Here is an easy and healthy single serve dessert idea for you – chocolate mousse made with chia seeds, dates and cacao powder. Instead of consuming a bunch of saturated fat and processed sugar that comes with a traditional mousse, you will be “inhaling” antioxidants, fiber, healthy fats and naturally occurring sugars. And it is so delicious, even Italians will love it!
This chocolate mousse takes 5 minutes to make and requires just a bit of planning ahead. All you have to do is to soak chia seeds for at least 4 hours. Essentially, you will be making a thicker chia pudding that later on goes into a blender. I first discovered this technique while making Healthy Pumpkin Cheesecake Parfaits last month.
This recipe would be also great to use up leftover chia pudding, even vanilla chia pudding. Just add a few tablespoons of cacao or cocoa powder to it.
I tried to use an immersion blender to blend the mousse right in a jar chia seeds were soaking in but it’s not powerful enough. However, I think it just takes longer and the texture might be not as creamy. Therefore, I suggest you use a powerful blender or a food processor to blend the mousse. I used the cup blender attachment that came with my Ninja Ultima blender. Magic Bullet would work great too!
Toppings possibilities are truly endless, therefore I haven’t included them in nutritional info. I used what I had on hand. You can also enjoy this mousse on its own and it tastes best chilled.
Please note, the recipe makes one serving. However, this would be an easy dessert for a dinner party and you can prepare it up to 24 hours in advance and refrigerate.
- 1/2 cup any milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
- 2 tbsp cacao powder (cocoa powder is OK too)
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 large Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 tbsp chocolate chips (I used Enjoy Life & it's optional)
- 1 tbsp any nuts (optional)
- Any fresh or frozen fruit and berries, for topping (optional)
- Add milk, cacao powder and chia seeds to a Mason jar or any container with a tight lid (I prefer glass). Whisk well or stir vigorously with a fork until well mixed. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Add soaked chia mixture along with dates to a small food processor or a powerful blender (I use cups with a blade that came with my Ninja blender). Process until very smooth, about 3 - 5 minutes, depending on your appliance. If the mixture is too thick, add almond milk by a tbsp to help things move. Be careful not to add too much otherwise the mousse will be runny. Transfer to a serving glass or dish.
- In a small bowl, add chocolate chips and microwave in 30 seconds intervals, stirring in between, until melted. You could also melt them by adding hot water to a soup bowl and placing small bowl with chocolate chips in it (make sure water level isn't too high). Drizzle chocolate on top of the mousse, sprinkle with nuts and top with fruit or berries of choice. Any toppings like coconut flakes, chocolate chips, frozen or fresh fruits and/or berries would be great. Serve chilled.
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving:
Total Fat: 9.2 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 80.0 mg
Total Carbs: 52.4 g
Sugars: 29 g
Dietary Fiber: 16.4 g
Protein: 8.5 g
WW Points+: 7