Chocolate Mousse from Deliciously Organic Cookbook

Deliciously Organic Cookbook

Carrie Vitt with Deliciously Organic once told me that she spent four years putting together her cookbook, and I believe it. Her book is so beautifully done that it honestly puts a lot of other cookbooks to shame! Plus it has such a wonderful personal touch and page after page it’s just obvious she’s poured her heart and soul into this publication. A lot of people ask if there is a “whole foods” cookbook I can recommend and here is your answer…Deliciously Organic!

Here are some of the things I adore about this cookbook…

  • The pictures: Oh my gosh the pictures! Carrie takes amazing pictures herself (just check out her blog), but she hired a professional food stylist and photographer for her book and it shows.
  • The resources: This is a great book for “real food” beginners because it is full of helpful resources on everything from understanding oils to reading food labels to making homemade mayo to navigating recommended websites.
  • The personal touch: Carrie shares her own personal story, which includes her struggle with debilitating migraines that she eventually got under control with nothing other than organic food. Plus don’t miss the pictures of her adorable family right before the dessert section.
Deliciously Organic Cookbook

Today, I want to share a dessert recipe from Carrie’s book that is the perfect replacement for all those highly processed boxed chocolate pudding mixes. We made a batch of this chocolate mousse over the weekend and let me tell you what; my girls could not get enough! The flavor is just divine, but don’t take my word for it, you must try it yourself….

Chocolate Mousse from Deliciously Organic Cookbook

From Deliciously Organic
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time: 20 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs
Total Time: 2 hrs 20 mins
Print Recipe
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Combine butter, 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon maple syrup, cacao powder, vanilla, pinch of salt, coffee, and 3 tablespoons water in a medium heat-proof bowl. Set bowl over saucepan filled with 1 inch of simmering water. Whisk frequently until smooth and remove from heat.
  • Whisk egg yolks, 1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup, and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl, for about 30 seconds, until it lightens in color. Add chocolate sauce and whisk until combined. Let cool until just above room temperature.
  • In a bowl of a standing mixer or with an electric mixer, whisk egg whites on low until frothy. Add remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup. Increase the speed to medium high and whisk until soft peaks form.
  • Stir about 1/4 of the egg whites into the chocolate liquid, and then fold in the remaining whites by scooping the egg whites into the mixture gently, cutting down the bowl, across and up the other side, Rotate the bowl a quarter turn and keep folding until liquid and egg whites are combined.
  • Whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gently fold all of the whipped cream into the chocolate liquid until no white streaks remain, using the folding technique above.
  • Ladle mousse into individual bowls. Cover and refrigerate until set and firm, about 2 hours.

Notes

We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Mousse from Deliciously Organic Cookbook
Amount Per Serving
Calories 436 Calories from Fat 315
% Daily Value*
Fat 35g54%
Saturated Fat 21g131%
Cholesterol 259mg86%
Sodium 265mg12%
Potassium 268mg8%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 19g21%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 1295IU26%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 97mg10%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

From Deliciously Organic
Used with permission from International Focus Press © 2011.

 

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79 thoughts on “Chocolate Mousse from Deliciously Organic Cookbook”

  1. Would this mousse work to put in between a 2 layer cake? I usually spread berry jelly in between the 2 layers for the birthday cakes I make my kids, but I would love to try a clean mousse to layer in between instead. Using the chocolate cake recipe Lisa has on her site.

  2. 5 stars
    Wow- this is really good and really easy. And makes about a gallon of mousse! I split it among four giant wine glasses and no one could eat more then about a third (my son decided it would be “an ongoing project” as he put it back in the fridge). Could easily serve 8 it’s so rich. Thanks for another yummy recipe :)
    PS: I also left out the coffee as my kids can always pick up the flavor. Tastes great w/o it.

