Healthier Decadent Chocolate Mousse – Sugar-Free and Incredibly Easy!

This healthy chocolate dessert is rich, decadent, and ridiculously simple to prepare. You might just find yourself eating chocolate mousse for the next few weeks. Don’t say I didn’t warn you…

Did I mention this mousse is sugar-free, low carb, and so easy a caveman [with a blender] could do it?
Many thanks to the Pioneer Woman for developing the method for this fabulous recipe. She even has photos showing how to make this dessert, although there are no chocolate chips in my version since it’s sugar-free. She calls it Pots De Creme. I call it Chocolate Mousse. Whatever you call it, it’s a surefire hit with company, or any time you want to indulge.

As promised, here’s a summary of the first chapter of Gary Taubes’ latest book Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It. I’ll be going through it over the course of the next few posts, so stay tuned if you’d like to follow along. I highly recommend ordering the book yourself to see what all the well-deserved hype is about!

Chapter I: Why Were They Fat?”

These days, we are told that we get fat because we eat too much and don’t exercise enough–2 conditions resulting from our wealthy lifestyle in which food is plentiful and physical activity is no longer built into our work and play. Taubes challenges the assumption that taking in more calories than you burn is the driving force behind the obesity epidemic.
Historically, obesity has been associated with poverty, not wealth. Taubes gives many examples of poor populations (the Pima indians, the Sioux, the Italians living in Naples in the 1950s, the Zulu and Bantu in Africa, and many more) who were impoverished and suffered from diabetes and obesity to the extent that us supposedly overfed, sedentary Americans do. Once the Pima and Sioux indians living on reservations switched over from their traditional diets of meat, fish, and crops to government rations consisting of white sugar and white flour, a large percentage of the people became overweight despite the hard physical labor they performed, and the symptoms of malnourishment they showed. In Trinidad in the 1960s, the islanders consumed less than 2,000 calories per day, yet 1/3 of the women older than 25 were obese. Why were these populations fat despite the fact that the people were physically active and consumed less than the recommended amount of calories? Gary Taubes sets out to explore this question in the subsequent chapters of the book.

Stay tuned for more chapter summaries coming your way…
Easy Sugar-Free Mousse
Easy, Rich Chocolate Mousse (Sugar-Free)

Makes 4 small servings

1/4 cup brewed coffee
1/4 cup half and half
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 1/2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (3 1/2 squares of Baker’s Chocolate)
Sweetener options:
3 Tablespoons erythritol + 2 teaspoons xylitol + 1/8 teaspoon pure stevia powder
10 teaspoons honey + 1/8 teaspoon  pure stevia powder
2 eggs, preferably organic, room temperature
2 ounces of cream cheese**

Chop unsweetened chocolate very finely. Heat coffee and half and half in a glass cup in the microwave for about 50 seconds, or until it starts to bubble. Add heated coffee mixture, sweeteners, chopped chocolate, and vanilla to blender. Blend mixture for one minute or until chocolate is melted. Add eggs and cream cheese, and blend. Taste, and adjust sweetener if necessary. Pour from blender into serving glasses, and chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours to set the mousse. Serve mousse topped with sugar-free sweetened heavy cream, if desired. Garnish with grated 70% chocolate, a sprig of mint, or a few raspberries.

**If you’d like to make this recipe dairy-free and paleolithic diet friendly, replace the half and half with coconut milk, and replace the cream cheese with 2 Tablespoons of coconut milk and 2 Tablespoons of coconut oil.

~4.7g net carbs, 229 calories per serving made with Truvia and Splenda
~5.65g net carbs, 234.5 calories made with erythritol, xylitol, and stevia
~23.2g net carbs, 282.2 calories made with honey

Related recipes from other bloggers:
Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse @ Hold The Toast
Low Carb Chocolate Mousse @ Deliciously Thin
Low Carb Chocolate “Mousse” @

57 Comments on Healthier Decadent Chocolate Mousse – Sugar-Free and Incredibly Easy!

  1. Anonymous
    August 27, 2011 at 10:09 pm (12 years ago)

    I was just now browsing your amazing site to see if I could find a coconut macaroon cookie recipe and saw that you had just posted this! Change of plans! Now, I just have got to try this chocolate mousse!! It looks divine! Thanks for the breakdowns on using all of the sweetener options! You're the best!! -MK

  2. Renie
    August 27, 2011 at 10:44 pm (12 years ago)

    woah.. as soon as this hurricane is finished, I am going to indulge in this!

  3. Brian
    August 28, 2011 at 1:50 am (12 years ago)

    This looks really good! A couple of questions, though. We have Truvia in packets. Do you know how many packets it takes to make a tablespoon? Also, why is the Truvia combined with Splenda? Thanks!

