This decadent, 5-ingredient Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse is so creamy and delicious you’ll find yourself craving it every week. With only a few minutes of prep time needed, you really will be able to enjoy this amazing treat whenever you want.
If you hadn’t already guessed, I’m a big fan of chocolate. And this vegan Chocolate Mousse recipe does not disappoint. Chocolate Mousse is a popular dessert among both children and adults, and you’ll find that anybody who loves chocolate will fall in love with this easy vegan mousse.
The first time I tried an avocado-based chocolate mousse was at a restaurant in Toronto back in 2014. I was having dinner with a vegan friend who told me about the hip new place in town. Unfortunately, the restaurant ended up being be a bit of disaster! (They actually closed shortly afterwards.) But one thing they got right was their vegan chocolate mousse…and when I say they got it right, it almost made up for all the other issues we had with their dinner service!
What is Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Vegan Avocado Chocolate Mousse is a rich chocolate dessert made with vegan ingredients using a food processor for convenience.
It’s a smooth, light dessert that is often topped with berries for added flavor, texture and visual appearance.
Is chocolate avocado mousse healthy?
Honestly? Not really. This vegan chocolate avocado mousse is still technically a dessert, and not designed to be healthy. That said, it is a much, much healthier dessert option than a traditional chocolate mousse.
This recipe uses healthier options for not only the mousse base, but also for the sweeteners and thickener. Instead of using whipped cream, eggs, chocolate, and often sugar, this vegan recipe uses avocados, maple syrup, vanilla paste/extract and cocoa powder.
Eating avocado mousse does have some health benefits: you get a dose of healthy fats, a handful of vitamins, and fiber. It’s not something to eat everyday under the impression that you’re doing some healthy, but it is a dessert that you can have from time to time without worrying that you’re hurting your body or fitness goals.
- Ripe avocados
- Cacao powder
- Maple syrup
- Vanilla paste or extract
- Water, optional
How to Make Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse
This rich Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse comes together in just two simple steps. Desserts don’t get much easier than this, let alone much more delicious than this incredibly easy recipe.
Start by halving the avocados, removing the pit and then chop the avocado into a few medium-sized pieces. Then, scoop the avocado flesh into a food processor.
All you have to do now is add the maple syrup, the cacao powder, vanilla and a pinch of salt (and optional water) to the food processor. Blend everything together until you reach the desired consistency of mousse.
Can I make avocado mousse in a blender
Making your vegan chocolate mousse is absolutely possible to make in a blender. Just add all your ingredients to the blender, like you did the food processor and give it a good whirl or two.
- You can add in other spices or extracts if you like. Mint extract, orange zest or almond extract are all delicious ideas. For chillier weather flavours, try pumpkin spice, cinnamon or gingerbread spices.
- Add a frozen banana to your food processor for a thicker mousse.
- You could try to make mousse pops out of this recipe, see my suggestions below.
How to hide the avocado flavor
To hide the avocado flavor, you want to use a good cocoa powder and pure maple syrup (don’t try to substitute a pancake syrup for this, it’s not as flavourful as real maple syrup).
What kind of cacao is best
Personally, I’m a huge dark chocolate fan. One of my favorite kinds is 60-70% cacao and I feel that it would make the perfect chocolate to use in this vegan dessert. But you can use whatever cacao you have on hand.
Dutch cocoa powder is another common option to use as a chocolate base. Just make sure to check that it is vegan certified powder. (As you might imagine, vegan chocolate typically uses a nut-milk based formula to be vegan-friendly!)
I will also say that when you have a recipe that is showcasing one main ingredient, like the chocolate in this recipe, you should use the best quality product that you have available to you.
There are various topping ideas to add to your mousse. While I love using berries as they compliment this recipe so nicely, you can use other things as well.
Dried fruits are another wonderful and delicious option to go on top of this vegan avocado mousse.
Add a dollop of cocowhip to the top of your mousse for a real vegan treat.
If you, like me, gravitate towards uber-indulgence, you can melt some vegan chocolate bars and use them as a chocolate topping for that extra chocolate-y hit!
And don’t forget, this fantastic dessert is absolutely superb just by itself, no toppings are required.
If you’re not a fan of using avocado (it replaces the heavy cream used in traditional mousse recipes), you can use silken tofu.
With this vegan chocolate mousse you’re using a natural sweetener instead of white granulated sugar. Feel free to swap the maple syrup out for other natural sweeteners like agave or honey if not needing a vegan option. You can also use dates in place of the maple syrup for another natural sweetener option.
Instead of cacao powder, you can use vegan dark chocolate pieces. Make sure to use a blender or food processor to chop them up as small as you can. This may add a little extra texture to your mousse but will bring in an even richer chocolate flavour.
You can also use regular cocoa powder – just make sure to check that it is vegan. The difference between cacao and cocoa powder is that the latter often has added sugar and dairy.
In this recipe, just like my dark chocolate pudding, I like to add some vanilla extract or paste as it really brings a nice flavor to my tastebuds. This is something you can try and I highly suggest you do so. But if you need to, you can omit it and still have a fantastic chocolate mousse.
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You really don’t need much to whip this dessert together. Grab a knife, some measuring cups and spoons, your food processor and a ramekin, glass bowl or container to serve your mousse in.
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Store your avocado chocolate vegan mousse covered in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Can you freeze Chocolate Avocado Mousse?
If you wish to, you can freeze this chocolate mousse in a freezer safe container or freezer safe bag laid flat in the freezer.
If stored properly, this dessert will last up to 3 months in the freezer.
When you’re ready to enjoy your frozen dessert, remove it from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator. Ideally, you’d let it thaw overnight.
I haven’t tried it myself, but I would bet you could freeze this mousse into mousse popsicles for another fun vegan dessert idea. When you love chocolate as much as I do, you welcome any idea or reason to think up a new chocolate dessert, right?!
Whatever you do, do not attempt to heat this up to thaw it as it will change the consistency and taste of your delicious mousse, and nobody wants that!
And that’s it! Have you ever tried a vegan chocolate mousse? Thoughts?Print