Make a decadent, rich, and creamy orange chocolate mousse in less than 10 minutes that’s low-carb and uses no egg! Satisfy your chocolate craving any time!
According to Forbes, the average American eats 9.5 lbs of chocolate per year! I don’t know about you, but when I heard this statistic, I was sure it was a mistake. I mean, I probably eat a pound a month! 😉 So, what’s a chocolate-lover to do when she wants chocolate right now? She makes Orange Chocolate Mousse.
Thankfully, this Orange Chocolate Mousse can be whipped up in about 10 minutes! It can be eaten right away or chilled for future cravings. Plus, it’s also refined sugar-free, low-carb, egg-free, and single-serving. Although make no mistake, this is still an indulgent chocolate dessert with a hint of orange.
Orange Chocolate Mousse Equipment
You don’t need a lot of complicated equipment for this recipe. But I do recommend the following:
- Hand Mixer, Stand Mixer or Blender
- Mixing Bowl (I love this Pyrex Bowl Set)
- Individual Serving Dishes (with lids, without lids)
Since this is a single-serving recipe, I prefer to use the hand mixer since it’s the easiest to clean. If you want to double or triple the recipe, you can still use a hand mixer. Or a blender or stand mixer work well too.
Orange Chocolate Mousse Ingredients
Many mousse recipes use eggs or gelatin to aerate the mixture. However, this recipe does not use either of those ingredients. Instead, we’ll use heavy whipping cream to get a similar texture. Plus, this allows us to serve the mousse without chilling it first.
For the chocolate flavor, we’ll be using unsweetened cocoa powder. In my experience, it’s hard to find a bad cocoa powder, but they are out there. So, make sure to use one you like the flavor of. I prefer a lighter chocolate flavor, so I use good ol’ Hershey’s Cocoa Powder. But, I think it would also be delicious with a dutch processed cocoa powder like this kind from Ghirardelli.
My favorite granulated sweeteners are Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener and Pyure Organic Stevia. I like these low-carb sweeteners because they are naturally low-calorie. Plus, they don’t have a strong after-taste.
To keep this orange chocolate mousse low-carb, we’ll use orange extract and vanilla extract. But, you could switch up the flavors with any flavor extract. For example, this would be delicious with peppermint extract or raspberry extract.
TIP: Vanilla extract costs 10x what it used to only a few years ago. To find a good quality vanilla extract that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, check the Mexican isle. Often, you can find great tasting Mexican Vanilla for a fraction of the price.
The great thing about extracts is you get all the flavor without all the calories and sugar. When using extracts, use very small amounts. They can be very potent if you use too much.
Finally, I like to serve this dessert with additional whipped cream on top. It just takes this dessert over the top and even more decadent.
Orange Chocolate Mousse Preparation Tips
What’s the Best Way to Make the Mousse?
If I can give you one piece of advice, don’t try to shake heavy whipping cream in a mason jar to make mousse or heavy cream. It will work… eventually! Although, it will take you about a million years of shaking (and a good arm work-out) for it to thicken. Instead, save yourself some grief and whip the cream using a hand mixer or stand mixer. As an added bonus, you can lick the beaters!
Or, you can also make this mousse in the blender. Blend for 35 to 40 seconds or until desired consistency is reached.
Even though, I recommend not preparing the mousse in a Mason Jar, you can definitely store leftover mousse in them. If you have any that is!
How much sweetener should I use?
Finding the right level of sweetness in a low-carb dessert can be tricky. The amount sweetener you like might be different than mine. Everyone has a different sweetness preference.
So, I recommend starting with 2 teaspoons of sweetener. Before mixing, taste the mousse for sweetness, and if desired, add more to your taste. If you are just starting to eat low-carb, you may want more sweetness. But the longer you live sugar-free, you will naturally require less and less.
Want More Low-Carb, Single-Serving Desserts?
If you love this recipe, and want more low-carb ideas, check out my full collection of recipes here. I especially recommend these ones:
This dessert can easily be made low-carb by using powdered low-carb sweetener and omitting the graham cracker. Or make the recipe as directed.
This recipe can also be made in less than 10 minutes! It’s the perfect refreshing dessert topped with fresh strawberries and whipped cream.
This dessert is quickly made in microwave for when chocolate cravings hit! You can whip this one up in about 5 minutes. In my opinion, it tastes just as good as the original!
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Orange Chocolate Mousse (Low-Carb, Single-Serving)
- 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
- 2 tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1/8 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Stevia Plus More To Taste
- 1-2 drops Orange Extract
- In a large mixing bowl, add all ingredients. Using a hand mixer, cream ingredients together until the mixture is smooth and begins to form soft peaks (about 3-5 minutes). Taste for sweetness, and if desired, add more sugar or orange extract.
- Evenly portion the orange chocolate mousse into two serving dishes. Serve right away, or for best set up, refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour.
- Top with whipped topping, and enjoy!