  3. ok so does the recipee call for just a half cup plus one tbls of maple syrup or a half cup plus two tablespoons bc the ingredients says a half cup plus a tbls but the instructions says a half cup plus a tbls then it calls for two 1 1/2 tsp of syrup im just very confused about that

  4. Has anyone subbed honey for the sweetener in this? Did it work. WA she honey overpowering? Have extra honey on hand but maple syrup is so expensive.

  5. Hi, can this be made grating/chopping a block of organic dark chocolate instead of coco powder? If so how man ounces of chocolate should I use? Many thanks.

  6. Can these be made a day ahead? Just wondering if they will deflate a little because of the egg whites…Anyone tried it a day ahead?

  7. This looks wonderful! I’m looking for a good dessert for Easter brunch. Is the nutrition information available? Specifically the sugar grams per serving? Thanks.

      1. When a person has Type 1 Diabetes they MUST know the carb count in the food they eat. Having a child with Type 1 means I’ve been counting carbs for a long time, because there is a constantly changing ratio of required insulin to carbs. Your recipes are a privilege and I enjoy them. I can figure out, with lots of basic math, how many carbs per serving. Perhaps you haven’t studied about Type 1, but if you do, hopefully you’ll understand how this is different than a fad diet and reconsider? The pure foods are so much better, but when there are ANY carbs in the food, it becomes dangerous and potentially life-threatening to NOT have an accurate carb count. But this is how Diabetics live…and we just keep doing math, and trying to educate along the way. Thank you for your time!

      2. Amy Taylor (comment moderator)

        Hi Sharon. Lisa’s focus has been on getting people off of processed foods and eating real foods without getting caught up in the numbers. We do understand the importance of details for you. I am uncertain as to whether those details will be added in the future but Lisa is certainly sensitive to it.

      3. Sharon, I’m in a similar boat. I use My Fitness Pal to load the recipes and track my carbs. Maybe you can use it, or a similar tool to save you a little math.

  8. Hi. I want to make a chocolate pie and have a recipe that calls for choclate pudding mix. I do not want to use the highly processed one. Would this recipe make enough to go straight into a 9inch graham cracker crust pie shell?

  9. I was disappointed with this. The consistency was nice but it wasn’t the flavor I liked. It was WAY to bitter. I’m thinking that it was the unsweetend cocoa and the coffee mixture… What would you recommend? Using sweetned cocoa?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Stacia. It is likely not as sweet as mousse you may be accustomed to. You might try adding a bit more maple syrup to sweeten it a little more. ~Amy

  10. I’m on the same page as lavedaercat99. I don’t drink coffee, nor do I have a coffee maker. I wonder if instant coffee would work.

  11. Hey, I was just wondering how much of a difference it would make if I were to leave out the coffee? I don’t make it too often (and when I do, it’s decaf), and I don’t really feel like making coffee just for a couple of tablespoons of it, lol. Could I leave it out? Thank you!

  12. I made these Thursday night!Can I say amazing!!! We are making small changes and hope to have a house that is clean soon :)

  13. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi Shelly. Don’t worry. I think it safe to say that rich desserts are a treat and should not be an every day kind of food. Our goal is to help people cut out processed food and eat more real whole healthful foods. It has been my experience that eating a balanced diet of nutrient rich real foods while cutting out refined sugars make the occasional dessert feel like more than enough! : ) ~Amy

  14. This looks great…but very fattening!! I am starting the 10 day challenge and am a little worried about all the butter used in the recipes??

  15. 5 stars
    I love making this recipe! I currently have a lot of heavy cream and I was wondering if I whipped it and froze it for future thawing and use, would that be ok to use in this recipe. I have never tried freezing whipped cream, but hate to see it go to waste!

  16. I’m new to clean eating and am bringing a real food policy into my household. I was just wondering about unrefined sugar and whether it fits into the clean/real food life. I’ve noticed a lot of it in the supermarkets and have been using it in my baking. Any thoughts on this would be very much appreciated :-)

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Beccy. Unrefined sugar is obviously better than white sugar, but, as with any sweetener, should be used in moderation. Not sure if you are familiar with Sucanat for baking which is raw cane sugar. I have also recently been reading about coconut palm sugar which is said to be less processed and to retain more nutrients. Hope that helps. Jill

  17. I’ve made this recipe twice. It is absolutely wonderful! Perfect chocolate fix. However, this may be a really stupid question but do you think you can sub half and half for the heavy cream to cut calories??

