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pomegranate vanilla mousse recipe, vegan pomegranate vanilla mousse

by dassana amit updated February 11, 2014

pomegranate vanilla mousse: vegan pomegranate vanilla mousse

this recipe of pomegranate vanilla mousse is a vegan recipe. there is no animal product like gelatin or milk/cream in the recipe. the whole mousse is made in cashew milk. generally i don’t use eggs and gelatin in mousse. you might also like to check these vegetarian mousse recipes of chocolate mousse as well as mango mousse recipe.

for vegans, i would suggest them to make the mousse in cashew or almond milk. vegetarians can make the mousse with dairy milk. avoid using soy milk in this recipe as it will have the soy taste in the mousse.

vegan pomegranate mousse

the thickening agent i always use for making mousses is agar-agar. if you live in india, you can easily get agar-agar sticks or flakes in any super-store. agar-agar is basically made from a sea weed. whereas gelatin is a product derived from animal bones. so for vegetarians or vegans, agar agar is a good option for making mousses or puddings. read more about agar agar here.

as a tip, always cut the agar agar sticks to small pieces with kitchen scissors. it helps in dissolving them quickly when you cook them and you get a smooth mixture.

i have used fresh pomegranate juice but you can make the same mousse with ready pomegranate juice. the mousse has a wonderful taste of the pomegranate. it is smooth and creamy, plus healthy too. in the recipe details, i have mentioned both ways of making the mousse with cashew milk and dairy milk.

pomegranate vanilla mousse recipe

pomegranate vanilla mousse recipe below:

pomegranate vanilla mousse
 
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Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: world
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 2 large pomegranates - yields approx 2 cups of pomegranate arils and approx 1 &1/4 cup juice
  • 5-6 tbsp organic golden sugar (adjust accordingly)
  • 10-12 strands of agar agar, approx 2 tbsp of chopped agar-agar
  • 2 cups cashew milk or dairy milk or almond milk - check the notes below on how to make cashew milk
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla powder or 1 tsp vanilla extract or ½ vanilla bean from which the tiny vanilla seeds are scraped off
Instructions
  1. remove the arils from the pomegranates.
  2. reserve some for garnish.
  3. blend the arils in a blender and then strain the juice.
  4. chop the agar agar to small pieces with kitchen scissors.
  5. soak the agar agar in 1 cup water.
  6. after 5 minutes, in a saucepan, cook the agar agar-water mixture on a medium flame stirring the mixture.
  7. first boil and then simmer for 10-15 minutes till the agar agar melts.
  8. the water will reduce and you should see a gelatinous liquid mixture.
  9. switch off the flame and pour the cashew/almond or dairy milk.
  10. stir and add pomegranate juice and sugar.
  11. stir again and just warm the mixture.
  12. don't heat or boil. the mixture should just get warm.
  13. don't make it hot or boil as the cashew milk will become slimy.
  14. the dairy milk can be heated for some more time though but don't boil.
  15. when the mixture is still hot, pour in serving glasses or bowls.
  16. let the mousse cool down at room temperature.
  17. then place them in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours, till the mousse sets.
  18. garnish with some pomegranate arils or chocolate sprinkles.
Notes
to make the cashew milk blend 1 cup chopped or broken cashews with 1 and ½ cups water to a smooth mixture.


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Sarah Suresh November 17, 2013 1

Hi again Dassana…i’ve sent my acual comment this time…by mistake the rest of my comment got deleted and you only got a thankyou note…i’m sorry for that

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dassana November 28, 2013 2

its alright sara :-) replying to your other comment now.

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Sarah Suresh November 17, 2013 3

Hi Dassana,
I stumbled upon your blog quite accidentally…had some pomegranate and agar agar left over…so i started my usual search on the web…thats when i saw your pomegranate mousse recipe yesterday…was so happy to see a healthy recipe with simple ingredients…and you do have lots of other unique and interesting recipes too…i tried it out today and i must say it is a very refreshing dessert that can be had without feeling too guilty…i do have a sweet tooth but dont make desserts often…this one will be an exception though…i can definitely see myself making it quite frequently…was really tasty and healthy too…thankyou for posting such delicious recipes…do keep up the good work…will be trying your other recipes soon
Regards
Sarah

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dassana November 28, 2013 4

thanks a lot sarah. the pomegranate vanilla mousse was quite an innovation since i wanted to use up the pomegranates in a simple dessert. glad you liked it. do try the other recipes as well.

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Sarah Suresh November 16, 2013 5

thankyou for posting such delicious recipes…do keep up the good work…will be trying your other recipes soon

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dassana November 17, 2013 6

welcome sarah

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Sarah Suresh November 16, 2013 7

Hi Dassana,
I stumbled upon your blog quite accidentally…had some pomegranate and agar agar left over…so i started my usual search on the web…thats when i saw your pomegranate mousse recipe yesterday…was so happy to see a healthy recipe with simple ingredients…and you do have lots of other unique and interesting recipes too…i tried it out today and i must say it is a very refreshing dessert that can be had without feeling too guilty…i do have a sweet tooth but dont make desserts often…this one will be an exception though…i can definitely see myself making it quite frequently…was really tasty and healthy too

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Ashwini October 20, 2013 8

Hi Dassana,
Where do you get the cane sugar and organic golden sugar from?

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dassana October 20, 2013 9

ashwini, i buy it from fab india stores. u can even place order online in their website.

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nags January 9, 2013 10

i love the idea of using cashew milk in this. pomegranates are a favourite too, love the taste in addition to the prettiness factor

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radha January 6, 2013 11

You get agar agar sticks in India? I have not found them. Got those pre-mixed Chinese grass puddings and the panacotta that I attempted was a flop! This looks lovely. Happy New Year.

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dassana January 6, 2013 12

i have been easily able to get agar agar sticks here. agar agar is better than using china grass mix for panacotta as well as puddings. i did make panacotta many times with agar agar and they set really well.

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prathibha January 5, 2013 13

Thats a very delicious mousse Dassana….Wish you happy new year

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Sanjeeta kk January 5, 2013 14

Looks lovely, I need to try cashew milk in my desserts. Have a wonderful 2013, Dassana!

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