Paleo Chocolate Mousse Balls recipe. Dairy-free chocolate mousse is chilled, rolled into balls and covered in crumbled up grain-free cookies.

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If these Paleo Chocolate Mousse Balls aren’t a Christmas miracle, I don’t know what is!! Seriously… I wasn’t sure if I could make a Paleo version of my favorite holiday party accessory but, I did! And just in time for the holidays!

This Paleo Chocolate Mousse Ball recipe is decadent chocolate mousse made out of coconut cream and dairy-free chocolate, that is rolled up into balls and then covered in Paleo vanilla cookie crumbs. DREAMY.

You need them, I need them, and every holiday party needs them. End of story.

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These Paleo Chocolate Mousse Balls are addicting. Kind of like that Gluten-free Christmas Crack everyone is talking about these days.

This recipe was inspired by the Mousse Balls recipe that I posted on this blog 3 years ago, almost to the day! (how funny!)

To make a long story short, those Mousse Balls are pretty legendary. And I don’t use that expression lightly.

What started as a recipe passed down by my beloved childhood babysitter, who was really a grandmother figure to me, became an iconic holiday recipe in my life. I mean, I brought those mousse balls to every single Christmas or holiday party.

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The original recipe is made with Hershey’s chocolate, vanilla wafers and Cool Whip.

Have you looked at the ingredients in Cool Whip lately?? It is made out of: Water, hydrogenated vegetable oil, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, skim milk, light cream and sodium caseinate (a milk derivative), natural and artificial flavor, xanthan and guar gums, polysorbate 60, sorbitan monostearate and beta carotene. EW.

I wanted to make a healthier version and the result is these Paleo Chocolate Mousse Balls.

Ingredients needed to make these Paleo Chocolate Mousse Balls:

  • coconut oil
  • coconut sugar
  • apple cider vinegar
  • egg
  • vanilla
  • almond flour
  • coconut flour
  • baking soda
  • dairy-free chocolate chips
  • coconut cream
  • honey
  • olive oil
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These Paleo Chocolate Mousse Balls are made with coconut cream instead of Cool Whip, Enjoy Life dairy free chocolate instead of Hershey’s, and with home made vanilla Paleo cookies, instead of vanilla wafers. (So much less sugar and chemicals!)

Basically these Paleo Chocolate Mousse Balls are a healthier elevated version of my favorite holiday recipe, and they taste wonderful!!

Like dark chocolate mousse covered in cookie crumbles. And I am in love.

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Tips for making these Paleo Chocolate Mousse Balls:

I feel like I need to give a few pointers before ending this post…just so you can make the PERFECT Paleo Chocolate Mousse Balls.

This recipe needs to be made in three steps.

Step 1: Make the Paleo Vanilla Cookies.

Step 2: Make the Paleo Chocolate Mousse and

Step 3: Roll the Paleo Chocolate Mousse Balls.

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Step 1: Make the Paleo Vanilla Cookies.

These cookies can be made in advance to make your life easier.

It may also be better so that the cookies can dry out a bit. The key to these cookies is that they shouldn’t be soft because then they won’t crumble up correctly. And the cookie crumbles is what keeps these mousse balls together. 🙂

I made mine using a food processor, then I put the dough in between two pieces of wax paper, rolled it out with a rolling pin, and used the end of a shot glass to cut out small cookie shapes into the dough.

I baked them for 18 minutes, just to make sure they were hard enough. (Keep an eye out to make sure they don’t burn).

Step 2: Make the Paleo Chocolate Mousse.

To start, I would put the coconut cream cans into the refrigerator for a few days prior to making the mousse. Just to ensure you can get the right consistency.

Also, to ensure the best flavor in this recipe, use a brand with NO preservatives. No Guargum. It tastes weird. I always feel like it wastes money and wastes a recipe when using coconut cream that has a weird chemical taste.

I personally use Savoy coconut cream (I buy in on Amazon). Not only does it taste amazing, but unlike other brands, where there is cream on top and liquid underneath, if you put Savoy coconut cream in the fridge for a few days, it pretty much ALL turns into a hardened cream. So you get a full can’s worth of whipped coconut cream. So worth it.

