Whenever I see a recipe for a green smoothie, chia pudding or protein ball that the creator claims “tastes exactly like a chocolate chip cookie [or whatever delicious thing he/she is trying to replicate] only 100% healthy!!” – I’m skeptical. Because I have yet to meet a recipe built around avocado, chia seeds, or protein powder that truly tastes like dessert. Too often these healthy takes on sweet indulgences leave me disappointed, wishing I’d indulged in the real thing, or at least something a little sweeter.
So when I set out to create this Chocolate Chia Mousse, my goal was to make something that really tasted like dessert, but also included a few healthy ingredients that traditional chocolate mousse definitely does not.
And I think it worked.
Truthfully, these delicious little chocolate pots don’t taste exactly like chocolate mousse. But they do taste rich, creamy, chocolatey, sweet and indulgent.
A few essentials in this recipe:
- Using whole milk Greek yogurt (I used Stonyfield‘s vanilla Greek).
- Using high quality chocolate (I used Divine, because not only does their chocolate taste fabulous but their company story is amazing and I love that they are co-owned by the farmers in Ghana who grow their cocoa. This makes Divine very unique).
- Blending the mouse well before serving so that the texture is smooth and creamy, unlike the seedy texture of regular chia pudding.
These tricks lead to an decadent treat that also happens to be full of super foods. A win-win!
- 1 cup whole milk Greek yogurt (I used Stonyfield's vanilla)
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 2 Tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 8 squares Divine dark chocolate (about ⅓ of the bar; if using another brand, use the number of squares that equal about ⅓ of bar)
- Combine chia seeds, milk and yogurt in a bowl and let sit in the fridge for 1 hour (or overnight).
- Place chia mixture in blender along with vanilla, cocoa powder, and sugar and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides several times to make sure the chia seeds get fully blended.
- Add 6 of the chocolate squares and blend another minute. (This will leave tiny chocolate pieces in the mousse, which I love, but if you prefer a completely smooth mousse, add the chocolate with the other ingredients so they get more blended).
- Pour into 2-4 small bowls and chill for an hour (or up to 2 days, covered) before serving.
- Chop the remaining 2 chocolate squares and sprinkle on top of the mousse.
- Serve with strawberries or raspberries.
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