Raspberry chocolate parfait is a treat that’s as easy as it is divine. Quick, no-bake and with a dash of charm, this parfait is made with layers of simple chocolate mousse, raspberry sauce and chocolate brownie bites assembled into individual servings. Make these ahead of time for a fuss-free, festive dessert.
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What Is A Parfait?
A parfait is essentially a layered dessert often made with whipped eggs and/or cream, yoghurt or even ice cream, as well as fruit or berries, or some granola or sponge cake in between. It’s usually served in glassware in individual portions.
This chocolate parfait recipe is super simple with layers of velvety whipped chocolate mousse, vibrant raspberry sauce and brownie bites.
Classy, delicious and effortless, this parfait is one of those desserts that you can whip up last minute or ahead of time, and it won’t break the bank.
The magic is in its simplicity. There are no eggs, just cream, a little cocoa powder and espresso (if you like), sugar, raspberries and some store-bought brownies or chocolate cookies.
And, it’s super easy to turn into a low-carb dessert with a few simple swaps. See ingredient notes below!
What You’ll Need
Here is what you need to make this raspberry chocolate mousse parfait dessert:
- Heavy whipping cream: The star of the show, whipping up a cloud-like texture.
- Cocoa powder: For that rich chocolatey embrace, almost everyone has this in their pantry.
- Powdered sugar (or alternative): Sweeten the mousse to your liking.
- Espresso powder (optional): Elevate the chocolate flavour with a hint of coffee.
- Raspberries: Fresh or frozen, these burst with fruity goodness. Plus a few extras for that perfect garnish.
- Sugar or sweetener: A touch of sweetness to complement the tart raspberries.
- Brownie bits: Store-bought brownies or cookies because who doesn’t love a surprise crunch?
- Make it low-carb: Watching those carbs? Swap out sugar for a low-carb sweetener, or skip the brownie bits altogether. You can even opt for low-carb brownies or cookies for that guilt-free indulgence.
How To Make Chocolate Parfait
Find the full list of ingredients, nutritional info, and instructions in the recipe card below. Here are some step-by-step pictures to guide you along.
Tips: Chill your mixing bowl for the cream, and don’t forget to strain those raspberry seeds for a silky sauce!
- Pop your mixing bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes.
- Whip the cream until it starts to get thickened.
- Add sugar, cocoa, and espresso powder; whip it further until thick and stiff.
- Make the sauce: Heat raspberries and sweetener in a pot, cook until bubbly, then strain for a smooth sauce.
- Layer it up: Pipe chocolate mousse into shot glasses, layer on raspberry sauce, pop in a few brownie bits—repeat until cups are full, then top with a few raspberries on top.
- Dive in and enjoy right away or refrigerate for later.
Keep these delights cool in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. They’ll be perfect for up to a day, but let’s be real—they’re so good that they might not last that long!
Watch How To Make It
- For a dairy-free version, make this using thickened coconut milk.
- Swap raspberries for strawberries or cherries.
- Use chocolate chip cookies instead of brownies for extra crunch and texture.
- Sprinkle toasted crushed almonds or halzenuts.
- Drizzle in some caramel sauce and sprinkle with a touch of sea salt.
- Add a dash of orange, raspberry or cherry liqueur for a boozy twist.
Find the full list of ingredients, instructions, and a nutritional breakdown below. If you have questions or cook this recipe, please let me know in the comments, and make sure to rate this recipe so it’s easy for others to find.
- 1 piping bag optional, you can also layer with a spoon
- 1 star-shaped piping tip optional
- 4 serving glasses tumblers or wine glasses
For Chocolate Mousse
- 1.5 cups heavy whipping cream
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ⅓ cup powdered sugar or sugar-free alternative
- ¼ teaspoon espresso powder optional, you can also add some instant coffee granules)
For Raspberry Sauce
- 1 cup raspberries can be frozen
- 2 tablespoons white sugar or maple syrup or sugar-free alternative
- 100 grams brownies broken into pieces – you can use store-bought brownie or chocolate cookies, about two 2"square brownies.
- Extra raspberries for garnish
- Place a large mixing bowl in the freezer for 10 minutes to chill.
- Pour the heavy cream into the chilled bowl and use a hand mixer to beat for one 1 minute until frothy. Then add all the powdered sugar, cocoa powder and espresso powder, mixing on medium/high speed until slightly stiff peaks have formed.
- Pour into a piping bag fitted with a start tip and set aside.
- In a saucepan place the raspberries and sugar over medium heat. Mash the raspberries slightly while mixing with the sugar in the pan.
- Let cook over the heat for 8 minutes stirring every couple minutes until a bubbly sauce has formed.
- Strain the mixture into a bowl removing the raspberry seeds and mashing any other raspberry chunks through the strainer.
- Assemble the parfaits by piping mousse in the bottom of your serving cup. Then adding a layer of raspberry sauce. Then a layer of brownie bites. Repeat this until the serving cups are full.
- Garnish with extra raspberries on top. Enjoy!