If you are in the mood to indulge in chocolate, but don’t want to sacrifice your waistline, girl, jump into Keto. These fat bombs are killer. Now before I start sharing WHY this particular dessert is the bomb, I need to share a little secret with you. Ya ready? I hated the Keto Diet the first time I tried it. I almost didn’t try a second time, due to being doubled over in pain…for days upon days. Turns out, my body doesn’t like cured meats or a lot of dairy. Once I figure out what my body’s specific food limits were, I tried again. And holy moly Batman! I’m in LOVE. I also need to share with you, that I follow a modified Keto Diet plan. I’m breastfeeding my littlest little love, my body hates gluten (think severe intolerance, but not allergic) and my body thrives on having a cheat week. Yes, I said WEEK.
My only advice to you, if wanting to try Keto for yourself, is to take baby steps. Keep a food journal and write down your body’s reaction to the foods you intake. And once you have a good idea of how your body responds to Keto-Approved foods, then formulate a plan that works for you and go for it.
Tell me, are you into Keto or interested in it? I’m just curious. I’d love to hear your experiences and thoughts. If you’d like to share them with me, head to the comments section to spill the tea. Just remember, this is a judge-free zone and if you are a strict Keto Diet go-er, please remember that every one is different and what may work for you, may not work for someone else.
Now that THAT’S outta the way, let’s get to this yummy, packed into a star dish. Um hello there, you $.85 thrift store find. Oh yes, I am a thrift shopping, loving, obsessed mama. I just can’t imagine paying full price for everything. I just can’t. Also…before we get to chatting any further, this post may contain affiliate links, to products I love and personally recommend. All opinions are 100% my own.
My secret to making a healthy chocolate mousse? Monkfruit Sweetener! Of course, you can use any artificial sweetener of your choosing, but for my family, I wanted something natural and something that was a little stronger. That way, it would last longer and I could try and wean myself and my little ones off of the white sugar that we have grown to love so much. I started my research on sweeteners a few months ago, not really getting overly excited about anything. Finally, I took to Amazon and started searching their stock. I stumbled upon monk fruit sweetener and was like HOLD UP, WHAT THE HECK IS A MONK FRUIT? Yes, I totally am screaming at you, ha! Because sugar is the thing that will make or break ME and my health journey, I wanted to share a bit of my research with you. And share why I decided to go with it, over all the others.
Monk fruit looks a lot like a tiny version of a watermelon, with different shades of green. This small melon is native to parts of China and Thailand. It has been used as a sweetener and herbal remedy in traditional Eastern medicine for centuries! It’s unbelievably sweet, won’t raise your blood sugar levels, and has little to no calories in its pure powdered form. Plus, there are no known nasty side effects, and the Food and Drug Administration categorizes monk fruit extract as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS).
Monk fruit extract is 150 to 200 times sweeter than sugar. The extract contains zero calories, zero carbohydrates, zero sodium, and zero fat. This makes it a popular sweetener alternative. – SOURCE
Ok, monk fruit. You’ve got my attention, you weird, quirky little thing, you.
Now, I will say this. If you plan on baking a dessert, you CAN use this sweetener as a substitute, but do your research on conversion. Too much sweetener isn’t good for you, no matter which one you go with. It’s meant to be a small addition to personal-portion-sized sweets and treats and to be used sparingly. It’s quite strong! My only plan is to use it in dishes, much like this chocolate mousse, in order to wean myself off of white sugar and desensitize my taste-buds.
Random fun fact: I successfully went from drinking a TON of sweetened creamer in my coffee, to only using a little half and half in my coffee. My creamer addiction was so severe, that my husband would often ask me if I wanted coffee to go with my creamer. And honestly, you know those HUGE bottles in the grocery? I literally would go through an entire bottle in 2.5 days, or less. Yikes. Now, I cringe if my coffee has any kind of sugar added. I prefer and only drink my coffee having NO SWEETNESS added at all, which is something I never thought would happen. So this was a huge victory for me! In fact, if you were to bring me a pumpkin spice latte today, I’d politely decline it. I can’t drink it because the sugar contents are just way too much for this girl. Shocking, right?!
The way I’ve been avoiding and deflecting my stress and anxiety is by binging on baked desserts. The sugar doesn’t phase me, like it does when it’s in my coffee. How strange is that? So in an attempt to curb my sweet tooth altogether and make this transition from unhealthy baked desserts to healthy fat-based desserts, I chose to try monkfruit sweetener. And oh em gee. I’m a very happy girl. My chocolate mousse doesn’t have a sweet taste, especially when I added the 100% dark Cacao nibs, which are a bit bitter and a lot crunchy. They are basically nature’s chocolate chips!
So if you try this out and you’re missing the sweet, you can definitely add a little more monk fruit sugar to your bowl. But be advised, a little definitely goes a long way so I wouldn’t put TOO much more in there. I was extremely happy with the outcome of this recipe. Even though it’s not a traditionally sweet chocolate mousse, it did definitely satisfy my desire for dessert. Now if only I can successfully stay away from sugary baked goods, during stress-outs…
Chilled Chocolate Mousse Keto Fat Bomb Dessert
If you need your mousse to be sweeter, add a bit more monk fruit sweetener to your bowl, but not too much, as a little goes a very long way!
- 3/4 Cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Extract
- 1 Tsp Xanthan Gum Thickening Agent
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Plain Almond Milk
- 1/2 Tbsp Monkfruit Sweetener
- 1/2 Cup Organic Coconut Milk
- 2 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
Rapidly whip your heavy whipping cream first.
Add remainder of ingredients, mixing well. Serve at Room temperature or chilled.
Some other numbers you may be interested in knowing:
Keto Friendly? YES
Net Carbs: 6g
Total Carbs: 10g
Glycemic Load: 0.2