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Paleo Chocolate Mousse

Paleo Chocolate Mousse

Smooth and creamy Paleo chocolate mousse, made with chocolate, coconut cream, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla. Just blend it and let it set!

Smooth and creamy Paleo chocolate mousse, made with chocolate, coconut cream, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla. Just blend it and let it set. So rich & delicious! http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/

When the weather turns a bit warmer (or in our case here in NY, ridiculously hot and sticky when it’s not even summer yet), I find myself turning more and more to making stovetop and no bake treats. They keep the kitchen cool, and cool is where it’s at. Simple blend-it-and-chill-it prep help, too.

This Paleo chocolate mousse is made with just a few simple ingredients. It just happens to be dairy-free, refined-sugar-free, gluten-free, grain-free, blah-blah-blah free, so I bestowed upon it the Paleo name. Congratulations, rich, healthy chocolate mousse!

Smooth and creamy Paleo chocolate mousse, made with chocolate, coconut cream, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla. Just blend it and let it set. So rich & delicious! http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/

You don’t absolutely have to use Dutch-processed cocoa powder, but I find that the chocolate mousse has a smoother, more pure chocolate taste if you do. I have also used Hershey’s extra dark cocoa powder, which is a blend of natural and Dutch-processed cocoa powders, with great results.

I have also tried replacing the honey with an equal amount, by weight, of maple syrup. The resulting mousse is softer and more pudding-like, as the syrup is thinner.

Smooth and creamy Paleo chocolate mousse, made with chocolate, coconut cream, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla. Just blend it and let it set. So rich & delicious! http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/

Remember that you must use coconut cream for this recipe, not light coconut milk which has a much higher water content. Coconut cream is the solid in a can of full-fat canned coconut. In this recipe, we use only the cream. Thai Kitchen brand coconut milk and Whole Foods 365 brand coconut milk both work well consistently for this application.

So Delicious brand “Culinary Coconut Milk” also works great for the coconut cream portion. It comes in an 11 fluid ounce container and can be used as you would a 14-ounce can. Trader Joe’s also sells coconut cream alone, which contains significantly less liquid and doesn’t need to be refrigerated for it to separate.

I’ve tested the recipe with each type of coconut milk and/or cream I recommend. The So Delicious one was the thickest, and it was my favorite. All set up properly, though. Using another brand of canned coconut milk that doesn’t reliably separate in the refrigerator is the only way you can really go wrong.

Smooth and creamy Paleo chocolate mousse, made with chocolate, coconut cream, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla. Just blend it and let it set. So rich & delicious! http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/

haven’t tried transferring the Paleo chocolate mousse to popsicle molds and freezing it as fudge pops. And I can’t figure out why I’m still talking to you instead of getting right on that…

Links:
How to make coconut whipped cream
Dutch-processed versus natural cocoa powders
Weck Miniature Tulip Jars

Smooth and creamy Paleo chocolate mousse, made with chocolate, coconut cream, cocoa powder, honey and vanilla. Just blend it and let it set. So rich & delicious! http://glutenfreeonashoestring.com/

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped

14 fluid ounces ounces full-fat canned coconut, refrigerated for at least 24 hours*

1/3 cup (112 g) honey

1/2 cup (40 g) unsweetened cocoa powder (natural or Dutch-processed, but I prefer Dutched)

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

*Coconut cream is the solid in a can of full-fat canned coconut. In this recipe, we will use only the cream. Thai Kitchen brand coconut milk and Whole Foods 365 brand coconut milk both work well consistently for this application. So Delicious brand “Culinary Coconut Milk” also works great for the coconut cream portion. It comes in an 11 fluid ounce container and can be used as you would a 14-ounce can. Trader Joe’s also sells coconut cream alone, which contains significantly less liquid and doesn’t need to be refrigerated for it to separate.

Directions

  • In a double boiler or a medium-sized microwave safe bowl, melt the chocolate until smooth. To melt the chocolate in the microwave, heat in 30-second increments at 70% power, stirring in between intervals, taking care not to burn the chocolate. Set the chocolate aside to cool briefly.

