Chocolate is amazingly satisfying. Some experts believe that we enjoy fat and sugar together (like in chocolate) because it mimics what we received as infants from mother’s milk. In any case, chocolate is a favorite dessert for many people and can even provide some health benefits. This 5-minute chocolate mousse recipe is an excellent way to get a (healthy) chocolate fix.
What is Mousse?
A mousse is a pudding-like food that can be thick and creamy or light and airy, depending on how it’s made, but usually involve whipping air into a mixture. Mousses can be sweet or savory. In fact, the earliest mousses were savory recipes that include meat, fish, organ meats, shellfish, cheeses, and vegetables. These savory mousses came into popularity in the late 19th century. In the 20th century, chocolate mousses (and other sweet mousses) began showing up.
How is Mousse Different Than Pudding?
Both mousse and pudding can be sweet or savory. But pudding is typically a milk mixture (mixed with sugar when making a sweet mousse) thickened with cornstarch, gelatin, or something similar. On the other hand, mousse gets its texture from the air that’s whipped in. Mousse can get its airy texture from whipped egg whites, whipped cream, or both.
Is Chocolate Healthy?
Chocolate can be a healthy food. Considering most chocolate contains a fair amount of sugar, chocolate should be eaten in moderation. Dark chocolate contains magnesium that is important for over 300 other functions in the body including:
- heart health
- blood sugar control
- protein synthesis
Many people are chronically deficient in magnesium due to poor soil for growing vegetables, stress, and consuming caffeine and sugar.
Chocolate also contains antioxidants that help fight oxidative stress and protect the heart.
Additionally, chocolate can have positive effects on the brain. Chocolate increases serotonin in the brain which is a neurotransmitter responsible for better mood and sleep. It also helps reduce anxiety.
But most chocolate you find in the store contains ingredients I’m not happy to give to my kids (or eat myself). These ingredients can include:
To avoid these ingredients, I make my own dark chocolate at home and use it in recipes like this chocolate mousse.
Bottom line: Chocolate in moderation can be healthy. This chocolate mousse recipe has the added benefit of healthy fats from the cream and a bit of protein from the egg whites. Overall, it’s a good choice for a healthy dessert.
Want More? Similar Chocolate Recipes to Try
If you like chocolate, check out these recipes:
- Chocolate Coconut Clusters – This recipe is almost too good to be healthy (but it is!). My family loves these.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bomb – Perfect for a low carb, high fat snack.
- Chocolate Covered Bacon – A strange combination at first but unexpectedly delicious.
- Chocolate Truffles – Everyone loves a truffle. Creamy, thick and delicious!
Next, I want to try these Avocado Chocolate Brownies from Paleo Hacks.
5-Minute Chocolate Mousse Recipe
- 6 oz bittersweet chocolate
- 2 cups cold heavy cream or cold canned coconut milk
- 3 large egg whites
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- In a double boiler, melt the chocolate.
- Set aside.
- Whisk the cold cream or coconut milk until soft peaks form and set aside.
- In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form.
- While whisking, gradually add the maple syrup until all is added and the egg whites form stiff peaks.
- Fold the melted chocolate into the whipped egg whites until mostly mixed, but still slightly streaky.
- Fold the whipped cream into the chocolate/egg white mixture.
- Divide among serving glasses if desired and either serve immediately or refrigerate 1 hour to set.
- Serve topped with more whipped cream and shaved chocolate if desired.