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Mandy. You could give it a try, but it might effect how thick it gets and perhaps not be as creamy. Let us know how it turns out. Jill

  18. Hi, this recipe looks super delicious. I think I need to get a double boiler though. I tried to make custard last year for Christmas without one, and my arm got tired so my top pan rested in the bottom too tightly, and the pressure built up and blew up all over me and my kitchen. I am nervous to try these types of recipes without a double boiler now. Anyways. I am curious about the herbal coffee. My husband has strong reactions to the caffeine in coffee, even decaf. He can drink herbal teas, but not caffeinated ones. I will have to look into the herbal coffee that’s not really coffee.

  19. I just wanted to say hello from a fellow Air Force wife. Also, I just made my list so I can whip this up tomorrow as a special treat for my family.
    Thanks for all your wonderful recipes!

  20. This recipe looks delicious. Is there a way to make it without using raw eggs? I’m just nervous about serving dishes with raw eggs to my kids.

    1. As an option you can buy pasteurized eggs at the grocery store, in fact, many of the eggs sold on store shelves are pasteurized. The most important thing is to make sure they come from a good source and that the shells are clean before breaking them.

  21. Omigosh, omigosh, omigosh…just made this and it is sooooo good!! I even tried to screw it up by accidentally using 1 cup of the cocoa and syrup each instead of the 1/2 cup and it still came out perfect! We just have about 10 servings instead of 6! =)In fact, it’s so good I’m now scared to make it the “right” way!

  22. What is that long, rectangular thing pictured above the mousse with the tomatoes? It looks like a quiche – and it looks delicious!

  23. Kim M. – I’m surprised to hear about your mishap. The recipe comes directly from my book and was tested by a professional test kitchen. I’ve never had any negative feedback on this recipe so I’m not sure what happened. As long as no substitutions were made, the problem might lie within the whipping and folding – it can take a bit of practice. Since you have “chocolate soup” you could eat it as soup, mix it with berries, or pour over pound cake.

  24. Virginia – Yes, a metal double boiler would work well.

    Ashley – I’m fine with using organic whole cane sugar/sucanat (not to be confused with evaporated cane juice) http://www.amazon.com/Wholesome-Sweeteners-Organic-Sucanat-16-Ounce/dp/B000EA3M92/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1318348883&sr=8-1 because it’s simply cane juice that has been dehydrated. I also use muscovado – an unrefined dark brown sugar, maple sugar (dehydrated maple syrup), or coconut sugar. These sugars are unrefined so I feel good about using them in moderation. I don’t like to solely use honey and maple syrup in my baking because most times the end product isn’t exactly what I’m looking for. So on those occasions I reach for one of my favorite unrefined sugars.

    Cheryl – Are you also allergic to herbal coffee? It doesn’t have coffee in it, but uses a blend of herbs that taste just like coffee. If so, unfortunately I don’t have another substitute.

    Tammy – Yes, maple syrup is in the recipe twice. The different measurements are used at different stages in the recipe.

  25. We tried this recipe yesterday and followed it to a tee. All we ended up with was an ultrasweet soupy mess. We also didn’t care for the flavor of the maple syrup in this concoction. It’s killing me to throw out all these expensive ingredients.

  26. Is there a substitute other than decaf or herbal coffee? I’m actually allergic to coffee (a serious bummer!!!)… but as the coffee is meant to boost the flavor, I’m just wondering if there is another ingredient that I could use that would do the same. Thanks so much!

  27. Carrie,

    I’m wondering if you have different views on sugar than Lisa does. I noticed in your chocolate buttercreme cake (that looks wonderful) you used both organic whole cane sugar and muscovado sugar. Do your views differ or do you just very occasionally use those sugars as an exception and treat?

