This vegan ‘chocolate’ mousse is creamy, sweet, and decadent, with avocados and coconut cream added in place of dairy. Make this a perfect sweet treat your family will love. It is so silky and thick, just like traditional chocolate pudding or mousse. Also, check out my Avocado Mousse!

 

The most important thing to know when making any dessert is that it has to taste right. If you’ve had a bad experience with a vegan dessert before, then do not let that stop you from trying this one; I guarantee it will be different!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: vegan chocolate mousse is the best. What can I say? I’m a chocoholic. But have you ever wondered how you could make vegan chocolate mousse without using any eggs or dairy? This is the recipe for making a vegan chocolate mousse that is just as delicious as a traditional chocolate mousse but without using any animal products.

The vegan chocolate mousse is a dessert that’s ready to serve in just minutes. My husband and I have been talking about this recipe for many months now and we’re both totally blown away. It took me a lot of trial and error to get it right. I hope you give it a try soon!

 

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Originally published on February 19th, 2019.

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Why You’ll Like This Vegan Chocolate Mousse?

This vegan chocolate mousse is the epitome of indulgence. I absolutely love this chocolate mousse recipe, because:

  • It is easy to make.
  • It’s made with just a few ingredients, tastes amazing, and is vegan!
  • It only takes a few minutes to make and is made without the use of gelatin or an ice cream machine.
  • This tastes like chocolate mousse from a posh restaurant.
  • Chocolate mousse is one of those desserts that you don’t have to feel guilty about (or even think about).
  • It is smooth, silky, and absolutely chocolaty.
  • This vegan chocolate mousse is a rich, light, and healthy dessert.
  • You can use it as a dessert or have it as a snack.
  • This vegan chocolate mousse is the perfect dessert for any occasion.
  • It is perfect for entertaining.
  • It is always a crowd pleaser.
  • This vegan chocolate mousse is a dessert all vegans and non-vegans alike will love. Even the most finicky eater can’t resist a taste.
  • There is no added sugar or fat, so it’s a great option for those who are trying to watch their weight or have diabetes concerns.
  • When you serve it to guests, they’ll guess you spent hours making the decadently smooth and velvety dessert out of chocolate.
  • You can easily swap out or add any other fruit or flavor you have on hand, too!

Why Vegan Chocolate Mousse Beneficial to Your Health?

This vegan chocolate mousse is a perfect example of how you can enjoy dessert without sacrificing your health. It is prepared with healthy ingredients to make it a nutritious punch!

Avocado’s Nutritional Value

It’s no surprise that avocados are so renowned in the health & wellness world, given their high nutritional value and numerous health advantages.

  • Avocados are rich in several vital nutrients, many of which are deficient in modern diets, such as fiber, good fats, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, vitamin E, potassium, and magnesium.
  • Avocados are an excellent source of fiber, which is vital for digestive health. According to some research, eating avocados may enhance bacterial diversity in the stomach and lower bile acid concentration in the feces.
  • Consuming nutrient-dense foods on a regular basis, such as avocados, may help prevent heart disease. Avocados’ vitamins, minerals, good fats, and fiber all contribute to the cardiovascular system’s wellness.
  • Avocados are also a powerhouse of bioactive compounds, such as carotenoids, vitamin E, vitamin C, and phenolic compounds. It has been demonstrated that these compounds exhibit considerable cardioprotective, neuroprotective, and antioxidant properties.
  • Despite being high in calories, avocados are full of nutrients and make you feel full because of their dietary fiber and good fat content. According to research, eating a diet high in fiber foods like vegetables and fruits may aid in weight loss. Furthermore, persons who consume more fiber tend to have healthier body weights than those who consume less fiber.
  • You require much more nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding. A healthy approach to ensure that you receive enough folate, potassium, and other vitamins is to eat avocados.

Health Benefits Of Banana

Bananas have many health benefits and can be consumed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

  • Some of the nutrients contained in bananas are potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, copper, fiber, and protein.
  • Eating bananas is also an excellent way to maintain blood sugar levels, aid with digestion, help to maintain heart health, assist with weight loss, and are easy to include in your diet.
  • Bananas are also very filling and will prevent you from feeling hungry for several hours. This will significantly assist those who are formulating weight loss plans. In addition, a medium banana contains only 102 calories.
  • Bananas also contain bioactive plant compounds such as dopamine and catechin. The dopamine which comes from bananas acts as an antioxidant and the catechin can assist in reducing the risk of heart disease.

