Low-carb chocolate mousse

A delicious and simple low-carb chocolate mousse, that you can make in just a few minutes! Dairy free. Freeze it and you'll have a great low-carb ice cream.
A delicious and simple low-carb chocolate mousse, that you can make in just a few minutes! Dairy free. Freeze it and you'll have a great low-carb ice cream.
USMetric
6 servingservings

Ingredients

  • 27 oz. 750 g coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon 1 teaspoon honey (optional)

Instructions

Instructions are for 6 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Let the coconut milk sit in the fridge for 4 hours or longer to separate the cream from the coconut water.
  2. Open the can carefully and scoop out the thick cream with a spoon and put in a bowl. Save the coconut water for a smoothie or pancakes.
  3. Whisk the coconut cream, vanilla and optional honey with a hand mixer for a couple of minutes until it thickens. Add cocoa powder and whisk some more.
  4. Serve in dessert bowls.

Tip!

If you put the mousse in the freezer it will turn to ice cream in an hour.

31 Comments

  1. Kat
    What kind of vanilla do you need to use? Essence/ Extract etc?
    Reply: #2
  2. Kristin Berglund Team Diet Doctor

    What kind of vanilla do you need to use? Essence/ Extract etc?

    Hi Kat!

    We use pure vanilla extract in our recipes. It comes in liquid extract, powder or paste and they all work fine.
    Good luck!

    Reply: #3
  3. Kat
    Thank you. Where would we add the vanilla?
  4. Maddie
    Just made this and struggled to whisk the coconut milk smooth enough,so it's got lots of little white bits in - but also think I over whisked it as it's gone a bit grainy. Oh dear! Only the first try I guess. I've popped this batch in the freezer. Any tips for next time on how to get the consistency right? I left out the honey but perhaps should add it next time.

    Also, in the picture is that just some flaked dark chocolate topping the mousse? Looks pretty and I'd like to copy whatever that is. Thanks!

  5. Antonette
    Can you just use coconut cream instead of coconut milk?
    Reply: #7
  6. KIMERLEE
    Trader Joe's has coconut cream. I hadn't thought about stirring in some cocoa. This way I can make a smaller amount. Prob one can would do.
  7. Kristin Berglund Team Diet Doctor

    Can you just use coconut cream instead of coconut milk?

    Hi Antonette!

    That should work just as well. Good luck!

  8. Sarah
    I made this without the honey, but added a frozen avocado for extra fat and nutrients. Tasted great and so easy to make :). After slipping well and truly off the wagon at the weekend, recipies like this help me get back on. I can have a dessert thats nutritious and nourish my body, while not feeling bad about it. Thanks diet doctor.
  9. Kathy
    If you don't like coconut could almond milk be used?
    Reply: #11
  10. Cynthia
    How much coconut cream are you expecting to obtain from the two cans of coconut milk? I can just use Trader Joe's Coconut Cream, but it would be good to have a starting point for the amount.

    Thanks!

    Reply: #12
  11. Kristin Berglund Team Diet Doctor

    If you don't like coconut could almond milk be used?

    Hi Kathy!
    We haven't tried this, but I believe the almond milk won't set to the same consistency as the coconut milk does in the fridge. My experience is that almond milk will stay liquid, whereas coconut milk will separate into a solid and a liquid part. It's the more solid part you need as it whips well and gives the dessert it's texture. If you try it and it works, please let us know! Good luck!

  12. Kristin Berglund Team Diet Doctor

    How much coconut cream are you expecting to obtain from the two cans of coconut milk? I can just use Trader Joe's Coconut Cream, but it would be good to have a starting point for the amount.

    Thanks!

    Hi Cynthia!
    About a cup from each can, at least. Good luck!

  13. Lesley
    I made this tonight with a small can of coconut cream and high quality cocoa powder. I let it chill for 30 mins - absolutely gorgeous!
  14. Ronnie
    Me, I'd just have Reddi Whip Chocolate Whipped Topping -- http://www.reddiwip.com/products/chocolate. It has zero carbs and tastes pretty good ... to me, sort of like chocolate mousse.
  15. Marilyn from Alabama
    Ronnie, it may taste good, but look at the ingredients: Cream, Nonfat Milk, Sguar, Corn Syrup, Cocoa Powder (Processed With Alkali), Chocolate (Chocolate Liquor Processed With Alkali, Sugar, Milk Fat, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanillin (An Artificial Flavor), Mono- and Diglycerides, Whey, Carrageenan, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Propellant: Nitrous Oxide.

