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Flash in the Pan: Chocolate Almond Mousse

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[Sometimes, you just want to eat something now.  I’ve decided to offer a mini-post every once in a while, for a dish that comes together incredibly quickly or else is so easy to make that no recipe is required. Here’s today’s “Flash in the Pan.” (For other FitP recipes, see “Categories” at right).]

I’m popping in quickly (well, as much as I’m capable of communicating anything quickly) for a Sunday “hello” and to post this follow up to Friday’s almond milk review.  Several of you asked for it, so I thought I’d offer this ultra-easy chocolate almond mousse recipe for y’all! (Okay, so I’m not really from the Southern US.  But I just like to say that word, “y’all.”  It’s sort of the way Jerry was with “salsa.” And besides, I figure with an old high school chum and at least a couple of blogger friends out that way, I must be a Southerner at heart. Y’all.)

This mousse was my first experiment with the new almond milk I tried.  To be honest, I wasn’t 100% thrilled with the result–it was a little too heavy to truly earn the moniker “mousse”–but since you asked for it, here it is.  I figure I’ll let you y’all tweak it if you so choose. 

The texture is more dense than that of a traditional mousse, yet still fairly light with an intense almond flavor. I was surprised, in fact, at how distinct the almond taste and aroma were given that it contains no added almond extract; soaking the nuts seems to bring out the natural almond essence.  

For a smoother mousse, slip off the skins from the almonds after you soak them.  I left them on, resulting in a slightly grainy–though not entirely unappealing–texture.  The mousse was good on its own topped with some cacao nibs (it would be great with some coconut whipped cream); I also ended up using it as a spread on rice cakes, which was surprisingly good as well.

I’ll be back in a couple of days with the October SOS Challenge kickoff post–expect something special!

This post is linked to Amy’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays event. 

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49 comments to Flash in the Pan: Chocolate Almond Mousse

  • As a spread on rice cakes, you say? That sounds divine, and, of course, much more filling than having rice cakes on their own. Thanks for sharing this 🙂 I’ll definitely be trying this out. Mmm…

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    Ricki Reply:

    I know it sounds ricidulously decadent for rice cakes, but if you consider that the main ingredient is almonds, it’s sort of like a chocolate almond butter. . . only better. 🙂

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  • This looks great! I was hoping it could help me use up some of my silken tofu, but this looks equally as yummy. 🙂

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    Ricki Reply:

    It’s nice for a change from the usual tofu-chocolate mousse!

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  • Jes

    Heavy or no, it looks amazing to me!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Jes! And I *did* manage to eat it all up. 😉

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  • If it’s too heavy for mousse, just call it pudding and scoop it up! I love the way you piped it into the bowl— very elegant.

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Andrea. 🙂 It was a chance to use my icing gun again–very rare since I’ve stopped eating sugar!

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  • K

    Yum! I am so glad you posted the recipe because I was eyeing the picture in your last post and sad that that wasn’t the recipe you opted to include.
    Looking forward to the October SOS reveal! 🙂
    -K

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    Ricki Reply:

    Glad to oblige! 🙂 And I hope you like the October ingredient!

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  • Looks like I know what ingredients I’ll be buying next time I go shopping! YUM!

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    Ricki Reply:

    SHELBY!! So nice to see your name pop up here again–yay!! 😀 Now I’m going to click on your link to see what comes up!

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  • Wow, I wasn’t expecting my wish to be granted so quickly! Thank you for sharing this recipe – it sounds terrific (and looks amazing in your pics), and it will be fun to play with it.

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    Ricki Reply:

    Well, you know that your (blog) wish is my command! 😉 It did look really nice and I think without the skins, it would have a gorgeous silky texture. . . I’m going to try it again myself that way just to be sure. 🙂

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  • That’s beautiful, Ricki. Looks as light as typical mousse!

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    Ricki Reply:

    It does look light, but I guess the nut skins were what threw me. Otherwise, yes, very light!

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  • This looks wonderful! So great to know that you can make a mousse egg-free! Almonds & chocolate are always a fabulous flavor combo 🙂

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    Ricki Reply:

    I was actually surprised at how intense the almond flavor was, actually. But everything is better w/ chocolate!

