This paleo chocolate mousse is decadent, creamy and topped with a quick strawberry chia sauce for a burst of brightness in each bite.

I dated my husband for 7 years before we got engaged. We were engaged for 1.5 years. That’s 8.5 years before marriage of knowing someone and guess what I found out AFTER we had sealed the deal?

This paleo chocolate mousse is decadent and creamy. It’s topped with a quick strawberry chia sauce for a burst of brightness in each bite.
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Um, excuse me, what?!

I have no idea how this incredibly important personality trait didn’t come to light before dessert one random night somewhere in the first month of marriage but I felt like I could hear the screeching brake sound in my head when he said the words aloud.

Was it too late to back out?

I feel like this could definitely be legitimate grounds for an annulment, right?

Some people don’t get why this is a big deal. “He can eat whatever he wants, you eat what you want” they say but what they don’t think about is dinners out and the strategic dessert selection choice at the end of the meal.

Paleo Chocolate Mousse makes the most luscious and decadent Valentine's Day dessert!

As a chocolate LOVER, I want whatever chocolate thing is on that dessert menu, but as a typical indecisive woman when presented with a menu, I want to try more than just that.

Well when there’s a chocolate hater in the crowd, you can’t get both those things.

And that is why dessert is pretty much ruined for me any time we go out to eat. No, I’m not being the least bit dramatic…

There is one good thing about this though, when I’m home and I’m craving a brownie hard core (like this fudgy paleo skillet brownie), I know I won’t have to share.

Just like with this paleo chocolate mousse. It’s about as decadently chocolate as you can get which ensures I don’t have to worry about husbands by the name of Ulysses creeping on my dessert.

Love this paleo chocolate mousse recipe?

Try these other paleo dessert recipes like: Paleo Chocolate Pecan TartPaleo Pumpkin Pie Fudge, and Paleo Blueberry Chocolate Macaroons.

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Paleo Chocolate Mousse

Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Chilling Time: 2 hours
Total: 2 hours 15 minutes
Paleo chocolate mousse in a glass jar.
Paleo Chocolate Mousse will definitely please the chocolate lover in your house. Utter perfection.


  • 14 ounces canned Full Fat Coconut Milk
  • 3 1/2 ounces Dark Chocolate, Chopped, 70% or higher is best
  • 1 tablespoon Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Unflavored Gelatin
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons Coconut Sugar, Optional, see note
  • 1/2 cup Roughly Chopped Strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
  • 1 tablespoon Orange Juice
  • Cacao Nibs, For topping


  • Add the coconut milk to a small sauce pot over medium heat.
  • Once hot, add the chocolate and cocoa powder and whisk until melted.
  • Lower the heat to medium-low, and slowly add the gelatin while whisking. If you add it all at once it will clump.
  • Add the vanilla bean extract and coconut sugar (if using) and whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour the mixture into jars or ramekins and let cool on the counter for 10-15 minutes. Cover then refrigerate for at least 2 hours until set.
  • Make the strawberry chia sauce by combining the strawberries, chia seeds and orange juice in a small sauce pot over medium-high heat. Cook, breaking down the strawberries with a spatula for 3-5 minutes until softened.
  • Transfer the strawberry mixture to a food processor and pulse a few times until roughly pureed.
  • Top mousse with strawberry sauce and cacao nibs before serving.


— The mousse is decadent in a dark chocolate kind of way but not overly sweet when using 70% or higher chocolate. If you prefer a sweeter tasting mousse, add 1-2 (or more) tablespoons of coconut sugar.


Serving: 1SERVINGCalories: 394kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 8gFat: 33gSaturated Fat: 25gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 32mgPotassium: 465mgFiber: 5gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 22IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 62mgIron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Can I substitute honey for the coconut sugar? I want to make this today and can’t get to Whole Foods for coconut sugar.

    1. I’m betting that would work just fine, haven’t tried it but shouldn’t be an issue.

  2. It makes me laugh so hard that you didn’t know this until 8 years in ha!

    Even so, I’ll come eat some Fudgy Paleo Skillet Brownies whenever you need some help:)

  3. Love that these ingredients are all natural and healthy! I’m so tired of seeing dessert recipes that are full of whipped topping, mixes and cans! Ugh! And people feed this stuff to their children, who don’t know any better. IT’s very sad to me, and I’m happy to see something tasty, natural and healthy here, instead!!

  4. I married a non-chocolate lover, too. I don’t know what happened there…hard to understand ;)
    This looks so good. So creamy and rich. Love that you used coconut milk (another thing my crazy husband doesn’t like). So apparently this dessert is all for me! That works!