Avocado chocolate mousse is an incredibly easy, healthy recipe. It has a delicious indulgent creamy texture, and a rich chocolatey taste. It takes just 10 minutes to make. This healthy chocolate mousse recipe is also gluten free, dairy free, egg free and vegan. What's not to love?
Whilst avocados are delicious in a salad or guacamole, avocado puddings are also fantastic. These creamy fruits are a healthy, plant based source of fat, and they're packed with nutrients. Alongside strong tasting ingredients such as chocolate and maple syrup, the taste of avocado disappears.
Why is the recipe healthy?
- High in fibre
Although soft and creamy, avocados are a great source of fibre. Half of an avocado will provide over a quarter of your recommended fibre intake. As well as providing benefits for your digestion and blood sugar levels, fibre will also help you feel fuller for longer.
- Low in refined sugar
Cutting down on the amount of sugar in your diet is one of the best things that you can do for your health. This recipe contains maple syrup or honey which are still types of sugar (even if it is unrefined), but the quantity is far less than in most desserts.
- High in vitamins and minerals
Avocados are a fantastic source of a number of vitamins and minerals. They are rich in folate, potassium and a number of B vitamins.
- High in healthy fats
Avocados are high in mono saturated fat - in particular oleic acid, which has been shown to reduce inflammation. They are low in saturated fat, and in fact can actively help to improve heart health
This link has more information about the health benefits of avocados if you want to find out more.
Avocado. Make sure your avocado is really ripe. You won't get the same lovely creamy pudding with a hard avocado
Cocoa. You'll need unsweetened cocoa to make this avocado chocolate mousse recipe, not chocolate powder
Honey or maple syrup. Some sweetness is required to make this taste like a dessert. For a vegan avocado chocolate mousse, use maple syrup rather than honey
Vanilla extract also adds a little more sweetness
Milk - a couple of tablespoons of milk helps to give a good texture to the mousse. You can use any milk in this recipe. Although I've used a plant based milk, if you're not dairy free, cow's milk will be fine
Salt. It may seem a little strange to add a pinch of salt to dessert. But give it a go - the salt will enhance the sweetness, and bring out the flavour of chocolate
Add some freshly grated orange zest for a healthy chocolate orange mousse.
You could also add a pinch of your favourite spices. Chocolate and cardamom are a marriage made in heaven (IMHO!). Or a pinch of ground cinnamon will also enhance the flavour of the chocolate.
How to make healthy avocado chocolate mousse
This easy avocado mousse recipe is very quick to make. There is little prep required, and no cooking, so your healthy dessert will be ready in minutes.
Halve the avocado and remove the stone. Use a teaspoon to remove the avocado from its skin and place both halves in a food processor.
Add the maple syrup or honey, cocoa, milk, vanilla and salt.
Blitz until smooth. You might need to scrape the sides of the bowl down a couple of times and blitz again to get a completely smooth texture.
You could also make the recipe in a small bowl and blitz it with a hand blender.
Serving and storage
You can eat your avocado mousse immediately, but it's even nicer if you can leave it in the fridge for an hour or so.
You could also add some colourful berries, and some grated dark chocolate.
This healthy chocolate mousse will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days if you want to prepare it ahead of time. Spoon it into jars and cover with food wrap.
Frequently asked questions
This healthy avocado chocolate mousse is an ideal recipe for leftover ripe avocados. It's really quick to make. Even if you've only got half an avocado, you'll still get two portions of the recipe.
Surprisingly, it doesn't really taste of avocado! Avocado just adds creaminess to this pudding, but the maple syrup and cocoa powder mask the flavour of the avocado. It doesn't taste exactly like a conventional chocolate mousse, but it's still pretty decadent.
A pot of this creamy chocolatey dessert has less than 150 calories. Unlike dairy cream, avocados have no cholesterol, so it's also a healthy choice. Chocolate avocado mousse is relatively low in carbohydrates, but if you want it to be keto friendly you can switch the maple syrup to a keto sweetener such as stevia.
Other healthy chocolate recipes
Healthy Avocado Chocolate Mousse
- food processor or hand blender
- 1 large ripe avocado
- 2 tablespoon honey or maple syrup
- 2 tablespoon cocoa
- 2 tablespoon milk any, see recipe tips above
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
- Halve the avocado, and remove the stone and skin.
- Add the avocado along with all of the other ingredients to a food processor or blender. Blitz until well mixed and creamy. If necessary, scrape down the sides of the bowl and reprocess.
- Ideally, chill for an hour before eating.
Please note nutritional information is per serving and is provided for guidance only.