  28. Deliciously Organic- Thank you so much after switching to this way of eating I have felt so much better and have waay more energy, and didn’t want to stop just because it is my birthday, so I am very excited to try this.

  29. Ok I’m totally confused…not hard to do. What is a heat-proof bowl and if it’s heat-proof why put it over a simmering pan of water?

    1. This recipe (and many similar chocolate recipes) call for placing a bowl over a pan of simmering water because the chocolate mixture in the bowl needs to be heated slowly and gently. Heating the chocolate mixture in a pan placed directly on a burner would cause it to scorch and burn.

  30. You have no idea how much I love you for this recipe. Chocolate mousse was the first thing my Fiance and I made together, while bickering the whole way through it. I can’t wait to try this out and you have just pushed me over the edge to get this book! Thank you :)

    1. Beth, I love your block O picture! OH, my friend!!! And because of your post, I’m going to make this mousse for my family for our weekly dessert on Sunday!!!

  31. I have many vegetarian recipes in the book. Two chapters are devoted to sides and salads and only contain a few recipes with meat. I also have a several main courses that are vegetarian (and a few with fish or shellfish). And the last chapter, “Basics” has recipes like pie crust, chocolate sauce, whole wheat pasta – and none of those recipes contain meat. Hope that helps!

  32. Is there a lot of vegetarian recipes in her book, or is it mostly meat-based recipes? I love buying organic/natural cookbooks, but it seems that aside from the breakfast and dessert sections, most of the recipes are centered around meat!

  33. Amanda – You can use herbal coffee such as Teeccino (www.teeccino.com). It’s a blend of herbs such as chicory and carob. Or a dandelion “coffee” such as Dandyblend would work well (www.dandyblend.com).

    Joani – Unfortunately there isn’t a way to make this dairy free.

  34. I am also curious if there’s a sub for coffee as it is a religious consideration for us. Thank you Lisa for sharing! So far my kids have really loved just aboutball your recipes and I have for noticed a difference since going with”Real Food”. :-)

  35. Even with a coupon, this book is $25. It is much cheaper elsewhere on the Internet if you just look around. It’s $23 on Amazon.

    1. Yes, but the author makes more when sold directly. Amazon takes a VERY large chunk of profits. My husband is a musician and when selling on Amazon we make approximately $.75 profit/CD because of the low rate they pay and the shipping costs associated with how they place orders. When he sells direct we make approximately $10/CD or $9.25 more for the exact same product even though they do not charge $9 less…they just pay such a low rate that they end up with the profit, not our family.

      I’m all about saving money, but sometimes it is nice to know you are supporting the creator of a project more than the big business. Just thought you might want to know why their prices are so low!

      Heather

      1. I never knew that! I’m so glad you bought this to our attention. Even better knowing I bought the book directly from Carrie.

        I have owned a fair share of magazine subscriptions & cookbooks, this books is outstanding! Wonderful pictures and really something for everyone.

  36. I wonder if this would be okay with Carob powder instead of cacao? I have a whole canister of carob powder I need to start using. I bought it to make “chocolate pudding” along with avocados and honey.

  37. I just bought this cookbook a couple weeks ago and I have to say it is now my “Go To” cookbook! There are so many delicious recipes and they all seem fairly easy for the “at home” cook. I especially loved reading her story at the beginning and the explanation of the basic ingredients and why it is best to use fresh and organic. Also, the basic recipes in the back are invaluable – the homemade mayo, how to make really good brown rice, etc. I can’t wait to try them all! I haven’t tried this chocolate mousse recipe yet, but it’s on my list! My 7-year old daughter went through the book and put bookmarks in all the recipes she wants us to try. As you said, the pictures are just gorgeous!
    We don’t drink coffee in our house, so I’ll have to swipe a few tablespoons from my parents sometime so I can make this mousse! :)

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