Chia Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse

Chia Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse

I’m having a passionate love affair with chia seeds! I have been a fan of this fantastic superfood for quite some time and I love finding new creative ways to add them into my diet on a regular basis. Chia seeds are on my list of healing foods that you need to start eating for vibrant health.

 

In my last post I said I would be sharing some healing foods desserts that won’t affect your health in an adverse way like some of the desserts that are in abundance during this time of year. My chia chocolate pumpkin mousse fits the bill perfectly, it’s easy to make and great for sharing with family and friends when you want to enjoy a healthy, tasty dessert.

 

CHIA SEEDS

All over the internet and on television people are touting the health benefits of this tiny seed. Chia seeds are a member of the mint family and were consumed by the Mayan, Aztec, and Incan people for strength. Chia is a potent source of plant-based protein, omega-3 essential fatty acids (ALA), calcium, iron, and fiber. Chia seeds have the unique ability to absorb up to many times their weight in liquid which makes them good for detoxification because they can absorb toxins and the high fiber content will help move these toxins out of your body.

 

Chia seeds can also help stabilize your blood sugar by slowing down the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar. 2 tablespoons of chia seeds have 4 grams of protein, 205 grams of calcium, 5 grams of omega-3 fatty acids, and 8 grams of fiber. To find out more benefits of this superfood seed check out my post.

 

If you’re a frequent eater of chia seeds you probably are already adding these super seeds into smoothies, drinks, cereals, jams, yogurt, and puddings which are some of the most popular ways to enjoy them. If you’re new to using chia seeds, you may be asking yourself how can I add these seeds into my diet and enjoy their mild taste and potent health benefits.

 

I decided to create a chocolate mousse which combines ground up black chia seeds, pumpkin puree, coconut milk, raw chocolate, and tea for a healthy healing dessert that tastes delectable and completely decadent at the same time! If you don’t like coconut milk you can substitute cashew milk instead.

 

PUMPKIN

Pumpkin is a favorite late fall and winter squash that is extremely high in nutrients with a mild flavor that works in both sweet and savory recipes. In this dairy-free mousse, the pumpkin and coconut milk is the key to creating a luscious texture that mimics a traditional mousse. I used organic canned pumpkin puree to make the recipe easy for you to make but you can use fresh roasted pumpkin puree if you have the time. Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A, vitamin C, carotenoids, beta-carotene, antioxidants, essential fatty acids, potassium, magnesium, and fiber. All of these important nutrients help protect your body against free radical damage, inflammation, and disease.

 

TEA

Using tea in my recipes is one of my favorite tricks for boosting the flavor and health benefits. I alternate between green tea, white tea, black tea, and herbal tea for both drinking as is and using in a variety of different recipes. Some examples of my tea-inspired cuisine are chocolate mint tea ice cream, pumpkin hazelnut chai soup, and mango green tea energy smoothie.

 

Today’s recipe uses my favorite cocoa spice tea. This fantastic spiced tea is a delectable blend of organic cocoa shells, cinnamon bark, roasted chicory root, cardamom, ginger root, vanilla, cloves, and black pepper that really enhances the flavor of the pumpkin and chocolate. If you don’t have this tea feel free to try the recipe without it. The recipe won’t have the exact same flavor or nutrients as my version but it will still taste wonderful.

 

CHOCOLATE

Chocolate is a definite must have in many of my desserts. I am a self professed chocoholic and have been for many years. In today’s recipe I used organic raw chocolate powder aka as raw cacao powder along with a melted chocolate bar to drizzle on the mousse for an intense rich chocolate flavor that real chocolate lovers can truly savor! If you have read any of my chocolate recipes on this blog you can discover all the great health benefits that chocolate and raw chocolate offer. Add some chocolate into your diet and enjoy the benefits.

 

Have you tried chia seeds yet? Please contribute to the conversation by leaving a comment.

 

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Chia Chocolate Pumpkin Mousse

Vegan, Paleo, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Makes 3½ cups

1¼ cup organic full fat coconut milk

1 bag cocoa spice tea (this is the brand I used)

¼ cup raw organic cacao powder or organic cocoa powder

⅔ cup organic coconut sugar

1 teaspoon ceylon cinnamon

3 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

3 tablespoons chia seeds-grind into powder

1-15 ounce can organic pumpkin puree

1-70% organic dark chocolate bar

¼ cup raw pecans or your favorite nut

 

 

1. Heat coconut milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot and simmering but not boiling. Remove paper tag from tea bag and add to hot coconut milk. Steep the tea for 5 minutes.

2. Remove tea bag and stir in raw cacao or cocoa powder, coconut sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir mixture until smooth.

3. Remove coconut tea milk from the stove and set aside. Place chia seeds into a high speed blender or a spice grinder and pulse until they turn into powder.

