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Love Street Living Foods & chocolate-pumpkin mousse

November 9, 2011

It’s been over a year now since my last review of Love Street Living Foods, and it’s high time I mention them again. Love Street is one of the most trusted raw food companies out there, and I’m an especially big fan of their Love Street Originals line of products. Every single item in the Love Street online store is raw/living, organic, vegan (with the exception of pure raw organic honey), unprocessed, produced without animal testing or pesticides, and 100% free of refined sugars, hydrogenated oils, gluten, natural flavors, MSG, genetically modified organisms, food additives, and refined flour. LOVE IT! When Aparna at Love Street asked if I’d like to try a few new chocolate product samples, I gleefully accepted.

These little jars of raw chocolate spread disappeared pretty quickly, as did these chocolate bars…

…but I did jot down some tasting notes, à la Hannah, for the Coconut Crystal chocolate bar:

Immediately, burstingly fragrant, from first tear of package
Delightful snap, crisp
Pleasant, granular texture
Zero bitterness
Slow to melt on tongue

Needless to say, I loved this bar. In fact, it’s some of the best raw chocolate I’ve ever had.

Aparna also sent me samples of two different raw cacao powders that Love Street carries: Indonesian cacao and Ecuadorian cacao.

In wondering about the differences between them, I decided to conduct a little experiment.

This afternoon, I made some almost-raw pumpkin mousse (recipe near the end of this post).

I divided it into two portions, whisking a different cacao powder into each serving, then did a side-by-side taste-test and comparison.

Can you see the color difference between the two? Even though they contain equal amounts of cacao, the mousse with Ecuadorian cacao powder is lighter in color and slightly sweeter-tasting. Since I’m not a true chocoholic (I’m a vanilla girl!), this one was my favorite; I appreciated the mildness of the Ecuadorian cacao.

The Indonesian cacao powder lent the other portion a darker hue and a deeper chocolate flavor, with a slightly more bitter taste. I suspect “true” chocolate-lovers would favor this dark, rich Indonesian cacao.

Wanna do a taste-test yourself? Here’s the [undivided] recipe for the mousse I created on the fly today. It’s not the best or fanciest mousse ever, but it’s quick to make and nutritious to boot!

Almost Raw Chocolate-Pumpkin Mousse

1 cup pumpkin purée (canned or homemade)
1 medium avocado, pitted and peeled
6 to 8 soft pitted dates
12 to 15 drops liquid stevia (or more dates to taste)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of sea salt
1/4 cup cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)

Combine all ingredients except cacao powder in a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until completely smooth. Add the cacao powder and blend in on low (so it doesn’t fly everywhere!) until combined. Alternatively, transfer the mousse to a bowl and whisk the cacao powder in by hand. Enjoy immediately, or refrigerate until chilled.

Yield: 2 servings
Per serving: 208 calories, 11.7g fat (2g sat), 29.8g carbs, 13g fiber, 5.6g protein

AND GUESS WHAT? Not only is everything store-wide at Love Street Living Foods actually on sale right now, but I’ve got an additional discount PLUS a free gift offer for you. Today through Saturday, November 12th, use coupon code ALMOSTVEGAN at checkout to get 10% off your entire order, plus a free gift. Woot! Again, that coupon code will expire this Saturday, so get shopping! You’re sure to find lots to love at Love Street Living Foods.

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17 Comments leave one →
  1. November 9, 2011 2:49 pm

    I love raw chocoalte! I think I have had this brand before.

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 10, 2011 5:46 pm

      Love Street chocolates are awesome! Those choc spreads are to die for, especially.

  2. November 9, 2011 4:09 pm

    ohmygosh that looks fantastic!
    i love chocolate and pumpkin together–so this sounds great! 🙂

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 10, 2011 5:46 pm

      I used to think it was kind of a weird combo, but now I love it too!

  3. November 9, 2011 4:10 pm

    I love your side-by-side comparison–that’s the kind of thing I do too. And pumpkin mousse is totally a good vehicle for it. So cool that you get to share a discount from Love St!

    I’m curious now whether the darker cacao was also more “potent”–tastebuds wise, I’m a true dark cacao lover, but adrenals and otherways-wise, I really need to steer clear. But I wonder whether a lighter one would be ‘safer’ for those special occasions… Mind-boggling, how many varieties of cacao there are now available…

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 10, 2011 5:46 pm

      Good question re: the darker cacao. I don’t know if it comes along with a difference in caffeine content, etc. Might be worth some research!

  4. November 10, 2011 4:32 am

    That Raw Choclate bar looks amazing!!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 10, 2011 5:45 pm

      They were pretty damn delicious! 🙂

  5. November 10, 2011 4:43 am

    Ohmygoshthat’sme!!!!! Squee! *waves* Teehee! Oh how I long for better quality raw chocolates here! Although I really should retry the Loving Earth ones here that I tried way, way before I even really knew what the raw lifestyle was.

    Love the look of the mousse, gorgeous lady!

    P.S. Talisman, talisman!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 10, 2011 5:45 pm

      When you come here, I’ll feed you tons of raw chocolate! I’ll MAKE you tons of raw chocolate! TALISMAN!

      • November 10, 2011 9:57 pm

        Our talisman is the most delicious talisman in history 🙂

  6. November 10, 2011 9:16 am

    YEP! I love your comparison of the cacao. That mousse looks really delicious.I have one avocado staring at me….Thanks for the review!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 10, 2011 5:43 pm

      Perfect timing, then! Let me know if you try the mousse, hope you love it!

  7. November 10, 2011 5:40 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever had raw chocolate! I love your blog but have never commented before.

    I am an “almost vegan” too, so I love being able to relate! 😉

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 10, 2011 5:42 pm

      Aww, I’m so glad you commented, Kelly! I love interacting with readers, especially fellow “almosts” 🙂

  8. November 13, 2011 12:57 am

    uh, yummy!

    • Amber Shea @Almost Vegan permalink
      November 13, 2011 10:36 am

      Hehe, thanks!

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