September 21, 2013

Chia Chocolate Mousse

Chia Chocolate MousseWhen you think chocolate mousse, you think of copious amounts of chocolate, sugar, eggs and butter whipped together to create a luscious, fluffy and airy dessert.
My mum used to make Julia Child’s Mousse au Chocolat when we had guests over. She would serve it topped with a dollop of homemade whipped cream and some orange confit.
It was so good, she would win raves. I remember it got to a point where people would actually ask her (more like beg her) to make it when she invited them over for dinner.
I loved her mousse au chocolat, and I still do. To me, mum's mousse au chocolat means home, family and friends.
It’s a special dish, but let’s be honest, it’s a calorie bomb. There’s point no denying that.
Sugar and butter and eggs and chocolate, all natural ingredients, yes, but a lot of them, too much of them.
Once in awhile it’s OK to have it - on special occasions such as birthdays, Christmas; but that’s about it.
So what about the rest of the year? 363 days without mousse au chocolat? How sad...
That’s when this chia chocolate mousse comes into play. This is a great little recipe that has become a chocolate fix favorite in my apt.

Chia Chocolate MousseIt’s arguably one of the easiest recipes on the planet; no cooking, no whipping, no creaming. All you need is a 4 ingredients and a blender. That simple.
And you know what’s even more awesome about it? That this chia chocolate mousse accommodates everybody, I mean E-V-E-R-Y-B-O-D-Y!
Rawists, paleoistas, vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, etc, you name it. Everyone is allowed to dig into this delicious dessert.
And between the chia seeds, cocoa, banana and coconut milk it’s a true nutritional powerhouse. However, what really matters to me is that this chocolate mousse is good, REALLY FREAKING GOOD!
Chia Chocolate Mousse
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Note. I don’t really feel there’s the need to add coconut sugar, but my GF strongly disagrees with me; so I’ll let you be the judge of that. It really comes down to how sweet you like your chocolate mousse to be.

Ingredients 
Serves 4

⅓ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tablespoons ground chia seeds*
1 banana
1 cup coconut milk (use BPA free coconut milk)
2 tablespoons powdered coconut sugar (optional, for extra sweetness)
pinch of medium coarse sea salt (optional)

* If you can’t find ground chia seeds, you can grind them in a small coffee grinder.

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender (or food processor) and process until creamy and smooth.
Place chocolate mousse in a bowl or single serving bowls/ramekins and put in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to allow ground chia seeds to solidify.
If you’re like me and believe that chocolate and salt are a marriage made in heaven, sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt before serving.

Nutrition facts

One serving (without coconut sugar) yields 205 calories, 16 grams of fat, 16.3 grams of carbs and 4.5 grams of protein.

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29 comments:

  1. I need this, in my life, NOW!

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  2. WOW! Looks incredible

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  3. I'm addicted to chocolate mousse - this could be the healthy solution for me - thanks!

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  4. Hello,
    your blog is really informative and inspiring. This looks absolutely delicious! I just discovered chia seeds, will try it out soon. Same story here, real Mousse au chocolat is reserved to Christmas.
    Best regards,
    Sarah

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    1. Thanks Sarah, I have a sort of addiction for chia seeds, I try to put them everywhere...

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  5. Wow, I will defiantly book mark this recipe!

    http://onehotmum.blogspot.co.nz/

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  7. I love these chocolate pots and the salty touch, oh so yum.

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    1. There's nothing quite like chocolate and salt, at least for me!

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  8. Wow man. I've been staring at these photos for the past like... 10 minutes. I can't seem to detach my eyes from this mouthwatering dessert.

    I'm right with you on the coconut sugar not being necessary thing, though. I like my chocolate DAAAARK, really dark! In fact, I think that a whole banana might even be too much for me. I would probably use an avocado instead, and add a tablespoon or two of date paste.

    Oh yes! That chocolate mousse? It gives me neeeeeeeds!

    Trade ya... chocolate mousse for nut butter! :)

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    1. It's a deal then! Nut butter for chocolate mousse. Boom!

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  9. love it - been looking for guilt free desserts - and such easy chocolatey ones are winners!

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    1. Total winner Archana, guilt-free all the way! :-)

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  10. yum! You are so right, 363 days without chocolate mousse wouldn't be a life worth living... i used to do something similar to this, but since i'm not really in to the banana flavor (it takes over way too much in my opinion!) I played around a bit and came up with my favorite.... the secrets? Avocado and silktofu.
    The recipe is in my ebook but since you share all your beautiful recipes I thought I can share this one with you too :
    1,5 soft avocado
    5-6 tbsp date puree (simplye dates pitted and mixed into a puree)
    200 g silktofu
    3 eggwhites (can be sub with chia)
    5-6 tbsp cacao
    1/2 tsp vanilla powder/extract
    Mix all wet, fold in dry - done! Depending on who's gonna eat it, I sometimes add some more sugar/sweetener, but i like it juuuust the way it is :)

    Thanks again for sharing so amazing recipes! (I wrote to you on Instagram - i'm @roethlisbergerphoto)

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    1. You're awesome Fanny! I'm so gonna try this recipe (maybe swapping the silktofu with a banana?), thanks for sharing.

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  11. Yum! I would like one of those right now!

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  12. Im in love with chia, this looks so good!

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  13. Oh my goodness, this looks SO delicious!! I love that you added some salt, I feel like chocolate and salt go so well together. I love this. So simple, exactly as food should be!

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  14. This recipe looks awesome! however, I am not a fan of bananas...can you actually taste the flavor of banana? The only time I eat bananas is if they are in banana bread..weird I know! lol! and if you can taste it, what would be a good substitution? Another question...could I just leave my chia seeds whole? Or is it best to grind them? Thanks! :)

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    1. You can sub the banana with one avocado (although the cocoa tend to hide all other flavors, it still tastes a bit of banana).
      As to the chia seeds, you can definitely use them whole, but it will be less smooth.

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  15. First of all, I have to say you have a perfect blog for me! Everything what I believe in & Im passionate about, love it!! Oh, and the recipes.... wonderful! I run a lot, but Im not strong on cooking healthy food, even though I really try. My weak side is chocolate or everything connected with it...so this recipe for the chocolate mousse I very appreciated. I`ll try it out this week for sure!

    Keep on the good work!
    xo, Maja

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    1. Thanks Maja, let me know how you like it!

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  16. I loved this recipe. made it twice already. Hope you don't mind that I had put it on my blog (in Portuguese) with a link to your recipe (http://belitaarainhadoscouratos.blogs.sapo.pt/277387.html)

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  17. Absolutely not Maria. Actually, it makes me very happy that you liked it!

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  18. Looks delicious! I reckon I could eat a whole bucket full of this chocolate mousse.

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  19. Holy cheezits! This is ggggoooooodddd!

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  20. I made this tonight ... and ... I'm in love. I'm trying not to think too much about how good it is because my fiances portion is in the fridge and I'm sorely tempted to take some of his! Haha!

    I put a bottom layer of banana before topping it with the mousse and added hazelnuts to the mixture and then did a healthy topping of more hazelnuts.. I love hazelnuts and chocolate combos :)

    It was superb! Quick and easy dessert.

    >> Here is mine: https://scontent-b-fra.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-xpa1/t1.0-9/s552x414/10361404_10152423665076041_6700115836424422962_n.jpg <<

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