4. Pour coconut tea milk into blender with the chia seed powder, and add pumpkin puree. Blend until smooth and creamy. Taste and add additional sweetener to taste if needed.

5. Pour chia chocolate pumpkin mousse into a heatproof container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Once the mousse is chilled, serve topped with the melted chocolate bar and pecans. Mousse lasts for 1 week covered in the refrigerator.

 

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Comments

  1. Hi Shelley,

    ever since I learned about chia seeds I have been fascinated by how much nutritional value and health benefits they have.

    I appreciate the recipe you are providing.
    Good to know we can enjoy a desert that is so healthy.

    Thank you so much for yet another informative post.

    To Health
    Yorinda
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Yorinda, Thanks so much for being such a wonderful supporter of my blog! I really appreciate your feedback on my posts and I hope you enjoy the chia mousse. Wishing you vibrant health!

  2. Hi Shelley, I have always been a big fan of flax seeds but have never tried chia. This recipe looks fabulous…looks like a great chance to give chia a try.
    Celeste Smucker recently posted..To Live Younger Longer, Avoid Toxic Cosmetic IngredientsMy Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Celeste, Flax seeds are good. I prefer chia seeds because they are easy to use in lots of recipes and are packed with nutrients for healing. I hope you try the recipe so can become a chia lover like me!

  3. This looks so delicious! I love how the chia seeds create that thick texture!
    Hannah Healy recently posted..Healthy Gingerbread Latte and Peppermint Mocha (Vegan option)My Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Hannah! Chia seeds are such a miraculous food to me! They are so tiny but can create the most amazing textures in your recipes. I hope you love the mousse, My mom and I finished it off and I’m going to make another batch next week!

  4. The recipe looks and sounds gorgeous. It’s amazing that chia seeds also have health benefits. It’s my first time with chia seeds – please, wish me good luck))
    Thank you for sharing this recipe and your baking secrets.
    Julia Reed recently posted..How to Text in Class Without Being Caught by AnyoneMy Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Julia! I think that once you try chia seeds you will become a lover of them just like me. They are so easy to use in your recipes and are a easy way to add lots of key nutrients to your diet. Let me know how you do with them and I’m wishing you much success!

  5. I’m swooning over this recipe. I love the chia seeds used here to create the pudding “ness”. This is a must try. I have it bookmarked.
    France recently posted..TV Tuesday #35: Holiday Appy: Sour Cream Dill Dip in 5 MinutesMy Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Oh France, I’m so happy to hear that my recipe is making you swoon! I feel the same way about so many of your delicious recipes! I hope this chia mousse will become one of your new favorites. 🙂

  6. Hi Shelly,

    I have all ingredients, but the chocolate… so I should be able to whip it up in no time!! Can’t say as I am the hugest fan of chia, only because I pick them out of my teeth for a long time after I have eaten them!! ( at least in my yogurt and berry mixture!).. Grinding them up here may solve my issue!!
    Holly recently posted..You’re Losing It And I Bet You Didn’t Even Know It!My Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Holly, You have to try this recipe because once you grind the chia into a powder all you taste is smooth creamy goodness and you enjoy all the benefits of eating the chia seeds. If you mix chia seeds in your yogurt and let it sit overnight you will soften them up and hopefully not have them stuck in your teeth or you can always grind them before adding to your favorite recipes. Enjoy!

  7. Shelley,

    Wow! Does that look delicious – and healthy and high in fiber.
    Recently a client of mine suggested chia and I have often sprinkled it on my cereal or in my smoothies. As soon as my schedule lets up a bit, I will have to try this recipe. A good snack like this helps a lot when I have been working hard at the computer.

    Warmly,

    Dr. Erica
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Dr. Erica! Chia is a fantastic super seed to add in your diet. I’m happy to hear that you are eating it on a regular basis. This mousse really does helps keep you energized which is great for when you need to spend alot of time on the computer.

  8. Shelley,

    I’ve never in my life tasted this, but after looking at this picture I want to!

    This looks like heaven lol

    Thanks for sharing the recipe!
    Dewane Mutunga recently posted..How To Tag And Track Links From Email Marketing CampaignsMy Profile

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Dewane! I hope you try to make it because this mousse tastes divine and is filled with wonderful superfoods to make you feel fantastic. Enjoy 🙂

  9. quick question: does grinding the chia seeds before soaking them still produce a pudding like consistency in milk alone?

  10. Now I know what to do with that bag of Chia seeds that are waiting for me to use them! I was just waiting for the right recipe–and here it is! Perfect for the fall season!
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  11. Karen Wood says:

    When I saw the picture I wondered how you made it look so smooth. I can’t wait to make some pudding and grind the seeds and have smooth instead of tapioca-like pudding. I like it both ways though.

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