Easy Eggless Chocolate Mousse Recipe Without Cream (Vegan)

This easy eggless chocolate mousse recipe is made without cream or eggs. It's super cream and deliciously vegan.

Glasses of chocolate mousse with raspberry and a mint leaf and a spoon.

Why this recipe works

If you're a chocolate lover who must avoid dairy or eggs, you have to try this chocolate mousse.

It’s also a terrific dessert for all your vegan friends.

This classic chocolate mousse is so creamy and sweet that it’ll soon become one of your favorite chocolate desserts.

Why a recipe for eggless chocolate mousse without cream?

I grew up having Julia Child’s decadent classic French chocolate mousse recipe as an afterschool snack.

Filled with egg yolks, egg whites, heavy cream, and butter, it was amazingly delicious.

Looking back, the uncooked eggs freak me out, though now one could use pasteurized eggs instead of raw eggs.

Still, I don’t make my favorite dessert anymore because my tummy can’t handle the cream and butter.

Instead, I make this easy chocolate mousse recipe because it’s dairy free, luscious, and super chocolatey.

How? It uses vegan chocolate, dark agave nectar, and, believe it or not, tofu.

Glasses of chocolate mousse served with garnish of raspberries and mint with a silver spoon.

Ingredients

firm or extra-firm tofu

Triple Sec

dark agave nectar

semisweet vegan chocolate

What kind of tofu?

This easy chocolate mousse recipe uses firm or extra-firm tofu. You can choose either a regular or organic tofu.

Since you’ll be using a food processor or high speed blender, using firm or extra firm tofu helps you gives you that amazing creamy consistency.

But don’t use silken tofu or you’ll end up with a runny chocolate shake!

One package of 14 to 16 ounces is plenty for this simple recipe. (It calls for 14 ounces, but adding a couple more ounces is OK.)

What I love about using tofu is that this dessert is protein packed and super filling. So eating a small portion of this delicious chocolate mousse is super satisfying.

How to make easy chocolate mousse without cream

It’s important to extract the excess water from the block of tofu so it doesn’t make your mousse watery.

1. Cut a slit in the tofu container and carefully pour out the water. Remove the block of tofu and place it on 4 or 5 plain paper towels. (You can also do this with a clean kitchen towel or plain washcloth.)

Gently press the tofu into the paper towels to remove the excess water. Then turn the tofu block and “blot” it on the paper towels to remove the water. 

Do this until your paper towel pile is completely damp. Then create a new pile of paper towels and repeat.

The more moisture you remove, the thicker your homemade chocolate mousse will be.

2. Place the tofu in your food processor or blender. Whip until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.

3. Add the Triple Sec and 3 ounces of dark agave nectar. Pulse to combine.

4. Melt the chocolate with 1/4 cup of dark agave nectar in a double boiler or in a small saucepan over very low heat. The melted chocolate and agave set up to have the consistency of chocolate frosting.

5. Remove the chocolate from the heat and add it to the tofu mixture. Process until blended and smooth. Scrape down the bowl to make sure there are no white tofu streaks in your chocolate mixture.

6. Immediately transfer mousse to serving glasses. If served immediately the mousse will be at room temperature and fluffy.

Or if you refrigerate the chocolate mousse, it is the consistency of cheesecake. Either way, the final product is delicious and satisfying.

Chocolate mousse in a small glass with a garnish of raspberries and mint with bowl of raspberries in the background.

What kind of chocolate should I use?

To keep this a dairy free, vegan mousse recipe, you need to use good vegan chocolate. Luckily, there are many choices out there: dairy free chocolate and ones that are certified as vegan.

Urban Tastebud has a super comprehensive list of vegan chocolates updated for 2021.

Some vegan semisweet chocolate brands that you should be able to easily find are:

Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – I use this brand in all my chocolate recipes since it’s allergy free.

Trader Joes semi-sweet chocolate chips

I feel that semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate gives you the best results and enough intense chocolate flavor.

Can I make white chocolate mousse?

Yes, if you can find dairy free or vegan white chocolate chips. You can also use a white chocolate bar and chop it into small pieces before melting.

Just remember that white chocolate is very sweet so you may want to use less sweetener.

Can I make dark chocolate mousse?

You can use dark chocolate in this simple recipe.

However, but I’d be worried that it would be too bitter, especially if you’re serving it to children.

Two dessert glasses of chocolate mousse served with garnish of raspberries and mint. With a bowl of raspberries in the background and a spoon.

