Isn’t it funny how certain foods or dishes can instantly transport us back to a certain moment in history? Lemon mousse is one of those desserts for me.
When I was growing up, we had a huge Meyer lemon tree in our back yard. It continually gifted us the most amazing sweet, juicy lemons. Although we would enjoy those lemons many different ways, there was one particular dish that will forever stand out in my mind. It was New Year’s Eve and my mom and her friend’s were making a special dinner. I can’t remember what they cooked for dinner, but I remember that dessert in vivid detail. It was a lemon mousse made with the Meyer lemons from our tree. It was very elaborate and time consuming to make, from the cooked lemon custard to the hand whipping of the meringue into stiff peaks (in a special copper bowl). The making of that mousse may have been long and time-consuming, but the finished mousse was something that I will never forget. It was somewhere between a light lemon custard and mousse, with an intense lemon flavor that was like pure sunshine. It was amazing! I also remember how the lemon zest in the mousse made the flavors sparkle even more with each bite. I can close my eyes all these years later, and still remember the pure joy of eating that dessert.
So when GoWise asked me to do a sponsored post for them with their fantastic new blender, I started thinking about fun recipes to create in it. Suddenly that lemon mousse popped into my head and I knew that I had to recreate it, albeit in a healthier, but equally delicious way.
I am excited to say that this lemon mousse is everything that I remember from that New Year’s mousse, but even better! Plus instead of it taking hours to make, it takes now takes minutes (thanks to that awesome new blender from GoWise!). It’s all so much healthier now too, with only a handful of ingredients, and not an ounce of guilt.
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And, before I share the recipe, I want to share a little bit about the blender. If you are a regular reader of this blog, then you know how much I love great appliances. A strong blender is on the top of my list, as it is probably the most used appliance in my kitchen. I make everything from sauces and salad dressings to dips, spreads, and desserts. I love being able to throw everything in the blender, and letting it do the hard work. The issue with most of the strong blenders is that they come with a very high price tag. Well GoWise is debuting a new line of strong, very affordable blenders, and I was so excited to get to test drive one. The first thing I blended was un-soaked cashews into a cashew milk, as that is my barometer of how strong and effective a blender is. It did a stellar job! No need to strain it at all. Since then I’ve made lots of sauces with both soaked and un-soaked cashews, as well as smoothies full of huge frozen strawberries, frozen mango, and frozen pineapple. This blender has done a stellar job with each challenge that I presented.
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Easy Meyer Lemon Mousse (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
This lemon mousse is going to knock your socks off! It is so full of fresh lemon flavor, and it's pretty healthy too. You can make the mousse up to 1 day ahead. If you want to make the mousse even fancier, you can layer it as a parfait with fresh raspberries and ground cookie crumbs (grind them in your blender!).
- 1 12.3 ounce box MoriNu silken Firm Tofu
- 1/2 cup fresh Meyer lemon juice (or regular lemon juice)
- 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 cup raw, unsalted cashews, soaked in boiling water for 15 minutes + drained
- 1 teaspoon Boyajian lemon oil (optional, but gives the mousse a bigger lemon kick)
- 2 tablespoons Instant Clearjel or EZ Gel*
- Zest of 1 lemon
In the blender jar, combine the tofu, lemon juice, sugar, cashews, and lemon oil. Blend until super smooth and fluffy. You will probably need to scrape down the sides of the blender. Once the mixture is smooth, with the machine running on low speed, add the Instant Clearjel through the top of the blender. Blend until smooth. Add the lemon zest and pulse several times just to lightly mix. You don't want to over-blend the zest.
Refrigerate the mousse for several hours, and serve. You can serve it in small glasses or canning jars, or layer with fresh raspberries and graham cracker or vanilla cookie crumbs.
*If you don't have the instant starch, you can omit it. The difference will be a softer set pudding rather than a mousse. The flavor will still be the same.