Chocolate mousse pudding with Aquafaba and no gelatin

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What is pudding?

In Indonesia, the sweet desserts that are called pudding are something made with agar-agar. At least that’s how I understood many years ago. So when I moved to the UK, I was surprised that the word pudding is basically used for any sweet dessert that you have after the main meals.

So your pudding can be as simple as ice cream, cakes, cookies, or even a piece of chocolate. 

Now, I’m not gonna discuss the definition of pudding here.

I just want to share with you a sweet dessert recipe that you can make 100% the vegan way. It’s light and chocolatey. It’s an indulgence but health-conscious at the same time.

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Chocolate mousse with Aquafaba and no gelatin

Chocolate mousse pudding with Aquafaba

Actually, I made this pudding with Aquafaba (the liquid that you get in tinned beans i.e. tinned chickpeas, tinned mixed salad beans, etc.) by chance. Because I was making hummus and chocolate pudding at the same time.

And I read and learned about the Aquafaba thingy. But I never tried in reality.

So I thought I would give a try substituting the egg whites with Aquafaba for my chocolate pudding and see if it works.

And it worked!

I felt so happy because it means I waste less. That I can make the most of the canned chickpeas. Zero waste as everything is used. 

My chocolate mousse pudding tastes amazingly mousse-y. Light and airy. Just like how a mousse should be.

Chocolate mousse with Aquafaba and no gelatin

Chocolate mousse pudding with Aquafaba

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

If you like a chocolate mousse recipe but find it difficult to get a vegetarian one, then you must try this pudding recipe. Not only the pudding tastes airy and light, but it's also considerably healthy too because it's less in fat and has the goodness of agar-agar. Enjoy the pudding for your summer desserts when you need some indulgence to cool yourself on a hot sunny day.


  • ⅔ cups or 150 ml Aquafaba (the liquid from canned chickpeas or beans)
  • 3 tbsp or 22.5 grams Cocoa powder.
  • ½ cup or 100 grams Granulated sugar.
  • 1 ½ tsp or 3.75 grams Agar-agar
  • 500 ml or 2 ¼ cups Milk (whole milk or semi-skimmed. I used whole milk)
  • A pinch Salt


  1. Put about 450 ml of the milk and agar-agar powder in a saucepan, stir it well and heat it. Take care and keep stirring every now and then.
  2. At the same time, using a small mixing bowl or a measuring jar, mix the rest of the milk with cocoa powder, sugar, and salt.
  3. When you see that the milk is starting to boil, pour some of it into the cocoa powder mixture. Use a whisk to stir it well.
  4. Then put the cocoa powder and milk mixture back to the saucepan. Cook further at medium heat. But take care and make sure you keep stirring every so often.
  5. When the mixture is boiling, turn the heat down to low and continue to stir. 
  6. Let it boil while you keep stirring at least for 3-5 minutes.
  7. Turn the heat off, and leave it to cool down a little bit while you get your Aquafaba ready.
  8. In a big mixing bowl, whisk your Aquafaba. You can use a handheld mixer or a stand mixer.
  9. It may take 5-7 minutes or more to get a glossy white foam of Aquafaba. Just be patient and persistent 😊.
  10. When your Aquafaba becomes stiff peak consistency just like egg white meringue, turn your whisk to the lowest. Then slowly and gently pour your agar-agar mixture in.
  11. Keep whisking gently. Your mixture will double and expand due to Aquafaba. But that’s okay.
  12. When you think both mixtures are well mixed, you can pour it into your preferred pudding mold. Let it cool and set.
  13. Once the pudding is set, you can cool it in the fridge before serving.
  14. Enjoy.


  • Don’t skip cooking and stirring the agar-agar mixture after it reaches the boiling point. 3-5 minutes is only rough guidance. The idea is to really fully cook the agar-agar so that your pudding won’t ‘melt’ and release water/liquid after a while. 
  • You can enjoy the pudding on its own. Or you can have it with runny custard with some berries or other soft fruits that you like. 
  • You can also have the pudding with chocolate sauce or fruit coulis

Nutrition Information
Yield 12 Serving Size 1 Amount Per Serving Calories 63Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 4mgSodium 35mgCarbohydrates 12gFiber 0gSugar 8gProtein 2g

The nutrition calculation you find here is just a guide provided by online nutrition calculator. You should not use to substitute advice from nutritionists or health practitioners.

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