Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mousse

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Cool, creamy, and full of rich chocolate flavor, you won’t miss the added fat and calories in this lightened up vegan chocolate mousse recipe.

Vegan chocolate espresso mousse.

When it comes to dessert, I almost always gravitate towards chocolate. My Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mousse is a nod to my mother who always adds espresso powder to chocolate desserts. An extremely delicious habit, since coffee simply heightens the natural chocolate flavors. And don’t let the “vegan” in the title scare you off. This recipe is dairy free, gluten free, and egg free. It’s a great way to enjoy a chocolate dessert without lots of added sugars and fats. Come date night, you’ll be happy you tried it and you’ll make it again and again.


  • Silken tofu: Softer and creamier than regular tofu, it is frequently used in dressing and desserts, keeping sweets lower in fat without losing flavor.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips: While you can use whatever chocolate is your favorite, I think semi-sweet has the perfect balance for a not-too-sweet dessert that anyone will enjoy.
  • Vanilla extract: Naturally sweetens and enhances the other flavors present in the mousse.
  • Espresso powder: Much more concentrated than regular coffee, a little can go a long way. Rich, and a tad bitter, it enriches the chocolate flavor.
  • Sea salt: Balances out the sweetness in this dessert.

How to Make Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mousse

Melting chocolate chips

Start your Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mousse by melting your chocolate using a Bain Marie. Boil water in a pot, and then in a glass bowl that can sit inside the pot without falling in, slowly heat and melt your chocolate.

Adding chocolate to silken tofu

Next, put the silken tofu into a food processor or blender, and pour the melted chocolate over it. Start mixing it together.

Adding vanilla

Then you’ll add the vanilla extract and mix.

Adding espresso powder

Finish by adding the espresso powder and sea salt, and blend until smooth and evenly mixed.

Pouring chocolate espresso mousse

Pour evenly into glasses, and top with additional chocolate savings if desired.

Vegan chocolate espresso mousse.

Serve and enjoy your delicious Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mousse.

Frequently Asked Questions:

How long does homemade chocolate mousse last?

Homemade mousse will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days, although it will lose some of it’s volume.

Can you freeze mousse?

Yes, it’ll keep in the freezer for a couple months! Slowly defrost in the fridge to eat regular, or enjoy it frozen as an almost ice cream like treat!

What fruit goes well with chocolate mousse?

Berries are my favorite thing to pair with chocolate mouse. Strawberries, raspberries, or blackberries especially.

Vegan chocolate espresso mousse.

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Vegan Chocolate espresso mousse

Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mousse

4.42 stars average
Cool, creamy, and full of rich chocolate flavor, you won’t miss the added fat and calories in this lightened up vegan chocolate mousse recipe.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes



  • Remove the silken tofu from the package and drain out any excess liquid. Place in a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  • Melt the chocolate chips over a double boiler by simply heating them in a heat-proof bowl placed on top of a small pan with simmering hot water. Stir continuously with a rubber spatula until chocolate chips have completely melted being careful not to let the chocolate burn. Remove bowl of melted chocolate from the heat.
  • Stir the vanilla extract, espresso powder and salt into the melted chocolate until combined. Add chocolate mixture to the tofu in the food processor and pulse until smooth and creamy.
  • Divide chocolate mousse between two glasses or serving bowls and refrigerate until chilled – 2 hours or overnight. Garnish with chocolate shavings.

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Calories: 318kcalCarbohydrates: 29.6gProtein: 11.3gFat: 17.3gSaturated Fat: 7.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 11.2gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 160mgFiber: 2.1gSugar: 23.8g
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53 responses to “Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mousse”

  1. Susie Avatar

    Hi Liz – the amount of tofu says “1 ounce package silken tofu (12.3)”. Is it supposed to be: 1 – 12.3 ounce package silken tofu ??

    If you could clarify, that would be great!! I’m excited to make this!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes it is! Thanks for pointing that out, I’ll fix it so it’s more clear.

  2. Pearl F. Avatar
    Pearl F.

    So this is basically chocolate silken tofu?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce


  3. ChrisP Avatar

    I’m trying to add up the carbs of the ingredients, and I only get about 13 for the semi-sweet chocolate chips. Everything else is negligible. Yet the nutrition facts gives ~30g carbs per serving (2 servings in recipe)?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Hi Chris- There are 47.5 total grams of carbs from the chocolate chips in this recipe alone so when you add in the other carbs and divide by two you get around 30. Let me know if that helps explain!

  4. Paula – bell’alimento Avatar
    Paula – bell’alimento

    This is right up my alley! I love that it is on the lighter side!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks Paula! Super creamy and good!

  5. Kate Avatar

    Just made this! Yummy!!! I swapped lite silken tofu and only used 2 Tbsp of chocolate chips. That made the whole recipe 300 calories, so each serving is only 150!! I also added splenda because I have a sweet tooth ;-)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      That sounds PERFECT! So glad you enjoyed and made it your own!

  6. Lorali Avatar

    What brand of espresso powder do you get? I use espresso made from espresso beans.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s *instant* espresso powder but instant coffee works too. Cheap brand is perfect for this!

  7. Gaby Avatar

    Chocolate and espresso are one of my very favorite combos and this mousse sounds super amazing and perfect for Valentine’s Day!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks Gaby!