Skinny Peanut Butter & Cocoa Mousse “Cake”

by Marla on January 11, 2010 · 15 comments

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Decadent meets skinny….just the way I like it.

I crave sweets daily. So do my kids…..I think most of us do come to think of it. Tasty rewards are something to look forward to….right?? For me everyday mindful lifestyle treats need to be clean, high energy goodies. You guys might think I have gone a bit wacky here, but I tell you… gotta try this. Just visualize your favorites. In this treat we have a toasty, warm “cake,” thick & custardy chocolate “mousse” all topped with rich, creamy nutty “butter.”

Yes, I just uttered these three words:

OK, how the heck is Marla gonna make this an “everyday food” and not the infrequent “indulgence food”. Let me interpret this for you, but please stick with me ’cause it’s not what you think.

CAKE= 1/2 toasted sprouted grain English Muffin
MOUSSE=Non-Fat Thick Greek Yogurt with Cocoa powder & Natural Sweetener
BUTTER=Your favorite Nut Butter or Sunflower Seed Butter

If this is a treat for you, your waistline will love you. If this is a treat for your kids….they will yum it up without the inevitable nasty sugar crash. This “cake” makes for a well balanced Mini-Meal or breakfast. Just be mindful of your portions as always. You will walk away from the table feeling like a million bucks, as if you just had a decadent pastry (ha, but you didn’t!)

ALL satisfaction. NO guilt, NO icky blood sugar crashes and NO energy zappers. Really, I promise!

The Ten in ’10 is in it’s second week and participants are seeing great results!! I love watching the daily posts and tweets. We inspire each other to live mindfully with healthy eating, daily exercise, encouragement and accountability. You guys will like this treat, it will help keep y’all in tip top form! Check it out if you have not all ready.

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All the components for a healthy, high energy, balanced meal are in this recipe. Click on each ingredient below to read more about the health benefits.

Complex Carbs (Rich with fiber, vitamins and minerals): Sprouted Whole Grains

Lean Protein (Calcium bonus!): Non Fat Yogurt

Healthy Fat (Helps sustain energy & satisfy; nuts have the benefits of healthy fatty acids, protein, vitamins and minerals):

Natural Nut Butter or Sunflower Seed Butter

Skinny Peanut Butter & Chocolate Mousse “Cake”

Serves 1

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  • Whole Grain Bread Choice: 1/2 Toasted Sprouted Grain English Muffin -or- 1 Piece Toasted Sprouted Grain Bread. My favorites are Alvarado and Ezekiel brands. You can visit Ezekiel and Alvarado St. Bakery to see and buy the full range of their sprouted grain products. Just remember to store your sprouted grain bread in the fridge to maintain it’s freshness! I usually buy mine at Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s.

To make the Mousse:

6 oz Non fat Thick Greek Yogurt

Marla’s Cocoa Paste: about 1 Tbs great quality Cocoa Powder. I use Unsweetened Cocoa Powder and I add Stevia to taste. You can use Honey, Maple or Agave instead.

  1. Stir yogurt, cocoa powder and sweetener together. Voila! Healthy, yummy Cocoa Mousse!

1 to 2 tbs natural Nut Butter: Use the good stuff, the ingredients in your nut butter should read: Nuts and maybe Salt. You could also make your own!


  1. Toast your bread
  2. Top with a dollop of Cocoa Mousse
  3. Top Mousse with Nut Butter

Add a twist of Salt, Cinnamon, Ginger, Nutmeg or Cardamom if you wish. Lately I have been loving some crunchy Fleur de Sel sprinkled on the top. The sweet savory thing is divine!

NOTE: You will have quite a few ounces of mousse left over. Dip your sprouted muffin or finish the mousse off by itself. All of this will satisfy requirements for one Mini Meal.

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More Family Fresh Cooking Skinny Treats:

Be kind guys, my photos and writing have come a looooonnggg way in the past few months. Some of these recipes are from when I first launched my blog. I still use ’em all the time. They are go-to basics. Some of the posts stand to be refreshed cosmetically. Hey in the OC cosmetic upgrades are always in favor!!

