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Ricotta Chocolate Mousse

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To apologize for my long hiatus I thought I would post a simple, amazing dessert.

I really did try new recipes for the blog in the last several months…but they all turned out slightly disastrous. One notable one in my mind was when I had made a tasty homemade spaghetti sauce but it used all my kitchen utensils and it was super messy. Not something that I thought people would enjoy putting their kitchen through. With all the others, they just never quite made the cut. Not healthy enough, not simple enough.

I finally simplified a bit and found a really quick, cool, chocolatey dessert that is great for hot summer days.


Servings: 9-12


  • three 15 ounce containers of ricotta cheese
  • 10 ounces of dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup of almond milk
  • 6 tablespoons confectioners sugar




  1. Double boil the dark chocolate and almond milk together. Read Here to learn how to set one up. For this step, I added water to a big pot and added the ingredients to a smaller pot that floats in the big pot. Probably not recommended but it seems to work so far. I wouldn’t risk my chocolate if it didn’t. I set the temperature to a medium heat so the water was simmering but not boiling.
  2. Stir the chocolate until melted.
  3. Add the ricotta, melted chocolate, and confectioners sugar to the food processor. Mix until blended.
  4. Divide ricotta mixture into mugs or ramekins and set in the fridge for several hours before serving.







Inspired by: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/chocolate-ricotta-mousse


Author: Erica Van Treese

I live an exciting, adventurous life with my husband Ben (he can take credit for the adventurous part). We live in little ol' Columbus and we just love this city! I'm an organizer with OCD (self-diagnosed). My husband turned me into a crazy water ski competitor and taught me how to jump off a 5 foot ramp going 32mph to see how far I can go, and sometimes I don't land the way I should (The whole ski community is a little coo coo, but I love them). I love pizza, and when I proclaim my love for pizza all my friends go "We know". My favorite thing is when my family and friends gather for a meal, and there is banter and wine. I love art and looking at beautiful things and I believe every item of decor in a home should have a meaning and a story behind it. I love food and exercising, but just like any other person there are days I really don't feel like going to the gym or I just rather throw in a pizza in the oven for dinner (and sometimes I do). This blog is a reflection of my love for being happy and my journey on eating right and exercising to achieve a higher level of happiness.

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