Chocolate Mousse Recipe – An easy and healthy Chocolate Mousse Recipe…Do I have your attention yet? If you’re a chocolate lover like I am, this Chocolate Mousse Recipe is one you simply can’t pass up!
Totally refined-sugar, dairy, and gluten free, yet so rich and flavorful, this is a dessert you can feel good about eating night after night!
Chocolate Mousse Recipe
If you’re a chocolate lover like I am, then Chocolate Mousse sounds like the perfect dessert! A thick and creamy, rich chocolatey treat is often just what I need to lift my spirits, and satisfy those sweet cravings.
While years ago I wouldn’t think twice about downing a big serving of chocolate mousse, these days, I put my health first. After developing an autoimmune disease, I began to make the connection between food and how I felt, and all of a sudden, my past indulgences seemed a lot less…indulgent. When you get pain from certain foods, those foods seems much less appealing.
Although delicious, most chocolate mousse recipes are nowhere near anti-inflammatory or healthy. Filled with dairy, refined-sugar, and eggs (eggs aren’t bad for everyone, but cause me major inflammation), the entire premises of this kind of dessert is an absolute no go for me! With so many dietary limitations that were making me feel held back, I decided to focus swaps instead of eliminations and depriving myself of cravings.
So while I can’t enjoy a conventional chocolate mousse, I CAN enjoy this Chocolate Mousse Recipe…
Healthy Chocolate Mousse
This Chocolate Mousse Recipe is different from the rest. Not only does it avoid all dairy and refined sugar, it also packs in loads of nutrients! So no, this Chocolate Mousse isn’t just a “better option”, it’s actually good for you, and full of health benefits! This is one treat you can most definitely enjoy with a clear conscious, knowing that you’re doing your body a favor!
The best part? You won’t miss out on even an ounce of flavor! This easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe is packed with rich chocolatey goodness, and is oh-so sweet!
Perfect for entertaining guests, this recipe is also quick and easy to make. Requiring only 15 minutes of hands-on time from start to finish, you can have this Chocolate Mousse whipped up and served in a hurry!
We just hyped up how healthy and good-for-you this Chocolate Mousse Recipe is, and now we’re ready to show you exactly how we did that. Well, we were able to keep all of the flavor in this recipe while still maintaining clean ingredients by simply living by our philosophy of making swaps, NOT restrictions!
We simply took the ingredients of your average chocolate mousse recipe, and traded them for healthier equivalents. Here are the main swaps we made, and why exactly they’re nourishing and nutritious for our bodies…
Swap Dairy Cream for Coconut Cream
Here are Clean Cuisine, we don’t fall for the hype about all the health benefits of dairy-based milk. There’s simply too many replacements that offer superior benefits, without all of the negative effects of dairy.
But don’t worry, we absolutely do not avoid recipes with cream. We simply swap conventional cream for coconut cream!
Refrigerated overnight, and whipped to creamy perfection, the coconut cream in this recipe is the base of what gives this recipe its mousse like texture. We love full fat coconut cream without any additives for the absolute healthiest option!
We also added a bit of plant-based milk in this Chocolate Mousse Recipe to thin the coconut cream out for the perfect mousse texture. Coconut cream and almond milk combined work together to seamlessly take the place of all dairy.
Swap Eggs for Almond Butter
We don’t have anything against eggs, we just aren’t huge fans of raw eggs when we can avoid it. Plus, avoiding eggs in this recipe keeps it vegan for those who choose to follow an animal-free diet!
Contributing to the thickness of this recipe, almond butter adds an extra creaminess you just can’t find anywhere else! It also adds a hefty punch of protein, and is a good source of healthy fats.
Swap Refined Sugar for Maple Syrup
There’s simply no reason to use an empty-calorie sweetener like refined cane sugar when there are so many nutrient-dense options to replace it. The maple syrup in this recipe is the perfect replacement for refined sugars, and offers many benefits of its own!
Swap Dairy and Sugar-Filled Chocolate for Cacao Powder
While similar in spelling, cacao and cacao are actually quite different!
Cacao is the minimally processed product of cacao beans, resulting in a highly nutrient-dense, rich powder.
Cocoa is the highly processed form of cacao. While it still maintains some of its original nutrients, but its not nearly as beneficial as its unprocessed counterpart.
Using cacao in this recipe means it’s full of flavanols, which have been studied for their heart protection, digestive health, anti-inflammatory benefits, and so much more!
With such simple, healthy ingredients, you can enjoy this dessert knowing you’re doing your body good.
Ways to Enjoy this Chocolate Mousse Recipe
Sure, you can enjoy this Chocolate Mousse Recipe on its own, and its a deliciously satisfying dessert, however there are many other creative ways to enjoy chocolate mousse that we simply can’t get over!
#1: Enjoy with Berries
Mix some berries into our Chocolate Mousse Recipe for some added fruity flavor, and an additional punch of antioxidants and phytonutrients! We love this recipe alongside many types of berries, but our absolute favorite are wild blueberries!
#2: Drizzle in Some Caramel
If you’re in search for a real sweet treat, consider adding in some healthy Caramel Sauce! Simply drizzle your cup before scooping in the Chocolate Mousse, and enjoy an extra sweet treat!
#3: Add on Whipped Cream
Dairy-free whipped cream is actually incredibly quick and easy to make!
Begin by chilling coconut cream in its can overnight.
Secondly, scoop off the thick top layer of the cream, and add a tiny bit of maple syrup or honey + vanilla extract.
Lastly, whip with an electric mixer until thick and creamy!
Voila! Dairy-free, refined-sugar free, homemade whipped cream.
Healthy Chocolate Desserts
If you’re on this recipe, it’s probably because you’re a chocolate lover like I am. Here are some of my favorite, healthy chocolate recipes you don’t want to miss out on!
Thumbprint Cookies with Chocolate: Thumbprint Cookies with Chocolate are a delightful cookie. Contains no refined sugar and is made with whole grain and nut flours!
Chocolate Banana Smoothie: This Chocolate Banana Smoothie is is ready in just a few short minutes, and is the perfect way to start your morning.
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies: Delicious peanut butter chocolate chip cookies that gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free. Be ready to share the recipe, because once your friends try them, they’ll want to make them too!
Now since we’ve discussed all the components of this Chocolate Mousse Recipe, let’s get into the details! This dessert takes only a few minutes to make, and is the perfect, fail-proof sweet treat to serve up to guests that everyone will enjoy!
Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe
If you’re a chocolate lover like I am, this refined sugar, gluten, and dairy-free Chocolate Mousse Recipe is one you simply can’t pass up!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 4 1x
- One 14 ounce can of full-fat coconut cream – 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
- Chocolate chips to top – optional
- Place an unopened can of coconut cream 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 cream will have separated from the water.
- Spoon out the fatty part of the coconut cream 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. *if you prefer the multi-shade effect as pictured, see notes below.
- Scoop the mousse into individual serving bowls and refrigerate until you are ready to serve.
If you prefer the multi-shade stacked effect as pictured in this post, complete the following steps:
#1: Complete step 5, and scoop half the mousse into a bowl, and set aside, leaving the other half of the mixture in your mixing bowl.
#2: Add 3 additional tablespoons of cacao powder to the mixture remaining in the mixing bowl, and mix until smooth.
#3: Proceed to step 6, layering as desired.
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