No-Bake Light Vanilla Mousse Recipe

Want to make something fancy yet easy to make? Then this vanilla mousse is the perfect dessert to whip up. It’s light, smooth, fluffy, and delightfully sweet. It’s often served in high-end restaurants but with the help of this easy vanilla mousse recipe, you’ll know how to make it in your own home. And you’ll be using just five simple ingredients that can be readily found in grocery stores and even in your own pantry. The most convenient part is that mousse doesn’t need baking! Just pop it in the fridge and let it set. No more saying that vanilla is basic and boring with this no bake mousse recipe. Sprinkle it with some cinnamon for added flavor and aroma, and serve it with this fresh fruit salad.

Tips on Making No-Bake Light Vanilla Mousse

Although this homemade mousse recipe is easy to make, it is also easy to mess up. So here are some tips that will help you perfect it. We also added some tips to make its taste and appearance even better. 

  • You have an option to use gelatin for your mousse. Although this recipe comes without gelatin, you can alter this and use it as an additional ingredient. Let it bloom for 5 minutes in cold water before adding it to the whipped cream.
  • You can top your vanilla mousse with other ingredients to make it even better. Some of the best ingredients to level up this dessert are fruits or fruit puree, chocolate shavings, and sweet syrup like chocolate sauce or caramel sauce.
  • Use vanilla mousse as a cake filling. Level up your chiffon cake by using this recipe as a vanilla mousse filling. And since it’s vanilla, it can work with any cake flavor!
  • Serve this in beautifully shaped glassware. This decadent dessert deserves to be presented in an elegant manner so try using either cocktail, short, or round-bottomed glasses.

No-Bake Light Vanilla Mousse Recipe

How To Make No-Bake Light Vanilla Mousse

This light and creamy vanilla mousse is heaven in a teaspoon. The whipped cream and egg whites give a melt-in-your-mouth feel. It can be a tricky dessert, but it’s definitely worth mastering.

Prep: 25 mins
Chill Time: 1 hr
Total: 1 hr 25 mins


  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 14 oz heavy cream
  • 3 egg whites
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • cinnamon, for sprinkling or garnish


  1. At least 40 minutes before preparing the dessert, place a metal mixing bowl and the electric mixer's beater attachments in the fridge.

  2. In the cold metal mixing bowl, add vanilla to the heavy cream and beat with the chilled mixer attachments until it peaks.

  3. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks.

  4. Add sugar gradually and whip until the whites are stiff. Fold the egg whites into the whipping cream.

  5. Chill for at least 1 hour before serving.

  6. Sprinkle cinnamon over each serving for flavor and garnish.


  • Sugar: 6g
  • :
  • Calcium: 44mg
  • Calories: 265kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 91mg
  • Fat: 25g
  • Iron: 1mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 7g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g
  • Potassium: 77mg
  • Protein: 3g
  • Saturated Fat: 15g
  • Sodium: 50mg
  • Vitamin A: 972IU
  • Vitamin C: 1mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is my mousse runny?

One possible reason why your mousse turned out runny is due to over whipping the ingredients. First, make sure that the egg whites are whipped until you reach soft peaks. One method you can use to ensure it’s stiff enough is to run a spoon in it and see if it covers the back. Another thing to consider is your cream. Whip it until you achieve stiff peaks that will hold firmly when you take out the whisk. If you think that your mousse is too grainy, it just means you over whipped it. You can try adding a few tablespoons of cream and whip it again. If this doesn’t work, then it’s better to make another batch and start again.

Can you freeze homemade mousse?

It is okay to put mousse in the freezer. You have a choice to consume it as it is: a frozen mousse, or you can choose to thaw it in the fridge. But remember that by freezing your mousse, its texture won’t be the same as when you first made it. It will be a little grainier but should still be safe to consume.

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Surprise your loved ones with this fluffy vanilla mousse recipe. Perfectly whip the ingredients to come up with a delightful mousse. It’s a perfect dessert if you’re planning a fancy homemade dinner or just craving something sweet and light.
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