Easy Protein Chocolate Mousse with Cottage Cheese

This is the best-tasting and easiest Protein Chocolate Mousse with Cottage Cheese recipe for a healthy dessert that is high in protein with cottage cheese or greek yogurt, your choice of protein powder, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt without any refined white sugar. It’s the perfect dessert to support a clean eating diet and only takes a few minutes to make.

Two glass bowls of chocolate protein mousse with cream, strawberries and chocolate.

This is the best-tasting and easiest Protein Chocolate Mousse with Cottage Cheese recipe for a healthy dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth or chocolate craving. Unlike traditional chocolate mousse, this sweet snack is high in protein with cottage cheese or greek yogurt. They’re blended smooth with your choice of protein powder, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt without any refined white sugar.

It’s the perfect dessert to support a clean eating diet and enjoy on Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or special occasions. It only takes a few minutes to make and tastes extra delicious, topped with whipped cream, shaved chocolate, or fresh fruit.

Is high-protein chocolate mousse with cottage cheese healthier than regular chocolate mousse?

Yes, this protein chocolate mousse recipe is healthier than a classic chocolate mousse recipe that uses butter and heavy cream to get the pudding consistency. This healthier dessert recipe uses cottage cheese, which is higher in protein and calcium and lower in fat than heavy cream. Regular mousse typically has very little protein and often uses refined white sugar. This recipe uses a smaller amount of maple syrup, which has a lower glycemic index than refined sugar. You can also add the protein powder of your choice for extra protein and nutrition.

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Why You’ll Love This Chocolate Protein Pudding Recipe

  • You only need a few simple ingredients.
  • It is super easy to make for an impressive result.
  • The flavor-rich ingredients make it taste amazing!
  • All the ingredients are easily digestible for a gentle tummy.
Two glass bowls of chocolate protein mousse with cream, strawberries and chocolate.

Ingredients & Substitutions

Here is everything you need to make the best-tasting healthy protein chocolate pudding:

Cottage Cheese: You can use any variety of cottage cheese but I prefer full-fat for a creamy texture. You can also use an equal amount of plain Greek yogurt for a similar texture and protein content. But greek yogurt can taste a little sour so you may need to add more sweetener to your taste. Silken extra firm tofu can also work for a dairy-free option, though the texture will be different.

Maple Syrup: Honey, agave nectar, or date syrup can be used as a 1:1 replacement for maple syrup.

Cocoa Powder: You can also use cacao powder or carob powder. It has a similar flavor profile but is sweeter, so you might want to adjust the sweetness level of your mousse.

Vanilla Extract: You can use vanilla bean paste or vanilla powder. You can also scrape the seeds from a vanilla bean pod for a more intense vanilla flavor.

Protein Powder: If you choose to use protein powder, make sure it is unflavored or a flavor that complements chocolate. Collagen peptides or plant-based protein powders are good options. Use chocolate protein powder for best results.

Salt: If you don’t have salt, you can omit it or add a tiny pinch of any other type of salt you have on hand.

Two glass bowls of chocolate protein mousse with cream, strawberries and chocolate.

How to Make My Cottage Cheese Chocolate Protein Mousse Recipe

Here are easy, detailed, step-by-step instructions for the best way to make low carb pizza bowls. The instructions are also repeated in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.

Step 1: Blend the Protein Mousse

In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine 1-1/2 cups of cottage cheese, 1/3 cup of maple syrup, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons of protein powder (if using), and a pinch of salt.

Blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor as needed to ensure everything is well combined.

Taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness or cocoa powder amount if desired.

Serve the chocolate mousse immediately or chill it in the refrigerator for about an hour to allow it to set and thicken.

Once chilled, you can enjoy the mousse or top it with your favorite toppings, such as fresh berries, shaved chocolate, chopped nuts, or a drizzle of melted chocolate.

Mixing cottage cheese chocolate mousse ingredients in a food processor.
Mixing cottage cheese chocolate mousse in a food processor.

Recipe Notes

Consistency: The texture of the mousse will depend on the type of cottage cheese or Greek yogurt you use. For the smoothest texture use a high-powered blender or food processor. If you use greek yogurt, you can also use a hand mixer.

Sweetness: Adjust the amount of maple syrup or alternative sweetener to suit your taste. You can always start with less and add more as needed.

Chilling: If you prefer a firmer texture, chill the mousse in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This will allow it to set and thicken.