Carob Powder Nutritional Profile

Although carob often resembles chocolate because of the similar flavor. It is, nevertheless, healthier than chocolate.

  • Carob contains twice as much calcium as cocoa.
  • It doesn’t include any of the migraine-inducing compounds.
  • It is free of caffeine and fat.
  • It is high in antioxidants.
  • Carob, unlike cocoa, is naturally sweeter.

Including carob in your diet offers various health benefits.

  • Carob is high in fiber and doesn’t have caffeine, making it a good food for people who have high blood pressure.
  • People who want to lose weight can also use it as a chocolate substitute because it has very little sugar and fat.
  • The high vitamin content is beneficial for eyes and skin health.
  • Carob, like cocoa, contains polyphenols, and antioxidants that have been shown to lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.

Benefits Of Maple Syrup 

Aside from its natural caramel sweetness, there’s another reason to use maple syrup: it’s actually healthy. Yes, pure maple syrup contains minerals such as riboflavin, zinc, magnesium, calcium, and potassium in every spoonful. 

  • Maple syrup is rich in antioxidants. The scientific journal Pharmaceutical Biology reported that pure maple syrup contains as many as twenty-four distinct antioxidants. These antioxidants, which are phenolic compounds, are advantageous for lowering free radical damage, which can result in inflammation and aid in the development of a number of chronic diseases. Choose grade B, darker maple syrups whenever possible because they have a higher concentration of healthy antioxidants than lighter syrups.
  • Because maple syrup nutrition contains anti-inflammatory polyphenol antioxidants, it can be included in a healthy diet that aids in preventing conditions including inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, and heart disease. The plant-based components in maple syrup lessen oxidative stress, which speeds up our aging process and weakens our immune system.
  • Many people firmly believe that applying maple syrup to their skin topically is beneficial. Maple syrup, like raw honey, can help to reduce skin inflammation, redness, pimples, and dryness. When mixed with raw yogurt or milk and rolled oats, this natural mixture can be used as a mask to hydrate the skin and reduce germs and marks of irritation.
  • Consuming a lot of refined sugar might worsen digestive issues like candida, IBS, leaky gut, and IBS. Reducing your intake of refined sugar and switching to natural sweeteners in small amounts is perhaps one of the most important measures you can take to treat autoimmune diseases and leaky gut.
  • Gas, bloating, cramps, and constipation are common gastrointestinal symptoms brought on by the majority of artificial sweeteners. Maple syrup can be a far healthier substitute to use in baked products, yogurt, oatmeal, or smoothies in order to maintain the digestive tract in better condition, devoid of chemicals and the harm caused by a high-sugar diet.
  • Along with potassium and calcium, maple syrup also has rather high levels of manganese and zinc. Zinc can help prevent illness and enhance immunity since it maintains a healthy number of white blood cells in the body, whereas manganese is essential for the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates, the absorption of calcium, the management of blood sugar levels, and the proper functioning of the brain and nerves.

 

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Vegan Chocolate Mousse Recipe

  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Coconut cream
  • Carob Powder 
  • Maple syrup
  • Vanilla

How To Make Vegan Mousse?

Making vegan mousse is incredibly easy with the use of a high-speed blender.

Peel the avocado and discard the pit. Place it in a food processor or high-speed blender, along with the banana, coconut cream, maple syrup, carob powder, vanilla, and sea salt.

Process the mixture until it is smooth. Spoon the mousse into two cups, and garnish them with coconut cream and carob chips. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated.

After serving carob mousse in a glass jar, top with coconut whipped cream or granola, nuts, or fruits.

Recipe Notes

Before you begin, there are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Before you begin mixing, make sure you have all of your ingredients measured out and ready to go so you don’t forget anything.
  • You can use a frozen banana, or chill the coconut cream and avocado so that your vegan chocolate mousse will be ready to eat. The banana gives it a great flavor, and it is naturally sweet.
  • You may use other kinds of sweeteners.
  • The majority of vegan chocolate mousse recipes call for either coconut milk or cream. I’m not sure about you, but I love using coconut cream or milk in my vegan recipes.

When developing this recipe, I kept in mind those of you who are allergic to coconut or who just don’t like its flavor. Aquafaba can be used to produce the same silky smooth feel as coconut, thickening it up and giving it a creamy consistency. Additionally, it becomes a little bit fluffier and lighter, like a nice mousse ought to be.

