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Orange-Pecan Chocolate Mousse

Prep: 15 min | Cook: 15 min | Total: 30 min | Servings:8


Orange-Pecan Chocolate Mousse
Orange-Pecan Chocolate Mousse
Orange-Pecan Chocolate Mousse
This dessert is incredibly easy to make. It's little more than chocolate flavored whipped cream, with some orange zest and sweetener thrown into it. Top off with a few pecans and you have something that feels far more exotic and luxurious than a basic whipped cream.

Top this sweet brown pillow off with some homemade sugar free chocolate sauce.

This dessert is quick to make and is also induction friendly! (Yes, I know ... Pecans aren't on the induction list, but my interpretation of that rule is that it's designed to keep you from eating handfuls of nuts. You can leave them out, or you can include them and just chalk them up to small amounts of texture, in another otherwise soft cloud of goodness!)

Note: The recipe asks for 1 tsp of orange oil. I've got a small vial of it at home and dribble it into lots of things. I find it gives a nice extra dimension to some dishes, without boosting the carbs. However, you could substitute this ingredient by zesting only the orange outer layer of an orange, on the fine side of a cheese grater and add that. You could also fold in a 1/4 cup of sugar-free orange marmalade.

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Orange Chocolate MousseCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
1 1/2 cups (357g)  cream, heavy whipping1231.51327.510.50010.5
1/4 cup (50g)  'Swerve' or other sugar replacement (Buy Now) 000500500
1/3 cup (28.67g)  unsweetened cocoa powder65.3365.6716.679.6707
1 tsp (4g)  orange oil extract34.29400000
1 dash (1g)  salt0000000
Chocolate SauceCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
3/4 cup (64.5g)  unsweetened cocoa powder14713.512.7537.521.75015.75
1 cup (238g)  cream, heavy whipping8218857007
1/2 cup (100g)  'Swerve' or other sugar replacement (Buy Now) 00010001000
1 dash (1g)  salt0000000
ToppingsCaloriesFatProteinCarbsFiberSA'sNet Carbs
8 large (266g)  dollops whipped cream (recipe)832.548859.5027.5
1/2 cup (49.5g)  pecans halves, toasted and coursely chopped34235.54.57502
Totals (of 8 Servings):3473.66367g40.42g238.17g36.42g152g49.75g
Per Serving:434.2145.88g5.05g29.77g4.55g19g6.22g *


  1. For the mousse, place all the ingredients into a electric mixer, or in a bowl with a hand mixer. This can be done with a whisk, as well, but it's tiring.
  2. Whisk the ingredients until they are fluffy and delicious!
  3. For the Chocolate Sauce, heat all the ingredients (omitting 1/2 cup of cream) over a medium heat, whisking until just below simmering, thick and well combined. Adjust the consistency with the cream. You can thin it out with the cream. Remember, it will thicken, as it cools!
  4. To assemble, put a nice sized scoop of the mousse into a bowl or cup. Top with chocolate sauce, whipped cream and toasted pecans!

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I have blood orange olive oil.  Could I use a few drops of that, or would it throw the consistency off?

 Brenda Kukla  10/28/2016


---Reply posted by DJ on 10/29/2016
That'll be just fine! :-)

i just made this..I didn't make the sauce...I am in heaven...this was soooooo good. I didn't have the orange extract so I used vanilla. I will make this again...

 Robin  8/11/2015


I just made this. I omitted the orange. This was so quick and delicious!!!!!!!??????

 Alison Huffman  4/22/2015


---Reply posted by DJ on 4/22/2015
YAY!!!! I'm glad you enjoyed it! :)

Instead of orange extract, I use Boyajian's orange oil.  A few drops is all u need. Very powerful and delish. Easy to find on Amazon or in better cooking stores.

 Susie W  3/8/2015


---Reply posted by DJ on 3/8/2015
Yep! A big fan of orange oil. I concur!

Can you freeze the mousse?? and how long can it stay frozen and still be good?? 

 Lorie  2/11/2015


---Reply posted by DJ on 2/11/2015
Hi Lorie, I've never tried, but I have frozen similar things. It's not entirely unlike ice cream. I don't know how long it would freeze for, but ... certainly a few months. Give it a shot!

I'll BET that was awesome, Unknown. Thanks for the idea!

 DJ  9/24/2014


Oh my goodness! I just made this and substituted the orange oil with part vanilla and part almond extract and two drops of peppermint oil……and I am in heaven!!! yummy! What a treat!

 unknown  9/22/2014


Hi Laura ... kind of? That's technically the full carb count, but if you deduct the fiber and sugar alcohols, like the right column does, you'll see that the total number of carbs that impact blood sugars are closer to 6. I hope this helps!

 DJ  9/18/2014


29 carbs per serving ? Is that correct ??

 Laura  9/16/2014


Hi Roxana, I'm sure it would! Regarding the amount, I'm not sure. What I'd do is start light, mix it in, taste it and add a bit more if the flavor isn't strong enough. In my experience banana extracts are better if left fairly mellow. Too strong and they take on a strange sort of synthetic banana candy kind of taste, which ... I like in small amounts, but it can quickly get overwhelming. Good luck!

 DJ  8/23/2014


Do you think this would be ok with banana extract? Would the same amount work?

 Roxana  8/23/2014


Cathy, sounds yum! I say ... go for it! ;)

 DJ  7/30/2014


Oh my that is sooooo yummy looking. I can hardly wait to make it. Think I'll throw in an 8oz brick of cream cheese too, just to make it extra super creamy. :) Thanks for another delicious dessert!

 Cathy D  7/24/2014


Thanks, Pam! I plan to! Regarding the orange oil/orange extract question ... yes. You could make that change. Or, if you've got an orange, you can use a peeler to peel a very small portion of the orange outer rind of the orange, chop it and throw that in. I use orange "oil" because I find it tastes like an orange, whereas orange extract tends to taste more like orange soda or orange candy. Both are tasty, but I personally tilt more towards a natural orange flavor.

 DJ  1/14/2014


Omg that sounds an looks so good keep them coming Ty

 pam  1/14/2014


Do you think I could sub orange extract for the orange oil?

 unknown  1/14/2014


Hi Anita! Thanks! Yep, orange and chocolate is a classic combo. This dessert is super easy, too (unless you make the chocolate sauce, which ... makes it a bit more challenging), but ... it really comes across more like a mousse, than chocolate whipped cream. Let me know how it turns out! :)

 DJ  2/6/2013


Orange+Chocolate=PERFECTION! Trying this tonight. Thanks!

 Anita  2/6/2013