Few things in life will put a bigger smile on my face than a great tasting dessert that also doubles as a healthy and nutritious option. It’s like a sign from above that you really can have it all. On that note, today I’m going to be sharing a recipe with you guys that’s the very definition of a delicious and nutritious dessert. It will show you how to make the most incredible avocado chocolate mousse with no eggs required.
Normally when you make homemade chocolate mousse, you need to use a mixture of ingredients that includes the likes of egg yolks, heavy cream, and sugar.
What you’re going to be getting with this particular recipe is a fantastic healthy substitute for chocolate mousse that uses nothing but real whole food ingredients like avocado, maple syrup (or honey), cacao powder, and melted dark chocolate.
By opting to use great ingredients like the ones just mentioned, you’re going to be able to keep your mousse low in both carbs and sugars, while making sure that it’s jam packed full of heart-healthy quality fats, dietary fiber, essential vitamins and minerals, and disease-fighting antioxidants.
Lately I’ve been on a huge avocado kick. I’ve been using it to make almost everything. I’m serious guys – I’ve made avocado fries, avocado salads and salad dressings, avocado toast…the list goes on and on.
The reason why I’ve been using it so much is because it’s such a nutrient-dense fruit that fits in so perfectly with tons of different healthy recipes. It’s also loaded with essential nutrients like vitamin K, folate, dietary fiber, and it’s an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acids. This type of fatty acid can help to keep heart disease at bay by keeping total cholesterol levels in check, while also helping to keep your blood pressure under control. (1)
Using avocado to make mousse works so well because the flesh of the fruit has a rich and creamy texture that works wonders in this recipe. Avocado on its own obviously won’t make a good chocolate mousse though, and that’s where our other two chocolate ingredients come into the picture.
You’ll be using both melted dark chocolate and two tablespoons of either cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder. When you combine the dark chocolate with cacao powder, you end up giving your mousse a delightfully chocolatey flavor that’s not too sweet, nor too bitter.
More importantly, both forms of chocolate are actually quite good for you as well. Studies have actually found that cocoa, and by extension cacao, have more phenolic antioxidants than most other foods. (2) These polyphenols provide a wide range of benefits, such as helping to protect against cancer, reducing blood pressure, and even improving your mood and cognitive functioning. The melted dark chocolate offers similar benefits, on top of being another great source of heart-healthy fatty acids. (3)
In order to give your chocolate mousse more of a sweet taste, you’re also going to want to add in either two tablespoons of either raw maple syrup or honey.
Both options work great for this recipe but if I’m being honest, I much prefer to use honey. It all comes down to a matter of personal taste (no pun intended), but the good news is that using raw honey adds even more disease-fighting antioxidants to the mousse, along with a variety of other important essential nutrients. (4)
Aside from just a hint of natural vanilla extract for flavoring, the only remaining ingredient needed to complete the mousse is two tablespoons of your preferred choice of milk. I usually like to go with unsweetened vanilla flavored almond milk whenever I’m making a recipe like this.
However, from time to time I like to treat myself, and using chocolate flavored almond milk (even if it’s not unsweetened) makes for an amazing addition to the recipe.
Actually making the chocolate mousse couldn’t be any easier – simply add all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend them together into a nice smooth mixture. Refrigerate the mousse for approximately two hours and then divide it between glasses.
When serving the mousse, I like to add some fresh raspberries for decoration, but this is entirely optional. You could also use something like strawberries or blueberries if you’d prefer–feel free to get creative!
And since I already know that as soon as you take your first bite of this mouthwatering chocolate dessert that you’re going to be craving even more healthy chocolate desserts, I’ve gone ahead and found a few must-try recipes for you from around the web. Check them out below:
- Healthy Chocolate Avocado Pudding (The Fitchen)
- Healthy 3 Ingredient Chocolate Banana Ice Cream (The Endless Meal)
- Chocolate Zucchini Bread (Once Upon a Chef)
- Healthy Flourless Chocolate Cake (Detoxinista)
Between the above five recipes and this chocolate mousse dessert, you should be more than covered to have plenty of healthy options that can help to satisfy your chocolate sweet tooth cravings.
