Stirred together with just four ingredients, this no-cook Greek yogurt & dark chocolate mousse has been one of the most sought-after recipes on TFD in recent times.
It was originally published as part of my Shelf Help series at the onset of the first lockdown as a quick recipe that made use of store-cupboard staples. Given the constraints that the early days of the pandemic brought upon us, this recipe even includes a footnoted hack for making your own Greek yogurt (the starring factor!). If you’re wondering, the yogurt adds a tangy tartness that’s a natural canvas for the bitterly dark chocolate. The end result? A smooth yet thick, intensely-rich mousse.
The endlessly adaptable nature of this recipe means that I have found myself fine-tuning it over time, sometimes adding a shot of espresso for a caffeine kick, other times layering the mousse with elegant slices of fresh strawberries. You can just as easily tailor your’s to your liking with my suggestions for swaps and add-in’s below.
Ingredients For Making This Greek Yogurt Dark Chocolate Mousse
The four key base ingredients for this recipe include
- Dark chocolate. Use a good quality dark chocolate, as this is what will impart richness to your mousse.
- Milk. We are using milk instead of cream as a lighter option for emulsifying the dark chocolate into a silky-smooth ganache.
- Greek yogurt. Our hero ingredient Greek yogurt, adds a tangy tartness that perfectly complements the bitterly dark chocolate,
- Honey/ maple syrup. Add as much or as little as you’d like to adjust the mousse to your desired sweetness.
Of course, the real beauty of this chocolate mousse (as with many of the other recipes on TFD) is that you can make it your own by swapping out ingredients for other add-ins. Some suggestions for add-in’s include:
- Espresso. Add 2 tbsp of espresso/ freshly-brewed coffee to add a caffeine kick to this mousse. The coffee pairs beautifully with the flavour profile of dark chocolate.
- Nutella. Why not swap the honey for Nutella, to make this a slightly more decadent treat!
- Strawberries/ fresh berries. When assembling this mousse, you can layer it with fresh berries for a seasonal lift.
You could also garnish this final mousse with a variety of of toppings. My favourites include:
- Chopped nuts
- Shaved chocolate
- Sea salt
- Fresh berries
Greek Yogurt & Dark Chocolate Mousse
- ½ cup Greek yogurt * (see below in the recipe notes for a homemade version)
- ¼ cup + 2 tbsp whole milk
- 80 gm dark chocolate, chopped
- 1-2 tbsp honey (optional)
- 2 tbsp espresso (optional)
- Bring the milk to a boil in a heavy bottom saucepan and pour whilst hot over the chopped chocolate (ideally in a medium heatproof bowl). Gently stir until the chocolate melts and you have a silkily-smooth ganache.
- Next, whisk the Greek yogurt until smooth and then gently fold it into the chocolate mix until fully incorporated.
- Now stir in honey (adjust as per your desired consistency). Optional: add in espresso for a caffeine kick.
- Pour the mousse mix into two small ramekins or serving cups and refrigerate for a few hours/ overnight until it sets into a firm texture. Serve as is, or with a scattering of fresh berries and chocolate shavings!
HOMEMADE GREEK YOGURTYou can make Greek yogurt by straining homemade curd or dahi. Simply line a fine-mesh sieve with 2 layers of cheesecloth and place this over a large bowl. Scoop out the cooled yogurt onto this cheesecloth, cover and chill it for anywhere between 8 to 24 hours (depending on your desired level of thickness). More detail, here. Pro tip: Don’t throw out the leftover liquid that seeps into the bowl – this liquid whey can be blitzed into smoothies for a kick of protein, or even added to a new ferment given that it is rich in the bacteria needed to catalyse lacto-fermentation.
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The mousse does not set, it needs gelatine or agar agar to set it.
Hi, did you chill it in the fridge for 24 hours? We make this quite often and it sets beautifully for us!
Absolutely.. did that. But may just add in some thick whipped cream to it next time.
Do let me know how it turns out. Also be sure to beat the Greek yogurt until super smooth, before folding into the melted chocolate!
Tried this and it set within 8-9 hours! Great easy and quick recipe.. I added some honey to it as well!
Do delighted to hear that it worked out perfectly for you !
Hi, I tried the recipe out too. I had the same concerns about the mousse not setting. What I did was make sure that the yogurt was absolutely drained of water and really thick, which took me around 12 hours. After that, beat it really nicely till it’s creamy, and make sure the milk isn’t hot when you add the yogurt to it. Mine set in under 5 hours.
Hello! After 2 days of making the Greek yogurt to mousse setting I finally ate this yumminess tonight 😋😋
Followed your recipe with coffee, nutella and it turned out perfect.
Thank you so much!
So pleased it worked out perfectly! Hope you find other recipes on TFD that you’ll love too 🙂
So pleased it turned out perfectly!
Tried this yesterday,was quick easy and delicious! Thanks!
So delighted to hear it worked out well!
So thrilled to hear that! This is one of my favourite go-to recipes 🙂
Espresso has to be mixed with water?
No, just add espresso as suggested in the recipe 🙂
i’ve tried this mousse recipe and i must say it’s better than traditional mousse recipe as yoghurt gives it notes of cheesecake.
i would definitely recommend anyone try this and would choose this recipe anyday over classic mousse recipe. 10/10
This is simply thrilling to hear, thank you!