White Chocolate Mousse recipe with Blackberry Compote
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No-bake and light as air, mousse just may be the perfect summer dessert. Here’s why we love it—plus 11 mousse recipes to get you through the next couple months.

Summer is that brief moment in time when our body goals magically align with our dessert preferences: light as a feather. And no other dessert is lighter and fluffier than a deliciously whipped mousse. Whether it’s traditional chocolate or a refreshing summer berry, mousses come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors. It’s the perfect companion to ripe fruit or the perfect warm weather treat to eat straight from the bowl glass.

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We’ve rounded up 11 wonderful mousse recipes that are easy to make with no oven required and will definitely have you reconsidering your relationship with pies, cakes, ice cream, and cookies. Scroll down and check them out.

Basic Chocolate Mousse

Don’t let the “basic” in this recipe’s title turn you off from the idea that simple, velvety chocolate mousse is one of the best parts of summer. Use it as a pool dip for strawberries or just inhale it straight from the bowl. We approve either way. Get our Basic Chocolate Mousse recipe.

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Lemon Cheesecake Mousse

The only way to effectively counter lemon’s citrusy bite is to add cream cheese and sugar. Why? We don’t ask questions…it’s science. Get the Lemon Cheesecake Mousse recipe.

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Triple-Layer Pomegranate Mousse

If you’re searching for texture in all forms (well, three), this pretty-in-pink indulgence has got you covered. Get the Triple-Layer Pomegranate Mousse recipe.

Passion Fruit Mousse

This classic Brazilian passion fruit mousse is dangerously easy to make, with a sunny sweet-sour flavor and brilliant summer color. Get the Passion Fruit Mousse recipe.

White Chocolate Mousse with Blackberry Compote

White Chocolate Mousse recipe with Blackberry Compote


Sometimes the simplest pleasures are the most satisfying. This white chocolate mousse is dressed up with an easy fresh blackberry sauce for stunning flavor and color contrast. Get our White Chocolate Mousse with Blackberry Compote recipe.

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Mint Chip Cheesecake Mousse

Nothing is more refreshing than the taste of mint and cheesecake is almost universally beloved. Mousse them together and you’ve got a dessert that’s decadent and refreshingly delicious. Get the Mint Chip Cheesecake Mousse recipe.

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Salted Caramel Mousse

The only salty thing that rivals the beach is salted caramel: an appropriate flavor for any season. Plus, it beats that disgusting caramel apple dip they still sell in your grocery store’s produce aisle. Get the Salted Caramel Mousse recipe.

Coconut Mousse

Nothing screams vacation like the smells and tastes of coconut. Put that coconut in creamy, whipped dessert form to send you, mentally at least, to the Caribbean. Get the Coconut Mousse recipe.

Raspberry and White Chocolate Mousse

Raspberry and white chocolate go together like my hand and a Corona. In fact, they’re pretty much a match made in summer heaven. Get the Raspberry and White Chocolate Mousse recipe.

Marshmallow Strawberry Mousse

It’s no surprise that strawberry is summer’s most celebrated berry. To throw it a real party, make this berry heavy and berry, berry good treat. Get the Marshmallow Strawberry Mousse recipe.

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Blackberry Mousse

This mousse can be made vegan if you please (without eggs or gelatin); either way, it’s worth it for that beautiful shade of purple alone. Luckily, it’s also silky, fluffy, and bursting with berry flavor. Get the Blackberry Mousse recipe.

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