Chocolate Lovers Hazelnut Mousse Cake

March 21, 2017
Chocolate Lovers Hazelnut Mousse Cake - With three gloriously intense layers of chocolate .. it’s a healthier take on a classic. Ready your spoons!

From afternoon coffee runs in our slippers .. to giant lap dogs .. to couch cocoa and peanut butter from the spoon. A few things that have been happening in our world

lately

Chocolate Lovers Hazelnut Mousse Cake - With three gloriously intense layers of chocolate .. it’s a healthier take on a classic. Ready your spoons!

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Grateful – for the community of people we love. After this weekend's Spaghetti Saturday we felt like we'd gotten the kindest .. warmest bear hug ever

Realizing – as our counter filled with salads .. appetizers .. and rice pudding(!)  Something beautiful happens in the kitchen .. when we shift from consuming online .. to gathering offline

Inspired – By the spirit of our neighbor .. who suffers from multiple sclerosis. With his wife by his side .. he ever so slowly made his way from their house across the street .. to ours. It took an hour. May I never find anything to complain about

Waiting – For the results of my husband's sleep study. He got to sleep-over at the hospital last week .. and said he felt like Frankenstein with a million electrodes taped to his body

Cooking – With hints of spring in the air .. I've put my soup pot away and have been reaching for our salad bowls more and more

Chocolate Lovers Hazelnut Mousse Cake - With three gloriously intense layers of chocolate .. it’s a healthier take on a classic. Ready your spoons!Chocolate Lovers Hazelnut Mousse Cake - With three gloriously intense layers of chocolate .. it’s a healthier take on a classic. Ready your spoons!Excited – To start on my fresh cookbook stack from the library

Happy – For meandering Sunday walks with the puppies .. surprise flowers in my office .. blueberry-stained lips .. finallllly remembering our neighbor's cat's name .. beef jerky in my backpack

Wishing – I'd gotten involved with the blogging community earlier in my journey. This past year I've gone to events .. workshops .. and lately, have joined a few online groups. I'm amazed by their talent .. inspired by their creativity .. humbled by their kindness .. and thankful for their support

Wondering – The best way to keep a ninety-pound puppy calm and quiet .. for six weeks(!)  Tomorrow morning .. a road trip date with Harry to meet with a surgeon. An older injury that isn't healing properly .. requires far more attention than we ever imagined

Watching – My children parent theirs. I'm aware that I know enough now to know that I really know very little. There's nothing that truly prepares us for babies .. for children .. for these old souls toddling around in tiny bodies .. requesting apples and attention

Remembering:  A spritz of lavender .. and an ice-cold drink of water on even the most frenzied of days. Also sunshine .. a warm shower .. and a kiss from your husband. Simply don any air mask you've got and breathe it all in

Chocolate Lovers Hazelnut Mousse Cake - With three gloriously intense layers of chocolate .. it’s a healthier take on a classic. Ready your spoons!

Chocolate mousse .. there aren't many desserts that give you such dreamy results with such little work. No wonder it's a classic.

This cake definitely lives up to its name. It's chocolaty intense .. with the surprise addition of greek yogurt .. along with many other healthier .. whole food ingredients

A crust filled with hazelnuts .. coconut .. dates .. and cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder). The chocolaty greek yogurt and cream mousse that is light and creamy. Topped with ganache, it's chocolate heaven

It made an appearance at Spaghetti Saturday .. topped with roasted hazelnuts and a few dried rose petals for fun. The perfect finale to a wonderful evening

A few notes about the recipe

The cake is really chocolatey and not too sweet. If you're someone who likes dessert on the sweeter side .. you'll want to make a few adjustments

If cacao powder is unfamiliar .. know that it's quite bitter. You'll probably want to add some additional sweetness for balance. Instead of 2 Tbsp honey in the mousse .. I'd increase it to 1/4 cup and taste. Alternately .. use regular cocoa powder instead

When making the ganache .. use any chocolate .. depending on your taste. A lot of people find dark chocolate far too bitter. If that's the case .. semi-sweet is a great choice

Enjoy!

xoxo

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~ Adapted from Half Baked Harvest

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Chocolate Lovers Hazelnut Mousse Cake
 
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Ingredients
  • Crust
  • 1 cup hazelnuts (or nuts of your choice)
  • ½ cup coconut flakes, unsweetened
  • 1½ cups pitted dates, packed (~ 10 oz)
  • ½ cup cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • flaky sea salt

  • Chocolate Greek Yogurt Mousse
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1½ cups greek yogurt (plain whole milk is best)
  • ½ cup cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder)
  • 1-2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla

  • Chocolate Ganache
  • ¾ cup full-fat canned coconut milk (or heavy cream)
  • 5 oz chocolate chopped

  • Topping
  • chopped hazelnuts, roasting optional, but it sure does make them better
Instructions
  1. Crust
  2. In the bowl of your food processor, add the ingredients and pulse until they're finely ground and the mix begins to form a ball.
  3. Press the mixture into the bottom of an 8 or 9" springform pan (making sure to pack it tight)

