Light Chocolate Mousse

light chocolate mousse

There is something so decadent and indulgent about chocolate mousse, like this light chocolate mousse recipe.  It’s smooth silkiness of dangerous chocolate and cream leaves you closing your eyes and humming “aww” every time you take a heavenly bite.  Add a dollop of whipped cream and a few berries and it is even more over the top.  Just simple and delicious.  Can’t you just imagine a bowl of some right in front of you now?  I know I can!

light chocolate mousse

I thought long and hard about turning one of the most enticing desserts ever into something lighter.  For me, I just didn’t know if it made sense.  Desserts are decadent for a reason right?  Does anyone really want this dessert to be light? And if so, why?  Why not indulge on your diet day off and have the real thing?  Why not enjoy life a little and have this baby on special occasions?  Or do a few more miles on the treadmill just to have a bite of the full fat version.  Those were my thoughts.

light chocolate mousse

But I finally realized that sometimes we can overindulge on things that aren’t too good for us.  So having a lighter version would be good to have as an option.  So this light chocolate mousse is it.  It feels decadent, it only requires a few ingredients (you might have them all at home right now), and I would probably eat a bowl of this and feel not only thoroughly satisfied but also very proud of myself for doing something good for my thighs for a change.

So what do you think?  Do you prefer lighter desserts or do you splurge on the real thing?

light chocolate mousse

Light Chocolate Mousse

Yield: 2-3 small serving dishes

Light Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

  • 1 cup plain yogurt (this does not have to be greek yogurt! I prefer to use a plain regular yogurt that is thick to avoid the tang flavor)
  • 1 ounce semi-sweet baking square plus 1 tablespoon milk melted
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar or sweetener of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Whisk together all ingredients and place in ramekins or small serving bowls.
  2. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  3. Garnish with low fat or vegan whipped cream, berries and chocolate chips and serve.
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Light Chocolate Mousse
 
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Serves: 2-3 small serving dishes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (this does not have to be greek yogurt! I prefer to use a plain regular yogurt that is thick to avoid the tang flavor)
  • 1 ounce semi-sweet baking square plus 1 tablespoon milk melted
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar or sweetener of your choice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Whisk together all ingredients and place in ramekins or small serving bowls.
  2. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  3. Garnish with low fat or vegan whipped cream, berries and chocolate chips and serve.

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Comments

  1. I like having both options! I’m always a fan of a lighter version of recipes, and then occasionally I like to splurge on the real thing. This light mousse looks delicious! What a great idea to use Greek yogurt! Pinning this and making it soon!

  2. I am oooh-ing and ahhh-ing just looking at your photos and I haven’t even taken a bite yet! There’s nothing better than a chocolatey creamy mousse that’s light!

  3. I’ve always though Mousse was something more advanced, but this sounds pretty easy plus it’s healthy!

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      I know right? It is a bit more technical but this one is so easy and healthy that I may not make it another way again!

  4. Wow, Jocelyn this looks delicious! It’s looks super chocolatey and creamy- and one of the main ingredients is yogurt! Wow :)

  5. Wow, your lighter version looks as good as the real thing, and is so much simpler! I’ll have to give this a try sometime when I’m feeling virtuous (:

  6. The only reason I would bypass the “lite” version is that, in the past, such versions have been….well, for lack of a better word,…..gross!! So I have been going with the choice of a little of the “real thing” rather than avoiding the dessert totally!! This looks to be a very good recipe and one I’ll have to try!!!! Thanks…………….

  7. Hmmmmm! I went to bed dreaming of these last night after the teaser photo. So so delicious looking and it’s good for u? Sign me up! I made my first mousse this weekend and it was very good but was full of chocolate and cream (good of course) but I couldn’t indulge more that a few spoons. This I will eat without feeling guilty!! Thank you lady :)

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      You made your first mousse this weekend? Gosh I have got to try your recipe for the indulgent one!!!!!!! I bet it was unbelievable. Thanks so much doll for stopping by!

  8. Jocelyn, I may not tell you I come often, but I do. Your blog is a breath of fresh air…. I love it! And I am so excited for you … we should catch up soon.