Before we wrap things up with this recipe, I usually like to finish things off with a few extra pointers to hopefully help answer any miscellaneous questions our readers may have in regards to the recipe:
5 Reasons Why Avocado Chocolate Mousse Is a Great Keto-Friendly Dessert
When you think of keto-friendly dessert ideas, chocolate mousse usually isn’t one of the first things to come to mind. Normally, chocolate mousse contains a ton of carbohydrates, sugar, and other things that are decidedly non-keto.
However, all it takes is a few creative ingredient swaps and voila, all of a sudden you have a chocolate mousse recipe that not only turns out great, but it’s also completely keto-friendly as well.
Here are five great reasons why this avocado chocolate mousse recipe makes for a great keto-friendly dessert:
- There are no refined carbohydrates or sugars (except for those that occur naturally in either raw maple syrup or honey) anywhere to be found.
- Avocado is incredibly nutrient-dense, offering up everything you could hope for while following the keto diet – heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, dietary fiber, antioxidants, and a variety of essential vitamins and minerals.
- The recipe is flexible enough that you can get a little bit creative with your ingredient choices. Want more fat in it? Use coconut milk instead of almond milk. Craving more chocolate? Up the amount of melted dark chocolate or cacao powder that you use. As I always say, don’t be afraid to get a bit creative!
- Not only will this chocolate mousse satisfy your sweet tooth, but it’s also quite a satiating treat to enjoy as well. The fiber content of the avocado will help to keep you feeling full for longer, which in turn will help to prevent binge eating.
- Last but certainly not least – it’s so, so important to treat yourself from time to time! Just because you’re following the keto diet (or any other type of diet focused on making healthier eating choices) doesn’t mean that you have to deny yourself the simple pleasures in life, like enjoying a yummy chocolate dessert. By focusing on making sure your desserts are healthy and keto-friendly, you won’t feel like you’re depriving yourself, and will therefore be more likely to stick with your diet plan until you achieve your goals.
Why Is Dark Chocolate Such a Healthier Option Than Milk Chocolate?
There’s a reason why this recipe uses both cacao powder (or unsweetened cocoa powder) and melted dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate. While we could literally spend an entire article talking about why dark chocolate in particular is such a healthier option, that’s beyond the scope of this recipe.
Instead, I’ll simply give you the brief cliff’s notes version of why I always use dark chocolate for all of my healthy dessert recipes:
- Dark chocolate has the same amount of calories as milk chocolate, but it has less carbohydrates and a lower sugar content
- Dark chocolate is far more nutrient-dense than milk chocolate, offering up more fiber, more heart-healthy fats, and more essential minerals like iron, magnesium, and zinc
- Dark chocolate has far more beneficial cocoa polyphenols and antioxidants when compared to milk chocolate
The only downside that dark chocolate has when compared to milk chocolate is the fact that it tastes more bitter (although many people enjoy the more natural taste). However, this is quite often negated by the fact that many recipes usually include some sort of natural sweetener to help balance things out.
What Other Healthy Desserts Can You Make With Avocado?
As I told you guys at the start of this recipe, I’ve been on a huge avocado kick lately. Even though I gave you some more great healthy chocolate dessert recipe ideas above, I also realize not everybody loves chocolate as much as I do.
Still, if you’re looking for even more dessert ideas that you can make with avocado, I’ve got you covered as well. Here are a few more great recipes for you to try next:
- Avocado Banana Pudding (Real Food with Dana)
- No-Bake Avocado Lime Cheesecake (Pure Wow)
- Coconut Milk and Avocado Ice Cream (Foolproof Living)
- Avocado Popsicles with Coconut & Lime (Ketogasm)
Avocado Chocolate Mousse (No Eggs!)
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 2 1x
- 1 large avocado, halved and pitted
- 2 tbsp cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 oz dark chocolate, melted
- 2 tbsp maple syrup or honey
- 2 tbsp milk of your choice
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
For decoration (optional)
- fresh raspberries
- Place the avocado flesh, maple syrup, cacao powder, melted chocolate, milk and vanilla extract in a food processor and process until smooth.
- Refrigerate the mousse for minimum 2 hours.
- Divide between serving glasses.
- Decorate with fresh raspberries or your choice of decoration and serve.