  4. Chocolate Greek Yogurt Mousse
  5. To the bowl of your stand mixer, add the heavy cream and whip unit it stiff peaks form.
  6. Using a spatula, gently fold the greek yogurt into the whipped cream.
  7. Add the cacao powder, honey, and vanilla
  8. Spread the mousse evenly over top the crust.
  9. Cover and place in the fridge for 1½ hours

  10. Chocolate Ganache
  11. In a small saucepan over low heat, add the coconut milk and chocolate.
  12. Stir continuously until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  13. Let cool five to ten minutes before pouring over the top of the mousse. (Test the ganache first .. you want it to be pourable and spreadable .. but not hot enough that it will melt the mousse)
  14. Sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts.
  15. Chill 30 minutes or until ready serve.
  16. Run a knife around the inside of the springform pan and then release the cake from the pan. slice and serve!

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46 Comments

  • Reply Elizabeth O. March 22, 2017 at 12:03 am

    It looks like you’re lookng forward to a lot of good things. I love the positivity in this post. I like desserts that aren’t too sweet. This is perfect! Thank you for the recipe.

  • Reply Lindsey March 22, 2017 at 12:03 am

    Ok, so are aware that I just want to lick my screen. How do you come up with these beautiful creations? As I said already its are house day so now just have to decided on what to make x

  • Reply Rhian Westbury March 22, 2017 at 12:04 am

    Wow this looks amazing. I’d probably sweeten it a bit more if I made it as I have quite a sweet tooth but a lovely dish x

  • Reply Maria han March 22, 2017 at 12:09 am

    At first glance, you might think this Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake looks over-the-top decadent and would be much too rich for a non-chocolate lover.

  • Reply Ana Ojha March 22, 2017 at 12:12 am

    The first picture itself speaks how divine is your Chocolate Lovers Hazelnut Mousse Cake! It looks incredibly delicious and mouth-watering! Wish I could grab it right now inside my mouth!

  • Reply Kathy March 22, 2017 at 12:12 am

    That looks amazing! I need to make this soon. I love a great mousse cake like this one!

  • Reply Kathryn Maher March 22, 2017 at 12:14 am

    A lot of good things going on there with you and yes your neighbour with the MS ….we most certainly do have a lot to be thankful for. I love the choc mousse cake ..anything choc for that matter and the rose petals are a lovely touch.

  • Reply Shannon Gurnee March 22, 2017 at 12:15 am

    I love chocolate! This looks and sounds like an amazing recipe!

  • Reply Shirley March 22, 2017 at 12:15 am

    This chocolate cake seems to be very yummy. I am fond of chocolates and will sure try this one. Thanks for sharing this tempting recipe.

  • Reply Emma March 22, 2017 at 12:17 am

    I love all your recipes – I’m on such a strict medical diet that there’s not much I can have but all your recipes really fit the bill – this looks divine! Love the contest of the chewy crunchy base and the smooth mousse!

  • Reply Mary March 22, 2017 at 12:14 am

    Wow! That looks amazing. I haven’t had hazelnuts except for Nutella. I am sure it isn’t the same. lol

    I always have a crazy sweet tooth. It needs to go away.

  • Reply Maggie March 22, 2017 at 12:14 am

    This looks absolutely delicious! And this looks so decadent I don’t even think I could more than one piece!!

  • Reply Annemarie March 22, 2017 at 12:17 am

    This recipe is perfect! I love that it is not too sweet so I can have a slice and not feel guilty. I’m saving your recipe and will try my best making it this weekend! Can’t wait to see the smiles on my family’s faces. 🙂

  • Reply Heather March 22, 2017 at 12:19 am

    What a nightmare! I lost a years worth of work and it still eats at me. Most of the time I do keep a copy in another location, but the loss of the comments hurts.

  • Reply Kusum March 22, 2017 at 12:21 am

    “Ok, you just can’t do this to me (a pregnant woman) – this looks so decadent and delicious and you are making me very very hungry! I want to try some of this yummy-goodness now! 🙂

    xx, Kusum

  • Reply Elizabeth O. March 22, 2017 at 3:11 am

    It looks like you’re lookng forward to a lot of good things. I love the positivity in this post. I like desserts that aren’t too sweet. This is perfect! Thank yoi for the recipe.

  • Reply Lindsey March 22, 2017 at 3:49 am

    Ok, so are aware that I just want to lick my screen. How do you come up with these beautiful creations? As I said already its are house day so now just have to decided on what to make x

  • Reply Rhian Westbury March 22, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Wow this looks amazing. I’d probably sweeten it a bit more if I made it as I have quite a sweet tooth but a lovely dish x

  • Reply Maria han March 22, 2017 at 9:01 am

    At first glance, you might think this Chocolate Hazelnut Mousse Cake looks over-the-top decadent and would be much too rich for a non-chocolate lover.