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Awww thank you so much Melissa! You know I adore your blog so much! I am so glad we started this blog journey together. I love seeing so many incredible things happen for you along the path!

  9. I have a Yogurt addiction that I just can’t quit…especially when combined with cocoa. Really looks delicious.

  10. Ooooh! I love this! Gorgeous too. Is it still light if I eat it all? ;)

  11. Mmmmm love desserts in ramekins. I like splurging on the real thing and just work it off the next day haha. But that’s not today I don’t love me some mousse!

  12. This is light and decadent! I like the original, high calorie desserts every once in a while, but I like to make healthy substitutions as much as possible.

  13. Oh this mousse looks so light and heavenly!! And the pictures are stunning!!

  14. I love lighter desserts. Some days I want a giant cookie or a huge piece of layer cake, but sometimes just a small bite of something rather healthy is nice. This is so pretty too!

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Thanks so much Laura! And I agree about the days when you just want a huge piece of layer cake! I think I have too many of those days to tell you the truth!

  15. These looks perfect! I would love to share these in an upcoming Valentine’s day round up. Let me know if that is not ok!

  16. Wow, that is a smooth, creamy mousse. Just gorgeous!

  17. Looks so delicious Joceyln! I definitely think it’s good to have some lighter desserts in our repertoire! This one looks over the top decadent!

  18. caroline taylor says:

    Greek yoghurt, chocolate, cream. What’s not to love??
    Actually I sometimes find the full fat version just TOO much of a good thing!
    Tomorrow’s dessert, here I come or maybe breakfast…………

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      That is a great insight Caroline! Sometimes the full fat things can seriously be too much! I can’t stomach more than a few bites. Thanks for stopping by!

  19. This is an absolutely beautiful lighter version of chocolate mousse to be enjoyed at anytime of year. Love it. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  20. I think both! lighter options of desserts are great, but it’s totally ok to indulge occasionally :)

    I looove how creamy and dreamy and light and lovely this mousse looks!!!

  21. Creamy delicious goodness right here, just want a few really big spoonfuls! Really big! :)

  22. I love this dessert and I like both. However, during this time of year, I opt for “lighter” desserts. Just trying to get ready for Spring/Summer. But by all means, continue bringing on the real good stuff. I never get tired of it. :)

  23. I’ve been craving something chocolatey – but I wanted to be light. You’ve just answered my prayer! Thanks for the great recipe!!

  24. Hi! I just found your blog through our mutual friend, Zainab. I love your site and this recipe especially! It is so pretty with those plump raspberries… and it sounds so delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe- I’m going to share it on my Facebook page later today ;)

  25. I prefer healthier desserts that taste just as good as the real thing. :D

    Like this! Perfect for dessert after something like lasagna. :)

  26. I LOVE this lighter version of something so typically decadent. We’re trying to drop those holiday pounds and I love that this recipe has everything good about mousse but is so light. Great job, Jocelyn! I’ll be making this one.

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Thanks so much Bill! After all the holiday treats, something lighter is definitely needed, at least in my household.

  27. That certainly doesn’t look like a light dessert! It looks amazing!

  28. You don’t even understand how much I want of bowl of this to appear in front of me right now!!! ;)

  29. This looks delicious!! i can’t wait to try it. I pinned it too!

  30. This is a great sounding version of mousse – so easy to make and much lighter. thank you!

  31. I tried it and hate to say it (because it looked so wonderfull), but I’m afraid I don’t like the sour taste of the yoghurt in it.
    So just the real stuff for me next time ;)

    • Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) says:

      Hi Molo, you can use any kind of yogurt for this that is thick. I think people keep thinking it has to be greek yogurt but it doesn’t. Try it with your favorite regular thick yogurt next time to get rid of the tang and see if you like it better. I agree, I don’t think greek yogurt is best for this recipe if you don’t like the extra tang to it. Thanks so much for trying it!

  32. So easy!!!! Gotta have to try it using carob…

  33. Beautiful photos! I just want to scoop up this recipe! Off to pin! ;)

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