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Easy Pumpkin Mousse – Fit Foodie Finds

by Mark Dylan


This easy pumpkin mousse comes complete with a decadent chocolate pretzel crack topping. Enjoy immediately or prep for an easy dessert later!

Pumpkin mousse in a jar topped with chocolate topping.

Decadent Pumpkin Mousse

You guys are going to absolutely LOVE this easy pumpkin mousse! We’re combining sweetened pumpkin puree with a homemade whipped cream and then topping it with this amazinggggly decadent chocolate topping that has little crunchy morsels of salty pretzels in every bite. YUM.

Why you’ll love it!

Looks fancy schmancy

Easy to make

A perfect fall dessert!

Pumpkin Mousse Ingredients

This pumpkin mousse is comprised of 3 elements: the pumpkin mixture (1) that gets folded into homemade whipped cream (2) and then is all topped with a decadent chocolate topping (3):

Pumpkin Mixture 

  • Pumpkin puree
  • Maple syrup 
  • Pumpkin pie spice

Whipped Cream 

  • Heavy whipping cream
  • Maple syrup 
  • Pinch of salt

Chocolate Topping

  • Dark chocolate chips
  • Coconut oil  
  • Crushed pretzels
  • Coarse sea salt
Pumpkin mousse in a bowl.

How to Make Easy Pumpkin Mousse

Prepare pumpkin mixture

Add the pumpkin puree, maple syrup and pumpkin pie spice to a large mixing bowl and beat the ingredients together with an electric mixer on low/medium speed until smooth.

Prepare homemade whipped cream

Add the heavy whipping cream, maple syrup and a pinch of salt to a separate large mixing bowl and whip the ingredients together over medium speed until the mixture turns into whipped cream with stiff peaks. 

Fold together

Add the whipped cream to the pumpkin mixture and gently fold the whipped cream and pumpkin mixture together, being careful that you don’t take the air out of the whipped cream. The mixture should be light, fluffy and a light orange color 😀

Assemble mousse into jars

Set out six 4-oz. containers or glass mason jars, and scoop 2.5 tablespoons of the whipped pumpkin mixture to each jar. Gently shake each jar so that the whip has a flat top. 

Prepare chocolate topping

Make the chocolate topping by adding the chocolate chips and coconut oil to a microwave safe bowl. Microwave the chocolate for 30 seconds on high and then stir.

Repeat this process until the chocolate is melted and silky. Add the pretzel bits to the melted chocolate and stir. 

Top mousse with chocolate

Add 1-1.5 tablespoons of the melted chocolate to the top of each jar and gently shake the jar so that the melted chocolate covers the pumpkin whip. Sprinkle each chocolate topping with sea salt. 

Chill pumpkin mousse

Place the jars in the fridge for 10-15 minutes or until the chocolate tops are hardened. 

Enjoy!

Remove the jars from the fridge and serve immediately. Gently tap the top of the jars with a spoon to break the chocolate and scoop out the dessert and enjoy!

Chocolate pretzel topping in a bowl.

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Top Tips for Pumpkin Mousse

Don’t skip the coconut oil: The coconut oil in the chocolate topping is used to thin out the chocolate and to encourage the chocolate to harden and soften quickly. If you don’t use coconut oil the chocolate may harden too much. 

Thin out chocolate as needed: If your melted chocolate isn’t runny add 1-2 more teaspoons of coconut oil to the mixture. 

Choose any jars: You can use any size jars that you would like for this pumpkin mousse, but be aware that it may leave you with a different number of desserts!

Pumpkin mousse in mason jars.

FAQs

What is pumpkin mousse made of?

Our pumpkin mousse is a combination of pumpkin puree, homemade whipped cream and fall spices. We’re topping ours with a decadent chocolate topping!

What are the 4 basic components of mousse?

Most mousse recipes have four basic components: egg yolks, egg whites, whipped cream and a flavoring base.

How do I thicken mousse without gelatin?

You can add small amounts of cornstarch to thicken mousse. For this recipe, we recommend adding more pumpkin puree to thicken it.

Storage

Store this pumpkin mousse in the covered jars you prepared them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Pumpkin mousse in a jar with chocolate topping.



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