Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse: The Ultimate High Five

by Brady Evans
I sort of have a confession to make. I’m not even sure if my husband knows my little secret. Back when we lived in Charlotte, a little over a year ago now, whenever I passed a jogger on the sidewalk, I’d slap him a high five.

I’m not sure it always went over well, but I hope sometimes it did because at some points during my run my hand would be stinging from all the high fives I was handing out.

There are a couple of reasons I started this little tradition.

First: I love the sport of running because it automatically gives you something in common with a stranger. No matter your histories, your futures, your presents, you and that ‘stranger’ pound the pavement in a self punishing but gratifying way.

Second: When I started this tradition I was training for a marathon. Mile after mile on the streets gets pretty boring. I needed to spice up my runs. Sometimes those high fives really offered me the tiniest bit of motivation I needed to push up a hill.

Third: People deserve credit for making the healthy choice. It is so easy to skip the scheduled run. Runners deserve a high five for getting out there.

Now that I live in Small Town, SC with a population of 500, I rarely run into other runners. Twice in the past year I’ve crossed a runner’s path. And you better believe I was crossing the country road to slap high fives when I spotted them!

My message is this: do not get down on yourself for making a bad choice. Do not lament the Ultimate Nachos platter you ordered (and ate completely) for dinner. Do not regret the Pumpkin Pie Milkshake you ordered from Sonic (highly recommended).

Instead, pump yourself up when you make the right decision and you’ll find those are the choices you’ll lean to in the future.

Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse, photo by Brady Evans

I’ll leave you with a recipe for a peanut butter mousse. It is the ‘right decision’ for many reasons. First, it is delicious. Second, the nutrition data is so good will leave you fist pumping with pride at your dessert choice. Speaking of the ingredients…don’t be scared off by the tofu. I served it at a dinner party and no one batted an eye.

Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse (Courtesy: Food Network Magazine)
12.3-ounce package silken tofu
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter
1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar
Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Divide among glasses, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until set, at least 30 minutes.

Learn more about Brady, her recipes and her horses on her blogs:
Branny Boils Over and From Hey To Horses .

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5 thoughts on “Vegan Peanut Butter Mousse: The Ultimate High Five

  1. Brady – I have to say that I have never, EVER tried tofu. It is one of those things that when I do see it in the grocery store, I look and quickly RUN in the other direction. How do you get past what tofu is?? Kudos to being able to make such healthy choices. I have great visions of running . . . my dreams tell me I can do it, but my brain tells me something vastly different when I’m awake. I’m sure in Small Town, USA you probably see more deer than other runners. Hopefully, we will be able to meet in person very soon!

  2. Getting past what tofu is? Hmm. I guess it depends on how you view it. Do you view it as soybeans and have an opposition to beans? Do you view it as a clump of white blah tastelessness? Just change how you view it: turn it into an ingredient and not a “disgusting thing.” You haven’t tried it, how can you think it is so horrible?

    Tofu in this form resembles yogurt. It comes in a block near the firm, hard tofu in that part of the groceru store but when you open the package all it is is semi-solid white stuff. Just like yogurt but with no tang.

    Let me know if you get the courage to give it a try!

  3. I am one of the people who ate this without knowing the ingredients and I loved it! I do like tofu but it completely threw me off when we found out about it. My husband, who doesn’t like tofu, loved this mousse.

  4. Crissie – you are not alone as I, too, have never tried tofu but will be trying Brady’s recipe! I am one of those people that when I walk the Lake Murrary Dam or the Avon Walk that I find myself saying “You can do it” or putting my hand out for a high five. I thought I was the only one and feel better that you were doing the same in Charlotte 🙂 People would give me a funny look but I was really cheering myself on, trying to put one foot in front of the other. If I see you running, I promise to put my hand out to give you a high five back! Looking forward to reading your posts 🙂

  5. I know I’m late to the reply party on this one, but I love the part about high-fiving other runners! There is a certain kinship amongst us, even if only acknowledged by a tiny nod or the lifting of a few fingers in passing. I always find it particularly amusing when I’m running the dam on a relatively crowded day and I watch an oncoming runner weaving in and out of other people, not really paying attention to those who are walking, then as we run past one another they’ll suddenly come alive, smiling and waving. Love it!

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