Rich and indulgent, this healthy, no bake chocolate avocado mousse is a crowd pleasing dessert that's made with just 4 plant-based ingredients. It's incredibly easy to make and comes together in only 10 minutes!
This no bake dessert is perfect when you're craving something sweet but want to keep it healthy or when you need something to serve for dessert at a dinner party! Because it's made with clean ingredients, you won't feel bogged down after enjoying it.
This chocolate avocado mousse is healthy, vegan, paleo, gluten-free, refined-sugar free, dairy-free, and is made without eggs. It's free of basically everything yet is the most delicious dessert ever!
This 4-ingredient chocolate avocado mousse calls for basic ingredients that you likely already have on hand!
- Ripe Avocados: the key to creaminess!! Make sure your avocados are at their peak ripeness (nice and soft but not yet browned), otherwise your mousse won't be nice and smooth.
- Cocoa Powder: it wouldn't be a chocolate mousse without some cocoa powder! I recommend using dutch processed cocoa powder and using one of high-quality. This kind of cocoa powder will give you the smoothest texture. If you don't have that/don't want to get it, good ol' unsweetened cocoa powder will do just fine.
- Maple Syrup: to act as our natural sweetener.
- Vanilla: ...obviously.
- Sea Salt: totally optional, but I think it really helps to balance out the sweetness of this chocolate mousse.
The best thing about this decadent dessert? It's incredibly easy to make and comes together in 10 minutes, yet is super impressive!
- Place all ingredients in a food processor or a high-speed blender and process until smooth, making sure you're stopping every few minutes to scrape down the sides. It took me about 7 minutes to get it super smooth. If you can, I recommend sifting your cocoa powder before adding it to your food processor/blender to ensure your mousse is super smooth!
- Divide the mousse into the cups or glasses you intend to serve the mousse in, cover, and chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
- Top with a dollop of coconut cream and dark chocolate shavings, enjoy!
Recipe Variations & Substitutions
I love this recipe as is not only because of it's flavor, but for it's simplicity too. Feel free to give these tried & true variations a try and let me know what you think!
Make this chocolate avocado mousse without cocoa powder. Instead, feel free to melt your favorite chocolate bar or chocolate chips.
Sweeten this dessert with dates or date syrup instead of maple syrup. You could also use agave.
If you want to hide the avocado flavor even more, add in some frozen fruit! Frozen bananas or cherries are a great addition for both the flavor and texture of the mousse.
Add a few drops of mint extract to make this a mint chocolate mousse.
I love to top my chocolate avocado mousse with coconut cream and chocolate shavings but feel free to top yours with:
- Fruit: fresh berries (like raspberries) are the best with this!
- Mint Leaves: for added flavor. If you really want to get festive, you can get candy canes.
- Whipped Cream
- Coconut Flakes
- Sea Salt
- Taste and adjust! Depending on the size and ripeness of your avocados, you may need more or less maple syrup or cocoa powder. After blending it, immediately give it a taste and adjust to your preference.
- Sift the cocoa powder for optimal creaminess. The first time I made this I didn't sift it and got a few clumps, even after running it through the food processor.
- Chill for at least an hour before serving. This gives the mousse time to set and let the flavors develop. You could eat it right away (it will be kind of warm though) but I promise, it's worth the wait.
- The riper the avocado, the better.* If your avocados are even still slightly hard, don't make this yet. The softer the avocado, the creamier your mousse will be.
*don't use rotten/browned avocados!
Store the chocolate avocado mousse in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Alternatively, it can be stored in the freezer for up to 2 months.
Mousse is not cooked and is more light and airy in comparison to pudding.
Keep it simple! You can totally enjoy it as is or top it with fresh fruit, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings for a yummy dessert.