Rich, thick, sumptuously creamy Chocolate Avocado Mousse made with just 3 ingredients. Takes 10 minutes to make. Gluten free & Vegan.
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3 Ingredients? What’s in Chocolate Avocado Mousse?
This Chocolate Avocado Mousse is the easiest mousse I have ever made. No word of a lie. 10 minutes… 3 ingredients… blend until smooth… The result is a rich, creamy, decadent mousse which will wow the most avocado-sceptical of dinner party guests and leave you feeling smug that it was that easy to make. But what’s in it?
Those of you familiar with chocolate avocado mousse recipes will know that they generally fall into two camps. There are recipes made with powdered cacao and there are versions that contain longer lists and combinations of ingredients to reach the same goal. Although ultimately, all seem to be blended and fairly straight forward to make.
So what makes this easy chocolate mousse different?
Actually, just one crucial switch and that is that it is made using actual chocolate, although still with just 3 ingredients… A careful balance of avocado (obviously), dark chocolate and dairy free milk. Why? Because some of the cacao versions I have had have been well… a little ‘grainy’. And also a little more ‘avocado’ than chocolate.
Using melted chocolate makes this chocolate avocado mousse richer, smoother, more chocolatey and frankly, a heck of a lot more decadent. And that’s a good thing… right?
Can You Taste the Avocado?
The first question anyone asks when you mention the words ‘chocolate’, ‘avocado’ and ‘mousse’ in the same sentence is ‘can you taste the avocado?” I hear you! But can you? I mean… that’s quite a lot of avocado in there…
I’ll be honest. The recipe posted here wasn’t the first or even second attempt to get it right. It required several tweaks to ditch the ‘avocadoiness’, balance the chocolate enough AND get the yummiest texture. And the answer to the question now, is a pretty confident ‘no’. Unless that is, you have supersensitive taste-buds and a wolf-nose.
This chocolate avocado mousse will sneak past the most determined of avocado haters. I know, because I live with them. Unlike myself, Mr GF is never overly impressed with the A-word and Miss GF resolutely hates it! The mousse was presented to them with no ingredients list or any discussion about how it was made. Neither of them questioned its content and all the mousses were devoured. I’d say that was all the proof needed.
Is This Chocolate Avocado Mousse Healthy?
Yes and no! It’s definitely healthier. But there’s quite a lot of chocolate in it, so choose wisely when deciding which dark chocolate to use. Some brands have a lot more sugar than others and equally a lot less cocoa solids. Whilst you can make the mousse with whatever chocolate you like, aim for somewhere in the region of 65% to 80% cocoa solids to get a better ‘health’ balance. But be aware that the chocolate you choose, its ‘darkness’ and the level of bitterness will all affect the end flavour. It’s therefore crucial that you taste the mousse before spooning into glasses and if you feel its not sweet enough, add a little natural maple syrup to taste. We didn’t need it, but I know that at GFHQ we don’t like anything too sweet.
Either way, this is a mousse that ticks the box of a naturally gluten free pudding and even better, all the ingredients still offer some great nutrition :
Avocado is considered to be a superfood and as a key ingredient in this chocolate avocado mousse, brings some amazing health qualities to ‘dessert’. It is incredibly rich in vitamins and minerals (most notably vitamin K, folate, vitamin E, potassium, magnesium and some of the B vitamins) and is a fantastic source of fibre, antioxidants and healthy monounsaturated fats.
Those of you quick to dismiss chocolate as unhealthy should pause. Dependent on the quality of dark chocolate used in the mousse, it is still likely to maintain a ranking in the nutrient charts. Chocolate above 70% cocoa/cacao content (but the higher the cocoa content the better) is generally required to gain any possible health benefit.
Dark chocolate is well publicised and researched for the antioxidants (flavonoids) and minerals (zinc; iron; magnesium; copper) it contains, making it more than welcome. Just make sure the choice of chocolate is considered with care if wanting to be virtuous and if it is very dark, consider using a little natural sugar (such as maple syrup) to balance the sweetness in the mousse.