  4. Rick F
    August 28, 2011 at 3:00 am (12 years ago)

    Is there any particular reason to not swap heavy whipping cream for the half-n-half? If you were to do that wouldn't that drop the carbs even further — effectively leaving the carbs coming from the unsweetened chocolate and cream cheese? Just curious!

  5. Cat
    August 28, 2011 at 4:16 am (12 years ago)

    Sounds yummy! I don't really care for coffee, but when combined with chocolate I love it! May have to try it.

  6. Rachel
    August 28, 2011 at 4:20 am (12 years ago)

    I really want to make this, but I need a substitute for the coffee… ?

  7. Rachel C - thinladysings
    August 28, 2011 at 3:14 pm (12 years ago)

    Wow, what a great way to sneak raw (pastured preferably) eggs into your diet! looks great!!! I always love your blog. I will post this on my Facebook blog page!

  8. Brian
    August 28, 2011 at 3:20 pm (12 years ago)

    Rachel: Have you tried Teeccino? I would think that would work just as well.

  9. Lauren
    August 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm (12 years ago)

    MK – Macaroons sound great too! I'll have to get to work on those. ;)Let me know how the mousse works out for you!

    Renie – Stay safe! Hope you get the chance to try it.

    Brian – There is 3/4 of a teaspoon of Truvia in each packet according to Linda Sue's low carb website. 4 packets = 1 Tablespoon. Hope that helps!

    The Truvia is combined with the Splenda so there's no aftertaste from the Truvia. I find that Truvia has a tingly, burning mouthfeel when you use too much in a recipe that contains a lot of fat. It's a side effect from the erythritol that Truvia is made from. I'm trying to create versions of recipes with ingredients available from the grocery store now. 🙂 As far as I can tell, Splenda has been proven safe in many studies that have been performed on it. Trying to give people options. Hope that helps!

    Rick F – I subbed the half and half for some of the coffee in the original recipe. I find that the milk in it tones down the harshness from that bitter unsweetened chocolate (and saves a few calories!). Let me know if you do try it with cream, though.

    Cat – You cannot actually taste the coffee in this mousse. 🙂

    Rachel – Like Brian said, Teeccino or another coffee substitute would be great in this. I don't see why water wouldn't work just as well since it doesn't do anything for the consistency, really. A chocolate or vanilla flavored tea (Sugar Cookie by Celestial Seasonings – mm!) or unsweetened fruit juice would be great in this as well.

    Rachel – Thank you for stopping by! Love your blog.

    Brian – Thank you for suggesting that helpful alternative. I'll have to get my coffee substitute down off the shelf and whip up a version this morning!

    • Lee
      August 20, 2012 at 10:19 am (11 years ago)

      Hi, Lauren, I feel silly asking you this but since Iam from South Africa and am not one that bakes often, what does it mean by when you say 1/4 Cup half and half?

  10. Rachel
    August 28, 2011 at 8:09 pm (12 years ago)

    I will try it with water (sweetened with chocolate stevia or capella drops!) Thanks!

  11. Patty
    August 28, 2011 at 8:58 pm (12 years ago)

    Thanks so much for sharing this on Chowstalker! 🙂

  12. Amber
    August 28, 2011 at 9:53 pm (12 years ago)

    I just made this and waiting 3 hours for it to set is killing me! I usually make something because I need chocolate NOW! I'm sure it will be worth it! I don't use splenda or any sweetener ending with tol, so, being out of honey and agave, I used maple syrup. The taste was amazing before I put in fridge, we'll see if it sets up like it's supposed to! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Brian
    August 29, 2011 at 4:04 am (12 years ago)

    Thanks, Lauren. One more question. How could I make this without any chocolate? Our son is sensitive to chocolate, and I'd like to make something he could eat, too. Carob would be one option, or even vanilla would be good. Thanks!

  14. Anonymous
    August 29, 2011 at 6:53 pm (12 years ago)

    This looks delicious, thanks for sharing!
    Here are some great Chocolate Truffles!

  15. Laura
    August 29, 2011 at 7:35 pm (12 years ago)

    I just ready Taubes book a few months ago. Every single american should read that book! It's so good. And important!

  16. Anonymous
    August 30, 2011 at 12:28 am (12 years ago)

    Would hot cocoa be an okay substitute for the coffee? Coffee makes me gag and I can taste it no matter how little of it is in a recipe (I was so disappointed to finally try tiramisu, yuck!).

