Paleo Dark Chocolate Mousse Cups with a Honey Pecan Crust

Hmm. That’s a pretty lengthy title. Unfortunately, I couldn’t really figure out how to shorten it. I could have just left it at “Dark Chocolate Mousse Cups” but my favorite part about this decadent dessert is the pecan crust, so I couldn’t leave that out!

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Yes, I know this looks like a Valentines Day dessert and theoretically should have been posted before today. But tomorrow is Husband’s and my six month anniversary (gasp!) and so this is sort of a two-for-one dessert. Plus, Kevin had to work on Valentines Day, so I made these while he was at work to surprise him when he got home, so the recipe wasn’t exactly ready for Valentine’s Day. Work with me, here.

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So I have a confession to make. I’m not a huge sweets and dessert person. It’s true – I’d much rather dig into a plate of french fries or some cheese and crackers or some other salty snack than dive face first into a bowl of chocolate mousse. It doesn’t really help that I’ve recently figured out if I eat too much sugar too late at night (read: after 1900, which hardly qualifies as late for most people) I won’t sleep, so I’ve been avoiding sugar for the most part. But I am married to a man who could probably live off of steak and chocolate, so I decided I’d whip up a special something for him to celebrate our anniversary.

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These babies are incredibly easy to make, which is a bonus in my house! The hardest part is waiting for the chocolate to firm up in the refrigerator, but it’s so worth the wait. You could easily make these without the honey and pecan crust at the bottom of the and just go with chocolate mousse, but I needed something to go with the chocolate, and what better than blended honey and pecans? Total win.

I used a mix of 86% intense dark chocolate and a little bit of semi-sweet baking chocolate to sweeten it up a bit. I prefer my chocolate darker and more intense, so feel free to use whatever percentage you’d like! You could probably experiment with flavors as well…and now that I’m thinking about it I bet using a spicy maya chuao chocolate bar for this would be insanely good. The sky’s the limit with this!

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Paleo Dark Chocolate Mousse Cups with a Honey Pecan Crust

serves 8

active time: 10 minutes

inactive time: 2-3 hours

Crust Ingredients

2 cups pecans

4 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp honey

Mousse Ingredients

1 can full fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight (or coconut cream)

8 oz dark chocolate, broken into pieces

Instructions

Make the crust: Add the pecans to a blender and grind until coarsely chopped. Add cinnamon, coconut oil and honey and continue blending until crust forms a thick paste. Divide the crust evenly between eight serving cups and press down. Refrigerate while you make the mousse.

Make the mousse: In a small saucepan on low heat, combine the coconut milk and chocolate. Important note: your coconut milk must be solid in order for this to work. Refrigerating a can of full fat coconut milk overnight should solidify it but it doesn’t always work (I have no idea why), so if you’re worried, you can just use a can of coconut cream instead. Stir the coconut milk and chocolate mixture over low heat until a gorgeous dark chocolate sauce forms. Pour chocolate evenly between all eight cups and refrigerate for another 2-3 hours or until set. Garnish with unsweetened coconut flakes (or a strawberry, or a mint leaf, or any number of pretty garnishes) and dig in!

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Happy Belated Valentines Day!

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Prayer for the World – Prayercast

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The speaker at my Perspectives course posed a very interesting question in class on Sunday. He asked:

If God answers all of your prayers from last week, would YOUR world change? Or would THE world change?”

Wow, right? Did anyone else feel that? It was the feel of conviction breathing down my neck. And it made me realize how largely selfish my prayers are. Up until recently my prayers have been focused on mine and my husbands circumstances – I’ve been praying for God to help US, and bless US, and take away OUR pain and OUR struggles and OUR anxieties. And while I’ve started to pray for my family as well, it’s still all very selfish of me. Very rarely do I pray for people or things outside of my own personal bubble.

One thing we’ve done in Perspectives that I’ve really enjoyed, however, is that each week we pray for a different country via Prayercast. From the website, “Prayercast exists to fuel a global movement of prayer for the sake of the lost.” The Bible tells us a few things about praying for the nations. For example:

Isaiah 56:7 “My house will be called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”

1 Timothy 2:1-2 “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgiving, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in godliness and dignity.”

