Chocolate. One food almost everyone loves. Just like everyone loves rich in flavour and delicate in texture chocolate mousse. Would you imagine that you can eat chocolate mousse every day… and actually provide your body with vitamins and nutrients? Chocolate mousse doesn’t have to be full of fat, sugar and – in result – empty calories. There’s a way to make it healthy – though still delicious! Here’s a recipe for quick and healthy chocolate mousse.
So what makes this dessert a healthy one? Let’s break it down!
Greek yoghurt is one of the best choices when it comes to dairy products. Rich in protein, low in fat, and it comes with good bacteria which aid in digestion. It also contains a lot of calcium.
Cacao? 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder contain only 60 calories, 8 grams of dietary fiber, 8 grams of protein and over 60% of recommended daily iron and magnesium intake! Sweet chocolate bars may not be the healthiest, but raw cacao actually is a superfood. Don’t be afraid of using it!
Bananas? Full of potassium, manganese, folate and vitamin B6. A great, natural energy booster. Using honey instead? You don’t lose much! Honey is rich in antioxidants, which reduce risk of heart attacks and cancer. They can also help lower blood pressure!
This healthy chocolate mousse is my main go-to snack/dessert. It’s chocolatey enough to fix my chocolate cravings, and it’s ready in 5 minutes – which is one of the most important aspects of go-to emergency desserts.
In all honesty, you can omit the electric mixer part and just mix everything with a fork (which, I have to admit, is something I usually do). You won’t get that nice, light texture, but the taste will be just as great! If you’re in extreme hurry (or if, like me, you’re just lazy), simply throw all ingredients in a bowl and whisk them with a fork – in which case making the dessert will take about one minute.
So, here’s how to make it:
You’ll need (1 serving):
- 1/2 cup (or 150g) Greek yoghurt (cold, straight out of the fridge)
- 2-3 tablespoons of milk, depending on how thick your yoghurt’s consistency is
- 2 teaspoons of powdered dark cacao (raw, unsweetened)
- 1/2 ripe banana (no banana at hand? no problem! sweeten your dessert with 1-2 teaspoons of honey, depending on your needs)
- a few drops of vanilla extract
In a small pot, using an electric hand mixer, whisk yoghurt with milk and banana (or honey). Mix it for a minute or two – the goal is to beat some air bubbles into the mixture, so the dessert is light, fluffy and mousse-like in texture.
Add cacao powder and vanilla extract and mix again, until cocoa is evenly distributed.
Pour the mousse to a glass, decorate with cocoa powder and a little bit of chopped dark chocolate.
Healthy chocolate mousse caught your attention? In that case, you might also be interested in another “healthy chocolate” recipe – a healthy Nutella alternative – a 3-ingredient chocolate spread.