Vegan Chocolate Espresso Mousse

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

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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.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 15 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes
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Servings2

Ingredients
 

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Nutrition

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. Sophia @ NY Foodgasm Avatar
    Sophia @ NY Foodgasm

    I hesitate for the tofu, but I am thinking it would lend itself well to any flavor and just add texture, So I may give this a shot.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Trust me – my husband would never eat tofu but he now requests this mousse!! I hope you try it!

  2. Katelyn Avatar
    Katelyn

    Do you know if this would work if you added kahlua to it?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I haven’t tried it with kahlua but it *should* work when you add the vanilla.

  3. ashley M. | Our Full Table Avatar
    ashley M. | Our Full Table

    Does the tofu effect the texture at all? This sounds delicious but I am not a tofu fan. I just cannot get into it. But this looks amazing!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      The tofu becomes creamy and smooth just like yogurt or pudding. My husband would NEVER know it was tofu!!

  4. Nutmeg Nanny Avatar
    Nutmeg Nanny

    I am swooning over this! Looks gorgeous :) what a perfect recipe!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thanks friend!

  5. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) Avatar
    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    I am with you Liz. A couple of squares of dark chocolate is my thing as well. We are staying local and having a romantic dinner at home together. What about you guys?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      We booked a sitter and are going to a local Italian trattoria! :) We normally stay home but with a 3 month old and a 2 year old, it’s not exactly relaxing. ;)

  6. Carrian Avatar
    Carrian

    Oh, this looks heavenly!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you friend!

  7. Brittany Avatar
    Brittany

    Yum! This looks delicious lady.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you Brittany!

  8. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen Avatar
    Katrina @ In Katrina’s Kitchen

    Gimme gimme gimme! Not going to share!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Sharing is for the birds!

  9. Mariana @The Candid Kitchen Avatar
    Mariana @The Candid Kitchen

    This looks really inviting. And like you Liz I allow myself a few squares of dark chocolate a day ;)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Me too. ;) Thanks Mariana!

  10. Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies Avatar
    Kelly @ hidden fruits and veggies

    I have a ton of coupons for tofu burning a whole in my pocket — sounds like a delicious way to use one!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      This is perfect for those coupons!!

  11. Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic Avatar
    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic

    Espresso powder with chocolate is an absolute must. I love that you mentioned Enjoy Life chocolate chips–they’re a staple in our nut-free house!

  12. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction Avatar
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    Oh, this is a perfect V-day dessert! And, since my husband doesn’t like chocolate, I can have more! ;)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      He doesn’t like chocolate?! You lucky girl!

  13. Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps Avatar
    Nicole ~ Cooking for Keeps

    Chocolate mousse is usually just a little bit too rich for me, but this lightened version sounds just perfect, especially for V-Day. And that cake with espresso frosting your Mom makes sounds to-die-for!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes this is much lighter and so freaking good!! Enjoy!

  14. Erin | The Law Student's Wife Avatar
    Erin | The Law Student’s Wife

    YES! I have totally been waiting for this since you mentioned it a few weeks ago. Pinned and trying it for sure!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It was so good!! I’m pretty sure it will be a repeat occurrence in our house! xo

  15. Joanne Avatar
    Joanne

    Chocolate mousse is one of my FAVORITE splurge desserts…but I definitely love that with your version is doesn’t HAVE to be a splurge!! And is high protein. I mean…this is basically breakfast-worthy health food!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Seriously!!! I am going to call this breakfast too.

  16. Anna @ Garnish with Lemon Avatar
    Anna @ Garnish with Lemon

    Looks absolutely luscious, Liz!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you Anna!! It was so good!

  17. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel Avatar
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

    This sounds delicious!!!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      My picky husband LOVES it this way – I don’t lie!

  18. Camille Avatar
    Camille

    I’ve never heard of yellow cake being referred to as “duck cake” before but I’m happy to give this pairing a try. It’s amazing how many delicious desserts can be made with Tofu!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh I’m laughing – the cake pan is the shape of a giant duck..like a mommy duck. :) ahahaha

  19. annie @ chase that i love Avatar
    annie @ chase that i love

    So…….this ruins the whole point of Valentine’s day, but do I have to share it with my boo? Or maybe I’ll just make it while he’s at work. Evil laugh.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      ahaha I won’t tell if you don’t want to share. ;)

  20. Maryea {happy healthy mama} Avatar
    Maryea {happy healthy mama}

    Ooh–I love the addition of espresso powder here. I’ll bet that just takes this to the next level. For Valentine’s Day, my husband and I are heading out to dinner with some friends while Nana and Poppy babysit.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I add espresso powder to almost everything chocolate! Just takes it to the next level. :)

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