Guilt-free avocado-chocolate mousse

I tried out this avocado-based chocolate mousse recipe tonight when a vegan friend came over for dinner. I got the idea from The Dr. Oz Show, but his version used egg whites. After searching online for several minutes, I was starting to think I wouldn’t be able to find something that was both egg-free and soy-free. Just when I was about to give in and try a tofu-based recipe, I found this one from the Autonomie Project. It’s rich, creamy, and — with just four ingredients — totally easy to make.

 

Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

Cup open avocados and scoop out the insides. Combine with other ingredients and blend until smooth.

I tried blending everything in a blender first, but it kept getting stuck, so I transferred everything to a mixing bowl and used an electric mixer, which took care of all the small avocado chunks. I would recommend cutting the avocado into small pieces to make it more manageable. Would probably work well in a food processor also.

Though using avocados as a dessert base may sound odd, they provide a creamy texture with just a hint of exotic flavor. I often find vegan desserts to be dry and bland, but this mousse was excellent, especially when served with fresh berries. And with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, which help lower cholesterol, it’s 100% guilt-free. I’m not even vegan, but I will definitely be putting this delicious, healthy dessert into regular rotation!

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16 comments on Guilt-free avocado-chocolate mousse

  • melissa

    change the agave necture to brown sugar, and that would work for me. thanks for the egg free version….not against them, just hate to only eat part of them.

  • Scot Onitsuka

    Thank you , I enjoy reading about other vegans as it gives me the strength to continue. I have about a thousand vegetarian feeds in my google reader, but another can’t hurt!! I did manage to find a good lentil recipe here, but I’ll be sure to try yours too. Thanks!

  • Carla Garren

    I made a smaller batch of this last night, I have one child who is a sugar addict… I don’t buy crap food so I think she digs through my purse and steals my change for her fix… She loved this! I didn’t tell her what was in it, she asked if I would make it again this weekend. LOL. I think I might cut down on the agave nectar though. That stuff is super sweet!!

    • Karen (author)

      That’s awesome! I haven’t made it in a while, maybe I should make a batch this weekend too!

  • Bittersweet Sage

    Thank you for the recipe. I first had vegan avocado chocolate mousse at a restaurant called The Owl House, and I’ve been looking for a good way to replicate it.

  • Kerstin

    Karen, I can’t wait to try this!

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  • Tanya

    I will definitely try this. I had another recipe that used dates to sweeten the mousse. Be sure your avocados are really ripe otherwise you don’t get that creamy, buttery taste.

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  • Rikilee

    My daughter made this with a bit of vanilla soy milk. It is amazing. She dipped strawberries in the mousse and served an elegant and decadent dessert .

    • Karen (author)

      Rikilee, I’m so glad you liked it! It is great will all kinds of berries!

  • Rochelle

    This was really scrumptious! I added 1/2 cup of coconut milk and a 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. I bet it would do well in an ice cream maker, too!

    • Karen (author)

      Rochelle, the coconut milk sounds like an interesting addition! I always love seeing the modifications people come up with. Glad you liked it!

  • swati

    I made it and loved it! No one was able to guess the “secret ingredient”. I added some raspberries and honey since I did not have agave nectar and did not want to use sugar.

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