Serving Suggestions

Flavor Variations: Experiment with different flavors by adding extracts like almond, mint, or orange, or spices like cinnamon or chili powder for a unique twist. You could also mix in some peanut butter or almond butter for added flavor and protein or a little cayenne pepper for some heat.

Delicious Garnishes: You can also garnish the top of the mousse with a dollop of whipped cream, fresh fruit, strawberries, raspberries, dark chocolate shavings, chocolate chips, or toasted almonds.

Refrigeration: Store the mousse in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. This will help maintain its freshness and prevent it from absorbing any odors from other foods in the fridge.

Freezing: While it’s best to enjoy the mousse fresh, you can freeze it for later consumption. Transfer the mousse to a freezer-safe container and store it in the freezer for up to one month. Thaw the mousse in the refrigerator overnight before serving.

What type of cottage cheese do I use in protein chocolate mousse?
You can use full-fat or low-fat cottage cheese. Full-fat will result in a creamier mousse, but low-fat can still work.

What kind of protein powder can I use in chocolate protein mousse?
You can use any flavor you prefer, but chocolate or vanilla protein powder complements the chocolate flavor well for a delicious mousse. Whey protein powder is most common, but other types can work too.

Do I need a high-powered blender to make cottage cheese mousse?
While a high-powered blender will produce a smoother texture, a standard blender can still work. It might take longer to blend and the mousse might have a slightly grainier texture. A food processor also works really well.

Can I make protein chocolate pudding ahead of time?
You can prepare the mousse ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. Just give it a quick stir before serving to ensure a creamy consistency.

How long will high protein mousse stay good?
Store your protein chocolate mousse in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Can I use a different sweetener instead of maple syrup?
Yes, you can use honey, agave nectar, or another liquid sweetener of your choice as a substitute for maple syrup. Adjust the amount to taste for delicious chocolate flavor.

Do I have to use protein powder in chocolate protein pudding?
No, the protein powder is optional. You can omit it if you prefer or if you don’t have any on hand.

Is this high protein chocolate mousse gluten-free?
Yes, this mousse is gluten-free. Just make sure that any additional ingredients you use, such as protein powder, are also gluten-free.

Two glass bowls of chocolate protein mousse with cream, strawberries and chocolate.

Easy Protein Chocolate Mousse with Cottage Cheese

Gluten-Free diet-friendly recipe
This is the best-tasting and easiest Protein Chocolate Mousse with Cottage Cheese recipe for a healthy dessert that is high in protein with cottage cheese or greek yogurt, your choice of protein powder, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt without any refined white sugar. It's the perfect dessert to support a clean eating diet and only takes a few minutes to make.
5 from 7 votes
Servings 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1-1/2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons protein powder (optional)
  • pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine 1-1/2 cups of cottage cheese, 1/3 cup of maple syrup, 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract, 2 tablespoons of protein powder (if using), and a pinch of salt.
    Blend the ingredients until smooth and creamy. Scrape down the sides of the blender or food processor as needed to ensure everything is well combined.
    Taste the mixture and adjust the sweetness or cocoa powder amount if desired.
    Serve the chocolate mousse immediately or chill it in the refrigerator for about an hour to allow it to set and thicken.
    Once chilled, you can enjoy the mousse or top it with your favorite toppings, such as fresh berries, shaved chocolate, chopped nuts, or a drizzle of melted chocolate.

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Notes

Consistency: The texture of the mousse will depend on the type of cottage cheese or Greek yogurt you use. For the smoothest texture use a high-powered blender or food processor. If you use greek yogurt, you can also use a hand mixer.
Sweetness: Adjust the amount of maple syrup or alternative sweetener to suit your taste. You can always start with less and add more as needed.
Chilling: If you prefer a firmer texture, chill the mousse in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving. This will allow it to set and thicken.

Nutrition

Calories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 16gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 25mgSodium: 262mgPotassium: 246mgFiber: 2gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 129IUCalcium: 124mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chocolate pudding, cottage cheese, protein snack
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7 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is perfect for any cake as a topping with my frosting! Really satisfying without the artificial sweeteners.

  2. 5 stars
    I used vanilla whey protein powder and added some PB Fit powder. Tasted great! Very satisfying and easy recipe!!!

  3. 5 stars
    I hope you love this healthier protein chocolate mousse as much as I do! Please let me know how it turns out for you 🙂

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