  • Once the coconut milk has been refrigerated, the thick white cream should separate from the liquid. Remove the can from the refrigerator carefully, taking care not to shake it. Scoop out only the solid white coconut cream and either reserve the liquid for another use or discard it. You will use only the cream in this recipe.

  • In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade (I love using my mini chop food processor here; so easy to clean!), place the coconut cream, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla, salt and melted chocolate. Cover the food processor and process the ingredients until they’re well-blended and very smooth. If your coconut cream was chilled, the mixture will be thicker than if it was at room temperature when you added it to the food processor.

  • Divide the mousse evenly among 4 small (I used my 7.4 fluid ounce Weck jars) containers. Cover each container and chill for at least 3 hours or until set. Serve chilled.

Love,
Nicole

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  • roastedroot

    This looks perfect! I’ve made mousse using avocado but am itching to try the coconut milk version. It looks so silky smooth and rich! Definitely the perfect healthy treat for these hot days we’ve been having!

  • youngbaker2002

    thank you for another delicious looking paleo recipe Nicole! Getting so hot here…glad it’s no-bake!

    • youngbaker2002

      Oh my gosh I just made this and everybody loves it, especially my Dad. I’ll probably have to make it again tomorrow Nicole, that’s how amazing the reviews are that I’m getting. Thank you so much for a fast and reliable Paleo dessert! :)

  • InterestedMom

    Is there a substitute for the coconut cream? My daughter is allergic to coconut in any and all forms, even as an oil in scented candles.

    • I recommend your trying the regular chocolate mousse recipe in this chocolate mousse cake. This recipe relies very heavily on coconut cream so if you can’t have it, it’s really just not for you!

  • Dalaine

    YUM!!! I cannot wait to try this one.

  • Jaimie Hutman Chapman

    I’m dairy free-could I use unsweetened raw cacao powder in lieu of the cocoa and raw cacao nibs in place of the chocolate? If not, any suggestions to make it dairy free?

    • Jaimie, by definition, everything “Paleo” must be dairy free. Unsweetened chocolate is dairy free. You cannot use raw cacao nibs, no. Cocoa powder, likewise, is dairy free.

      • Jaimie Hutman Chapman

        Ok!! Thanks so much! I was just diagnosed with a dairy allergy and that rules out most of my favorite desserts–looking forward to trying this!!

  • Jennifer S.

    again seriously – YUM!

  • Deborah Vernon

    Do you think the honey does something to the thickening? By that I mean, do you think another sugar/substitute would work? Obviously it provides some liquid/moisture. I’m trying to think of a lower carb trade-out. LOVE your recipes! Thanks for all your hardwork – and to your family for being guinea pigs!! ;)

    • You need the honey, Deborah, or another liquid sweetener of similar viscosity. I don’t think there’s a substitute that you’d like. Sorry!

  • Carly Krumins

    Do you think it would work if you used sweetened dark chocolate and left out the honey? I’ve never seen unsweetened chocolate here in Australia.

  • youngbaker2002

    quick question- if we use a can of coconut cream how many ounces would we need? Thanks

    • If it’s just the cream, you’ll need 11 to 12 ounces.

  • Heather G

    Can’t wait to try this for a dinner party. Because of some of your recipes I’ve shared with them, I have 2 good friends who have gone gluten-free and are benefitting from a lot less health issues. Not to mention they love the recipes. Thank you for your efforts and time to get us great tasting GOOD food.

    • How great is that, Heather? You’ve shown them the light! Thanks so much for taking the time to share that. :)

  • LadyAnnick Lentacker

    Tried it at the Mannaz school today. We Loooooooove it!! We did use agave syrup instead of honey.

  • Victoria Donaldson

    Making this now for morning tea tomorrow, thanks again! Love choc mouse and am allergic to refined sugar. Can’t wait. For those of you in Oz Aldi coconut cream is the best for the thick white stuff. Don’t need to refrigerate and basically the whole can is solid!

    • mjm58

      If the hole can is cream, how much of it would be used for one recipe of mouse?

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