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  • I just happen to have all the ingredients in the house. This may need to happen very soon, it looks great. I have not tried vegetable glycerin in food before but I am curious to now. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Ali

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    Ricki Reply:

    The veg glycerin is a specifically ACD-friendly sweetener–but agave would be my first choice if I were allowed to eat it! (or even maple syrup–it would add such a wonderful flavor). 🙂

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  • A-K

    Wow, Ricki, that looks so decadent and delicate at the same time… I love how you presented it! Sounds really delicious 🙂

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, A-K. (I get pretty tired of seeing the same dishes/glasses over and over. . . I feel as if I need to get some new ones!). It was very tasty, indeed. 🙂

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  • This looks so yummy Ricki! Cant wait to try it :O)

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Jamie! It’s very easy, too. 🙂

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  • maybe it’s the fact that i’m starving, but this looks awesome 🙂 and i’m all out of almond milk. must hit the store on the way home!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks! And of course, you could make it with other milks, too. . . but I thought the almond/almond combo really brought out the flavor. 🙂

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  • This looks so awesome! I wasn’t even thinking food until I saw the picture. But quick, easy, everything in the pantry – yeah, I will be making some of this! Thanks again for such yummy, guilt-free recipes 🙂

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks! And quick, yes, once the nuts are soaked. . . though I’m dying to know how this would work without soaking first. Darn, I guess I’ll just have to make another batch. . . ! 🙂

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  • It looks so beautiful and airy! And it’s soy-free! YAY! Stop teasing us with the SOS challenge and tell us what it is! *stomps and pouts* 😛

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    Ricki Reply:

    Honestly, I wouldn’t call this “airy” even though the photo makes it look that way! But is was tasty. 😉 Sorry about the tease. . . it’s not that I’m trying to keep you waiting, but just due to scheduling glitches over here!

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  • holy friggin’ wow. Now I’m starving, and I just ate dinner!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Aw, thanks! 😀

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  • thanks so much for posting the recipe for your chocolate almond mousse, Ricki! it looks beyond amazing and i bet it’s just as fabulous as it looks! isn’t “ya’ll” the funniest!?! my family moved to virginia from michigan years and years ago, and i remember thinking “hey, what’s with ‘ya’ll?! what happened to ‘yous guys’?” ah ha ha! i remember the first time my mom dropped “ya’ll” around my grandmother when we were visiting her up in new jersey – my grandmother looked at her like she was an alien or something. cracked me up! anyways – thanks again for the rock’n recipe and i can’t wait for october’s SOS challenge. yay!

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Jessy! And so funny about your mom and grandmother! So far, I’m the only one in my family saying “y’all” 😉

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  • Gorgeous mousse,all my favorite ingredients.Thanks for the alert about the copy cat 🙂

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    Ricki Reply:

    Glad you like it. And no problem re: the copy cat–it just seemed so weird! I hope there’s a way to shut down that site.

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  • Oh my Goodness! Going to need to try this 🙂

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    Ricki Reply:

    Let me know what you think if you do give it a try!

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  • Olya

    Wow! That looks so beautiful.

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks, Olya! 🙂

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  • Just thought I’d let you know I had your mousse for dessert this evening. Really hit the spot. I skinned the almonds and used Green & Black’s espresso chocolate as that’s what I had, and it gave it a really delicious “adult” taste combined with the almonds. I actually didnt find it heavy at all. I’m thinking possibly that adding some xantham gum might help the texture? as mine didn’t thicken up too well.
    Thank you 🙂

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    Ricki Reply:

    Thanks for letting me know, Emma! As I re-read the recipe, I realized that I actually kept adding milk up to about 1 cup; I’d start with 1/2 cup (120 ml) and see how it goes. You’ll need more if you don’t have a high speed blender, but I’d err on the side of less milk rather than more if you want it pipe-able. And yes, I bet xanthan gum would work beautifully, if you have some!

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  • This mousse looks so good! I love the cacao nibs on top.

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  • christina

    i made this last night as a treat for my family. and a treat it was! we’re all on the ACD. my dh licked his dish and kept asking me if i was sure this was safe to eat… if he could have mine… or our dd’s. i did take your suggestion and squeeze off the almond skins, which truly made it labor intensive, but a labor or love. <3 (i have blanched and peeled almonds many times, but still can't get those suckers to consistently pop out of their skins!) thank you so much for this recipe!

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  • Waw!! This mousse rocks!! I have made this a couple of times & all of my family & friends loved it so much!

    MMMMMMM,….wonderful food! 🙂

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  • I made this the other day.. it didn’t turn out “smooth” like a mousse (had a grainy texture), and it never did thicken up as much as yours, it was more like a pudding. But the taste was great and my husband requested that I make it again.

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    christine Reply:

    i had the same problem, more like chocolate milk consistency …what did i do wrong, the taste is great tho

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    Ricki Reply:

    I’m not sure why that would be–unless the almonds were soaked too long? I actually found that mine came out thicker than expected! I think you can play with the amount of almonds vs milk until you reach the texture you like. And next time, I’d definitely remove the almond skins after soaking to ensure a smoother consistency!

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