Guilt-free avocado-chocolate mousse

Posted by on Feb 21, 2010 | 13 comments

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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13 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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!!

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

  4. 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.

  5. Karen, I can’t wait to try this!

  6. Thank you so much for the recipe. It turned out great and improved our grey Thursday evening :) .

    I didn’t have all the ingredients so I had to improvise.

    If you’re interested, you can check it out here (along with credit of course): http://jannicake.mayajaala.com/2011/03/surprise-chocolate-mousse/

  7. 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.

  8. 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 .

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

  9. 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!

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

  10. 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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