Dairy Free ‘Milk’
The third ingredient used in this easy chocolate mousse recipe is dairy free milk. Of course, you could use dairy milk if you prefer, but in order to make it as ‘free from’ as possible (as well as Vegan), I have used a dairy free alternative.
My chocolate avocado mousse uses hazelnut ‘milk’, mainly because I love the richness and slightly nutty overtones it brings to the party. Specifically, I use Innocent Hazelnut ‘milk’ because it contains no added sugar, is naturally cholesterol and lactose free and is also possibly the creamiest plant-based brand out there.
If you can’t tolerate nuts, then just grab your usual favourite alternative and make a straight sub…
Other Mousse Recipes on Gluten Free Alchemist
So there you have it! Healthier Chocolate Avocado Mousse made with just three ingredients (or 4 if you have a sweeter tooth) that will knock the socks off your dinner party guests and have them confused about the status of the humble avocado…
But if You are looking for something a little more traditional, there are plenty of other mousse recipes and ‘moussey’ puddings out there to drool over… You could try these for starters :
- Strawberry Mousse Cake – Gluten Free Alchemist
- Rich Dark Chocolate Mousse – Gluten Free Alchemist
- Easy Vegan Strawberry Mousse – Free From Farmhouse
- Coffee Mousse (cake filling) – Gluten Free Alchemist
- White Chocolate & Strawberry Mousse – Fab Food For All
- Easter Creme Egg Mousse Cake – Gluten Free Alchemist
- Double Chocolate & Caramel Profiteroles filled with Chocolate Mousse Charlotte’s Lively Kitchen ➡️➡️ (Make these with Gluten Free Choux Pastry!)
- Whipped Peanut Butter Mousse (perfect topping for brownies) – Gluten Free Alchemist
- Coffee Cardamom Chocolate Mousse Cake – Tin & Thyme
- And find more drool-worthy options in my flourless Gluten Free Pudding & Desserts post
Have You Made Easy 3 Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Mousse?
This recipe is so easy, it’s definitely got to be worth trying, right? So when you make it, let me know! Leave me a comment below, find me on social media and tag me with your photos (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are my main hang-outs) or send me an email. I can’t wait to see what you think.
And to make it as easy as possible, you can simply print the recipe to use in your kitchen…
Easy 3 Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Mousse
- Kitchen scales
- sharp knife
- glass/heatproof bowl
- microwave or hob and saucepan
- 300 g dark chocolate – 65-80% cocoa chopped (check dairy free if required)
- 2 medium avocado fully (but not over) ripe
- 120 ml/g hazelnut milk or other dairy free milk of choice (you may need a little more for preferred consistency)
- 1 to 2 tbsp maple syrup
- roasted chopped hazelnuts to decorate
- grated dark chocolate to decorate
- Place the chopped chocolate into a heatproof bowl and either microwave on medium heat using 30 second bursts (stirring between each) or set over a pan of lightly simmering water – do not allow the base of the bowl to touch the water (stirring frequently), until melted and smooth. NOTE : When the chocolate is almost melted, remove from the heat and just stir through until smooth to avoid over-heating. Set aside to cool slightly whilst you prepare the other ingredients.
- Cut the avocados in half and de-stone. Scoop out the flesh straight into the blender.
- Add 80g/ml milk to the avocado and blend until smooth.
- Add the melted chocolate to the blender and blend into the other ingredients until smooth.
- Scrape down the sides of the blender bowl and add the rest of the milk about 20 ml/g at a time, blending until the mousse is the desired consistency (it will thicken a little further as it cools and sets).
- Taste the mousse for sweetness. If you feel it needs more sweetness (it will very much depend on personal preference and on the type of chocolate used), add a little maple syrup (1 to 2 tablespoons) and blend again. You may also choose to add more milk than the recipe indicates if you want your mousse to be 'looser'.
- Spoon the mousse into small serving dishes/glasses and decorate (optional) with a sprinkling of crushed/grated chocolate and/or some chopped roasted hazelnuts. Chill until ready to eat (although the mousses can be eaten straight away).Although it will keep well for 3 to 4 days, the mousse is at its best when eaten freshly made.