Raw Mango Mousse With Irish Moss

Mango Mousse Cups

Mango Mousse Cups

This recipe is inspired by my Raw Cacao Mousse recipe. I keep playing with Irish Moss, a new ingredient for me, and wanted to come up with a fruit-based version of the mousse. I used dried mango but am looking forward to using fresh mango when it is in season again.


(Makes four 6oz puddings, but you can use smaller containers to make more cups!)

5 Pitted Dates (soaked overnight or add boiling water and soak 5 mins)

1/4 C. Brazil Nuts (soaked overnight or add boiling water and soak 5 mins)

1/3 C. Dried Mango (torn into smaller pieces and soaked overnight or add boiling water and soak 5 mins)

3/4 C. Irish Moss Puree (how-to and recipe here)

1 C. Almond Milk

1/2 C. Full Fat Coconut Milk

2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

1/2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

Juice of 1/2 a Lemon

Pinch of sea salt

4 Tbsp. Dried or fresh Wild Blueberries, for the bottom of containers

2 Tbsp. Shredded Coconut


1. Combine soaked brazil nuts, mango and dates in food processor or vitamix and blend until mostly combined, scraping down the sides if needed.

2. Add prepared Irish Moss puree and blend until smooth.

3. Add remaining almond milk, coconut milk, salt, maple syrup, lemon juice, and vanilla extract, blending for a few minutes until completely smooth and chunk free. Taste to make sure it is sweet enough to your liking before pouring it into cups!

4. Add blueberries to the bottom of your containers. Pour mango mousse into 4 mini mason jars or ramekins, sprinkle with shredded coconut, and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. The Irish Moss takes a bit of time to set up and become firm.

5. Enjoy! You are a raw dessert goddess!


Raw Cacao Mousse with Irish Moss



There seems to be a trendy ingredient as of late…Irish Moss. I see it pop up in all the raw vegan pies and puddings in fancy juice bars and vegan cafes, and have been a bit confused as to what it is and how to use it. It is a gelatin substitute and thickening agent that creates a fluffy texture in recipes.

This is a 2 day process that requires overnight soaking, so you can make this ahead! Not at the last minute, or you will be sad.

Irish Moss How-to

Buy Irish Moss from your local health food store or Whole Foods. I used the Divine Organics brand. Irish Moss is actually a type of seaweed and is full of trace minerals such as magnesium, super important for your health!

1. Grab a cup of moss from the bag and place in a very large bowl. It will be in large kelp-like leaves. It will smell like horrible fish and the sea. Don’t be afraid (I was!).  Add water to cover by a couple of inches. There will be sand and weird white and black gritty things covering the moss, as it is from the sea. Soak overnight or all day long.

2. After at least 6 hours, the moss will double in size and be lighter in color. Rinse the moss a few times with cold water until you no longer have sandy bits falling into the bowl.

3. Add soaked moss with 1.5 cups of fresh water (not the soaking water) and blend in a food processor or Vitamix until totally blended and gel-like in consistency.

4. Store in a container up to a week.

Raw Cacao Mousse Recipe

(Makes four 6oz puddings, but you can use smaller containers to make more cups!)

5 Pitted Dates (soaked overnight or add boiling water and soak 5 mins)

1/4 C. Brazil Nuts (soaked overnight or add boiling water and soak 5 mins)

3/4 C. Irish Moss puree

1 C. Almond Milk

1/2 C. Full Fat Coconut Milk

2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup

1/2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

3 Tbsp Raw Cacao Powder (if using cocoa powder, use 4 tbsp as cacao is stronger)

Pinch of sea salt

Raw Cacao Nibs, for sprinkling on top


1. Combine soaked brazil nuts and dates in food processor or vitamix and blend until mostly combined, scraping down the sides if needed.

2. Add Irish Moss puree and cacao powder, blend until smooth.

3. Add remaining almond milk, coconut milk, salt, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, blending for a few minutes until completely smooth and chunk free. Taste to make sure it is sweet enough to your liking before pouring it into cups!

4. Pour into 4 mini mason jars or ramekins, sprinkle with cacao nibs, and let chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. The Irish Moss takes a bit of time to set up and become firm.

