Easy Pumpkin Chia Mousse

This quick and easy pumpkin chia mousse is thick, creamy and lightly sweetened. Loaded with healthy fat and fiber this mousse makes for a satisfying, guilt-free dessert!

I’ve been a huge fan of chia seeds and chia pudding for years and I’ve made so many chia pudding recipes over the years, but it wasn’t until recently that I started experimenting with making blended chia pudding that’s smooth and creamy. I don’t know why it’s taken me so long because I honestly think I like the texture of the blended chia pudding (aka chia mousse) over the tapioca-like texture of standard chia pudding.

Two glasses of easy pumpkin chia mousse topped with greek yogurt and graham cracker crumbs.

Not only is the pumpkin chia mousse super easy to make, the finished product offers a creamy pumpkin dessert that will satisfy a sweet tooth without any guilt since it’s got loads of nutrients from the pumpkin and plenty of healthy fats and fiber from the chia seeds. Speaking of healthy fats and fiber, this chia mousse is super filling and unlike many sweet treats that have you craving more sugar an hour later, this actually leaves you feeling satisfied!

I’m pretty sure this mousse won’t be a once a year thing around here as I can see myself whipping it up whenever I’m craving a sweet pumpkin pie treat.

I think the crushed graham crackers are a great addition as they add a nice crunchy texture and make this taste even more like pumpkin pie! I instantly fell in love with the mousse, but this was to be expected as I love all things pumpkin and  healthy desserts, so just to be sure I rounded up three taste testers. They all agreed the mousse was flavorful, light tasting and delicious — perfect for dessert after a big meal. They were also shocked to hear that it took me only 5-10 minutes to whip it up. I feel like I should have just kept that a secret. 😉

The best part about this pumpkin chia mousse is that it can easily be tweaked to meet the needs of those with special diets! To create a gluten free, vegan version just omit the graham crackers and use a dairy-free topping like coconut milk whipped cream or yogurt. For a sugar-free option, you can sweeten the mousse with stevia.

Spoonful of easy pumpkin chia mouse with some yogurt and graham cracker crumbs.

If you try this pumpkin chia mousse let me know how it turns out in the comment section below. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other readers!

Two glasses of pumpkin chia mousse topped with greek yogurt and graham cracker crumbs.

Pumpkin Chia Mousse

Brittany Mullins
This quick and easy pumpkin chia mousse is thick, creamy and lightly sweetened. Loaded with healthy fat and fiber this mousse makes for a satisfying, guilt-free dessert!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 189 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk*
  • 3/4 cup 100% pure pumpkin purée not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1/3 cup chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup*
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 full graham cracker sheets I used Annie's
  • whipped topping or Greek yogurt for serving

Instructions
 

  • In a high powered blender or food processor add milk, pumpkin, chia seeds, maple syrup, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Blend on high until smooth. Taste and add more maple syrup or pumpkin pie spice if needed.
  • Transfer mousse to a resealable container, cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
  • Crush the graham crackers. To do so you can process them in a mini-chopper or put them in a plastic baggie and roll over with a rolling pin.
  • Scoop about 1/2 cup mousse into small ramekins. Top each serving with a sprinkle of graham cracker crumbs and whipped topping or Greek yogurt, if using. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Notes

  • I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk but canned coconut milk would work great too and make for extra thick and creamy mousse.
  • I used maple syrup for sweetening the mousse but you can use your favorite sweetener and if you want a sugar-free version you can use stevia.
  • Recipe adapted from Clean Eating Magazine Spiced Pumpkin Mousse.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/4 of recipe (without whipped topping)Calories: 189kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 5gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 104mgFiber: 8gSugar: 15g
Keyword pumpkin chia mousse, pumpkin pie mousse
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    33 comments
    1. Sam
      May 23, 2021 AT 10:09 am

      5 stars
      This was a hit in my household! Love chia seeds so much more when they’re blended, and you can never go wrong with pumpkin.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 24, 2021 AT 2:04 pm

        Woo!! I’m so glad everyone enjoyed this chia mousse, Sam! Thanks so much for the review. I really appreciate it!

    2. Mariah
      June 6, 2019 AT 11:05 pm

      Can this be saved over night? If so how and for how long? It looks really yummy!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 6, 2019 AT 11:51 pm

        Yes, it should last at least 2-3 days. Enjoy!

    3. Janie
      November 14, 2018 AT 9:32 pm

      Can you add protein powder to this too?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 15, 2018 AT 8:39 am

        Yes! I love adding protein powder to chia pudding. You might just need to add a little extra almond milk…. depending on how thick your protein powder is! 🙂

    4. Karen Gillotti
      November 26, 2014 AT 10:15 am

      I would like to try this but it is not gluten free when you add graham crackers. What is a good substitute?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 26, 2014 AT 4:22 pm

        What about toasted nuts like almonds or pecans?

    5. tory
      October 14, 2013 AT 12:33 pm

      Did not love this recipe.

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