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[RECIPE] Light Chocolate Mousse

October 28 is National Chocolate Day. Celebrate by preparing this light, luscious recipe we originally posted in February 2014.

Photo by Brenda Godinez on Unsplash

There is something so decadent and indulgent about chocolate mousse.  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.

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?

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, and his one is it.  It feels decadent, requires only a few ingredients 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.

Light Chocolate Mousse

Yield: 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

Whisk together all ingredients, and place in ramekins or small serving bowls.

Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

Garnish with low-fat or vegan whipped cream, berries and chocolate chips and serve.

Jocelyn Delk Adams is the founder of Grandbaby Cakes, a food blog inspired by her grandmother that is devoted to classic desserts, modern trends and showcasing the pastry and sweets field in an accessible way. She hopes to inspire a new generation of bakers and dessert enthusiasts to learn to bake and not feel guilty about enjoying dessert.  Visit her at www.grandbaby-cakes.com

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