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.



  • 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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  1. posted by
    Sep 2, 2010 Reply

    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. posted by
    Scot Onitsuka
    Nov 13, 2010 Reply

    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. posted by
    Carla Garren
    Mar 4, 2011 Reply

    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!!

    • posted by
      Mar 4, 2011 Reply

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

  4. posted by
    Bittersweet Sage
    Mar 13, 2011 Reply

    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. posted by
    Mar 18, 2011 Reply

    Karen, I can’t wait to try this!

  6. posted by
    Mar 24, 2011 Reply

    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):

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  8. posted by
    Apr 12, 2011 Reply

    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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  10. posted by
    Aug 10, 2011 Reply

    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 .

    • posted by
      Aug 10, 2011 Reply

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

  11. posted by
    Aug 19, 2011 Reply

    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!

    • posted by
      Aug 23, 2011 Reply

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

  12. posted by
    Sep 20, 2011 Reply

    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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