her 2010 solo album, produced by Frenz Kallos. She has produced numerous yoga-related DVDs and is the author of several books, including Jivamukti Yoga: Practices for Liberating Body & SoulThe Art of Yoga, Cats and Dogs are People Too!, and Yoga Assists. Her writing has appeared in numerous publications, including Toward 2012, Arcana V: Music, Magic and Mysticism, What comes after Money, Semiotexte, Yoga Journal, Mantra, and Origin. She writes a monthly essay called the Focus of the Month.