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This simple and quick chocolate mousse comes together in less than 10 minutes and is made without any eggs. Top with whipped cream or berries for a light and refreshing dessert!
This Quick Chocolate Mousse Recipe is a real treat!
You are in for a treat today with this recipe for easy chocolate mousse, my friend. A TREAT.
Welcome to the quickest and simplest way to get chocolate mousse on the (dessert) table in less than 10 minutes and with 3 ingredients (well, 4 ingredients if we count vanilla extract).
If salt, pepper, and water are “free” ingredients, I think vanilla extract should be too. So… For all intents and purposes, let’s call this 3 ingredient chocolate mousse, deal?
Glad we settled that.
Why you’ll love this Easy Chocolate Mousse Recipe
Now, I’ve seen a lot of “easy” chocolate mousse recipes out there, some starting with pudding, some containing eggs which need to be cooked somehow (usually a double boiler of some sort), but what truly constitutes something as “easy” for me is just that– ease of both ingredients and method.
Traditional mousse is a light and airy dessert made from whipping cream and egg whites folded together with some sort of other flavor. It’s pretty simple.
But since I’m on a no bake kick for this year (hello, No Bake of The Month!), I wanted to create a chocolate mousse recipe that indeed needed no baking, and even cooking something on the stove top eliminates something from this category for me!
What you’ll need for Easy Chocolate Mousse
You only need 4 simple ingredients to make this easy chocolate mousse.
For this easy mousse recipe, you will need:
• heavy whipping cream
• cocoa powder
• powdered sugar
• vanilla extract
If you’ve made my homemade whipped cream, you can totally do this, because we’re essentially creating chocolate whipped cream, though it’s a bit heavier than classic whipped cream and we’re eating it with a spoon.
Sometimes it’s all about the presentation/method of consumption that classifies something.
How to make this Chocolate Mousse Recipe
You’re going to start by whipping the cream until it’s frothy and thick. It shouldn’t be giving any peaks yet, but it should start to be gathering some volume.
Next, we’ll sift in the cocoa powder (Dutch processed preferred) and powdered sugar to eliminate as many chunks of these ingredients as possible.
Add in the vanilla extract, and then gently fold the mixture with a spatula or mix with your mixer on the lowest speed possible.
We want to slowly incorporate these powdered ingredients in so as not to create chunks of powder and to keep the chocolate mousse nice and smooth.
Once it’s mostly incorporated in, you can turn up the speed and get to whipping to the peaks we’re after.
You’re looking for medium peaks, on the stiffer side. A beautiful example of this is the stiffness we whip to when making traditional homemade whipped cream.
The peak should stand up with a slight droop that stays put, and not a drastic droop that keeps falling. If it’s drastically drooping, it still needs a touch more whipping.
Once you’ve reached peak (ha!) peaks, it’s ready to eat, or ready to chill until serving time. Chilling is not necessary, but where it should sit until you’re ready to serve it.
How to serve this Easy Mousse Recipe
We topped with homemade whipped cream (bonus points: 1 carton of heavy whipping cream can make one batch of this easy chocolate mousse recipe and another of homemade whipped cream) and shaved chocolate, but this would also be great with fresh berries, extra chocolate sauce, homemade caramel sauce, whatever your chocolate loving heart desires.
IS MOUSSE EATEN HOT OR COLD?
Mousses are typically served cold as they lose a lot of their texture when warmed.
Easy Mousse Recipe storage
HOW LONG DOES FRESH CHOCOLATE MOUSSE LAST?
Chocolate mousse will last in the refrigerator for about 5 days. If you notice it weeping or losing a lot of texture, it is still safe to eat, but may just not be as enjoyable as it is when still holding its texture.
SHOULD CHOCOLATE MOUSSE BE REFRIGERATED?
Chocolate mousse should be refrigerated to preserve freshness and texture.
Chocolate Mousse Recipe Easy FAQs
I believe there is a time and place for real, traditional, cooked mousse, and that time is with my lemon mousse, but for now, let’s do this easy peasy style.
Plus, when you find yourself with an easy recipe of chocolate mousse (much like an easy recipe of small batch chocolate chip cookies), it’s hard to resist the urge to make it ASAP.
So I think no matter who you are, where you are, or what time it is… Chocolate mousse needs to be the next thing you eat. I know you won’t regret it.
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Quick Chocolate Mousse Recipe
- 1 cup (240mL) heavy whipping cream
- ¼ cup (24g) Dutch processed cocoa powder1
- 5 Tablespoons (38g) powdered sugar
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a large bowl2 with a handheld mixer or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip the heavy cream on high speed until thick and frothy.1 cup (240mL) heavy whipping cream
- Stop the mixer and sift in the cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Add the vanilla, then beat again on low until cocoa powder and powdered sugar are mostly incorporated. You may also opt to fold the mixture with a spatula instead of whipping on low.¼ cup (24g) Dutch processed cocoa powder1, 5 Tablespoons (38g) powdered sugar, ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Increase the mixer speed to high again and whip until medium peaks form. Use immediately or chill until ready to use. Portion into dessert cups and add toppings (I suggest homemade whipped cream and/or berries) before serving. See notes3 for freezing instructions.
- Dutch processed cocoa powder: this is preferred, but unsweetened cocoa powder will do just fine.
- Bowl temperature: if you’re in a warm environment, you may want to freeze your mixer bowl and whisk attachment in order to keep the whipped cream chilled enough to reach peaks.
- Freezing: freezing and thawing leftover chocolate mousse will diminish some of the “fluff” factor. Thaw in the refrigerator and rewhip in increments of 15 seconds to desired consistency.
All nutritional values are approximate and provided to the reader as a courtesy. Changing ingredients and/or quantities will alter the estimated nutritional calculations.