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Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Since we made a commitment to eating only whole, factory-free foods, and for health reasons we also cut out sugar cane, wheat, dairy, and soy, we’ve been missing dessert a lot.

So, to meet both our dietary needs and yen for something sweet, we adapted this to-die-for recipe from Renée Loux’s Signature Chocolate Mousse.

While this recipe will work with regular cocoa powder (or carob powder), it calls for raw cacao powder instead.

Raw cacao powder is a true superfood. Just 2 Tablespoons contain 170 mg of Magnesium (or 42% Daily Value ), 4 mg of Iron (or 22% DV) and 20 times more antioxidants than red wine or green tea. So this raw, vegan (or beegan, if you choose!), Paleo- and GAPS-friendly chocolate mousse is not only delicious, but also nutritious and allergen free!

Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Tools

  • Food processor or blender

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ripe avocado (takes 2-3)
  • 1/4–1/2 cup raw honey, maple syrup or date paste (dates puréed with a little water), to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. virgin coconut oil (where to find online)
  • 1-2 inches of raw vanilla bean seeds, crushed OR 1-2 tsps. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. aged balsamic vinegar (the older the better) OR raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1/8 tsp. sea salt OR ½ tsp. nama shoyu sauce (made from fermented soy)
  • 1 cup Raw cacao powder OR carob powder (where to find online)

Directions

  1. In a food processor or blender, blend avocado, honey/date paste, coconut oil, vanilla, vinegar, and salt/shoyu until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add cacao or carob powder and blend until smooth.
  3. Garnish with fresh fruit, mint leaves, or cacao nibs as you wish.
  4. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  5. Enjoy!

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34 Comments

  1. does it taste like avocado at all? and does the shoyo make the mousse taste like soy sause at all

    • It doesn’t taste like either in my opinion. Just rich chocolate. :)

  2. This looks interesting! I might have to give it a go. Thank you for sharing!

  3. This is one of the best tasting recipes I’ve found so far. I am a vegan since last year and now I finally have something for my non-vegan friends to enjoy. Thanks so much for your website, it’s full of goodies!

    • Kim, I am so glad you enjoyed it! It is a crowd-pleaser—and secretly healthy!

  4. This is one of our go to snacks in the house. My kids love the stuff, and I feel good about giving it to them :-)

  5. Thanks for linking this recipe up to 5-Ingredient Mondays! Hope to see you back this week :)

  6. I’ve gotta do this! I’m not necessarily vegan (not by any longshot) but I do love desserts. I’m especially curious to see how avocado and chocolate mix! Thanks for the recipe!

  7. Looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Stop by to say hi to our new co-host and share more of you great posts!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/05/the-homeacre-hop-17-exciting-news.html

  8. I love the addition of balsamic! YUMMO, this is a must try for me! Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! :)

    Be sure to stop by to see who the winner of our So Lucky GF Basket is! We are ALSO having a fantastic giveaway this week to kick off Celiac Awareness month! :)

    Cindy from vegetarianmamma.com

  9. Wow! This looks so delicious! It would be a great addition to 5-Ingredient Mondays (http://siftstirandsavour.com/2013/04/28/5-ingredient-mondays-sugar-free-chunky-monkey-cereal-vegan-gluten-free/), if you’re interested. This week’s link-up is open until noon tomorrow :)

  10. I am in LOVE with this recipe! Chocolate and avocado make such an incredibly creamy dessert. I’m so curious about the vinegar in the ingredient list. This will be fun to try! I’m going to highlight this recipe at Raw Foods Thursdays this week. Thanks so much for linking up!!

    Heather

  11. Thank you for sharing this with us on Tuned-in Tuesday Blog Hop! Hope to see you again! http://www.healthyrootshappysoul.com/2013/04/tuned-in-tuesday-blog-hop-7.html

  12. Awesome! I’m surprised by the vinegar and a whole cup of raw cacao powder, but I’ve experimented with avocado pudding and know what a lovely combination this must be. Thanks!

  13. Hi Dawn,
    Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  14. This looks really delicious. Once my avocados ripen, I can try it!

  15. Perhaps use coconut aminos (raw and gluten free) in place of nama shoyu (raw but most brands contain wheat).

    • Coconut aminos would work great, but can be pricey and hard to find. I just use sea salt. It work quite well, and is cheap and always in my kitchen!

  16. very interesting! I would not have thought about putting avocado in chocolate mousse :o) Thanks so much for taking the time to link up to the Tasteful Tuesday party @Nap-TimeCreations.com. Make sure to follow my blog via bloglovin, GFC or facebook so you don’t miss out on my features posts… it could be YOU :o)
    Emily

  17. It’s hard to believe that’s healthy by looking at it. Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing at The Gathering Spot. Enjoy your week :)

  18. Wow, sure can’t tell all those healthy ingredients are hidden in this mousse. Looks great! Thanks for sharing your recipe at A Humble Bumble :)

  19. This is by far the most amazing raw vegan chocolate mousse recipe I have ever had! I love it that you can “have your cake and eat it too”; in that I feel totally healthy and happy with myself having this amazing dessert knowing that it is really good for me, and I don’t have to feel guilty having my sweet tooth taken care of :) Thanks so much for sharing this recipe!! :)

  20. This is interesting. I never would have thought to add aged balsamic vinegar to chocolate mousse, I will have to try it! Thank you.

  21. This looks great! I pinned it: http://pinterest.com/pin/91690542383748479/

  22. Just made this and its fantastic. I also put in a splash of frangelico I had hanging around the cupboard. Delicious.

  23. Is the 2 cups avocado cubed avocado or mashed avocado?

    • I score the avocado and then scoop it out of the shell and kind of mash it into the measuring cup—so mashed cubes. :)

  24. what about using baking cocoa if I don’t have the raw cacoa? As far as I know, it is dairy free.

    • Baking cocoa may work for flavor (I haven’t tried it), but it will lack the high magnesium content and enzymes of raw cacao. I am also not sure if baking cocoa is soy (lecithin) or gluten free, so definitely check, if those are concerns for you.

  25. can’t wait to try this! exciting exciting recipe. But I have to order the raw cocoa powder!

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