To make this heavenly Banana Chocolate Mousse, all it takes is 4 key ingredients; bananas, chocolate, sugar and cream and approx. 20 minutes. Mash, melt, whip, mix and cool that’s all. Let me show you.
BANANA CHOCOLATE MOUSSE
Key Ingredients in This Recipe
With 4 key ingredients and a little bit of cooling time in the fridge, this is a recipe of a mousse that you do not need to make a day ahead of time.
- Cream – Whipping cream will do, heavy cream is not required.
- Sugar – Sweet desserts often require sugar,
- Banana – One of the two major flavor contributors to this dessert.
- Lemon juice – This add just enough acidity to balance the bitter and the sweet. And it will prevent the bananas from turning brown.
- Chocolate – I love dark chocolate, especially in this recipe as its bitterness is nicely contrasting with the sweetness of the banana. You can use chocolate bars or nibs.
- Instant coffee – Adding a little bit of coffee to chocolate enhances the flavor of the chocolate. Don’t skip this. I use instant espresso powder.
How to make Banana Chocolate Mousse
To create the Banana Chocolate Mousse you make 3 mixtures and mix those.
- Whip the cream and sugar – Start with very cold whipping cream. I often see recommendations for using a cold bowl, but I don’t really see the reason for that. As soon as you done whipping the cream, place the bowl in the fridge until you need it. Even if it is for a few minutes. Whip the cream for this recipe into soft peaks, not stiff peaks.
- Mash the bananas – Using a fork, mash the bananas and add the lemon juice and mix.
- Melt the chocolate – Whatever type of chocolate you use, it needs to be melted, so the smaller you can cut the chocolate pieces the easier and the faster it goes. Add the instant coffee that is dissolved in just a tiny bit of warm water, making concentrated coffee. Cool the chocolate mixture just a little bit. I like to melt the chocolate to a smooth texture, but if you like some crunch, don’t melt all the chocolate, but keep some chocolate pieces behind and add those when you mix it all together and the mousse will have tiny chocolate pieces.
- Add chocolate and bananas to cream – Do this quick without whipping the mixture and without over-mixing it. The more you work it, the more the air that was incorporated into the cream is lost.
- Divide over bowls and decorate with slices of banana and chocolate shavings or sprinkles.
Mmmm … take your time and allow each spoonful to melt on your tongue; let it slide down your throat and fill your stomach with happy feelings.
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Banana Chocolate Mousse
- 1/2 cup whipping cream
- 1 ounce sugar
- 2 whole bananas
- 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 ounces chocolate (NOTE 1) dark
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee
- Pour well-chilled cream in a bowl, add the sugar and beat the cream to a consistency that it barely holds mounds, using an electric hand mixer or balloon whisk.
- Peel the bananas and mash them finely with a fork; add the lemon juice and incorporate this into the banana mousse. Reserve a few thin slices of banana for your decoration. Add a few drops of lemon juice to the reserved banana slices to avoid them from turning brown.
- Cut the chocolate into chunks and shards with a serrated knife. Melt the chocolate in a microwave or au-bain-marie over a stove, until the chocolate is completely melted and has a smooth consistency. Allow the melted chocolate to cool.
- Add the cooled melted chocolate, the banana-lemon mash and the instant coffee to the whipped cream and fold it together. Don’t over-mix as you may lose the incorporated air.
- Divide the banana chocolate mousse over 4 dessert bowls. Place the bowls in the refrigerator to cool them down completely.
- Decorate the banana chocolate mousse with slices of banana and chocolate shavings, just before serving.
- You can also use bittersweet chocolate or a mixture. All depending on what type of chocolate you want.