And not only are we to be praying for the nations, but we are to be spreading the Gospel to all nations: “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:14 (emphasis mine), and making disciples of all nations in The Great Commission in Matthew 28:18-20, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Our sole purpose in life is to spread the gospel of the Lord to all the nations – and a huge part of this should include praying for a spiritual revival throughout the world – which brings us back to Prayercast. For each country featured on the website you find a summary of the country, some prayer points, and a short video. They’re pretty powerful – and it’s a sobering reminder that our world is in dire need of prayer. It’s also a visual reminder, which for me puts things in perspective and makes it easier for me to pray. I’d like to get better at praying for others instead of focusing on myself – I’d like to get to the point where if God answers all my prayers from last week, THE world will change.

My challenge to you today is this: will you join me? Will you take a few minutes, check out the prayercast website, and pick a country – any country. Then, take some time to review the facts and watch the video, then spend some time in prayer for that country.

Imagine what a difference it could make in the world.

I’ll close by sharing a video that really struck me when we watched it. In addition to nation videos, Prayercast also has a series of “Special videos” that don’t necessarily focus on a country. This one is for the Muslim nations – primarily the Middle East and North Africa. Having spent several years living in the Middle East, this video spoke to my heart.

(If the above video doesn’t work, watch it on the Prayercast website here)

On My Bookshelf

I love to read. I may have mentioned this once or twice on the blog but I’m not sure if I’ve ever laid out exactly just how much I love to read. I will choose reading over pretty much any other activity in the world, except maybe sleep, and even then it’s a toss up. I love getting whisked away into another world where anything is possible – it’s my way of experiencing a life different than my own. It’s also my way of shutting out my real life when it gets too complicated/stressed/depressing/sad/boring/insert any number of adjectives here.

I realized that I haven’t written a post on what I’ve been reading lately – although that could be partially because up until a few weeks ago, I wasn’t reading much for pleasure. Life got in the way and I had too much going on…something I do not want to repeat anytime soon! It’s a sad day when I don’t have time to read.

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Anyway, most of my reading time lately has been taken up with the books I’m reading for the class Kevin and I started up a few weeks ago – “Perspectives on the World Christian Movement.” It’s a fascinating class, although I have to admit some of the reading is pretty heavy.

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In addition to the classroom reading I’ve had some free time lately (usually while the Husband is at work) for some pleasure reading, so let’s take a look at what I’ve been up to!

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Ransomed Dreams, by Amy Wallace

This was a suspenseful Christian novel by an author I’d never read before. I’ve had the book forever but I’m not sure why I only recently picked it up – although based on the picture of the bookshelves above you may be able to ascertain that I possess a ridiculous amount of reading material. This book focuses on Gracie Lang, a woman who lost her family to a hit and run accident two years prior, and Agent Steven Kessler, head of the FBI’s Crimes Against Children Unit. It’s a book about loss, forgiveness, and learning to trust in God’s plan. It was a pretty quick read and I enjoyed it – I especially liked the fact that the author used to be a police officer and therefore I found the book to be well researched and believable.

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Fireproof, written by Eric Wilson based on the movie by Alex and Stephen Kendrick

This is a novelization of the movie starring Kirk Cameron, and although I haven’t actually seen the movie I kept picturing Kirk Cameron as I read the book. It’s a book on love and marriage – specifically, not leaving when things get rough. One quote that particularly struck me (mostly because I think in today’s society we either forget about this fact or we choose to ignore it) is this:

Fireproof doesn’t mean the fire will never come. It means when the fire comes that you will be able to withstand it.

Something I think we would all do well to remember in our own marriages!

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King and Maxwell and First Family, both by David Baldacci

I clearly went through a mini Baldacci phase as I read both of these books back to back. I really enjoy Baldacci’s books, especially the King and Maxwell series, and I sucked through both of these in about three or four days. No joke.

first family

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Unlocked, by Karen Kingsbury

Wow. I could have finished this book in one day but I purposely set it aside and read it in two because I wasn’t ready for it to be over. This is a book about a boy with autism, a girl with a heart for others, music, and the miraculous power of God. This book moved me on so many levels – and what made it even better was finding out that Kingsbury’s inspiration for this story is a real experience. If you don’t take anything else with you from reading this blog post, take this: READ THIS BOOK!

Reading is my favorite.

“I cannot live without books.” –Thomas Jefferson