This healthy Chocolate Mousse recipe is decadent, fluffy and so easy to make! It’s made with aquafaba (chickpea liquid), making it healthy and vegan too!
If you are looking for a chocolatey dessert but also trying to be healthy, no need to compromise here! You can have your cake (well, mousse) and eat it too! This mousse is light not only in texture, but also in calorie counts. While I don’t know exactly what the nutritional count is (and I try not to get caught up on that), I feel confident in saying it is much healthier than some alternatives out there!
Aquafaba is the base of this dessert and if you are not sure what that is, its the thick watery substance that is hanging out with your chickpeas in that can in your pantry. While you may be tempted to just drain your chickpeas and let that liquid wash away down the drain, don’t! You can make wonderful things with it, the best one being this mousse!
While I was rummaging through the pantry, I came across my canned chickpea stash. And BOOM! I had a dessert idea!
Its kinda weird to look at a can of chickpeas and think dessert, right? But when you know the wonderful things aquafaba can do, its not so weird really.
Also, that can of chickpeas does double duty! Today, I used the chickpeas to make hummus and so we got a healthy snack and a healthy dessert out of it! Can’t beat that!
Tips for making the perfect Healthy Chocolate Mousse
This chocolate mousse is decadent, light and so easy to make. While it isn’t hard to do, there are a few things to keep in mind to ensure a successful experience.
- Whip it good!
One of the key parts of a mousse is its light, airy texture. In order to achieve that, you have to whip that aquafaba until it forms stiff peaks. I use a stand mixer to do this while I work on melting the chocolate but you can also use a hand mixer. I do not recommend doing it by hand as it takes about 10 minutes of whipping with a machine to get the right result! Whip it real good! Make sure you can tip the bowl and the whipped aquafaba stays put.
- Let the chocolate cool.
Once the chocolate is melted, let it cool a bit. You don’t want it to solidify again but if it is too hot, it will completely deflate the whipped aquafaba.
- Whip the chocolate in quickly.
I find when I try to stir the chocolate in by hand, it sometimes begins to seize up. When melted chocolate and water combine, chocolate tends to seize after all. In order to minimize this, I add the chocolate in while the stand mixer is whipping the aquafaba.
You may also like these other healthy desserts:
Date Square Energy Bites
Healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudgsicles
Wondering what to do with those chickpeas?
Here a few ideas:
Chickpea Noodle Soup
Ditali Chickpea and Vegetable Soup
Healthy Caesar Salad with Roasted Chickpea Croutons
Healthy Chocolate Mousse
- 1 cup aquafaba (liquid from about 2 cans of no salt-chickpeas)
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup vegan chocolate chips
- In the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, add the aquafaba, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Whip until it forms stiff peaks (about 10 minutes).
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate chips using the double boiler method, being sure to stir until they are smooth. Let the chocolate cool slightly.
- Add the melted chocolate to the stand mixer and whisk until it is well combined. The whipped aquafaba will deflate quite a bit. Don’t worry, that is ok.
- Spoon the mousse into 4 ramekins or bowls. Set in the fridge for at least 3 hours.