Easy. Chocolate. Dessert. Do I have your attention yet? Is there anyone who wouldn’t love an easy chocolate mousse recipe?
Inspired by my friend, Melissa King (the healthful treat genius over at MyWholeFoodLife.com), this easy chocolate mousse recipe adapted from her first cookbook, DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters & More: From Almonds to Walnuts (The Experiment, 2014), is destined to become a dessert favorite. I am certain you will find yourself making it again and again. I have already whipped it up three times myself!
Since it is made without the conventional dessert ingredient suspects, is dairy-free, contains no refined sugar and packs in loads of nutrients (thanks to the coconut milk and almond butter), this easy chocolate mousse recipe is one treat you can most definitely enjoy with a clear conscious.
“DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters & More” Dishes More than Just Healthful Dessert Recipes
I got the idea for the easy chocolate mousse recipe from Melissa’s first cookbook, DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters & More (see cover image left). Whether or not you care a thing about eating clean, gluten-free or vegan, this is a cookbook any dessert lover would most definitely
want need to own. Inspiration is guaranteed. I think the decadent homespun nut butter section just might be my favorite—although I have yet to arrive at a decision as to whether I prefer the Cinnamon Pecan Butter over the Chunky Banana-Walnut Spread. I should probably retest (wink.)
Since I love the MyWholeFoodLife.com website and because I had written an endorsement for the back cover of the cookbook, I had been anticipating the arrival of my personal copy for months. When it finally arrived on my doorstep just a few days shy of Christmas, I was still in holiday-cookie mode and eager to make something right away. Something chocolaty.
Melissa dishes plenty of decadently guiltless chocolate treats in her cookbook and even though I was specifically looking for something chocolate, for whatever reason it was her beautifully photographed light, fluffy Almond Butter Mousse on page 137 that initially caught my eye (Melissa took all of the photos in her book too, by the way.) The clincher was the description:”a fancy dessert that takes very little effort to make, so you can wow your guests with a rich mousse in minutes.” Sold.
And besides, since almonds do not have an overpowering flavor on their own, I figured I could always just add in some raw cacao powder and turn the Almond Butter Mousse into something chocolaty after all, which is exactly what I did….
The Perfect Blank Canvas Mousse
The easy chocolate mousse recipe was inspired by the “blank canvas” Almond Butter Mousse in the DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters & More (see photo left.) Melissa’s recipe is absolutely delicious on its own, but I love that the flavor-boosting stir-in options are endless.
To make the easy chocolate mousse recipe below I simply stir in raw cacao powder and espresso, but in her book Melissa gives a few additional and more creative stir-in options (I am going to try her pumpkin-pie stir in suggestion next!) I have also been thinking of adding in a superfood booster such as Pomegrante powder or Acai powder and using the mousse as a breakfast topping for fruit.
A Delicious Topping for My “Dessert Shots”
I have become particularly fond of using Melissa’s Almond Butter Mousse as a topping for my “Dessert Shots” (see photo above), which always make the perfect do-ahead grand finale to any dinner party, by the way.
“Dessert shots” typically consist of some sort of cake or brownie (I am CRAZY for Melissa’s Quinoa Brownies) served in a shot glass with a creamy mousse or frosting-like topping. Although it is totally optional, I always like to add a splash (or two) of almond-y amaretto, such as Disaronno. Served on a charger with mini espresso spoons , everyone always loves “Dessert Shots.” Trust me.
As mentioned, Melissa’s delicious “blank canvas” Almond Butter Mousse recipe appears on page 137 of her cookbook, but this version below is for everyone in need of a chocolate fix ASAP. Note: If you want to make the recipe exactly as it appears in Melissa’s cookbook, simply omit the cacao powder and espresso.
Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe
Adapted From the “DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters & More” Cookbook
- One can (14-ounces) full-fat coconut milk, refrigerated overnight
- 1/2 cup raw almond butter (see notes below)
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk (see notes below)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder (plus more to taste)
- 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder (optional)
- Stick an unopened can of coconut milk into the fridge the night before you plan to make this recipe. When you open it the next day, the fatty part of the coconut milk will have separated from the water.
- Spoon out the fatty part of the coconut milk into a large mixing bowl. Freeze the leftover coconut water in ice cube trays to add to smoothies in the future.
- Mix the almond butter, almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla in a small saucepan. Stir over medium heat until the ingredients are just combined, about 2 minutes. Remove it from the heat. Stir in the cacao powder and espresso powder (optional).
- Using the whipping attachment on your mixer, whip the coconut fat into a cream on high speed. (Note: this takes me a good 5-minutes every time) The end result should resemble a whipped creamy made from heavy dairy cream.
- Slowly and gently fold the almond butter mixture into the whipped cream.
- Scoop the mousse into individual serving bowls and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
**Melissa provides a DIY homemade almond butter recipe (page 26) and a homemade almond milk recipe (page 3) in her cookbook.
**If you want to make the recipe exactly as it appears in Melissa’s cookbook, simply omit the cacao powder and espresso.
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Recipe adapted from DIY Nut Milks, Nut Butters & More, copyright © Melissa King, 2014. Reprinted by permission of the publisher, The Experiment. Available wherever books are sold. www.theexperimentpublishing.com DIY NUT MILKS, NUT BUTTERS, AND MORE From Almonds to Walnuts by Melissa King ISBN: 9781615192304 Publishing: December 2014 Price: $16.95 US Paperback: 224 pages