Make this easy vegan chocolate mousse featuring rich, creamy avocado.
I’ve been making this recipe for years, and I’m so excited to share it with you. It feels like cheating whenever I make this recipe because it’s so much easier than making conventional mousse.
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This vegan chocolate mousse is:
- No Heat Required
- Takes less than 10 minutes to assemble
- Filled with healthy fats
Why Avocado makes the Perfect Vegan Chocolate Mousse
I admit, it sounded a little weird to me at first. But, avocado has natural plant-based fats that give a creamy mouthfeel. When avocados are very ripe, they mash easily. Combined with cocoa powder and a liquid sweetener like agave or maple syrup, mashed avocado resembles brownie batter.
Even if your mashed avocado is still green after mashing, what color does avocado turn when exposed to air? Brown! So the mousse darkens in the fridge. When you pull it out, it looks exactly like dark chocolate mousse.
Avocado is a high-fat fruit, but those fats are unsaturated fats- the healthy kind! Fat digests slowly so it prevents spikes in blood sugar. It also keeps you feeling satiated for a longer amount of time.
Cocoa powder has flavonoids (epicatechin and catechin). There is good evidence that cocoa can lower your risk of developing heart disease.
Of your sweetener options, I think that agave is my favorite. It has a lower glycemic index (30) but tastes better to me than monk fruit extract or liquid Stevia drops.
- Maple Syrup: 54
- Agave Nectar: 30
- Monk Fruit Extract: 0
- Liquid Stevia Drops: 0
This mousse is amazing with fresh seasonal fruit. Here’s a list of my favorite fruits by season:
- Spring: Mango, Mandarin Oranges, Strawberries
- Summer: Blackberries, Blueberries, Sweet Cherries, Fresh Figs, Nectarine, Peach, Plums, Raspberries, Strawberries
- Fall: Pomegranate, Cranberries, Grapes
- Winter: Mandarin Oranges, Pomegranate, Tangerines
Choose a very ripe avocado for easy mashing. I prefer to use an electric handheld whisk to get a smooth finish.
See how dark it is? It will only get darker in the fridge!
Spoon into your serving dish and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- 2 very ripe avocados
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Sweetener of choice: Maple syrup or agave: use 2 tablespoons // Liquid stevia or monk fruit extract: use just a few drops
- Wash and slice open two avocados.
- Spoon out the flesh.
- Using a hand mixer, blend avocado flesh, cocoa powder, and sweetener until it resembles brownie batter.
- Spoon into serving dishes.
- Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
- Serve with in-season fruit.
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