Smooth and mixed, chocolate chia pudding mousse is a variation on the original. You won't find the chia seed texture here; simply a wonderful, traditional creamy mousse texture!
This recipe was created for folks who like the concept of chia pudding but dislike its tapioca-like texture. This gorgeous mousse was created using a blended version of my really well-liked chocolate chia pudding recipe.
Chocolate Chia Pudding Mousse Ingredients
I am happy to share with you that this recipe is super simple and can be made with just a handful of ingredients. In fact, you might already have them in your pantry! Here's what you all need to whip up this delicious dessert:
- Dairy-Free Milk – 2 cups
- Chia Seeds – ½ cup
- Cacao Powder – ¼ cup
- Maple Syrup – ¼ cup
- Vanilla Extract – 2 teaspoons
When I make this recipe, I like to mix all the ingredients in a blender until it's nice and smooth. Then, I pour the mixture into jars or bowls and let it sit in the fridge for a few hours until it becomes thick and pudding-like. Now, if you are feeling extra fancy, you can add some toppings to take this dessert to the next level.
Here are some of my favorite combinations:
- Coconut Whipped Cream: I love adding a dollop of this on top for extra creaminess. To make coconut whipped cream, simply refrigerate a can of full-fat coconut milk overnight, scoop out the solid cream, and whip it up with a little bit of maple syrup and vanilla extract.
- Chocolate Shavings: I like to use a bittersweet chocolate with 50-60% dark chocolate and sprinkle some shavings on top for extra chocolatey goodness.
- Fruit: Raspberries and strawberries pair really well with chocolate, so adding a few on top can add a pop of color and flavor.
- Nuts: Chopped pecans or any other nuts you like are delicious, adding a contrasting crunch with every bite.
Tips for Blending the Mousse
When I make this recipe, I always keep in mind that the key to blending chia pudding is to use a minimum amount of ingredients. This ensures that the blades can properly blend everything together.
Once I am done blending, I can see that the pudding is already thickened. This is all thanks to the magic of chia seeds. After chilling, it will firm up even more to create a luxurious and creamy pudding.
If you want to add some extra flair to your pudding, I highly recommend some toppings. Personally, I love adding a dollop of coconut whipped cream for extra creaminess.
For a little bit of crunch, I will sprinkle on some chopped pecans or other nuts. Raspberries and strawberries also pair perfectly with the rich chocolate flavor. And, of course, you can't go wrong with some chocolate shavings on top.
How Long Will it Last?
If you are like me, you know that having a sweet treat in the fridge can be a lifesaver when those chocolate cravings hit. That's why I love this chocolate chia pudding mousse recipe - not only is it delicious, but it also lasts for 4-5 days in the fridge. If you are someone who likes to plan ahead, you could also make a double or triple batch and freeze individual portions for several weeks or even longer. This is perfect for when you're short on time or just need a quick chocolate fix.
I find that having pre-made portions in the freezer helps me stick to my healthy eating goals. Plus, it's a great way to avoid buying store-bought sweets, which are often loaded with preservatives and other not-so-great ingredients. So go ahead, whip up a batch of this delicious chocolate chia pudding mousse and enjoy it whenever you need a sweet treat. Your taste buds (and your body) will thank you!
This discussion has provided a delicious and healthy recipe for chocolate chia seed mousse. The recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, and can be adapted to fit various dietary preferences. Using simple and nutritious ingredients like chia seeds, cacao powder, and maple syrup, this dessert is a guilt-free indulgence that can satisfy your chocolate cravings.
Can I use a different type of milk for the recipe?
Yes, you can use any non-dairy milk that you prefer. The recipe recommends cashew or almond milk, but other options like coconut or oat milk can work as well.
Can I use a different sweetener instead of maple syrup?
Yes, you can use other natural sweeteners like honey or agave nectar instead of maple syrup. However, keep in mind that the sweetness level may differ and you may need to adjust the amount of sweetener used.
CHOCOLATE CHIA PUDDING MOUSSE
- 2 cup dairy-free milk
- ½ cup chia seeds
- ¼ cup cacao powder, or cocoa powder
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- coconut whipped cream
- chocolate shavings
- chopped nuts
- strawberries, (or other fruit)
- Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender.
- Blend on high for a minute, or until the pudding is creamy.
- Transfer the pudding to a bowl, cover and chill at least 4 hours.
- Serve the chocolate chia mousse with a dollop of coconut whipped cream, chocolate shavings, and chopped nuts.
- Don't reduce the quantity (i.e. cut it in half) or there won't be enough ingredients to blend properly in a blender.
- You can certainly double or triple the recipe though for a party or gathering!