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This vegan avocado mousse is a creamy and deliciously chocolatey dessert made with 6 wholesome plant-based ingredients. Kid-approved and easy to make in 5 minutes!

3 white bowls of chocolate avocado mousse.
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Why You’ll Love This Creamy Avocado and Chocolate Mousse

Are you also obsessed with avocados? Personally, I would eat them every day if I could. I’d treat myself to avocado toast in the morning, a salad with avocado green goddess dressing for lunch, a bowl of avocado pesto pasta for dinner, and lastly, this homemade avocado mousse for dessert!

Of all the things you can do with avocados, making a decadent vegan chocolate dessert may not be the first thing that comes to mind. But by blending avocados with cocoa powder, sweeteners, and non-dairy milk, you get an almost unbelievably creamy vegan chocolate mousse. Best of all, you don’t even taste the avocado!

You can serve this healthy vegan chocolate pudding to everyone—kids, adults, vegans, picky eaters, and more—and no one will guess they’re eating something that’s good for them. Unlike a dairy-based chocolate mousse recipe, this vegan version is dairy-free and loaded with healthy fats, gut-friendly fiber, and nearly 20 different vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients.

Putting it together couldn’t be easier, either. Just blend the 6 simple ingredients in a food processor until smooth, then enjoy it by the spoonful or serve it in bowls with plenty of toppings.

Looking for more healthy vegan chocolate desserts to enjoy? Try my super simple chocolate mousse, chocolate fruit bars, chocolate coconut balls, or peanut butter and chocolate covered bananas!

The Ingredients and Substitutes

This avocado chocolate pudding is easy to make with only 6 ingredients! Please refer to the recipe card for the full list of ingredients and quantities.

ingredients for avocado mousse in individual bowls with labels.

When shopping for avocados, pick the ones that feel firm but still have a slight give when squeezed. They shouldn’t be too soft or completely firm. 

If you can’t find ripe avocados, place them in a paper bag with an apple or banana when you get home to help them ripen within 1 or 2 days. For more info about them, check out this detailed guide to avocados.

What Else Could I Add to Avocado Mousse?

  • Flavor extracts: Blend 1 or 2 teaspoons of vanilla, peppermint, or almond extract into the mousse for more flavor.
  • Spices: Blend a pinch of ground cinnamon, cayenne pepper, or chili powder for a warm or spicy flavor.
  • Citrus zest: A pinch of orange zest would be lovely here.
  • Coffee: 1 tablespoon of instant espresso powder or instant coffee granules blended into the pudding will help it taste even more chocolatey.
  • Melted vegan chocolate: Blend in about ⅓ cup of chopped dairy-free dark chocolate (melted) for an even richer chocolate flavor. Refer to this guide on how to melt chocolate here.
  • Sugar-free sweeteners: For a sugar-free version, replace the granulated sugar with an equal amount of maple syrup, or use agave, erythritol, swerve, or 2 Medjool dates.

How to Make Avocado Mousse

Keep scrolling to the recipe card for the complete list of ingredients and recipe instructions.

2 avocados cut in half.
ingredients for avocado mousse in a food processor.

Step 1: Slice the avocados in half and remove the pits.

Step 2: Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and blend until completely smooth.

blended chocolate avocado mousse in a food processor.

Step 3: Taste the mousse and adjust the flavors as needed. Serve in bowls with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

FAQs

Are avocado chocolate mousse and avocado chocolate pudding the same thing?

Mousse and pudding are two very different desserts. Traditionally, mousse is light and airy, while pudding has a thicker consistency. With this avocado dessert recipe, the texture is closer to pudding but the two terms are used interchangeably.

Can you taste the avocados in vegan avocado mousse?

Nope! That’s what’s so great about making chocolate mousse with avocados—the chocolate masks the flavor from the avocados but the texture stays just as rich and creamy as the dairy-based.

Can I make this in a blender instead?

Yes, if you don’t have a food processor, you can prepare the mousse in a blender instead.

Pro Recipe Tips 

  • Don’t omit the salt! It ties all of the flavors together, giving you a perfectly balanced dessert.
  • Adjust the flavor after blending: Add more cocoa powder or a pinch of espresso powder for a deeper chocolate flavor, an extra drizzle of maple syrup or vanilla extract for sweetness, or another pinch of salt to round out the flavor profile.
  • Let the pudding chill: Place the pudding in the fridge and let it sit for about an hour before serving to give the flavors time to develop and the consistency time to thicken. 
3 white bowls of chocolate avocado mousse.

Serving Suggestions

Spoon the creamy avocado mousse into bowls and pass them around to your friends and family after dinner. To make this dessert completely unforgettable, serve it with plenty of fun and sweet toppings, such as:

  • Chopped nuts, like pecans, peanuts, almonds, or walnuts.
  • Dried fruit, like dried cranberries, raisins, or currants.
  • A drizzle of nut or seed butter, like peanut butter, almond butter, cashew butter, or tahini.
  • Extra vegan chocolate, like chocolate chips, chopped dark chocolate, chocolate sprinkles, or cocoa nibs.
  • Shredded coconut or coconut flakes.
  • Fresh fruit, like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries.
  • A dollop of vegan whipped cream.
  • A drizzle of vegan date caramel sauce.

Storage Instructions

Store the vegan chocolate mousse in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Keep in mind that the mousse may separate after it sits but stirring it before serving will make the consistency creamy once again.

You can also freeze avocado mousse for up to 2 months but I recommend enjoying the leftovers as a frozen pudding pop or as nice cream since the texture will be slightly watery after thawing.

chocolate avocado mousse in 2 glass storage containers.

Avocado Mousse

5 from 76 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 0 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
This vegan avocado mousse is a creamy and deliciously chocolatey dessert made with 6 wholesome plant-based ingredients. Kid-approved and easy to make in 5 minutes!

Ingredients 

  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • ½ teaspoon of salt
  • ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup or agave
  • 1 ½ tablespoons of plant-based milk

Instructions 

  • Put all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

Notes

  • Don’t omit the salt! It ties all of the flavors together, giving you a perfectly balanced dessert.
  • Adjust the flavor after blending: Add more cocoa powder or a pinch of espresso powder for a deeper chocolate flavor, an extra drizzle of maple syrup or vanilla extract for sweetness, or another pinch of salt to round out the flavor profile.
  • Let the pudding chill: Place the pudding in the fridge and let it sit for about an hour before serving to give the flavors time to develop and the consistency time to thicken. 

Nutrition

Calories: 398kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 6gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 20gSodium: 613mgPotassium: 1161mgFiber: 17gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 293IUVitamin C: 20mgCalcium: 63mgIron: 3mg

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Additional Info

Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Method: Food processor
Diet: Vegan
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