5. Enjoy!

A Gluten Free visit to Bouchon Bakery

Bouchon bakery has always been a childhood favorite of mine – for years, on Saturdays, I would ride bikes with my Dad and sister to the bakery, getting fresh morning doughnuts filled with raspberry preserves or topped with little chocolate candies. As an adult, I would race over after work with a friend to grab the infamous T.K.O (basically a glorified grown-up Oreo cookie) or devour almond croissants with abandon.

Then I went gluten free.

I assumed Bouchon Bakery would forever be off limits for me, with all of its eternally traditional French and gluten-filled goodness, and I would merely have to send all my friends there to enjoy dessert as I cried endlessly from my loss.

Well guess what?

I bet you didn’t know that Bouchon Bakery caters (and always has catered) to the gluten free population…they have french macarons and Neapolitan rice crispy treats! Macarons are basically made with almond meal, egg whites, and sugar, which renders them completely gluten free.

Pow! I still get fancy dessert!

Neopolitan Rice Crispy Treat!

Neopolitan Rice Crispy Treat!

I I bet you didn’t know that their French macarons are all naturally gluten free…

Fig Macaron, Anyone?

Fig Macaron, Anyone?

But I bet you really didn’t know they carry a little something special in the back on request called “Oh No You Didn’ts” – a chocolate dipped macaron wrapped in shiny foil – all the flavors!! Dipped in chocolate! Dark or milk!

Chocolate Dipped Caramel Macaron!

Chocolate Dipped Caramel Macaron!

Did I know until now?
I know I didn’t.
Make sure you try the caramel flavor.

Visit them:  6528 Washington St  Yountville, CA 94599

Call them: (707) 944-2253

Onliiiiiiine them: http://bouchonbakery.com/

Bouchon Bakery is open 7 days a week, 7am-7pm.

Goodness-filled Foil

Goodness-filled Foil

Raw Lemon Coconut Pie

When I lived on Maui for 6 months, I frequented a place called Maui Kombucha in Haiku. They served fresh kombucha on tap, raw salads, and RAW PIE. My first bite of raw pie was a slice of semi-frozen key-lime coconut, as thick as possible with a dense nutty crust. It was a hot humid day, and the pie was like pie and a lemon bar and ice cream and limeaid all at once: perfection. This divine, life changing pie was $7.50 a slice. And so worth it. At first it was a weekly indulgence – I would ceremonially select a day of the week to have this pie, sometimes with my dutiful roommate Amber, who helped support my growing obsession and loved it (nearly) as much as me. Sometimes we couldn’t get pie together and she would come home with a slice, I would see it, and then need my own. And drive down the hill to get my own, that second.

Did I mention that Maui Kombucha was less than a 5 minute drive away? And that they had 3-4 different flavors a day? And that there were always new flavors that I needed to try? Sometimes it was chocolate coconut, sometimes lilikoi (passionfruit), sometimes carrot cake. But always, always, the lime was the best. And always the base of every pie was coconut. Early into my growing pie obsession, someone broke my heart. I decided raw pie was the only thing that would mend it back together, for $7.50 a slice. My heart was so broken and my sweet tooth and sadness were so strong, I quickly developed a daily pie habit. The kombucha baristas soon knew me as the one who came for pie to heal my broken heart, partially because I told each of them, one by one. I would come for pie during the strongest of thunderstorms and the brightest of sunny days. I would come for pie on the way out to the beach, or on the way home from the beach. I would go the moment they opened, or moments before they closed, always in a panic, hoping that they would have the coconut lime flavor.

I started to hide my pie obsession from Amber, because she knew it was getting bad. Sometimes I would go eat pie by myself and then announce my craving to her later and suggest we go together later that day, so I WOULD SECRETLY GET PIE TWICE IN ONE DAY. There was one week where I actually spent nearly $100 on pie at Maui Kombucha. My poor roommate Amber feebly suggested, at the end of this week, that I learn how to make this raw pie myself, to save money. What? Me? Make a raw pie? The dessert that solves all my sorrows and must be made by magical kombucha-chugging fairies is something I could do myself? And then I actually thought about it – how hard could it be?

This is how the recipe was born. I made a passionfruit version in Maui because they grew in the yard, but lemon here in California (because I have meyer lemons at my disposal). Thank you broken heart, for you helped me find my new favorite dessert. And thank you Amber, for calling out my pie insanity.

