Filed Under: Chocolate | Dairy Free | Dessert | Vegan

Chocolate-Orange Silk Mousse

Recipe By Tessa Arias
March 16th, 2012

Chocolate-Orange Silk Mousse is lusciously thick and smooth, as well as super simple to make. A healthy, unique, and vegan dessert!

Yield: 5 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook: 1 hour 15 minutes

Chocolate-Orange Silk Mousse

Chocolate-Orange Silk Mousse

I’m in love…

With this recipe. I was skeptical about the idea at first (take a look at the ingredients), but I’m completely sold now. It’s one of those freaky sneaky recipes that tastes so scrumptious no one will ever be able to tell it’s vegan and almost guilt-free! I served this mousse to my boyfriend and sneakily waited until he finished eating to tell him it had tofu in it. He looked at me in shock. While eating the mousse he said something along the lines of “I wish I could fill a pool with this and swim in it.” He had no idea this mousse was made from tofu. No one will. Promise.

By the way – to make this dessert 100% vegan be sure to use vegan chocolate wafer cookies (or chocolate graham crackers if you can’t find wafers) when making your cookie crumbs. If you’ve never purchased tofu before, I found it in the alternative refrigerator section of my grocery store – where all the dairy-free and vegan butters and other soy products are.

Recipe Rundown

Taste: The marriage of chocolate and orange is blissful. Fresh yet rich in a way that makes your mouth smile and your eyes close to savor the taste.
Texture: Lusciously thick and smooth, you’d never guess tofu provides the base for this mousse.
Ease: Super easy, way easier than traditional mousse.
Appearance: I love the garnish of extra cookie crumbs and orange zest. This is the perfect chance to use any pretty little glass serving dishes you might have. Mine are miniature trifle dishes from Sur la Table.
Pros: Easy, healthy, wonderfully delicious. It really doesn’t get much better than that.
Cons: Absolutely none.
Would I make this again? 100% yes.


How to make
Chocolate-Orange Silk Mousse

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Chocolate-Orange Silk Mousse is lusciously thick and smooth, as well as super simple to make. A healthy, unique, and vegan dessert!


  • 1 (12.3-ounce) package reduced-fat silken tofu (1 1/2 cups)
  • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated orange zest, plus more for garnish
  • 2/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 2/3 cup chocolate wafer crumbs (about 3 ounces)


  1. Puree tofu in a food processor, scraping down the sides as needed, until completely smooth.
  2. In a small bowl combine the chocolate and cocoa powder. Pour boiling water over mixture and stir until melted and smooth. Stir in vanilla extract and orange zest. Add the sugar, a little at a time, stirring until completely incorporated and smooth.
  3. Add chocolate mixture to tofu in food processor. Pulse mixture until smooth and completely combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
  4. Layer chocolate mousse and cookie crumbs in dessert dishes. Garnish with a final sprinkle of cookie crumbs and orange zest. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Recipe Notes

*Note: To make chocolate wafer crumbs, place chocolate wafer cookies (or chocolate graham crackers) in a zip-top bag and crush until fine crumbs form using a rolling pin or mallet. Alternatively, crush in a food processor.
From The Essential Eating Well Cookbook
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Tessa Arias

About Tessa...

I share trusted baking recipes your friends will LOVE alongside insights into the science of sweets. I'm a professionally trained chef, cookbook author, and cookie queen. I love to write about all things sweet, carb-y, and homemade. I live in Phoenix, Arizona (hence the blog name!)

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  1. #
    belledecuisine — March 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    yummy, I am so making it over the weekend! My bf seems to be allergic to the word ' vegan' , so I will “forget” to mention the tofu part ๐Ÿ˜‰ Thanks for another fab recipe!

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    Nicole@HeatOvenTo350 — March 16, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    I would never guess by looking at this that there is tofu in it. That IS sneaky! I'm going to have to try it out.

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    Jamie — March 17, 2012 at 3:06 am

    Chocolate and orange are such a great duo! I've always been intrigued with desserts made with tofu – I'll have to give them one a try!

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    Erin@TexanerinBaking — March 17, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    This looks amazing! I'm all for sneaky desserts so I'll have to try this out. I got some tofu to do something like this before, but I was too scared and eventually put it in the freezer. But this recipe inspires me! Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      handleheat — March 21, 2012 at 5:16 am

      I hope you do eventually try it out, it definitely surprised me! Tofu… who would have thought!?

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    vintagekitchennotes — March 21, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    The picture is perfect and after reading the recipe what amazes me more is that you tried it in the first place!

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    Kammie — March 22, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Interesting, since it's with tofu. It looks so good though I might have to try it!

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    Mimi — March 24, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    I'm very interested in trying this, but I am concerned that the orange zest is gritty, or at least detracts from the smoothness of the mousse. What was your feeling about the orange zest's texture in this recipe?

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      handleheat — March 24, 2012 at 4:45 pm

      I didn't notice the orange zest at all within the mousse! I have a super sharp Microplane zester that creates very fine pieces of zest. Also, really scrubbing your orange clean and using an organic orange helps.

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    @Cookingrookie — April 5, 2012 at 2:40 am

    This mousse must be amazing! All the ingredients are so perfect, I bet the final result is even better than the sum of all its parts :-). And the pics are gorgeous too – can go right to a cooking magazine cover!

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    Noonu Enoch — March 18, 2013 at 5:20 am


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    Lacey — July 1, 2016 at 9:05 am

    I LOVED this recipe!! I am vegan, and have been longing for chocolate recipes that are vegan-friendly. Thank you SOOOO much! I didn’t feel like orange when I made it, so I omitted the orange zest. I also replaced the bittersweet chocolate with extra dark chocolate, and I replaced the wafer crumbs with sliced strawberries and toasted almonds (using that as my layering and topping). Otherwise I followed the recipe to the T. It turned out AMAZING! Thank you again for such a delicious recipe! I’m going to make this all the time for my friends and family.


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