  17. Tres Delicious
    August 30, 2011 at 9:03 am (12 years ago)

    Wow looks really good. Need to get my hands on this. Not only does it look delicious but sounds healthy too. The perfect dessert 🙂

  18. katie
    August 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm (12 years ago)

    loved your chapter summary! you're one informed lady! keep up the excellent work, girl!

  19. The Cottage Child
    August 31, 2011 at 4:59 pm (12 years ago)

    Lauren, that looks delicious! And it's pretty enough for company, that's a hard one sometimes. Stewed fruit is kind of well- gloppy, if tasty.

  20. slbbw
    September 1, 2011 at 7:34 pm (12 years ago)

    My goodness, Miss L.. this stuff is fabulous! My question is about um.. portion control and, also, the desire to give some to my LC'ing daughter.. who might also encounter the portion control issue! Google has lots of pots de creme recipes that say freezing is ok. Most of those seem to be baked. So, wondering if you know if this recipe would lend itself to freezing in portions?
    Dang girl, I loved it!

  21. Tiffany
    September 3, 2011 at 11:09 pm (12 years ago)

    Thanks Lauren for including my chocolate mouse recipe, too!

    I LOVE The Pioneer Woman. I remember seeing that post and thinking it could be made low carb. Thanks for doing it for us!

  22. Bohemian Beetnik
    September 4, 2011 at 1:47 am (12 years ago)

    OMG, so good! But I never expect anything less from your recipes. I had a tough time waiting the 3-4 hours, so I stuck it in the freezer for an hour (after it was in the fridge for an hour prior). Came out so yummy. Gelled/froze up a bit (like ice cream), but after it thawed was still too liquidy but I slurped it down anyway (but I also used 1 T cocoa powder and only 1 square of unsweetened chocolate since that's what I had). Oh man! Double this recipe!

  23. AK-47
    September 9, 2011 at 3:51 am (12 years ago)

    Loved this recipe. The paleo version is great and I needed to use up some coconut milk so it worked out well!

  24. Pam
    September 9, 2011 at 1:46 pm (12 years ago)

    I tried this with the kids, substituting cocoa powder for coffee. We all loved it. Easy, messy, delicious!

  25. Anette
    September 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm (12 years ago)

    Love your blog, and I'm sure I will love this fabolous mousse too 🙂 Hugs from Anette in Norway 🙂

  26. Sarah
    September 9, 2011 at 11:33 pm (12 years ago)

    I made this mousse this afternoon and put it in the fridge a couple hours ago. I just snuck a little taste to see what I thought. It is SO GOOD!!!!! I sweetened with a mix of erythritol, xylitol, and stevia. I actually ended up putting in 2 drops of liquid splenda after it was blended because I thought it could use a little more sweetening. I'm going to top it with whipped cream. It's really rich and super tasty. I'm thinking this could be really good in an almond or hazelnut crust of some sort. Thanks for the recipe!!

  27. scott
    September 15, 2011 at 7:51 pm (12 years ago)

    Just scrolling through this and some other recipes, I am looking forward to giving this a try. One question regarding the ingredient Splenda. I appologise if this is a subjec you have alrady address elsewhere but I have heard of and ready many articles that claim this product is not all it is cracked up to be, that is is actually just as toxic as some of there other artificial sweeteners like aspartame. Just wondering if you have any thoughts on the subject.

  28. Claire
    September 22, 2011 at 1:16 am (12 years ago)

    It's so rich, I couldn't believe that is low in carb. I'll give a try, and finish it with a velvety blueberry on top. So it's 1/4 cup of brewed coffee? If I use a shot of espresso (1oz), maybe I'll need to add some water, what do you think?

  29. Kameron
    September 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm (12 years ago)

    Oh my..looks so delicious!Can i do this without coffee?? I really dont like it but the chocolate is my favourite!

  30. Leslie
    October 6, 2011 at 5:33 pm (12 years ago)

    I will have to try that recipe. I'm trying to mostly stay away from chocolate, but this is the next best thing since it's sugar free. Thanks!

  31. Michelle
    October 13, 2011 at 11:29 pm (12 years ago)

    Oh WOW! This is just what I was looking for. A relative is diabetic and I am always trying to find something tasty that he can have. Thanks for the great recipes! 🙂

  32. organic pet food
    October 21, 2011 at 8:08 pm (12 years ago)

    I LOVE these!! They are just adorable. I am going to post a link to these on my blog if that is ok with you. I know that my followers will love these. Thanks so much!!

  33. carly
    November 5, 2011 at 8:26 am (12 years ago)

    hi guys!can u use caster suger instead of substitute?

