Dark Chocolate Yogurt Mousse

Kelli, of Lovescool, picked Dark Chocolate as the theme for this Anniversary edition of Sugar High Friday. Good choice, eh? She included a note telling people to try something new, since quite a few food bloggers have a weakness for the cocoa bean. But while I like to eat a nice bit of dark chocolate, I often prefer to use cocoa in my baked goods since I like the flavor and it couldn’t be any easier to incorporate into any mix. So, the fact that I had little risk of repeating myself with this event gave me a lot of freedom. But I just couldn’t bring myself to do anything too boring.

I chose a recipe that I tried to adapt semi successfully before. Working with it again, I now know for certain that my big mistake was using too many egg whites. Yes, the difference between 7 ounces of egg white and 7 egg whites is a big one. This is good news because the mouse tasted great, it was just a bit liquidy at the bottom of the glass. For this SHF, I went back and made the original recipe for Chocolate Yogurt Mousse.

This adaptation of the recipe makes four servings, since I decided to halve the recipe. Because I used thick, greek-style yogurt, I didn’t drain it first. If you can’t get the greek yogurt, just drain plain, nonfat yogurt through a cheesecloth overnight in the fridge before making the mousse. It turned out to have a smooth and creamy consistency, but was very bittersweet. Not a dessert for everyone, but if you really like good bittersweet chocolate, you’ll love this. I used Callebaut bittersweet and tasted every bit of it. Next time, I think I’ll add a dash of almond and vanilla extracts (or a shot of amaretto) for fun.

If you’re feeling decadent, top it with a bit of whipped cream. If it’s not sweet enough for you, you can increase the sugar in the mousse by 1-2 tbsp.

Bittersweet Chocolate Yogurt Mousse

(courtesy of the CIA)
8-oz. plain, Greek-style yogurt (about 1 cup), room temperature
1 oz. dark/bittersweet chocolate, melted
2 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
3 tbsp sugar
2 egg whites

Fold melted chocolate into yogurt in a medium (glass, preferably) bowl. Fold in cocoa powder. Heat the mixture over a water bath or in the microwave for a few seconds until it is warm and smooth, eliminating any remaining bits of unmelted chocolate.
In a small sauce pan, bring about an inch of water to a simmer. Set a bowl containing sugar and egg whites over the simmering water and beat to soft peaks. Remove from heat and fold meringue (egg white mixture) into yogurt mixture. Divide evenly between 4 ramekins or small wine glasses. Refrigerate at least 3 hours, or until ready to serve.


  1. THIS I have to try!!ASAP!!!

  2. That looks delicious. Yogurt and chocolate are such ‘feel good’ ingredients and this recipe goes into my must try list. Thanks Nic.

  3. I wonder the taste of this.
    I’ll try it.

  4. Wow! This is an original recipe. I have never come across chocolate yogurt not to mention one that looked so devine.

  5. hi nic, i must say i’ve never thought of combining yogurt and chocolate before but looking at your lovely mousse has just convinced me to give it a go!

  6. oooo, yums! Thanks for the tip on how to make greek like yoghurt. We don’t get the thick variety here so that tip will be so useful.

  7. That looks awesome. I saw chocolate mousse yogurt at the grocery store the other day, but I think I’ll try my hand at this instead!

  8. I love yogurt and I love chocolate, but have never had yogurt mousse. Your mousse looks delicious! I am definitely going to try your recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Nic this looks and sounds utterly divine…so light and fluffy yet dense and chocolaty. Yum. And here I was worried you wouldn’t be joining in on SHF this month when I didn’t see your post this morning! Thanks so much for joining in – it wouldn’t be the same without you!

  10. Mika – You are exactly right: this is a feel good recipe!

    Sarah lou – Thanks!

    J – High praise, if my photography is influencing you. It’s a fun and simple dish.

    Boo_licious – You’re welcome! I suspected that not everyone would have access to the same types of yogurt.

    Armchair cook – I’ve never seen yogurt mousse, let alone in a store. I’ll have to keep my eyes out.

    Jennifer – Wild horses couldn’t keep me away. Maybe a power outage, but I’d probably just be late!

  11. Hi Nic,

    I’ve been admiring your site for a few months now and working my way through your terrific recipes. I even started a starter yesterday–your pumpernickel bread recipe is our new household favorite.Thanks so much for a gorgeous website and well-written recipes.

  12. That looks so good nic!
    I love bitterchocolate and yoghurt! PERFECT Thanks :)

  13. Purl – You’re very welcome! I’m glad you’re enjoying them.

    Clare – Who knew they’d work so well!

  14. this is brillant! since its made with yogurt and dark chocolate, perhaps i’d feel less guilty eating this ;-)

  15. Less guilty, Tanvi? This dessert should incur no guilt – particularly if you compare it to other, more traditional mousses.

  16. Gorgeous. THis looks gorgeous. I can tell you right now that I’m going to put it in my weekly round-up (comes out on Monday) of the best gluten-free recipes on the web. You’ve outdone yourself here, Nic.

  17. NIc, this is exactly what I have been seeking. My husband loves dark, dark chocolate, yet does not need the sugar that comes with most desserts. I will put this recipe to good use.

  18. I’ll try this for sure! Sounds way less calorie than any other chocolate snack I know :)
    Thanks for sharing!

  19. I have tried the recipe now twice once with dark chocolate and once with white chocolate and vanilla caster sugar and I must say the white chocolate mousse got a much better response from myself and others. I also added a bit of lemon curd to the top of the white chocolate mousse- would highly recommend this combo. Thanks for sharing this recipie- it’s great to find a good veggie mousse!!!

  20. Krisrtal L. Rosebrook

    Yes, I preferred the dark chocolate mousse myself. Smooth and deliscous!

    Kristal Rosebrook

  21. Hello,
    here, in Slovakia you can buy chocolate yogurt or mousse without any problems, but still I am going to try this recipe, because I just love trying new things and I prefer home-made mousse and deserts :-)
    anyway, if you mix cocoa powder, sugar and ordinary yogurt or a chocolate sirup with yogurt you will get chocolate yogurt with very little effort :-p
    Thanks for the recipe, I will let you know, how it went :-)

  22. well…..I canĀ“t find words to say how gorgeous this mousse is… thanks a million, will make very often.

  23. hello wolud you be able to make this yogurt mousse in advance and freeze it?

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