Topping Ideas

This delectable vegan chocolate mousse can have a wide variety of toppings. Here are several different ideas:

  • Fresh berries
  • Frozen-dried berries
  • Other fruits
  • Rose petals
  • Orange or lemon zest
  • Coconut whipped cream
  • Granola
  • Carob sauce
  • Crushed nuts, such as pistachio, almond, pecans, and hazelnuts

 

Do you have any other ideas? If you have any, please share them in the comments section.

Leftover Storage

Leftovers mousse keep for about 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator when stored in airtight containers.

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Carob?

Carob is a legume from the evergreen carob tree, it is also called locust bean, St. John’s bread. The pods are dried and ground into a powdered form that resembles cocoa powder. t has been used for health purposes for 4,000 years, dating back to ancient Greece.

Carob is normally sold in vacuum-packed cans and found in health food stores. It should be kept in a cool dry place to prevent it from clumping.

I originally made this vegan mousse with carob, but it can definitely be made with chocolate.

Carob Vs Chocolate

I’m not a huge fan of chocolate so my recipes will use carob instead, however, they can easily be used interchangeably.

  • Simple put chocolate has caffeine and carob doesn’t, carob has a naturally sweet taste that will enhance your recipes and requires less sweetener.
  • Carob has three times the amount of calcium than chocolate, making it great for strong bones and teeth.
  • Carob contains less fat than chocolate.

What Does Carob Taste Like?

Carob doesn’t taste exactly like chocolate, but it is very similar. It is a popular chocolate substitute among those who are on a caffeine-free diet. It looks like chocolate, with a similar texture, and acts similarly in recipes.

Carob has its own unique taste, naturally sweet with a caramel flavor. It is milder in taste than chocolate. Try my other carob recipes, Vegan Tiramisu, Carob Brownies, Carob Muffins, Hot Carob Drink, and Carob Energy Bites.

How To Pick An Avocado?

Having a ripe avocado is the most important part of any dish where avocado is the main event. Unripe avocados are technically ok but have a weird flavor, in my opinion. They are also watery when blended or mashed.

On the contrary, ripe avocados have a mellowly sweet flavor. They are also creamy and turn into a decadent mousse beautifully.

When choosing, pay attention to the appearance of the avocado fruit. Since avocados ripen very slowly when buying an avocado that you do not plan to eat right away, choose the hard and heavy fruit that will ripen at room temperature within two days.

The peel should be intact, clean, and without any spots or cracks. The presence of dark spots is a clear sign of overripe avocados. A ripe avocado should have a slight give from pressing with a finger, but not feel like mush, i.e. be soft but not loose.

Coconut Cream vs. Coconut Milk

You have probably heard of coconut milk, but are you wondering if coconut cream is the same thing? Well, not quite. Coconut cream is made from the inner meat of mature coconuts. It is a delicious heavy cream substitute that is used traditionally in many cultures, especially in the Caribbean, Asia, and South America.

The difference between coconut milk and coconut cream is that in the recipe for coconut cream, much more coconut is used, relative to water. Typically, four parts of shredded coconut are simmered in one part of water. This results in a much thicker, richer, and more concentrated liquid, which can be used to add an intense coconut flavor to a dish.

Coconut cream has quite a high but healthy fat content, making it perfect for adding to spicy dishes to mellow the flavor and as a base for desserts. Coconut cream is also full of various minerals and vitamins, antioxidants, and even some fiber and protein.

Give this recipe a try. It’s incredibly delicious and super easy. I hope you like it. As always, I would love to hear from you. So if you tried this recipe or any other from my website, please let me know how it turned out in the comments below!

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Nutrition

(Per portion)
  • Energy: 275 kcal / 1150 kJ
  • Fat: 10 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Carbs: 47 g

Cook Time

  • Preparation: 5 min
  • Ready in: 5 min
  • For: 2 Servings

Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Peel the avocado and discard the pit. Place it in a food processor or high-speed blender, along with the banana, coconut cream, sweetener, carob powder, vanilla, and sea salt.
  2. Process the mixture until it is smooth. Spoon the mousse into two cups, and garnish them with coconut cream and carob chips. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated.
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Michelle Blackwood, RN

Hi, I’m Michelle, I’m the voice, content creator and photographer behind Healthier Steps. I share vegan and gluten-free recipes because of past health issues. My goal is to help you make healthier choices and show you how healthy eating is easy and delicious.