Simple Pudding Mousse + Variations

This cool and creamy simple pudding mousse recipe has been a long time staple in my dessert repertoire. It’s a family favorite!

If I’m short on time, ingredients, or even just the will to clean up my kitchen– this is the simple dessert recipe I always turn to. It’s quick and easy, extremely versatile, delicious; and it needs minimal ingredients, hands-on time, and cleanup. Does it get much better than that??

Today I’m sharing with you the basic recipe for pudding mousse (which I’ve share before, I know. But I’ve got updated pics and variations this time! 🙌🏻). I’ve got FOUR of my favorite ways to make this mousse below (plus more ideas at the end), but there are SO many more ways to change up this recipe and make it your own 😘.

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Getting Started: Basic Simple Pudding Mousse

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED:

  • instant pudding mix, any flavor (sugar free is okay too)
  • skim milk
  • 8 ounces of Cool Whip (must be Cool Whip brand, but feel free to use Light, Sugar Free, or Fat Free)

HERE’S HOW YOU MAKE IT:

  1. Whisk together the milk and pudding mix.
  2. Whisk in half of the Cool Whip at a time.

And that’s it! At it’s simplest, this recipe is THAT easy. You can serve it immediately or give it some time in the fridge to chill first and get slightly firmer. It’s good either way but to you to decide which consistency suits your needs better.

Easy Variations

CHOCOLATE COOKIES & CREAM MOUSSE

Pictured above is a simple chocolate pudding mousse. I followed the basic recipe and just used a chocolate pudding mix. If you wanted a simple way to change it up…

Add crumbled Oreos to make Chocolate Cookies & Cream Mousse.

This cool and creamy simple pudding mousse recipe has been a long time staple in my dessert repertoire. It's a family favorite!

 

CHEESECAKE MOUSSE

Same basic recipe made with cheesecake flavored pudding mix.

This cool and creamy simple pudding mousse recipe has been a long time staple in my dessert repertoire. It's a family favorite!

 

PEANUT BUTTER CHEESECAKE MOUSSE

Add 1/4 cup of peanut butter to the Cheesecake Mousse above, and voila!

This cool and creamy simple pudding mousse recipe has been a long time staple in my dessert repertoire. It's a family favorite!

 

Take it a step further by layering.

If you want to get really crazy, scoop two (or more!) different flavors of mousse into gallon sized zip-top bags and pipe alternating layers into parfait glasses with yummy toppings for an elegant, fun, and EASY dessert!

This cool and creamy simple pudding mousse recipe has been a long time staple in my dessert repertoire. It's a family favorite!

BROWNIE CHEESECAKE MOUSSE PARFAIT

Cheesecake and chocolate flavored mousse layered together with brownie pieces and chocolate syrup.

Chocolate and cheesecake flavored mousse layered together with brownie pieces and chocolate syrup.

 

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER OREO  MOUSSE PARFAIT

Chocolate Oreo and peanut butter cheesecake flavored mousse layered together with brownie pieces, crumbled Oreos, and peanut butter drizzle.

Chocolate Oreo and peanut butter cheesecake flavored mousse layered together with brownie pieces, crumbled Oreos, and peanut butter drizzle.

 

More Mousse Dessert Ideas :

  • Use it in a trifle. When I don’t have enough time to make the no-bake cheesecake filling in this trifle recipe, I use a pudding mousse instead!
  • Frost a cake! This mousse works as a great whipped topping spread over any chilled cake.
  • Mix in leftover rice for a quick-and-easy rice pudding.
  • Make a pie. Omit 1/4 cup of the milk from the recipe, and then simply pour the mousse into a prepared crust and chill until firm.
  • Use sugar free pudding and Cool Whip to make a lighter version of this yummy dessert.

Simple Pudding Mousse

This cool and creamy simple pudding mousse recipe has been a long time staple in my dessert repertoire. It's a family favorite!

Ingredients:

  • 1 box instant pudding mix, any flavor (this is for a box that serves FOUR, it can be sugar free or regular)
  • 1 ¼ cup skim milk
  • 8 ounces Cool Whip

Directions:

  1. Whisk together the milk and pudding mix.
  2. Whisk in the Cool Whip, one half of the container at a time.
  3. Serve immediately or chill until ready to serve. Mixture will firm slightly as it chills.

Nutrition Information*

calories 271
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9 g 14 %
Saturated Fat 9 g 45 %
Monounsaturated Fat 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 2 mg 1 %
Sodium 450 mg 19 %
Potassium 133 mg 4 %
Total Carbohydrate 34 g 11 %
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0 %
Sugars 34 g
Protein 3 g

 

*Nutrition information is approximated using regular Cool Whip and regular instant pudding mix.

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Ashton is the owner and author of Something Swanky. Although first and foremost a wife and mother, she considers herself an online entrepreneur, freelance writer and photographer, and brand ambassador. Her focus is in food styling, food photography and recipe development.