Healthy Chocolate Mousse Recipe (Dairy-free, Paleo) | Ancestral Nutrition (2024)

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This easy healthy Chocolate Mousse recipe is paleo, dairy-free and refined sugar-free and comes together in 5 minutes using only 5 ingredients! Dessert win!

Elevate your dessert game with this Healthy Chocolate Mousse recipe!

My husband loves chocolate mousse! It seemed like a simple enough dessert to make. However, it usually involves a double broiler, separating the yolks from the whites, beating the whites, and some chocolate mousse recipes even calling for baking it.

I suck at baking. This is why I have to come up with the easiest and quickest desserts possible. And healthy, obviously.

I love to cook, but I find baking really boring. I didn’t really think double boiler and beating eggs was necessary to get perfectly silky and smooth chocolate mousse. Turns out, I was right.

Why you should try this healthy Chocolate Mousse recipe:

This healthy chocolate mousse recipe was the easiest dessert to make and is seriously foolproof.

Even the worst cook can throw this together and it will come out perfectly. But it’s not only easy, it’s also delicious while being simple at the same time!

My Paleo chocolate mousse is made with just a few simple ingredients.

  • Coconut Milk
  • Raw Cacao Powder
  • Raw Honey
  • Vanilla
  • Almond Extract (optional)

So, it just happens to be dairy-free, refined-sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, – free of all the nasties!

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Health Benefits of Raw Cacao Powder:

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So, there’s cocoa powder and cacao powder. But what’s the difference?

Both powders come from the same cacao bean. However, cocoa powder is obtained by roasting the beans at much higher temperatures than cacao powder.

The heat destroys many compounds and as a consequence, the benefits of cocoa powder are greatly reduced. And there’s more: cocoa powder goes through an alkalizing process, to develop a more mass-market flavor and color. Unfortunately, this process removes some of the minerals like magnesium and calcium found naturally in cacao beans.

So, cacao powder is definitely healthier than cocoa powder. It is often actually even labeled a “super-food” and while I find this label ridiculous, I am a fan nevertheless. Here’s why:

  • Cacao powder is rich in calcium.
  • It’s full of iron, magnesium, and antioxidants.
  • Consuming raw cacao powder in smoothies or desserts can help withdepression, stress, blood pressure, and heart health.
  • It can even help with weight loss due to its chromium content
    and its abilities to regulate blood sugar levels.

Tips for making Paleo Chocolate Mousse:

  • Remember that you must only use the solid part aka. coconut cream for this recipe, not the coconut milk.
  • If you buy coconut cream in cans, you’ll need 11 to 12 ounces.
  • You can serve this paleo chocolate mousse as is, or with fresh berries, coconut whipped cream and cocoa nibs.

Variations on this healthy chocolate mousse recipe

  • You can use natural cocoa powder instead of raw cacao but you will be missing out on some of the health benefits.
  • If you cannot find raw honey, you could try and use maple syrup. Note that the resulting chocolate mousse will be softer and more pudding-like, as maple syrup is thinner than honey.
  • Turn this into a Mexican Chocolate Mousse by adding a pinch of cinnamon and chili powder.

For more healthy dessert recipes, check out my:

  • Paleo Pumpkin Pie
  • High Protein Chocolate Pudding
  • Paleo Blueberry Cobbler

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Five Ingredient & Five Minute Chocolate Mousse


This 5 ingredients 5-minute chocolate mousse is the easiest dessert ever!

Even the worst cook can throw this together and it will come out perfectly every single time.

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Total Time 5 minutes mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Servings 4 servings

Calories 281 kcal


  • 1 can coconut milk only use the hardened cream part (use THIS brand, it’s organic and BPA free)
  • 1/4 cup raw honey use real, raw honey ,see notes
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao
  • 1 tbsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract optional, but I love almond flavor and think it gives this a really nice flavor (I use THIS brand)


  • Add everything to a bowl and beat with a hand mixer. THAT’S IT. It’s so easy!


I like using this coconut milk, this honey and this raw cocoa powder.

  • Remember that you must only use the solid part aka. coconut cream for this recipe, not the coconut milk.
  • If you buy canned coconut cream you’ll need 11 to 12 ounces.
  • You can serve this paleo chocolate mousse as is, or with fresh berries, coconut whipped cream and cocoa nibs.


