French Chocolate Mousse with Orange


A traditional chocolate mousse with a hint of orange flavor. This luxurious dairy-free and low-carb mousse is made simply with eggs and chocolate. Omit the orange zest for a plain chocolate mousse.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
6 hrs
Total Time:
6 hrs 30 mins
10 servings


  • 1 orange, zested

  • 7 ounces dark chocolate (65 to 70% cocao), chopped into small pieces

  • 2 tablespoons strong brewed coffee, or more to taste

  • 6 eggs, separated, room temperature

  • 1 pinch salt


  1. Grind orange zest using a mortar and pestle until it forms a smooth paste.

  2. Combine chocolate, coffee, and orange zest in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Stir frequently, scraping down the sides with a rubber spatula to avoid scorching, until chocolate is melted, about 5 minutes. Stir until smooth and remove from heat. Allow to cool slightly

  3. Beat egg whites and salt in a glass, metal, or ceramic bowl until stiff peaks form (see Editor's Note).

  4. Add egg yolks to the slightly cooled chocolate mixture and stir until well combined. Pour over egg whites. Carefully fold together using a spatula until just combined.

  5. Pour mixture into 10 small dessert glasses or 1 large serving dish. Refrigerate at least 6 hours to overnight.

Editor's Note:

For food safety reasons, we recommend using pasteurized-in-the-shell eggs. The egg whites will take longer to whip, but will form stiff peaks; just keep beating them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

145 Calories
9g Fat
12g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 145
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 12%
Saturated Fat 2g 9%
Cholesterol 99mg 33%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 42mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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