This is raw, vegan (totally 100% vegan if you sub agave for the honey), and paleo friendly. It is “sweet and sour like a lilikoi”  as Hawaiian native Paula Fuga likes to say in her song “Lilikoi” which I played on repeat while writing this. Just so you know.

Raw Lemon Coconut Pie

Raw Lemon Coconut Pie


1 C. Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice (about 6-7 lemons)

Zest of 1 Lemon

1/2 C. Coconut Butter

1/4 C. Raw Honey for a super tart pie or 1/3 Cup for a sweeter pie

2 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract

1 big pinch Coarse Sea Salt


1 Heaping Cup Raw Almonds, soaked 6-8hrs (you can also use leftover ground almonds from making almond milk (it will measure out to about 1 1/2 Cups after soaking, but do not use almond flour because the texture will be different)

1/2 C. Shredded Unsweetened Coconut

6-8 Medjool Dates

Zest of 1 Lemon

1/2 tsp. Course Sea Salt

1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract


Pour boiling water over the 6-8 dates (use 6 if they are huge, 8 if they are smaller) in a small bowl and set aside. This will help soften them so they blend easier.


Zest 2 lemons using the small-holed side of a cheese grater. Set aside half for the crust. Place the other half in a food processor or blender, along with lemon juice, honey, salt, vanilla and coconut butter. I recommend microwaving the coconut butter for 30 seconds so it is easier to work with. Since we don’t all live in Maui forever, (sigh) coconut butter can get pretty hard with a normal indoor temperature, and the microwave helps. Process until the mixture is well combined and turns a light lemon yellow in color. Scrape down the sides once, making sure to get all the honey blended in, and combine for a few more seconds.

Remove the lemon mixture, set aside in a bowl, and quickly rinse out the blender or food processor of excess lemon filling. It’s ok if there is a bit left over – it will help combine the crust next! Don’t make the crust before the filling! If you do, it is really sticky and hard to clean off before you make the filling. It’s better to have a little lemon in the crust instead of chunks of almond in the filling  – right? Right.


Take the soaked dates out of the hot water, discard water. Remove the pits if they have pits. If you are working with soaked almonds, process them alone for about 30 seconds until they are coarsely ground, then add the other crust ingredients. If you have ground almonds leftover from making almond milk (about 1 1/2 cups measured out), throw all the crust ingredients in together: almonds, dates, lemon zest, vanilla, shredded coconut, salt. Process until the mixture starts to stick to the sides and ball up, looking a bit sticky. Grab a piece of crust and pinch it together with your fingers. If it crumbles apart immediately, add a spoon full of honey. If it is really gummy and super sticky (unlikely) you can always add a spoon full of shredded coconut. Adapt to the crust!

In a 10 inch glass pie pan, press the crust dough into the bottom and sides until it is about 1/2 inch thick, so it looks like a traditional pie crust. You do not have to press the sides very high up. Pour in the lemon filling. If the filling doesn’t reach the height of the crust, you can always press the crust down lower to meet it. You can also divide the dough up for multiple small tarts of different sizes. Sprinkle the top with a little leftover lemon zest and shredded coconut for extra ZEST and cuteness.

Freeze for at least an hour. Cut with a sharp knife and serve with a pie server.

Enjoy your lemon pie, lovelies!


A new gluten-free bakery has arrived to Portland (commence jumping up and down with joy)! In the building that formerly held the conventional yet not-so-successful Sweet Thing Bakery, now holds a solution for people with mean allergies and a meaner sweet tooth. The location is a bit odd – coming from the parking lot into the building, I find myself in the lobby of a gym for It’s About ME Fitness. If I had less self confidence, that alone might deter me from continuing on my dessert quest. It’s almost as if one has to choose between a workout (good!) or a dessert (bad!). I realize later that there is, in fact, a side entrance if you would like to surpass any hint of workout guilt. Already in the gym lobby, I ignore my conscience and follow a very small paper sign labeled, “Bakery This Way!”