    I think we are all better off making the chocolate mousse recipe from Diet Doctor.

  16. Janice
    I just made this with a can of coconut milk as directed. I used a dark chocolate cocoa with vanilla and honey and it came out really grainy and all you could really taste was coconut and a bit of a sour taste. Just wondering if perhaps my can of coconut milk wasn't good. Thinking of trying again...has anyone else had this issue? Should it have a real coconut flavour?
  17. Janice
    Can't find coconut milk now without guar gum or coconut extract or some type of additive in the can...they put those additives in the cocunut milk so that it won't separate! I put th latest purchases (two different brands) in the fridge and neither of them would separate!

    I eventually whipped up the liquid coconut milk with vanilla bean, chocolate and some xanthan gum and it became the right consistency.

  18. JB
    I just made it, and doubt if it will be a keeper. The can of coconut mild was upright in the frig for an entire week. When I opened it, there were only bits of solid matter and everything else was liquid. I expected to see a solid plug of cream. I even put it in strainer to see if I was missing something. Nope. So I tried to use the cream by scraping it off the top, but I assume the water was incorporated. IMO the chocolate is just so bitter than even the scant bit of honey, doesn't help. Will serve with whipped cream, and see how it tastes, but it didn't taste great in liquid form, so I'm doubtful.
  19. Janice
    It didn't go solid because there are additives in the coconut milk. I had the same problem as my can(s) did not separate because of the guar gum...that stops it from separating. I finally found a can that's just coconut milk as the contents.
  20. CS
    Can I make this with heavy cream instead of coconut milk if I want a dairy version?
  21. Lesley
    I've made this a few times. Tonight I used coconut cream, natural unstrained greek yoghurt, and organic double cream, madagascan vanilla extract, and a touch of raw honey - fantastic!!!
  22. Sandra
    I made this following the recipe using one can of Trader Joe's coconut cream. It was much too bitter so I added four 3/4 teaspoons of Truvia. It seems less bitter and perhaps it will taste fine once it has chilled. However next time I believe I will try melting stevia sweetened chocolate into the cream or try melt g some high quality chocolate that is 70% or more. There's got to be a way to have this taste fabulous and not so bitter.
  23. Bekah
    Whole Foods 365 Brand has the BEST coconut milk for yielding massive amounts of coconut cream. I made a peppermint ice cream pie at Christmas time using the coconut milk, dye free candy canes and a little bit of maple syrup with peppermint extract. This recipe is really easy and you could use Swerve to sweeten.
  24. Karen
    It would be more helpful if the recipe just told us how much coconut cream to use. You don't get exactly the same amount from each can of coconut milk. Even cans of coconut cream have a liquid portion. So, it is really hard to know if the proportions are right. I've been having trouble like this with a LOT of recipes on this site. So far, I often like the recipes, but they are all poorly edited and leave room for lots of confusion.
  25. Jam
    No matter how much I try, it won't thicken :(
  26. Wendy
    This is delicious, I had to add normal cream to mine as it was too thick
  27. Ellen
    I used Thai can coconut milk. Full fat. Two cans in the fridge. I used 3 tsp. of Swerve and 2 tsp. vanilla extract, with the 3 Tbs. Cocoa powder. It was SO YUMMY. Mine was not too thick or too thin, but I really made sure to not get any of the water. I cannot believe this is diet food... Mmmm thank you for this recipe!
  28. Stanlie L.
    Hello,
    I am starting this journey tomorrow and trying to find a desert to help me stay on track for the week. I have seen honey used as a sweetener, can I use monk fruit as my preferred sweetener? I normally use agave nectar but it has 15g carbs,so I want to find something else. Do not like Stevia or anything like it.
    Thanks
  29. Michelle
    How many carbs without the honey?
  30. Kerry
    Hi everyone,

    After reading the comments I was slightly dubious about this, I have only just completed two weeks of Keto. Mainly for IBS reasons, but if I lose a few lb's along the way I won't complain, =).

    I was absolutely delighted with this recipe and I am currently eating a mousse for a well deserved treat. I have a really sweet tooth and have been craving this for a while. Though I rarely used to eat chocolate it was what I was looking forward to the most.

    I bought a can of coconut milk (400g) from Asda (Amoy brand) and left it in the fridge overnight, I didn't use the honey and managed to make two lovely mousse glasses.

    I didn't use an electric mixer, just mixed it by hand for a while, and it was perfect! Absolutely delicious, though am tempted to add the honey next time.

  31. Ava K.
    Why don't I see a recipe for avocado chocolate pudding anywhere? I thought that was a thing no?

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