Unbelievable Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Crystal glasses filled with dark chocolate avocado mousse topped with a strawberry.

Satisfy your chocolate cravings with this ultra rich, and incredibly healthy Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Make it in 5 minutes today! Vegan, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free.

Striking a balance between healthy and tasty doesn’t have to be a struggle. Treat yourself to these healthy fudgy Two Bite Black Bean Brownies. Or simply roast up strawberries and rhubarb with vanilla for a satisfying sweet ending to any meal.

Crystal glasses filled with dark chocolate avocado mousse topped with a strawberry.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Life is about balance, and no dessert reflects that balance better than this decadent vegan chocolate avocado mousse. It tastes unbelievable and contains super healthy ingredients like dark chocolate, cocoa, maple syrup, spices and…you guessed it, AVOCADOS!

All the ingredients combine together in a food processor, creating a light, yet satisfying extra smooth treat. Your family will never suspect how healthy this pudding is.

Ingredients needed to make chocolate avocado mousse.

Chocolate Avocado Mousse Ingredients

  • avocado
  • dark chocolate
  • cocoa powder
  • cinnamon
  • salt
  • milk
  • maple syrup
  • vanilla extract
  • crème de menthe (optional)

For this recipe, choose avocados that are very ripe. Yes! You heard that correctly. This is a great way to use those avocados that have been sitting in your fridge crisper for weeks. Don’t worry if they are brown as they will be mixed in with chocolate and perfectly camouflaged.

For the ultimate chocolate treat, use high quality dark chocolate with minimal ingredients and a cacao content of at least 50%. This includes chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter (yes, this natural cocoa fat is vegan!), and vanilla. The fewer ingredients, the purer the chocolate.

A food processor bowl filled with ingredients needed to make chocolate avocado mousse.

Any kind of milk will work in this recipe. For non vegans, dairy milk will suffice. For a fully vegan dessert, use your favourite milk substitute such as cashew, soy, coconut or almond milk.

The chocolate mousse is refined sugar free as it is sweetened with natural maple syrup and flavoured with vanilla extract and crème de menthe. The crème de menthe is entirely optional if you prefer a non alcoholic dessert.

A Few Words on Cocoa (Cacao) Powder

It may surprise you to know that there are several types of cocoa powder available for baking and cooking. Here’s how they differ:

The most common baker’s ‘natural’ cocoa powder is made from roasted and ground fermented cacao beans. This cocoa powder contains a high natural acidity and low levels of nutrients due to high heat processing. Natural cocoa powder is less soluable and can have a bitter taste due to the acidity.

Crystal glasses filled with dark chocolate avocado mousse topped with a strawberry.

Dutch processed cocoa powder has an alkaline solution (like potassium carbonate) added to the chocolate liquor during the refining process. This addition neutralizes the natural acidity of the cocoa powder. The flavour is slightly sweeter, while the powder is more soluble than regular cocoa powder.

Finally, cacao powder is made from cacao beans processed at low temperature. This results in a ‘raw’ powder with more nutrients, natural enzymes, and minerals. It has a really rich chocolate flavour but can also be quite bitter.

So, what is the best powder to use in Chocolate Avocado Mousse? Texturally, and flavour wise, Dutch processed wins. However, cacao powder contains the most nutrition of the three.

To substitute cacao powder in this recipe, increase the amount of maple syrup to counteract the natural bitterness. Since natural cacao powder also tends to be more absorbent, you may need to add more milk as well. Add small amounts at a time until you have reached the desired consistency and flavour.

How to Make Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Got five minutes and a food processor? That’s how easy this recipe is.

Crystal glasses filled with dark chocolate avocado mousse topped with a strawberry.

Slice the avocados in half and remove the pits. Next, scoop the avocado into the small bowl of a food processor. Add the cocoa powder, salt, cinnamon, vanilla extract, maple syrup, and crème de menthe (if using) to the bowl. Blend until smooth, a minute or two.

Now it’s time to melt the chocolate. No need to bring out the double boiler. Just microwave it for 30 second increments until 75% of the chocolate is melted.

