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Healthy Chocolate Chia Mousse

By August 26, 2018Recipes
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The next Whole Life Challenge starts in:

I’m not going to use any “weird” ingredients today. Our duck egg omelet scared people away, even though you’re more than welcome to make it with chicken eggs. (And FYI: duck eggs are the bomb, especially if you’re a yolk fan).

But I am going to share a secret about the Whole Life Challenge.

Preparation Is the Key to Success

When diving into the Whole Life Challenge, it is so helpful — crucial, really — to have some easy, yummy dishes ready for you in the fridge. (In fact, my blog partner Holley and I published an eBook full of tips and recipes to help people succeed while doing dietary challenges.)

I freely admit that this chocolate chia mousse is my go-to in-Challenge breakfast. But it also makes for a great dessert. “Restrictive” nutrition challenge? Pfffft! You get to eat dessert for breakfast.

healthy chocolate chia mousse

Pro Tip: If you’re used to eating foods that contain a lot of sugar, you may want to add a little more honey or maple syrup the first time you make this. As you continue through this Challenge (or if you’re playing at Lifestyle or Performance level), your tastes will change and you will find you need far less sugar to satiate your sweet tooth. 

The best part is that not only does this chocolate chia mousse taste great, but it is also healthy and will keep you satisfied all morning. Not just great as pets (don’t tell me you haven’t heard of Chia Pets), chia seeds are also a great source of protein, healthy fats, and B vitamins.

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Healthy Chocolate Chia Mousse

I freely admit that this chocolate chia mousse is my go-to in-Challenge breakfast. But it also makes for a great dessert.

Category Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Compliance Level Kickstart
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours 53 minutes
Total Time 6 hours
Servings 4 cups
Author Raj


  • 1 1/3 cup coconut water
  • 1 14oz can coconut milk
  • 1 banana fresh or frozen
  • 2 Tbsp honey or maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • 1/8-1/4 tsp salt
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds ground


  1. Put all ingredients in a blender and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add chia seeds while blending (add at this point to prevent clumping).
  3. Pour into a sealable container, refrigerate allowing to thicken for 6 hours.

Recipe Notes

If you want to experiment with sweeteners (and making this recipe compliant at other Nutrition Levels), then we recommend you use coconut nectar or monk fruit instead of the honey/maple syrup.

Note: this recipe was originally published on the healthy recipe blog, The Primal Desire.

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A former pharmacist, Raj is driven to promote healthy lifestyle choices and is currently focused on food. His experience in the pharmacy caused him to question the role of the standard American diet (SAD) in chronic diseases. Noticing improvements in his own body while traveling and experiencing local cuisine in Southeast Asia, Raj was inspired to further investigate information about health and food.

After a thirty-day paleo challenge and some reading, Raj adopted the paleo/gluten-free/real food lifestyle as the basis of his healthy nutrition philosophy.

Soon after meeting, he and his friend Holley started the paleo/gluten-free/real food recipe blog, The Primal Desire. The Primal Desire contains delicious recipes made up of healthy and fun flavor combinations. They believe if food doesn’t taste good, it doesn’t matter if it’s good for you. The website has allowed the team to reach a much larger audience and to be an inspiration and healthy influencer.

Raj and Holley have published an eBook, I’m Hungry! What Should I Snack On?, containing fifty recipes to help people succeed at changing their diet, whether through the Whole Life Challenge or other challenges, New Year’s resolutions, a new diagnosis such as celiac disease, or just wanting to improve their general health and nutrition.

In his “spare time,” Raj constantly brainstorms ideas to conquer the world and make lives better, causing endless laughter, traveling, eating all the things, and planning for the zombie apocalypse.