  34. carly
    November 5, 2011 at 8:28 am (12 years ago)

    also can i ask what half and half is?

  35. james hansen
    November 10, 2011 at 7:13 am (12 years ago)

    Its really mouthwatering. And its guaranteed diabetic friendly.

  36. Carolyn
    December 10, 2011 at 1:57 pm (11 years ago)

    Hey Lauren – I wanted to see if you had any LC holiday cookie recipes. I am planning on doing a round up on my blog next week and would love to link to some of my fav LC authors. I got over 90K views on my blog last month and want to "share the wealth" so to speak. If you want to be included, email me at carketch29 (at) yahoo (dot) com.

  37. Claudia
    December 13, 2011 at 10:51 pm (11 years ago)

    Wow! that looks really good!

  38. Brian
    December 15, 2011 at 4:16 pm (11 years ago)

    Carly, we're trying to avoid sugar here. Using caster sugar would add calories, carbs, and make it no longer "healthy" or "sugar-free"!

    Also, "Half and Half" is a common dairy product here in the US that is half cream and half milk. You could probably substitute a light cream.

  39. Anonymous
    December 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm (11 years ago)

    Rachel, you could use organic coffee flavoring or any flavoring of your choice.

  40. Maryann
    December 19, 2011 at 5:16 pm (11 years ago)

    i like using agave alone…. anyone know how much I should use. No "tols" in this house either. thanks, maryann

  41. Maryann
    December 19, 2011 at 6:44 pm (11 years ago)

    has anyone tried it with agave? i am wondering how much to use. no stevia etc please. thanks so much!

  42. Lauren
    December 22, 2011 at 10:18 pm (11 years ago)

    Hi Maryann, I haven't tried agave due to the fructose content, but I'm not sure if it would allow the mousse to set properly. Hopefully someone else can chime in and help you with your question!

  43. Maryann
    December 23, 2011 at 2:16 pm (11 years ago)

    Hi Lauren, perhaps I shall have to be the guinea pig with the agave. Will let all know the results although it looks as if it will not be anytime soon as have consumed too much of everything in the past few holiday weeks. Sounds like a decadent Valentines day dessert though so will try it out before then and post results!

  44. Lou
    December 25, 2011 at 2:18 am (11 years ago)

    Hi! I really want to make this, but I'm hesitant because the recipe uses raw eggs? Isn't it unsafe to just eat raw eggs? Is there some sort of substitue for that?


  45. Anonymous
    December 31, 2011 at 5:30 pm (11 years ago)

    what do you mean by 1/4 cup hot coffee like how much do you have to mic with water i'm kinda confused ?? 😀 but your rrecipes are really amazing!1

  46. Kristin
    January 5, 2012 at 9:25 pm (11 years ago)

    Just found your blog and LOVE IT!
    Could I use Agave nectar as the sweeter in the mousse recipe, and if so how much. thank you.

  47. Lauren
    January 8, 2012 at 3:58 am (11 years ago)

    Lou – There isn't a good substitute that I know of, although you can buy pasteurized eggs in some grocery stores. I buy organic eggs and use them before their expiration date, and I haven't had a problem in the past 3 years. It's your decision! 🙂

    Anon – I mean 1/4 cup brewed coffee. Thank you for catching that!

    Kristin – If you have stevia I would use 10 teaspoons since agave is close to honey in terms of sweetness. If you don't have stevia, try adding 2 more teaspoons. Using coconut oil variation if you are using agave. Let me know how it turns out for you!

  48. Alia Poonawala
    February 14, 2012 at 5:26 pm (11 years ago)

    I used lactaid cottage cheese in place of cream cheese. The mousse came out a bit more dense looking than the photo but it tasted great! I garnished with fresh raspberries and home whipped cream. DELICIOUS! `

  49. Skinnyshepherd
    August 17, 2012 at 8:55 pm (11 years ago)

    This was heavenly, orgasmic, crazy delicious!!! I had to translate this to norwegian and post it on my blog (at:, but i have linked to your blog and told everyone that i found on your page… 🙂 Hope it's ok.

    I used irish mocca coffe (has a hint of whiskey and vanilla) instead of regular coffe. And i used 3 tablespoons of sukrin + (sukrin with stevia).

    Thankyou so much for ideas, recipies and inspiration!! You rock!!! And you made my friday!!!! 😉

    • Lauren B.
      September 4, 2012 at 6:09 am (11 years ago)

      I am so happy you enjoyed the mousse! You blogged about it in Norwegian?! Awesome. Thanks for giving me credit! The irish mocca coffee in the mousse sounds amazing. Thank you for sharing your twist on the recipe, Skinnyshepherd!

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