Continue to stir until all of the chocolate is homogenous, then pour it over the avocado mixture. Process until the mixture is smooth and creamy. You may need to scrape down the sides of the bowl so the mixture is all incorporated.

Lastly, with the motor running, slowly pour in the milk until desired consistency is reached. Spoon into small dessert bowls and enjoy. Or, fill a piping bag with the mixture and use your favourite piping tip for a classy look.

To serve, top the mousse with sliced strawberries or fresh raspberries, whipped cream (coconut cream) or ice cream (vegan or dairy).

Crystal glasses filled with dark chocolate avocado mousse topped with a strawberry.

Flavour Substitutions

Any flavour that marries well with chocolate is perfect for this recipe. Mix it up with any of the following flavours:

  • replace the milk with espresso (and skip the crème de menthe)
  • use honey instead of maple syrup
  • replace the crème de menthe with fireball for a an extra cinnamon kick
  • use orange juice instead of milk (use Cointreau instead of crème de menthe)
  • replace the vanilla extract with almond extract
  • use sour cherry or pomegranate juice instead of milk and add kirsch or maraschino liqueur.
A crystal glass filled with dark chocolate avocado mousse topped with a strawberry.

Why this Recipe Works…

In this mousse recipe, the avocado takes the place of eggs and whipped cream. This heart healthy fruit (yep, it’s a fruit!) contains healthy unsaturated fats which lend a wonderful creaminess to the mousse.

Very ripe avocados have a mostly neutral flavour which makes them the perfect vehicle for stronger flavours such as chocolate, cinnamon, and mint. This means you don’t taste the avocado at all.

A crystal glass filled with dark chocolate avocado mousse topped with a strawberry.

How to Store Chocolate Avocado Mousse

This simple dessert is so easy to whip up for a last minute dessert. You can also make it ahead of time and keep it covered in the refrigerator until serving.

Refrigerate any leftovers in a covered bowl for 4-5 days. It freezes well too, just in case you want to prep desserts for the next few months.

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Yield: 4 servings

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Crystal glasses filled with dark chocolate avocado mousse topped with a strawberry.

Crush your chocolate cravings with this ultra creamy, rich, and incredibly healthy Chocolate Avocado Mousse. Make it in 5 minutes today!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 4 oz dark chocolate; 70% cacao
  • 1/4 cup Dutch process cocoa powder*
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup milk (dairy, coconut, oat, soy, etc.)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp creme de menthe liqueur (optional) 

Instructions

  1. Slice the avocados in half, the remove the pit. Scoop out the green flesh and place in the bowl of a food processor.
  2. Add maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, cocoa, vanilla extract, and crème de menthe liqueur (if using). Pulse to process a few times.
  3. Melt the chocolate in a microwave for 30 second increments until 75% of the chocolate is melted. The stir until the rest of the chocolate is melted.
  4. Pour melted chocolate over pulsed mixture then process until creamy and smooth. You may need to scrape down the sides of the processor bowl so the mixture is all incorporated.
  5. With the motor running, gradually pour in the milk until desired consistency is reached.
  6. Spoon into small dessert bowls and enjoy. Or, fill a piping bag with the mixture and pipe it for a more polished appearance.
  7. Garnish with strawberries or preferred garnish.

Notes

*see cocoa powder discussion in post body. Other substitutes such as regular cocoa powder and cacao powder will be fine.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 501Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 315mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 11gSugar: 30gProtein: 6g

Nutritional calculation was provided by Nutritionix and is an estimation only. For special diets or medical issues please use your preferred calculator.

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42 comments

  1. Jeff Albom

    Wow, happy I found this recipe. I have 2 large bowls of avocados (and we can only eat so many of them). I was looking for a dairy and gluten free dessert for tonight. Guess what we’re all having after the BBQ?

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Awesome Jeff! I hope you love this recipe as much as we did.