Inside, I look intently at a shelf full of lumps of dough to find that they are loaves of bread and bake at home pizza dough! Both are vegan. To my left are two large cases of desserts and I am faced with many choices. Lemon blueberry tarts, zucchini loaf, chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and muffins glisten on their platters. Immediately I ask the barista how to tell which ones are vegan. He explains that each item clearly marks contained allergens, and points to some swirly stamps individually marked “egg, dairy, corn, soy, and tree nuts.” The stamps are so beautiful and artistic that I ignore them entirely, thinking they are a quaint illustration next to the dessert label, but if you look closely, they hold all the answers. I select a Lone Pine (Oregon coffee!) Chocolate Coffee Cake with a chocolate espresso glaze and a Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookie along with a soy cappuccino.

The chocolate cake has a moist interior and is very sweet with a deliciously dark chocolate glaze. I sample a bite of the cookie and taste brown sugar immediately. I love that there are not too many chocolate chips, but dislike the amount of sea salt on top (easily solved by brushing it off a bit). Unlike some gluten free cookies, this one is large, chewy, and not doughy. 

Despite the strange location near a gym as well as near a busy MLK bus stop filled with unfortunately dressed people, Tula is the ideal place to go for a satisfying treat or snack. They offer pizza, panini, salad and seasonal soups, as well as a full espresso and tea menu. The inside is clean and spacious, staff is peppy, and they have a very large selection of items to choose from, no matter what your allergies may be. After all, I can only go to New Cascadia so many times before I have the taste of their vegan cupcakes burned in my brain. I’m ready for new dessert options and here they are!

4943 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Suite 101
Portland, OR
503 764 9727
7am-5pm Mon-Sat

recipe – coconut tapioca pudding

Homemade Has Never Looked so Good

After a recent dining excursion ended with coconut tapioca pudding topped with fig compote, I decided it was time to make my own. Although it takes a little longer to prepare, the larger pearl size (as opposed to small pearl) is satisfyingly gummy in a creamy coconut base. A small amount of agave instead of the usual refined sugar lends a surprising brown sugar flavor. Top with local berries, add a drizzle of chocolate syrup, or enjoy it plain. Go eat your pudding!

Coconut Tapioca Pudding

1/3 C Large Pearl Tapioca
3/4 C Water
1/3 C Agave Syrup
2 1/4 C Canned Coconut Milk (about 2 cans)
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1/4 Tsp Sea Salt

Soak tapioca in water for 30 minutes, until all water has been absorbed. In a medium saucepan over medium to high heat, combine soaked tapioca, coconut milk, and salt. Bring to a boil then reduce to a bubbling simmer (low-medium heat) for 15 minutes, stirring often. In the last 5 minutes, add agave and stir continuously. Pudding will thicken slightly, and thickens more after cooling. Remove from heat, allow to cool for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally so a film does not form on top. Stir in vanilla. Refrigerate in a large bowl or 6 individual servings for a yummy treat!


recipe: chia seed pudding

Chia seeds? Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia? Yes, you can eat them. If soaked in liquid for at least an hour, they transform into a substance that is very similar to tapioca pudding, a favorite dessert of mine that is difficult to make vegan. This is creamy, filling, and extremely satisfying when pudding cravings strike fiercely. Eat it on its own, or layer with fruit and granola for a dreamy parfait.

Chia Pudding

4 Tbsp. Chia seeds
1 C. Coconut milk
2 Tbsp. Agave syrup
1 Tsp. Vanilla extract (or 1/2 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out)
1 Tsp. cinnamon (optional)

In a 16oz mason jar, thoroughly combine all ingredients, stirring with a spoon, then shaking vigorously. Don’t forget to put the lid on! Refrigerate at least one hour. It is normal for the ingredients to start to separate in the fridge, especially if you make larger batches of Chia Pudding. Simply stir with a spoon, and it is perfect again.

To make chocolate chia pudding, substitute the cinnamon and agave for 2 Tbsp organic chocolate syrup. I love Holykakow, which is an organic Portland brand. For a lower fat pudding, you can use store bought or homemade almond milk instead of coconut milk.

Chia seeds are a nutritional powerhouse, with 4 grams of fiber per tablespoon (flax seed only has 2), nearly twice the amount of antioxidants as blueberries, and 2.4g (150%) of your daily Omega-3 intake! If I could exist off of one food, it would probably be chia pudding.