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Light and Fluffy Chocolate Mousse (with a surprising ingredient!)

Ok, I know it’s April, but this is not an April fool’s joke!

One of the main ingredients in this mousse is… the liquid from a can of chickpeas.  I kid you not! And it makes for the fluffiest mousse I have ever made!

I first heard about using chickpea liquid, or aquafaba (literally meaning bean water) in a vegan group.  Someone posted about using it to make meringue, as it acts just like egg whites.  I was so intrigued but at the same time, a little weirded out.  I mean, I eat or use chickpeas in recipes all the time, and whether I open a can or cook them from dried… I always pour the liquid down the drain.

Well, it’s been a couple months, and I decided to get over it because I knew how using ingredients in a different way can turn into something so delicious.  Pizza crusts made from cauliflower, “cheese” made from cashews, decadent desserts made from avocado, and the most common (for me), fruit smoothies packed with tons of greens!

I am SO GLAD I got over it and my husband and daughter are too because they loved this dessert.  I also sent it out for taste testing with another family.  Everyone loved it. And no one complained that it tasted like beans. (Because it doesn’t!)

All the times I tested this I used the liquid from a can of chickpeas that contained salt.  If I had unsalted, I would have used that and just added a pinch of salt to bring out the sweetness.

Ok, ingredients:

Liquid from a can of chickpeas (I used these or Wegmans brand), 70% dark chocolate dollops (like these), and raw honey (like this).  That’s it!

It is really quite forgiving of a recipe, too.  I tested it with anywhere from 2/3 to 1 cup chocolate dollops.  The one with more chocolate was the clear winner from all my taste testers.  However, without anything to compare it to, the one with less chocolate was amazing too. You can also use a different sweetener, such as stevia or maple syrup, or leave it out altogether.

Top with fruit, extra chocolate, or chopped nuts if desired!

I liked serving in these pastel fancy glasses, perfect for spring!

Light and Fluffy Chocolate Mousse (with a surprising ingredient!)
The fluffiest chocolate mousse, no eggs needed!
  • Liquid from one can of chickpeas
  • 1 cup 70% chocolate dollops or chips (alternatively may use a dark chocolate bar)
  • 1 tbsp. raw honey
  1. Pour liquid from can of chickpeas into a medium bowl. (Save chickpeas for eating or another recipe).
  2. Using a hand mixer, beat for a couple of minutes until frothy peaks form.
  3. Melt chocolate dollops in a double boiler until smooth and glossy.
  4. Add honey to the melted chocolate and stir until combined.
  5. Fold in, or use electric mixer, to combine melted chocolate with aquafaba until completely combined but not overmixed.
  6. Set in fridge for a couple of hours.
If you are using an unsalted can, add a pinch of salt to the aquafaba.

If you want to read more about aquafaba, check out the website, here.

I’d love to hear from you!  Have you ever used chickpea liquid in your cooking or baking? Leave me a comment!

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