This simple and delicious chocolate mousse recipe is one every gluten-free cook needs to have on file, especially for the holidays. With full ovens and extra gluten-free prep work, I thought I’d come up with a decadent, nearly no-oven-needed, make ahead dessert that will ease your mind and still be a treat your guests will remember.
Though I found the inspiration for this recipe in Cooking Light, I ended up rewriting the recipe to make it free of refined sugar. Unsweetened baking chocolate didn’t cut the mark here, so I reluctantly used unsweetened cocoa powder. The result was a surprisingly rich and creamy chocolate flavor. I wanted to add some tiny ‘chocolate’ bits in the mousse for visual and textural interest. Since regular sugary chocolate is out, I used a handful of carob chips and used my rotary cheese grater to get them into small pieces. If you’d rather use chocolate, it would work beautifully.
I love the texture contrast of the light creamy mousse and the crunchy, toasted coconut and pecans. When I serve this, I’ll pass bowls of toasted coconut and pecans for those that want extra mix-ins. I’m guilty of eating the topping off of my dessert and going back to get more. It’s the best part.
In case you don’t know how to toast pecans or coconut flakes, it’s simple. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. You’ll need to put them on two different baking sheets or toast them separately. The pecans will take 5 – 8 minutes. I taste them to see if they’re done. You’re looking for a deeper, rich pecan flavor. The coconut will only take a minute or three – you’ll be able to see it turn golden brown on the edges. Take it out then. Remember, both will continue to cook slightly as they cool.
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What holiday desserts are you whipping up?