Light as air and made with real strawberries, this eggless strawberry mousse is an easy no-cook summer dessert!
We are having the laziest summer of our lives. Time seems to stretch languidly from one hot day to the next. This time, last year, we hopped on a transatlantic flight all the way to India where we spent two glorious months. But this year, we have no such luck and our only respite from the summer holiday doldrums is a short beach vacation that we are taking next week.
Sometimes I feel like I’m not winning any parenting awards for deciding not to cram my son’s summer with art camp, swim meets, ball practice, and a ton of other activities.
But we like it that way. In fact, I am yet to hear a single “Mommy, I am bored” statement from him. If I sent him off to drama club, how could I watch him build his own mini puppet show? If I had sent him to a nature camp, who would feed, bathe and play with our new baby tortoise?
Instead, we bake together, potter around the garden, begin to learn a new language, and make up silly stories and games. I still wish that we could travel to India every year. The entire experience enriches him like no club or camp ever would. But it is what it is.
Since it is summer, he also likes to snack a lot. My son is a grazer, not eating heavy meals, but grazing on something or the other every few hours. So I always need to have a few tricks up my sleeve. Like this sweet treat that is a snap to make and also passes off as a quick midday snack. I love making treats with fresh fruits in summer. And berries are an eternal favorite.
We love cold desserts like pudding and mousse, but I always seem to have more than one crucial ingredient missing when the craving hits. And for times like those, I turn to quick, no-cook desserts like this eggless strawberry mousse.
Traditionally a mousse needs some sort of thickener, stabilizer and volumizer (now I sound like a shampoo commercial!). Most commonly, egg whites or gelatin are used. In a pinch, you can use white chocolate or even cream cheese. Then again, what’s one to do when one doesn’t have the energy for a quick grocery run in the 100 degrees heat? Come up with an easier alternative, of course!
This no-cook, no-gelatin strawberry mousse needs just two ingredients – strawberries and heavy cream. Okay, three ingredients, if you decide to use extra sweetener. But you get my point. You just whip your cold cold (I cannot stress this enough) cream, fold in the strawberry puree and allow to set in the refrigerator for an easy, no-fuss dessert. The result is a creamy, light and delicious strawberry mousse that is the best thing to eat on a hot summer day.
This “mousse” needs to be refrigerated until it is time to serve. I wouldn’t recommend it for an outdoor party or as the filling for a mousse cake. But it is an easy, almost guilt-free dessert that can be made at the drop of a hat, in under 10 minutes, that is.
If you are feeling adventurous and would like to know more about no-cook but stabilized, whipped desserts, do try the following.
- Berry fool (stabilized with cream cheese).
- Mango fool (thickened with Greek yogurt).
- Berry tiramisu (an easy, kid-friendly dessert).
Isn’t that just too good to be true? I wanted to set it like individual pie cups with some crushed crackers at the bottom of the cups. But I forgot to do that, so simply sprinkled some crushed graham crackers on top. You can omit it or use chopped nuts and berries instead. Or don’t even bother and just keep it plain. Summers are for taking it slow and easy!
Here’s the super simple recipe for my eggless strawberry mousse dessert.
- Fresh strawberries - 6 oz, hulled
- Heavy cream - 8 oz
- Powdered sugar - 4 tbsp, divided (see Notes)
- Graham crackers - 2, crushed (optional)
- Fresh mint leaves - a few, to garnish (optional)
- Puree the strawberries along with 2 tbsp powdered sugar till smooth. You can strain this puree or leave it as such.
- In a cold mixing bowl, whip the cold heavy cream and the rest of the sugar till soft peaks form.
- Stir in the strawberry puree and whisk to combine.
- Pour into dessert glasses or bowls, cover with cling wrap and refrigerate till set, 2-4 hours.
- Just before serving, sprinkle some crushed crackers on top and garnish with fresh mint leaves or fresh strawberry pieces. Enjoy cold and keep leftovers refrigerated.
2. You can use granulated sugar instead of powdered sugar. But I have used commercial powdered sugar since it dissolves quickly and also doesn't thin out the mousse like regular sugar would.
3. You can also try this with other berries like raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Strain the puree to remove seeds and skins.
4. You can also quickly make this dessert in a high-speed blender. Add all ingredients to the jar and pulse just a few times till thickened. Any longer and the heavy cream will turn to butter!
Enjoy this easy, creamy, dreamy strawberry mousse this summer.
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What are you doing this summer? What quick treats and desserts do you make? Do share.
Do try this egg-free and gelatin-free strawberry mousse dessert and let me know how it goes.
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