What is Triple Sec?

Triple Sec is a brand of orange-flavored liqueur made from dried peels of bitter and sweet oranges.

Curacao, Grand Marnier, Cointreau, and generic orange liqueurs are all OK to use in place of Triple Sec. You can also use orange extract.

If you want to keep this best chocolate mousse recipe alcohol-free, use pulp-free orange juice.

However, orange extract is NOT a good substitute if you're avoiding alcohol as most extracts are around 90% alcohol.

What type of sweetener?

I used dark agave nectar. You can also use pure dark maple syrup if you don’t like agave.

Other types of agave nectars are fine to use, too.

Can I make a sugar free chocolate mousse?

I don’t recommend using liquid stevia as I find the combination of stevia and chocolate to be very bitter.

Don’t use a powdered sweetener as this would make the mousse too dry.

Instead, try a product like Lakanto Sugar Free Maple Syrup with Monkfruit Sweetener or Livlo Sugar Free Maple Syrup as a sugar free substitute for the agave.

Glasses of chocolate mousse garnished with raspberries and mint with a spoon and bowl of raspberries.

How to serve the mousse

After making the mousse, transfer it into serving glasses.

If you serve it immediately, it’s fluffy. If you want a cheesecake-like consistency, refrigerate and serve it later.

Serve the chocolate mousse with:

whipped cream – Reddi-Wip makes non-dairy almond and coconut milk whipped cream or you can whip up some chilled coconut cream in your electric mixer.

chocolate shavings or a few leftover chocolate chips

fresh raspberries or other fresh fruit

a garnish of mint leaves

Make a chocolate mousse pie

Use this chocolate mousse recipe as a pie filler. Just double the eggless mousse recipe.

Then pour into your favorite pie crust. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight.

It’s the perfect make-ahead dessert for Valentine’s Day!

More yummy dairy free desserts

Yield: 4 SERVINGS

Eggless Chocolate Mousse Recipe Without Cream

Glasses of chocolate mousse garnished with raspberries and mint. Spoon and bowl of raspberries.

This eggless chocolate mousse recipe without cream is made with dairy free, vegan chocolate and tofu.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 14 ounces firm or extra-firm organic tofu
  • 1 teaspoon Triple Sec
  • 3 ounces dark agave nectar
  • 4 1/2 ounces semisweet vegan chocolate
  • 1/4 cup dark agave nectar

Instructions

  1. Cut a slit in the tofu container and carefully pour out the water.
  2. Remove the block of tofu and carefully place it on a pile of plain paper towels – about 4 or 5 sheets. (You can also do this with a clean kitchen towel or plain washcloth.) Gently press the tofu into the paper towels to remove the excess water. You may want to turn the tofu block and “blot” it on the paper towels to remove the water. Do this until your paper towel pile is completely damp. If you want, create a new pile of paper towels and repeat. The more moisture you remove, the thicker your vegan chocolate mousse.
  3. Place the tofu in a food processor and whip until smooth, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed.
  4. Melt the chocolate with 1/4 cup of dark agave nectar in a double boiler or in a small saucepan over very low heat. The melted chocolate and agave set up to have the consistency of chocolate frosting.
  5. Remove the chocolate from the heat and add it to the tofu mixture. Process until blended and smooth. Scrape down the bowl to make sure there are no white tofu streaks in your chocolate mixture.
  6. Immediately transfer mousse to serving glasses. If served immediately the mousse will be at room temperature and fluffy. If you refrigerate the chocolate mousse, it is the consistency of cheesecake. Either way, the final product is delicious and satisfying.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 364Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 2gSugar: 41gProtein: 12g

Nutritional information is automatically calculated per the ingredients list. Serving size may not be accurate. Please double-check with your preferred nutritional app for the most accurate information.

Originally published on February 21, 2011. Updated with new photos and information.

8 thoughts on “Easy Eggless Chocolate Mousse Recipe Without Cream (Vegan)

  1. Julia {The Roasted Root}

    I have to admit, I was initially very skeptical about a sugar-free mousse….and then I read your ingredient list. LOVE that you use tofu and agave! I give you a round of applause, this looks so rich and it’s easily something I would make for guests!

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  2. Anne-Marie Nichols Post author

    YES! I use coffee in the not-so-healthy Julia Child’s Chocolate Mousse I used to make before being diagnosed with food sensitivities.

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