As for melting the chocolate, I tend to find melting dairy-free chocolate to be a bit more difficult than other chocolate, but the Enjoy Life website has good guidance on this. I also found that adding olive oil to the already melted chocolate, creates a nice silky texture.

Step 3: Roll the Paleo Chocolate Mousse Balls.

I found the best “rolling” technique to be to take 1 Tbs of the chocolate mousse and to put it into the bowl of cookie crumbs, and then cover it in crumbs using a spoon.

Then take the crumb covered mousse into your hands and roll it into a ball, and then put it back into the bowl of crumbs and cover the ball with crumbs again. It creates a nice coating, and keeps the shape better.

You may also find it helpful to wash your hands a few times during the process. It may be a bit messy, but worth it!

Ok, that’s it for now. I’m super excited to share this recipe!

Let me know if you have any questions, and I hope these bring joy to your holidays! 🙂 🙂

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Paleo Chocolate Mousse Balls

Servings: 50 balls
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes
This Paleo Chocolate Mousse Ball recipe is decadent chocolate mousse made out of coconut cream and dairy-free chocolate, that is rolled up into balls and then covered in Paleo vanilla cookie crumbs. DREAMY.

Ingredients

Paleo Vanilla Cookie ingredients:

Paleo Chocolate Mousse ingredients:

Instructions

Step One, make the Paleo Vanilla Cookies–Cookie instructions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper or a silicone sheet.
  • Put the melted coconut oil and the coconut sugar into a food processor and beat until well mixed.(Or beat with a handheld electric mixer.) Add the apple cider vinegar, egg, and vanilla and beat. Then add the almond flour, coconut flour, and baking soda and beat again. The mixture should form into a thick dough at this point.
  • Roll the dough into a ball and put it onto a piece of wax paper. Top the dough with another piece of wax paper and press down. With a rolling pin, roll the dough to about 1/4 of an inch thick. Take a shot glass and press down into the dough to cut little circles into the dough, place each little circle onto the cookie sheet. Roll the scraps of the dough into a ball and repeat until you have used up all the dough.
  • Cook for 16-18 minutes (I cooked mine for 18 minutes), until hardened and lightly golden. Let the cookies cool on the cookie sheet (they need to be hard so that they break up into crumbs easily).
  • Then put the cookies into a food processor to turn them into cookie crumbles and put the cookie crumbs into a bowl.
  • Note: you can make these the day before to make things easier, and so they dry out more.

Step Two: make the Chocolate Mousse—Mousse Instructions:

  • In a microwave safe bowl, add the 2 cups of chocolate chips, with 1 tsp of olive oil, and mix. Then microwave for 20 seconds. Mix and repeat until melted. Be careful to not burn the chocolate. Don’t be alarmed if the chocolate is soft and then hardens. Once the chocolate is melted, add 3 tsp of olive oil to the chocolate and mix until you have the desired consistency. I found the instructions on the Enjoy Life website to be helpful for melting dairy-free chocolate. Set the chocolate aside. It is ready to be used when it is at room temperature but still silky smooth.
  • Then take the refrigerated coconut cream out of the fridge and put into a bowl, or into a food processor. Add 2 Tbs of honey and mix until a whipped cream forms. Put the whipped cream into a large bowl. Add the melted chocolate (only if it is at room temperature and melted) to the bowl and mix very quickly, until a chocolate mousse forms. I used a spatula to do this, and almost folded it together. Put the chocolate mousse into the freezer for 20 minutes (until hardened but not frozen). After 20 minutes, you can put the mousse into the fridge until you are ready to make the mousse balls, or you can begin to make them.

Step Three– Make the Paleo Chocolate Mousse Balls– Mousse Ball Instructions:

  • Take 1 Tbs of the mousse and drop it into the bowl of cookie crumbs. Cover the mousse in the crumbs and then grab it and roll in between your hands until a ball shape is formed. Dunk the ball into the crumbs until fully covered again and then place on a plate. Repeat until all the mousse is used up. (I had to wash my hands a few times in the process).
  • Note: if the mousse becomes too liquidy, take a break and put it into the freezer for 15 minutes, then go back to making the mousse balls.
  • Refrigerate the mousse balls for at least 30 minutes (or freeze) and serve.
  • Yields about 50 mousse balls.
Author: Dominique | Perchance to Cook
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