Some icy treats:

Frozen Coffee Granita

Peppermint Frozen Hot Cocoa

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

The layered yogurt parfait is yummy too!

Marla’s Yogurt Parfait

{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Maria January 11, 2010 at 3:27 pm

Great healthy sweet treat. I have all sugar teeth:) Ha!


2 marla January 12, 2010 at 2:33 pm

Maria: I think all my teeth are “sweet teeth” too. LOL!!

Avery: I always love your Raw takes on my recipes. They sound so awesome! I do want to try your recipes!!

Kristen: Yes, this PB Mousse would be great for breakfast or mini-meals. Heck, you could use it for lunch or dinner too!

Heather: Yes, Chocolate + PB does equal HEAVEN in my world too!!

Faith: Isn’t it great that we can eat high energy foods but at the same time satisfy major treat cravings!!


3 Kristen @ Change of Pace January 11, 2010 at 5:17 pm

I definitely saved this one! I might even do this for breakfast in the morning. It looks so good!


4 Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) January 11, 2010 at 11:12 pm

“Hey in the OC cosmetic upgrades are always in favor!!”– LOL and so true!

The mousse. You know I make a choc mousse out of avocado and cocoa powder and agave. I know it doesnt sound good but it’s sort of a raw vegan staple in the choc pudding/mousse department and if you’re ever looking to use up an overripe avo, this is a great way!

I miss So Cal so badly…girl. I need to be back there :)

BTW I didnt tell you before but you look rockin’ on the pic you have on your biz cards!!!
nitey nite :)


5 Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather January 12, 2010 at 8:07 am

Look at you with your awesome tricks! I’ll definately have to try this one out on my husband. I think he’d be surprised by this good for you indulgence! Chocolate + PB = HEAVEN


6 Faith January 12, 2010 at 10:18 am

Decadent meets skinny sounds perfect to me…I love this idea, Marla! I’ve mixed nut butter into Greek yogurt, but I never thought about mixing cocoa powder in…sheer brilliance! And like you said, I love how something this delicious and healthy leaves you feeling satisfied and nourished without any energy crashes!


7 Michelle January 12, 2010 at 2:57 pm

This is a great idea. Healthy and delicious!

Oh, I also wanted to tell you that I received the amazing chocolates and cannot wait to use them. Not very lowfat, but I’m planning on making truffles! Can’t wait!!!

Thank you!!!


8 Sloane January 12, 2010 at 5:01 pm

I should not have been reading this at 1am–now I’m hungry, not sleepy! What a great idea! I just can’t decide if I should make this for breakfast or dessert….maybe both??!!


9 FoodFitnessFreshair January 12, 2010 at 6:36 pm

Curious to try this healthy version of mousse. I love the rich, decadent version…but rich it is! Looks like a good breakfast treat.


10 Leo @ cupcakes in Paris January 13, 2010 at 11:20 am

This looks absolutely delicious. Can’t wait to try it! I love having muffin + PB for breakfast and usually add some banana or raw honey. But this would be a very nice change. Have to get a good cocoa powder then!


11 Nicole, RD January 13, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Creamy and Dreamy is right! Marla, I wanted to thank you so much for your comments this morning on my blog. They totally brightened my day. I thought several times today, “That was so sweet of her to say!” — it meant a lot. I completely understand about not having enough time to read all that you want to read online each day, especially blogs. Never apologize! LIFE comes first! : )


12 Chaya January 13, 2010 at 10:38 pm

What a clever way to eat healthy and decadent. Makes a great breakfast.


13 Carol Egbert January 14, 2010 at 6:30 am

You are a creative and innovative cook. This is a great approach to sweets.


14 3hungrytummies January 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm

A healthy and delicious dessert! I want it too!


15 Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) January 18, 2010 at 8:52 am

YUM!@ Love the way you “dress it up”- I love to make my daily eats into treats like that.

Thanks for stopping by my blog with all the nice comments. Yes, I’m up in LA area. Let me know if you’re ever up this way. I don’t get to the OC much, but if I do, I’ll let you know!


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