  • Reply Ana Ojha March 22, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    The first picture itself speaks how divine is your Chocolate Lovers Hazelnut Mousse Cake! It looks incredibly delicious and mouth-watering! Wish I could grab it right now inside my mouth!

  • Reply Kathy March 22, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    That looks amazing! I need to make this soon. I love a great mousse cake like this one!

  • Reply Fran March 22, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    Wow! That looks amazing. I haven’t had hazelnuts except for Nutella. I am sure it isn’t the same. lol

    I always have a crazy sweet tooth. It needs to go away.

  • Reply kathryn Maher March 22, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    A lot of good things going on there with you and yes your neighbour with the MS ….we most certainly do have a lot to be thankful for. I love the choc mousse cake ..anything choc for that matter and the rose petals are a lovely touch.

  • Reply Steph March 22, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! And this looks so decadent I don’t even think I could more than one piece!!

  • Reply Shannon Gurnee March 22, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    I love chocolate! This looks and sounds like an amazing recipe!

  • Reply Shirley March 22, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    This chocolate cake seems to be very yummy. I am fond of chocolates and will sure try this one. Thanks for sharing this tempting recipe.

  • Reply Emma March 22, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I love all your recipes – I’m on such a strict medical diet that there’s not much I can have but all your recipes really fit the bill – this looks divine! Love the contest of the chewy crunchy base and the smooth mousse!

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc March 22, 2017 at 5:31 pm

    This recipe is perfect! I love that it is not too sweet so I can have a slice and not feel guilty. I’m saving your recipe and will try my best making it this weekend! Can’t wait to see the smiles on my family’s faces. 🙂

  • Reply David Utrata March 22, 2017 at 12:19 am

    Awesome photos are so good yet can’t convey how freaking insane this tastes!

  • Reply Elizabeth O. March 22, 2017 at 12:20 am

    I feel terrible, I simply thought it was just a case of a server error. I didn’t know that you lost a lot. I’m sorry that you have to experience all of this. I really enjoy your blog and it’s so nice that you’re putting everything back together. You can do it!

  • Reply David Utrata March 22, 2017 at 7:18 pm

    Awesome photos are so good yet can’t convey how freaking insane this tastes!

  • Reply Kusum March 22, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Ok, you just can’t do this to me (a pregnant woman) – this looks so decadent and delicious and you are making me very very hungry! I want to try some of this yummy-goodness now! 🙂

    xx, Kusum

  • Reply Emma Spellman March 23, 2017 at 1:45 am

    I keep trying to sneak my husband greek yogurt, but he can always tell. It is driving me crazy. Maybe he won’t be able to tell if I make this delicious cake!

  • Reply aziel morte March 24, 2017 at 3:19 am

    Chocolate-lovers’ heaven – a dessert cake with a squidgy, mousse-like centre. And it’s gluten-free if you want it to be.

  • Reply Tiffany March 24, 2017 at 6:56 am

    Oh Me Oh My!! This looks like chocolate heaven on a plate. Absolutely decadent and delicious!

  • Reply diana March 24, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    this is heaven! i can only destroy this and eat it madly, thanks for sharing thisrecipe. looks like i have a great reason to put on!

  • Reply Sara March 26, 2017 at 1:44 pm

    This looks like such a delicious dessert! All the ingredients are things I have in the house, so hopefully this will be on the menu tonight. YUM!

  • Reply krystal March 27, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    An easy and delicious dessert! Definitely decadent! Will have to try this myself.

  • Reply Sonny March 27, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    This looks so yummy. I really want to start cooking deserts and sweets. Thank you for the recipe. This looks great and easy. – yolonda

  • Reply Gabriel Bregg March 28, 2017 at 8:05 pm

    I’m trying to work on getting back into shape. Looking at amazing food like this is NOT helping me at all. You’re spot on about the darker chocolates being bitter for some people’s taste, it surprises a lot of people.

  • Reply Paula Schuck April 10, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    This looks dreamy as all get out! Seriously, my kids would love it too. I feel like this would be perfect on a Sunday afternoon (or any afternoon) with a cup of tea.

  • Reply Tammy April 10, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    That looks sooo yummy! I love chocolate mousse, but have never had it in a cake. I definitely can’t wait to give this recipe a try. And your pictures are just gorgeous 🙂

  • Reply Megan April 28, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    I swear this is going to be the end of any diet plans I may have had lmao. That’s looks absolutely delicious!

  • Reply Luci Coo April 30, 2017 at 12:01 am

    This looks so good! I am going to pin this recipe and make it for my birthday cake or a birthday cake.

  • Reply Dipti May 2, 2017 at 11:50 am

    OMG. That looks absolutely yummy and mouth watering. I have become a fan of yours..awesome!

  • Reply David Elliott May 30, 2017 at 2:03 am

    The dessert cake here does look amazing. I am sure I would love to try it out. And as far as the sleep study I completely sympathize with your husbands. I had to do it myself. And I couldn’t sleep all night long. The electrodes made it so uncomfortable that I couldn’t sleep. And I am a person who my friends say can sleep anywhere. So it was strange.

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