Avocados are the secret ingredient in this creamy, decadent dark chocolate mint mousse. Full of healthy fats, fiber, and potassium, it nourishes your body, yet is so rich and velvety, it feels like a total indulgence.
Is there any better combination than chocolate and mint? Ok chocolate and peanut butter probably win out, but this combo is a second best.
Healthy Chocolate Mousse?
To be honest, I’m not one to “healthify” desserts because I believe that all foods have their place in a healthy diet. But I also know that certain foods — like a lot of heavy cream — don’t sit well for me (and I know I’m not alone), and sometimes you do want dessert that won’t leave you feeling like sh*t, right? What I love about this dessert is that it tastes like a total indulgence (not like those healthy desserts that taste healthy) because it’s still incredibly rich from the dark chocolate, but you don’t feel like you need to lay down after eating it.
What Makes this Dark Chocolate Mint Mousse Healthy?
It’s not only about what was removed from traditional chocolate mousse (saturated fat from cream, and a whole lotta sugar), but also what is added by using high quality nutritious ingredients including:
- Cacao powder: packed with antioxidants that have been linked to heart healthy (this is what gives dark chocolate it’s healthier reputation).
- Avocados: heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, potassium, fiber, and more antioxidants.
- Dates: a sweetener that also provides some antioxidants and fiber
Fast, Easy, and Perfect for Date Night in Or a Dinner Party
What I love about this dessert is that it’s quick to make and can be made up to two days ahead of time, which is necessary in my opinion for any kind of entertaining. It comes together in 10 minutes, only requires a blender, and doesn’t take up oven space. What a win for any special occasion!
It’s Vegan, Gluten-Free and Free of Most Allergens.
As a dietitian, I’m always thinking about allergies — what can I say? I want delicious food to be accessible to all! It’s naturally vegan and gluten-free, can be made completely top-8 allergen free with hemp milk, flax milk, or Ripple pea protein milk. If you don’t have to worry about nut allergies, you can make it with almond milk (my personal favorite).
How to Serve this Dark Chocolate Mint Mousse
I recommend serving in fancy bowls or glasses like stemless wine glasses or another fun, wide mouth cocktail glass (wide mouth champagne glasses would work well!). Because a dessert like this should feel elegant. (If you’re serving to kids, you might want to go with a plastic option).
Top it with whatever fruit you love or a few shavings of dark chocolate bar. I personally like pomegranate arils (pictured), raspberries, or strawberries, but blackberries, blueberries, or even a slice of blood orange would be delicious, too!
Did you Make this Vegan Dark Chocolate Mint Mousse?
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And if you loved it, you’ll also love my Dark Chocolate Chia Pudding with Meyer Lemon Yogurt.
- 1/4 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate bar
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp cacao powder
- 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (or other plant-based milk of choice)
- 1 tsp peppermint extract
- Optional toppings: pomegranate seeds, raspberries, strawberries, cacao nibs, fresh mint
- Soak dates in warm water for about 5 minutes. You can skip this step if your dates are very soft.
- While dates are soaking, melt chocolate over a double broiler or in a small saucepan, stirring consistently as chocolate starts to melt. As soon as it’s mostly melted, remove from heat (otherwise it will burn). You can also do this in the microwave, but heat in short increments ( 15-30 seconds at a time) and watch closely to keep from burning.
- Drain dates if soaking and then add all ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor and blend until smooth. If it doesn’t get to a smooth, velvety texture easily, add 1-2 tbsp of additional almond milk to help blend.
- Serve in stemless wine glasses or other dessert bowls. Top with optional toppings.
Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.