I have been promising to share this Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Mousse recipe for a long time, and it's finally the day! Whether you're looking for a sweet treat for a nice at-home dinner, hosting family or friends, or simply to satisfy your chocolate craving, this has you covered. It's dairy-free and super simple with just a few ingredients. Top it with dairy-free whipped cream and berries, and you're good to go!
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Ingredients you'll need for Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Mousse
This one is super simple, so focus on quality ingredients here!
- Dark chocolate: use the best quality chocolate you can! This will also work if you prefer to use semi-sweet, or another type of chocolate.
- Almond milk: you just need a bit, but you can also use a different type of milk - or even water - in it's place
- Eggs: you'll want these to be room-temperature to make this recipe
- Cayenne pepper: a little goes a long way, but this gives it a nice punch!
- Cacao nibs: these give a nice little crunch to the mousse, so don't skip it!
- Vanilla extract: did you know you can make your own? Check out how to make your own vanilla extract here.
Equipment you'll need
You can make this recipe with a stand mixer, or a hand mixer (for whipping the egg whites), but here are a few items I like to use for this recipe:
Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Mousse FAQ
Can I use any type of milk with this recipe?
Yes, you can! I like to use almond milk, but you can use any other milk, or even water for this recipe. Just replace 1:1 with what's listed in the recipe.
Do I need to use the cayenne pepper?
I think it gives a nice kick! That said, if spicy isn't your thing, you can skip it.
Do I really need the cacao nibs?
I definitely recommend it! They give the mousse a really nice, slightly crunch texture. But if you don’t have them on hand, you can skip them. It will still be delicious!
My recipe for Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Mousse is below -- I hope you like it! Leave a comment and let me know what you think!
Dairy-Free Dark Chocolate Mousse
- 7 ounces dark chocolate coarsely chopped
- 3 Tablespoons almond milk
- 4 eggs separated, at room temperature
- pinch kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 2 Tablespoons cacao nibs
- dairy-free whipped cream for topping
- fresh raspberries or blackberries for topping
- chocolate shavings for topping
- Combine the chocolate and almond milk in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until chocolate is completely melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let cool.
- In a clean, dry bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, combine egg whites and salt. Whip on medium-high until stiff peaks form.
- Stir the egg yolks, vanilla and cayenne pepper into the chocolate mixture. Add ⅓ of the egg whites to the bowl with the chocolate mixture and fold to lighten. Gently fold in remaining egg whites. Add cacao nibs during the last of your folding.
- Divide the mixture among four different glasses or bowls. Cover with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours. When ready to serve, remove the plastic wrap, top with dairy-free whipped cream, berries, and chocolate shavings.