Calories: 281kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 3gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 18gSodium: 15mgPotassium: 330mgFiber: 2gSugar: 18gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 26mgIron: 4.2mg

Keyword easy paleo chocolate mousse, healthy chocolate mousse, quick chocolate mousse recipe

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What can I use instead of cocoa powder in mousse? ›

Carob powder is often used as a cocoa substitute in baked and no-bake goods such as cake, brownies, cookies, fudge, and mousse. Because of its sweet and mild flavor, it is also great in recipes that don't require much sugar, such as pancakes, oatmeal, and ice cream shakes.

How many carbs are in Chocolate Mousse? ›

Chocolate mousse (0.5 cup) contains 27.5g total carbs, 26.5g net carbs, 18.6g fat, 4.3g protein, and 282 calories.

How many calories are in white Chocolate Mousse? ›

Milkybar Mousse 4 x 55g
Typical ValuesPer 100gPer 55g Portion
of which saturates2.6g1.5g
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Does mousse have dairy? ›

At its most basic, traditional mousse starts with a base similar to pudding, minus the cornstarch, to which beaten cream or beaten egg whites are folded in. There are also a variety of non-traditional versions of mousse that are vegan, dairy-free, and have swapped the traditional ingredients to be healthier.

What is a vegan substitute for cocoa powder? ›

Carob Powder: Carob powder is perhaps the most popular cocoa powder substitute, derived from the dried, roasted, and ground pods of the carob tree. It is naturally sweet, with a flavour similar to cocoa but distinct—milder and with a hint of caramel.

What is a non chocolate substitute for cocoa powder? ›

Carob powder is a common non-chocolate cocoa powder substitute. When roasted and ground into a powder, carob tree pods can replicate the sweet and nutty taste of chocolate.

How many carbs are in keto Chocolate Mousse? ›

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
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What is the benefits of Chocolate Mousse? ›

Health benefits of chocolate mousse
  • It works as a mood booster.
  • It is rich in antioxidants and is good for the skin.
  • It improves circulation of blood and is good for the heart.
  • It is also a source of iron, manganese and fibre.
  • Consumption in moderation can help manage weight.
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How many calories are in low fat Chocolate Mousse? ›

Low fat and has less than 75 calories per serve.

What is the nutritional value of Chocolate Mousse? ›

Chocolate Mousse
  • Calories 455.
  • Total Fat 32g 41%
  • Saturated Fat 18g 90%
  • Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8g.
  • Monounsaturated Fat 10g.
  • Cholesterol 283mg 94%
  • Sodium 77mg 3%
  • Total Carbohydrates 32g 12%

How many calories are in vegan Chocolate Mousse? ›

Calories in Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Total Carbohydrate18.4 g
Dietary Fiber1.4 g
Sugars14.7 g
Protein7.3 g
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How many calories are in Aldi protein Chocolate Mousse? ›

Energy: 153 calories

What are the four basic components of a mousse? ›

Four basic components of a Mousse

Mousse is a light and airy dessert made with eggs, sugar, heavy cream, and flavoring. All mousses have four basic components: aerated egg yolks, whipped egg whites, whipped cream, and a flavoring base.

What can I substitute for heavy cream in mousse? ›

Incorporating extra fat into regular milk can make a great substitute for heavy cream. Simply melt unsalted butter, let it cool slightly, and then whisk it into milk, using a ratio of 1 part melted butter to 3 parts milk by volume.

Is there a dairy-free cream? ›


Neutral in taste, it is vegan, dairy-free, lactose-free and palm oil free. It's smooth, velvety and thick in texture and suits any dish you cook, bake or whip up.

Can I use melted chocolate instead of cocoa powder? ›

While I don't recommend substituting chocolate for cocoa in a recipe (or vice versa), you can do it if you have to. The trick is to adjust your ratios to compensate for the higher concentration of cocoa solids in cocoa powder and the added fat in unsweetened chocolate.

Can I use hot chocolate mix instead of cocoa powder? ›

In short, you can use hot chocolate powder as a cocoa powder substitute in a pinch, but you may not experience the depth of flavour you want. Because most brands of hot chocolate powder include sugar or sweetener, you may wish to reduce the amount of sugar you add to your baking recipe.

Can I use chocolate instead of cocoa powder? ›

In general, a 1-ounce piece of unsweetened chocolate can replace 3 Tbsp. cocoa. Though because your chocolate piece will have oil in it, you might want to try leaving out some of the oil; take out 1 Tbsp. of called-for oil for each ounce of chocolate substituted.

Can I use coffee powder instead of cocoa powder? ›

Yes you can. But dont expect it to be a chocolate cake. Also the quantity of coffee must be 1/6 th the amount of cocoa powder you would have used for chocolate cake. Otherwise your cake will definitely turn bitter.


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