No Bake Chocolate Mousse Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

This silky chocolate pudding pie uses chocolate pudding mix and Cool Whip to make an easy silky and rich mousse filling. It’ll be your new favorite summer dessert!

Chocolate Mousse Pie

This easy chocolate cream pie is my most requested dessert at summer potlucks and picnics. It’s a family favorite because it’s combines a gorgeously silky mousse texture with decadent chocolate flavor. It’s one of my favorite desserts because this is one of the easiest pies I know how to make. 

If you use a pre-made graham cracker crust, you can make this easy dessert in about 5 minutes. If you want to make your own buttery graham cracker crust, it will take you about 15 minutes. In short, this is the best way to make a huge hit at your next summer event!

Why you want this recipe

  • perfect for summer
  • decadent and creamy
  • delicious chocolate flavor
  • easy enough for beginner cooks
  • won’t heat your house!

Ingredients

This no bake chocolate pudding pie is made with super simple ingredients you can find at just about any grocery store!

Chocolate Pie Ingredients
  • Chocolate Pudding Mix: You’ll want 2 3.9 oz boxes of instant chocolate pudding mix for this. Do NOT make the pudding — we are going to alter how much milk we use in order to create a pie filling that sets up beautifully!
  • Milk: I recommend whole milk for a rich and creamy filling, but you can use any sort of cows milk for this recipe. Unfortunately, plant based milks do not allow the pudding to set up. 
  • Cool Whip: I typically use regular Cool Whip. Make sure your Cool Whip is completely thawed before you start.  If you want to cut calories, you can use the lite version here. I also recently learned that you can make your own homemade whipped topping, which is fantastic!
  • Pre-made Graham Cracker Crust OR Your Favorite Graham Cracker Crust Recipe: I love using premade graham cracker crusts to save time, but if you want to make a homemade crust, you’ll need brown sugar, about 10 graham cracker sheets, and 6-8 Tbsp of butter. 
  • Chocolate Bar (Optional): This is just here for the aesthetic. You can grate a chocolate bar, either baking chocolate or a Hershey’s chocolate bar, to create a lovely little garnish for the top of your pie. 

Instructions

Step 1 | Make the Pudding Base

Start by pouring your pudding mix into a mixing bowl. Add the amount of milk in the recipe card — do NOT add whatever it says on the box. We are deliberately making this thicker so that it will set into a pie filling instead of a thinner pudding. 

I recommend using a hand mixer or stand mixer with the whisk attachment for this step. Whip the pudding mix and milk until it’s fully incorporated. It will look like smooth but super thick chocolate pudding. 

Pudding Base

Step 2 | Fold in Cool Whip

Add 1/2 cup of your Cool Whip to the pudding, and, like Moira Rose says, fold it in. If you need a tutorial on how to fold, this video clears it up for you!

You should end up with a light and creamy mousse-like filling!

Mousse Base

Step 3 | Layer in Crust

Pour your pudding into your graham cracker pie crust and smooth it so it fits in evenly.

Then, you can cover the whole pie with the remaining Cool Whip. It looks so beautiful and snowy!

Cool Whip

Step 4 | Refrigerate

Place your pie in the fridge for at least an hour to get that filling fully set. 

Step 5 | Serve!

If you want little chocolate curls for a garnish, you can grate your chocolate bar, then sprinkle the chocolate bits over the top of the pie. If you’re a chocolate lover, you can also add chocolate chips or a drizzle of chocolate syrup to the top for extra decadence!

Chocolate Pudding Pie

Tip

For a cleaner cut, allow the pie to freeze for 30 minutes before cutting. You’ll get cleaner cuts with gorgeous layering!

Variations

Dress this pie up to make some fun variations!

  • Oreo Crust: True chocolate addicts can level up the chocolate flavor by putting your chocolate filling in a delicious Oreo cookie crust!
  • Vanilla Pudding Pie: Simply replace the chocolate pudding in this mix with vanilla instant pudding. 
  • Cheesecake Icebox Pie: Replace the chocolate pudding with cheesecake flavored pudding! Top with graham cracker crumbs or fresh fruit.
  • No Bake Banana Cream Pie: Replace the chocolate pudding with banana pudding and top with whipped cream. 

FAQs

Can I make this pie ahead of time?

Yes, you can make the pie up to 1-2 days in advance. Just be sure to keep it refrigerated until you are ready to serve.

How should I store leftovers?

Cover the pie tightly with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and store it in the refrigerator. It should stay fresh for up to 3-4 days.

Can I freeze the chocolate mousse pie?

Yes, you can freeze the pie for up to 2 months. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap and aluminum foil. To serve, thaw it in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight.

Can I use almond milk or another milk alternative?

A standard pudding mix will not set up if you use almond milk or other dairy alternatives. You would need to use a pudding mix that is designed to be used with milk alternatives. 

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Chocolate Mousse Pie with Graham Cracker Crust

Silky, decadent chocolate mousse filling in a buttery graham cracker crust!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chilling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 339kcal
Cost $8.00

Ingredients

  • premade graham cracker crust or your favorite graham cracker crust recipe
  • 2 3.9 oz chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 ½ cups milk
  • 8 oz container Cool Whip
  • chocolate bar (optional)

Instructions

  • In a mixing bowl, whip pudding mix and milk until fully incorporated.
    2 3.9 oz chocolate pudding mix, 2 1/2 cups milk
  • Fold in 1/2 cup of Cool Whip.
    8 oz container Cool Whip
  • Pour pudding mixture into graham cracker crust and smooth.
    premade graham cracker crust or your favorite graham cracker crust recipe
  • Smooth remainder of Cool Whip over pudding mixture.
  • Cover and place pie in refrigerator to set up, approximately 2 hours.
  • Grate chocolate bar and sprinkle shavings over top before serving (optional).
    chocolate bar (optional)
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Nutrition

Serving: 1slice | Calories: 339kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14.8g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2.8g | Cholesterol: 26.7mg | Sodium: 549.2mg | Potassium: 130.7mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 34.1g
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