Easy No Bake Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie
November 26, 2019

Easy No Bake Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie | The Full Helping

For the most part, turning on my oven at this time of year feels like a treat, rather than a burden. I love to bake, and I love it especially during the holidays.

But when you’re jet-lagged and catching up on work and very possibly catching a cold, it’s not necessarily the time to be fussing with the oven or with a complicated holiday dessert. Which is exactly why I’m happy to be posting this easy, no-bake vegan chocolate mousse pie.

Easy No Bake Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie | The Full Helping

The pie requires some time, but very little effort. The crust is a simple, press-in chocolate graham cracker crust, which you could replace with a store-bought vegan graham cracker crust if you like (a few brands are vegan, including the one made by Arrowhead Mills).

Easy No Bake Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie | The Full Helping
Easy No Bake Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie | The Full Helping

The filling is a silken tofu chocolate mousse that would be dreamy to serve all on its own, in ramekins. It needs some time to chill and set, but it’s fast and easy to make. And the coconut whipped cream is optional (replace it with any store-bought, vegan whipped cream), but it’s simple to make in either a stand mixer or with a hand mixer.

That’s it: three simple components that need to chill in the fridge, but won’t demand any rolling or baking or complex decorating.

Easy No Bake Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie | The Full Helping

The pie itself is a delight. The chocolate gives it richness, and it definitely registers as an indulgence. But the texture is light and silky, which is a nice departure from heavier Thanksgiving treats! Here’s how to make it.

Easy No Bake Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie

Author - Gena Hamshaw

Ingredients

No Bake Vegan Chocolate Graham Crust

  • 9 vegan graham cracker sheets (check labels: a number of common store-bought brands are vegan!)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 4 tablespoons melted vegan butter

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

  • 15-16 ounces silken tofu
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • 7 ounces semi-sweet vegan baking chocolate or chocolate chips/morsels (1 1/4 cups)

Coconut Whipped Cream

  • 10.8 ounces (2 5.4 ounce cans) coconut cream, chilled overnight in the fridge
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 tablespoons confectioners sugar
  • shaved/chopped vegan dark chocolate, for decorating (optional)

Instructions

  • Place the graham crackers in a food processor and pulse repeatedly to break into a crumble. Add the brown sugar and cocoa powder and pulse to combine. Add the melted butter and pulse a few more times, until you have a crumbly mixture that will hold together if you squeeze it tightly in your hand. (Alternately, you can crush the graham crackers in a large mixing bowl with a can, till they're finely crumbled, and proceed with adding the melted butter.) Press the graham mixture into a standard size pie dish, using your fingers and/or the back of a spoon to inch it up the sides of the dish. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for at least 1 hour to set.
  • To make the mousse, place the tofu, maple syrup, vanilla, and sea salt into a blender and blend till smooth. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler or in your microwave and whisk to get it smooth. Add the melted chocolate to the blender and blend again to combine everything well. When the crust has set, pour the mousse into the prepared crust. Transfer the pie back to the fridge to chill for at least 3 hours, or overnight.
  • To make the coconut whipped cream, drain the coconut cream cans of any loose liquid that might be hiding under the cream. Place the cream into the bowl of a stand mixer and beat on high speed till the cream is fluffy and light and smooth (about 2-3 minutes). Alternately, use a hand mixer on high speed to whip the cream. Add the vanilla and the sugar by the tablespoon, beating as you go.
  • Spoon the coconut cream on top of the pie and use a spatula to gently spread it into a circle, or simply serve the cream alongside the pie. Garnish the top of the pie with shaved or chopped vegan dark chocolate, if you like.

Notes

All components can be made up to 3 days in advance and stored in the fridge. The whipped cream will harden as it sits in the fridge, so you can re-whip before serving. 
In place of the graham cracker crust, you can use a store-bought, vegan graham cracker crust of choice.

Easy No Bake Vegan Chocolate Mousse Pie | The Full Helping

A nutrition client recently mentioned to me that chocolate cream pie was always served at the kids’ table at her family’s Thanksgiving, but that everyone loved it so much that the adults would sneak slices as the night went on. More traditional and grown-up holiday pies are lovely, but sometimes a plate of something simple and chocolatey just hits the spot.

I hope this pie will hit the spot for some of you. I’m sending you my most loving and heartfelt wishes for a happy Thanksgiving, if you’re celebrating this week. See you for weekend reading!

xo

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    12 Comments
  1. I am making my own graham crackers, as they cannot be bought where I live. How do I know what the equivalent of 9 sheets is?

  2. 5 stars
    This is a fantastic desert! There is a recipe I like for digestive biscuits and I love using it for crusts. It was perfect in place of Graham crackers – everything else I loved as written. The mousse is heavenly and will be made again on it’s own with maybe some fresh strawberries on the side…endless possibilities. Thank you for the recipe my friends and family will enjoy that I will ALSO enjoy because it’s vegan!

    • Courtney, so happy to hear that you liked it! And your crust substitution sounds like it worked out beautifully. I’m actually making the mousse itself for dessert tonight 🙂

  3. 5 stars
    This looks delicious!! If i top the pie with the coconut whipped cream, will it be fine to sit in the fridge for a few hours before I drive it to a dinner party??? Should I freeze it??? I would like it to already be topped with cream before I leave for my destination (rather than top it on arrival), but u mention that it might harden? Any advice is helpful! Thank u!!

    • Hi there! I think if you top it and keep it in the fridge, that’ll be fine, because the whipped cream will soften by the time you arrive. I’d keep it cold until about 15 minutes before you pan to serve 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This pie…. Fantastic. The crust is amazing. The pie is sublime. I skipped the coconut everything, used butter in crust. My friend made chocolate whip cream and added it. Omg. Could not taste tofu. He said it was as good as Costco’s chocolate cake. I think he’s right. This guy only eats eggs. Now everyone wants to try it. I need to make another pie. ❤️