      Reply

  2. FOODHEAL

    I haven’t yet tried a chocolate mousse with avocado and this one made me regret that’s it’s not avocado season here! I’ll keep this for later… Thank you for such a beautiful recipe and photos

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      That’s funny. I never think about when it is avocado season…because they just don’t grow in Canada. We import them year round.

      Reply

  3. Chef Dennis

    It is really unbelievably delicious! It made me want to stuff my mouth right now.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      thanks for stopping by Dennis.

      Reply

  4. Cindy Mom the Lunch Lady

    I haven’t made avocada mousse in forever. Thank you for reminding me of this healthier version!!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I know! It’s pretty old school..

      Reply

  5. Jo

    I have made avocado chocolate mousse and I can assure it’s simply the best thing ever! You won’t even know there’s avo in the mousse! So delicious!

    Reply

  6. Paige

    I LOVE avocado mousse, and this looks like a great version, cant wait to try it!

    Reply

  7. Kathryn Donangelo

    LOVE this avocado mousse recipe! I have always wanted to try this and so happy I did. I love how it’s healthy and totally satisfying!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It is SO satisfying, glad you enjoyed it Kathryn.

      Reply

  8. Kristen

    Well great minds think alike, I just made chocolate avocado pudding for Luna this week.
    I’m trying yours next, looks delicious!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      So cute. I hope she liked it. Maybe skip the liqueur for her though.

      Reply

  9. Veronika

    What a great idea to make mousse with avocado! Still decadent but on the healthier side! I want to try to make it tonight!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Totally decadent and worth it!

      Reply

  10. Beth

    I’ve been looking for a rich and fun make-ahead dessert for my son and his wife, and this avocado mousse is going to be it. It looks really easy to make in my favorite gadget, the food processor, and I can’t wait!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I couldn’t live without my food processor! Hope they enjoy this treat.

      Reply

  11. Alex

    I absolutely love desserts with avocado! Especially chocolate. This one looks especially thick and luscious!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh ya!! It’s thick and so very tasty.

      Reply

  12. Elaine

    I NEED to try this mousse this February! Definitely a game changer and a wonderful surprise for your loved one!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      And they don’t have to know it’s good for them! I didn’t tell my husband and son until they had tried it.

      Reply

  13. Terri Gilson

    Making chocolate mousse is my ultimate fave thing to do with avocados! I love the addition of creme de menthe!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Thanks Terri, I added it on a whim and was so surprised. I really thing adding liqueur adds a special touch.

      Reply

  14. Moop Brown

    This looks so rich and tasty and the way you used the avocado is super unique! I love that it’s vegan as well.

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yesss! I can’t wait to make some for my vegan daughter the next time she visits.

      Reply

  15. Amy Nash

    I was certainly surprised by how well this turned out! I’ll admit to having had doubts, but it was quite good! Very light and chocolatey!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Oh good! Yeah that’s what I thought too when I first tried it during a potluck.

      Reply

  16. NANCY

    woah you had me at 5 minutes today! Vegan, Gluten Free, and Dairy Free ? sign me up!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      haha, yeah! I was surprised how quick this recipe was…it actually took me longer to find my piping bag!!

      Reply

  17. Nicoletta De Angelis Nardelli

    These are beautiful, Bernice! I love chocolate mousse but I hardly make it because of the raw eggs. So, the idea of adding avocado is right up my alley. They look so creamy and decadent, yet they are on the healthier side. Going to try!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      I hope you both enjoy it Nicoletta!

      Reply

  18. On My Kid's Plate

    This was perfect for those avocados I had sitting on the counter and went ripe on me just a little too fast. So chocolatey too, will make this again!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      Yes! In fact it’s better if the avocados are over ripe.

      Reply

  19. Taylor

    Mmm this looks delicious! I have never tried avocado mousse before but I am eager to try it now!

    Reply

    1. Bernice Hill

      It’s a bit of a shock, but it works!!

      Reply

  20. Melssa

    Gorgeous photos!

    Reply

  21. Jennifer

    This looks so good – and I have avocado in the fridge already!!

    Reply

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