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Meet my newest chocolate obsession, 6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse.

6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse | #vegan #chocolate #recipes

I don’t know what’s going on, but I sure am having fun with the vegan eats right now. I mean, don’t get me wrong, you guys know I love all things dairy, especially goat dairy, but it’s fun playing around with different foods.

To recap, in the last month I’ve made a total of five vegan desserts. Say hello to this Chai Cashew and Hemp Latte, these Dark Chocolate Covered Coconut Bars, these Vegan Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread Muffins, this Vegan Chocolate Custard Cake, and this Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookie Granola. All of these are some of my favorite vegan desserts. The coconut bars and custard cake are especially unreal…meaning so so good.

This brings me to today’s chocolate chia mousse, which was inspired by my mom’s love of chocolate mousse. The woman loves anything light and airy and chocolate mousse is one of her favorites. I wanted to see if I could recreate one of our favorite desserts into a vegan and semi-healthy..ish dessert. I did some research, taking into account chia seed’s magical thickening powers, and got to work. A couple of hours later I had chia mousse and am now obsessed with it.

It is so easy, so good, and pretty freaking healthy too. Cool. Cool.

6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse | #vegan #chocolate #recipes

6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse | #vegan #chocolate #recipes

6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse | #vegan #chocolate #recipes

Here’s how this works, and it’s pretty simple.

Mix everything together, letting the chia seeds soak for a bit so that they can absorb the liquid and become plump. Then blend everything until extra light, smooth, and creamy, chill the mousse for a few hours to allow it to set up, and then eat. Simple as that. One bowl, one blender, and done. It does take a little time to prepare because of all the chilling, so plan a little ahead when making this chocolate mousse.

What I love about this recipe is that even though it is vegan, you’d never guess it. The texture is a little heavier than an egg based mousse recipe, but this chia mousse is silky smooth, perfectly sweet, and extra chocolatey.

Oh, and I almost forgot, I made some optional coconut whipped cream for topping. It’s not needed, but it sure is good dolloped on top of the mousse.

If you’re new to chia seeds, they are crazy little seeds that when added to liquid, plump up and become soft and pudding like. They can even be used in place of eggs in most recipes. They’re truly one of the coolest and craziest ingredients. Chia seeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, antioxidants, iron, and calcium. A single serving of chia seeds contains 5.6 grams of protein, making this mousse a healthy dose of vegan protein.

6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse | #vegan #chocolate #recipes

6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse | #vegan #chocolate #recipes

6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse | #vegan #chocolate #recipes

I made this mousse before I left for South Korea and had every intention of sharing it before Valentine’s Day, but an Olympic Gold Medal got in the way and I had to re-work my content calendar a bit to make room for a South Korea recap post. Not mad about it all, but this is why these photos have a very pink and semi-romantic vibe.

Oh well, I still love the chocolate mousse, and I equally love the photos. I swear, roses make all dessert photos better…no matter what time of year.

Speaking of flowers, I just spent way, way, way too much money on edible flowers, so expect lots of flowers in upcoming spring recipes. I am pretty excited about using them.

And if you are still working to eat healthier this year (good for you!), soak up this chia mousse, because I have Easter brunch and desserts on my mind and they all involve butter…and sugar.

But for now, healthy…ish chocolate chia mousse is our Tuesday treat!

Also, I shared this recipe with the awesome team over at The Chriselle Factor. Be sure to check out this post to learn more about all the amazing health benefits of this chocolate chia mousse.

6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse | #vegan #chocolate #recipes

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6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse

Prep Time 15 minutes
Chilling time 4 hours 30 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 591 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.


  • 3/4 cup chia seeds
  • 2 1/4 cups nut milk
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon flakey sea salt
  • dried roses and cacao nibs, for serving (optional)

Coconut Cream (optional)


  • 1. In a bowl, whisk together the chia seeds, milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla and salt. Cover and place in the fridge for 2 hours or up to overnight.
    2. Transfer the chia seed mix to a blender and blend on high power until smooth and creamy. It’s helpful to scrape down the sides once or twice while blending to incorporate everything. Taste and add more maple if a sweeter mousse is desired. Spoon the mouse into 6 servings bowls. Cover and chill 2 hours or overnight.
    3. To make the coconut cream, tip the coconut cream upside down and pour out the coconut water. Scoop out the coconut cream and add it to a mixing bowl with the maple syrup and vanilla. Using an electric mixer, whip the cream until combined.
    4. Serve the mousse topped with coconut cream, and if desired, dried roses and cacao nibs.
    5. To make the coconut cream hearts, line an 8x8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper. Spread the coconut cream into the prepared pan. Freeze 20-30 minutes. Using a heart cookie cutter, cut out hearts. 
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6 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Chia Mousse | #vegan #chocolate #recipes

PS. this is totally healthy enough for breakfast…just saying.

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  1. 5 stars
    More recipes like this please! Gorgeous, delicious, and so packed with life-giving nutrients. I realize that’s not your full-time thrust but your recipes are superior in every way.

  2. I love that this recipe is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free. It is also a great source of protein and fiber. I am excited to try this recipe soon!

  3. 5 stars
    Tastes really good! Definitely satisfied my chocolate cravings without the guilt but mine was grainy. I used a Ninja blender. Was wondering if you have any tips to get rid of the grainy restaure of the chia seeds. Thank you.

    1. Hey Reem,
      Fantastic! I am delighted to hear that this recipe was tasty for you, thanks for making it and sharing your review:) Ahh the chia seeds can be tricky, try just blending a bit longer next time! xx

  4. 5 stars
    I just made this and it is so delicious. I added a little oat milk to the base of my vitamix then added the mousse. It was so smooth and creamy, not gritty at all. Thanks Tieghan for the recipe!

    1. Hi Blair,
      Happy Wednesday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for giving it a go! xx

  5. 5 stars
    Omg, insanely tasty, filling, and purse friendly.

    It’s a quick, easy, pleasing treat for energetic children of all ages (adults included 🙂 )

    Thank you so much for sharing, you can just make a big batch of this and watch the fridge door constantly being raided with spoons ha ha

    Thank you for sharing this with us x

    1. Hey Ursula,
      I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for testing it out! Have a great week! xTieghan

  6. 5 stars
    This is insanely delicious & satisfying- I was imagining a sprinkling of granola to justify having it for breakfast;) Any ideas for adding just a touch of extra carbs atop, to energize my typically athletic morning using this luscious dessert as my vehicle?

    1. Hey Gigi,
      Happy Sunday! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for making it! I really would consider this a dessert. Here are some breakfast options you might enjoy:

  7. I want to make these for a dinner party and was wondering how early/ahead I could make this? Would 2 days ahead be okay?


    1. Hey Sasha,
      I would probably only make this one day in advance. I hope you love the recipe, please let me know if you give it a try! xTieghan