Easy Recipe: Healthy Chocolate Mousse

I love chocolate and prefer it before any vanilla or fruity dessert. Now that I eat mostly plant-based foods, I’ve learned to find substitutions for my favorite sweets. Rather than using processed chocolate to bake or include in chilis, smoothies and sugary desserts, I use cacao. While cocoa powder has a richer, sweeter flavor, it’s more processed. Cacao is a pure, raw powder that is high in antioxidants and therefore provides more health benefits. Ever since my cousin, Lisa, a dietician and incredible vegetarian cook, blended a creamy cacao mousse for me, I’ve been hooked. I eat it for snacks and sometimes breakfast, too.

As a mom, wife, writer, and business owner, I don’t have hours to enjoy the intricacies of baking. Recipes that I follow or create include simple ingredients and take only minutes to prepare. This one takes little time and satisfies my sweet cravings with no guilt.

Easy recipe: Healthy Chocolate Mousse

Would you substitute cacao for cocoa? Try it in the recipe below.

5.0 from 3 reviews Healthy Chocolate Mousse
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This healthy chocolate mousse is made of only a few truly natural ingredients.
Recipe type: dessert
Cuisine: French
Serves: 3
  • 3 avocados - very brown and soft
  • 3 tbsp. raw, organic cacao powder (you can use cocoa powder but it's less healthy)
  • 1½ tbsp. organic vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp. raw, organic agave syrup
  • Optional: 3 tsp. Himalayan sea salt before blending to offset dark cacao/chocolate taste. Add coconut or fruit of choice for garnish.
  1. Peel avocados - make sure they are very brown and soft.
  2. Add avocados to the blender.
  3. Next add cacao powder, vanilla extract and agave syrup and blend. If you don't have a high speed blender, you may have to pulse/blend it more, stopping and using a spatula to mix.
  4. Blend until you reach a creamy desired consistency - typically about two minutes with a high speed blender.
  5. Taste test - if it tastes too much like avocados, add a little more vanilla extract and/or cacao. If you have a sweet tooth, add slightly more agave.
  6. Eat right away and/or put in refrigerator for a thicker consistency.
It took me a few times to "perfect" my mousse. Once you reach the desired consistency, taste and do the following:
-add Himalayan sea salt to tone down the cacao flavor
-add more cacao if you like a dark chocolate flavor
-add an additional tbsp. of agave for sweetness or additional medjool date paste (medjool dates covered in water for 30 minutes.)