This best Vegan Chocolate Mousse is a fluffy, light and healthier Mousse au Chocolat made with Aquafaba (vegan egg whites). It’s very easy to make, dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free and SO delicious!
If you’ve been following me for a while, you may have noticed that I love sharing new Vegan Cake Recipes on Sundays. However, today I just want to share a very simple recipe for a heavenly delicious Vegan Chocolate Mousse. It’s super fluffy, airy and creamy, making it a light and chocolatey dessert, that‘s perfect to serve anytime!
To me, there’s almost nothing better than chocolate. I mean, it’s the perfect soul food, right? Especially, after I’ve had a comforting lunch or dinner, such as Pasta, I‘m always looking for a chocolaty treat to satisfy my sweet tooth afterward. And when as a bonus it‘s also made healthier, but still taste delicious, it just makes the perfect dessert!
The Best Vegan Chocolate Mousse
While traditional Mousse au Chocolat is often made with heavy cream, eggs, or other rich dairy ingredients that contain a lot of calories and fat, I made this Vegan Chocolate Mousse with Aquafaba. Have you ever tried using it for desserts or anything else? Well, let’s have a closer look at what it is exactly, and how you can use it.
How to make Aquafaba
Actually, Aquafaba is just the leftover liquid from cooked chickpeas. There are two ways to obtain it. Either you can drain a can of chickpeas and simply save the liquid. Or you can cook dry chickpeas and save the leftover cooking water. Anyways, I recommend doing the first method, because when trying the second option, as I discovered, the Aquafaba can be too thin, so you may need to cook it down to get the perfect consistency for whipping it into fluffy vegan egg whites.
Chickpeas from a tin or glass?
When you choose the first method (using the leftover liquid from canned chickpeas), I personally prefer using chickpeas from a glass and not from a can, as I find it’s better for the environment. Anyways, it’s up to you what kind of canned chickpeas you’ll use because the Aquafaba will be the same either way.
How to whip Aquafaba
Add the Aquafaba into a large measuring jar. Then, beat it using an electric hand mixer until it gets whipped, and fluffy stiff peaks form, like stiff egg whites. It generally takes about 7-10 minutes, however, it‘ll be faster when you use a stand mixer! Not only are these vegan egg whites useful for making Vegan Mousse au Chocolat but it can also be added as an egg binder, like in this Vegan Black Forest Cake Roll.
How to make Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Slowly melt your favorite vegan chocolate over a water bath, then let it cool a bit. Whip your vegan egg whites until stiff and fluffy, adding some sugar, if you want it sweeter. Then fold in melted chocolate, carefully, stir to combine and fill into glasses. Let chill in the fridge for a few hours and serve with desired toppings.
Here are a few things you should bear in mind to ensure that your vegan chocolate mousse with aquafaba turns out perfectly:
- Heat the chocolate slowly over a bain-marie, making sure that the bowl in the bain-marie does not touch the bottom of the pan (this is important as chocolate is very sensitive to high temperatures). Once the chocolate has melted, remove the bowl from the bain-marie and leave it to cool slightly.
- Open the can of chickpeas and drain the chickpea water into a large glass bowl. Aquafaba (chickpea water) should not be fridge-cold, otherwise the chocolate will set (harden) when you add it. The bowl and utensils you use to whip the aquafaba must be completely free of fat, as even the smallest amount of fat residue can prevent the aquafaba from whipping until stiff.
- Add a teaspoon of acid (white vinegar, lemon or lime juice) to the chickpea water to stabilize the aquafaba.
- Using a hand mixer, beat the chickpea water into stiff peaks – this is SUPER important, otherwise the mousse will collapse after adding the chocolate. The best way to check if you have whipped the aquafaba properly is to invert the bowl of whipped aquafaba.
- Check that the chocolate has cooled sufficiently. It should not be warm to the touch, otherwise the chocolate may stick and you will end up with a lumpy mousse.
- Carefully fold the melted chocolate into the whipped aquafaba. Don’t worry if the whipped aquafaba becomes a little runny after adding the chocolate (this is perfectly normal), but it shouldn’t become too runny. After you have added all the melted chocolate, the mousse may have a pourable rather than spoonable consistency.
- Place the jars in the fridge overnight to allow the vegan chocolate mousse to set.
This Vegan Chocolate Mousse is:
- Quick & Easy to make
- The perfect dessert
- SO delicious!
Looking for Chickpea Recipes?
Making this Mousse au Chocolat is, by the way, also a great way to use up leftover chickpea water, when you use chickpeas for a special dish. Here you can find some of my Vegan Chickpea Recipes.
If you tried this Vegan Chocolate Mousse, I‘d love to see your creations, and read your feedback below in the comments! If you take a photo of it, be sure to tag #biancazapatka @biancazapatka on Instagram so I can see! I hope you’ll like it!
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Vegan Chocolate Mousse
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- Break the chocolate into smaller chunks and place it in a microwave-safe small bowl together with a splash of non-dairy milk, if using (it’s not necessary but I find, it makes a better consistency).
- Place the bowl over a water bath and slowly heat up the chocolate.
- Once the chocolate has melted, mix with a spoon or small whisk until creamy. Take the bowl off the heat and allow it to cool down a little.
- Open a tin or glass of chickpeas and drain the chickpea water into a large measuring jar or bowl and, if desired, add vanilla extract. (Please make sure the bowl and utensils you’ll use to whip aquafaba are completely grease-free as it can prevent aquafaba from reaching stiff peaks).
- Using an electric hand mixer, beat the Aquafaba until whipped and stiff peaks form. This can take about 7-10 minutes. (Don’t be afraid of whipping too long because aquafaba cannot be overwhipped).
- If you want the chocolate mousse sweeter, you can now start adding sugar, gradually, while whipping the whole time.
- Once the chocolate has cooled down sufficiently, gently fold it into whipped aquafaba using a spatula. (It’s normal if your fluffy mixture deflates a bit).
- Divide the mixture into 3 glasses, stirring the mixture between putting it into the glasses.
- Place them into the fridge for 3 hours at least (or overnight), so the mousse can set.
- Serve with whipped coconut cream or non-dairy yogurt. Sprinkle over shredded chocolate or any other toppings of choice. Enjoy!
- One 14 oz can (400g) should yield 1 cup (240ml) of chickpea water. Save the chickpeas for another use, like a Chickpea Curry, Falafel or Hummus.
- Additional sugar isn’t necessary. It depends on your desired taste and how sweet your chocolate is.
- You could also make your own Aquafaba by cooking dry chickpeas. However, it can be too thin, so you may need to cook it down.
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