This Sugar-Free Low-Carb Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse is secretly healthy, the perfect treat for chocolate lovers.
Valentine’s Day is this Saturday and I’ve got the perfect chocolate dessert for your loved one that is healthy and sugar-free too! After all, what’s Valentine’s Day without some chocolate. This recipe for Sugar-Free Low-Carb Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse comes from my friend Brenda Bennett’s new cookbook, Sugar-Free Mom: Naturally Sweet and Sugar-Free Recipes for the Whole Family. I met Brenda last year at BlogHer Food and she is one sweet gal. So, when she asked me to review her new cookbook, of course I said yes.
I’m not a big baker as most of you know, and although I am familiar with natural sugars like honey, coconut sugar, brown rice syrup, blacks strap molasses, sucanat and maple syrup, I’m don’t have a lot of experience baking with sugar-free alternatives such as erythritol and stevia. So, I found Brenda’s explanation in her cookbook of the three different forms of stevia really helpful, including when best to use each type. She also includes tips on how to reduce sugar consumption and how to curb sugar cravings based on her personal experience.
The cookbook is broken down into the following sections:
Breakfast – the personalized baked oatmeal cups, grain-free chocolate glazed donuts, personalized breakfast pizzas, cinnamon coconut flour pancakes, and oatmeal breakfast cookies caught my eye
Light Bites, Salads, Sides and More – the mini bacon chicken cheddar quinoa bites, mock tator tots, and mini zucchini cheese bites are on my list to try
Main Dishes – simple, healthy dinners include crockpot balsamic chicken with balsamic bacon string beans, mediterranean chicken cutlets, coconut-crusted chicken tenders with mayo-free cilantro lime dip, crockpot chicken cacciatore, and stuffed kale quinoa rolls
Condiments – there are sugar-free recipes for homemade quick ketchup, barbecue sauce, and sweetened condensed milk that I think people on a sugar-free diet would find really helpful
Beverages – recipes for fake-out fruit punch, cocoa mix, vanilla coffee creamer use different types of stevia as the sweetener
Sweet Treats – fudgy flourless chocolate brownies, classic fudge, chocolate tart in a nut-free tart shell, chocolate mousse (recipe below), homemade marshmallows, chocolate banana peanut butter ice cream with homemade magic shell, and chocolate fudge cake are standout dessert recipes
Each of the recipes is labeled “low carbohydrate,” “natural sugar,” “sugar-free,” and/or “dairy-free,” and nutritional information is provided. Some recipes are naturally sweet (no added sweeteners, or natural sweeteners are used); other recipes are sugar-free and labeled as such, meaning they have 1 gram or less of sugar.
Most of the savory recipes are naturally sugar-free or low in sugar. Brenda’s experience making sugar-free condiments, beverages and sweet treats are what I think set this cookbook apart. These are the recipes that I think most people struggle with when cutting down on sugar or going sugar-free. For my readers who are looking to reduce sugar or eliminate sugar from their diet, I would highly recommend Sugar-Free Mom: Naturally Sweet and Sugar-Free Recipes for the Whole Family as an easy way to start eating less sugar or sugar-free. You can also get more sugar-free sweet recipes at Sugar-Free Mom.
Sugar-Free Chocolate Mousse
- 1 avocado pitted and peeled
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon liquid vanilla or chocolate stevia
- non-dairy whipped topping optional
- Add all ingredients in a high powered food processor or blender and blend until completely smooth. Top with whipped topping, if desired.