Healthy Chocolate Chia Mousse

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This Chocolate Chia Mousse is creamy and satisfying but 100% vegan, gluten-free, and healthy. With a double dose of healthy fats and lots of antioxidants, it’s a healthy breakfast option that’ll keep you full all morning.
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 1 hour
Total 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 11 votes
During the last few weeks (okay, the last few months), I may have over indulged in treats. One too many afternoon cookies and late night snack-a-thons, and I have found myself unable to button my pants. Okay, that’s not totally true. My pants still button, but they are snug.

So, instead of vowing to cut out sugar completely (that tactic never works), I’ve decided to instead focus on having healthy treats on hand. This Healthy Chocolate Chia Mousse is just one of those treats. But with its creamy texture and richness, you’d never know it was made with healthy ingredients! Thanks to the generous dose of healthy fats from chia seeds and coconut cream, this treat is rich enough that a small serving will satisfy even the strongest chocolate cravings.

Healthy Chocolate Chia Mousse
Healthy Chocolate Chia Mousse

In addition to this being a rich yet healthy treat, it’s also an incredibly easy dessert to make. All you need is 5-10 minutes and a blender! Plus, it’s easy to customize. For instance, you can add a little melted dark chocolate to make this mousse even richer; can omit the espresso powder and add cinnamon instead; or give it a mint twist by substituting the vanilla extract with peppermint extract. Bonus: you can also make it in advance and store it in the fridge for several days so you can satisfy those nightly dessert cravings and still feel good about your diet.

Finally, you might be wondering why I call this a chia mousse, instead of a chia pudding. The answer is this dessert has a texture more similar to mousse than to standard chia pudding. And that’s because whenever I talk about chia pudding on Instagram, the biggest complaint I hear is related to the texture of chia pudding. For some people, the texture is too viscous or gelatinous, or worse yet, slimy.

Healthy Chocolate Chia Mousse

Luckily, I have a secret to improving this controversial texture, a secret that has converted more than one chia pudding-hater into a chia pudding-fan. My secret is to simply blend the chia pudding in a blender! Blending breaks down the chia seeds and gives the pudding a uniform and creamy texture, more similar to a chocolate mousse than to a chia pudding.

If you try out this Healthy Chocolate Chia Mousse, drop a comment below with your feedback and tag me on Instagram!

Healthy Chocolate Chia Mousse

Healthy Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse

5 from 11 votes
This Chocolate Chia Mousse is creamy and satisfying but 100% vegan, gluten-free, and healthy. With a double dose of healthy fats and lots of antioxidants, it’s a healthy breakfast option that’ll keep you full all morning.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet Vegan
Serving size: 6


  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups oat milk or other plant-based milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut cream (from a 13.5-ounce can of full-fat coconut milk)
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon ground espresso powder, optional but brings out the flavor of chocolate
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or vanilla extract
  • Toppings: coconut whipped cream fresh fruit, shaved dark chocolate


  • Mix together the chia seeds and oat milk in a large bowl and stir well. Allow to rest for 5 minutes, and then whisk again to prevent clumping.
  • Scoop out the solid white cream from the can of coconut milk (you should get about 1/2 cup, or slightly more, from a 13.5 ounce can of full-fat coconut milk). Reserve the liquid part for another use, such as smoothies or a curry.
  • Pour the chia pudding into a high-powered blender and add the coconut cream, cocoa powder, maple syrup, espresso, and vanilla. Blend until all of the ingredients are thoroughly combined and the mixture is thick, creamy, and fairly smooth.
  • Transfer the chia mousse to a jar and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. When ready to serve, add desired toppings and enjoy.

Calories: 227kcal | Carbohydrates: 27g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 272mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 172IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 228mg | Iron: 3mg

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10 comments on Healthy Chocolate Chia Mousse

  1. Shalini

    5 stars
    Easy, fast but so satisfying dessert. I have modified it to do other flavors like pumpkin pie and cinnamon vanilla. I take it to parties and everyone enjoys it. You do a high power blender. My ninja blender didn’t work well, but the vitamix worked wonderfully.
    Thanks Nisha.

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thanks for sharing, Shalini!

  2. Amy

    Is there any way to make these without the coconut cream?

    1. Support @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Amy, you can try using thinned out cashew cream instead if you’d like – although it may not thicken as much as the coconut version.

  3. Kelly

    The chia seeds gave this a super-bitter aftertaste which was unpleasant. I added some brown sugar and icing sugar in an attempt to override it, and sprinkled chopped chocolate on top but, alas, it could not be saved.

    1. Parisa

      Hey! Check the date on your chai seeds or try grabbing a new bag. They shouldn’t be bitter at all.

  4. Jeffrey Wysman

    5 stars
    Love this recipe…
    But on You tube it uses pitted dates instead of Maple Syrup and it also uses salt.
    How much Dates do you use and Salt ???

  5. Chari

    5 stars
    My son decided to be vegan a couple of days back. I tried several of your recipes, and enjoyed each one of them. I made the chia chocolate mousse second time, and I had to take a moment to thank you. Thank you soooo much Nisha for the videos and the recipes you share!!! Lots of blessings from the bottom of my heart!!!

  6. Lindsay Dickason

    5 stars
    This is SO delicious and SUPER easy to make! I make the whole recipie and then divide it up in jars so I have enough to last me a few days. Thanks Nisha!

  7. Nicole

    5 stars
    Love these little vegan chocolate chia mousse pots!

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