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Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Looking for a dessert that satisfies a chocolate craving, tastes luscious, and also contains a powerhouse of good nutrition?  Look no further than this chocolate avocado mousse!

Chocolate avocado mousse topped with whipped cream and strawberries

Photo from My Pinewood Kitchen: A Southern Culinary Cure

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

I found this recipe in Mee McCormick’s My Pinewood Kitchen: A Southern Culinary Cure.  The cookbook contains a wealth of recipes that take a unique approach to Southern cookery—namely, an approach that’s equal parts good flavor and good nutrition.

Ingredient Substitutions

What I like most about this mousse recipe is that it’s flexible.  You can adjust this recipe to fit several dietary requirements.  It’s already gluten free, but with a few tweaks, it could be vegan or keto. 

Need less sugar?  Dial back the honey and swap in your favorite sugar-free sweetener to taste.

No coconut milk?  Use any milk you have on hand.

Don’t like bananas?  Leave ’em out.

Choosing Avocados

One thing to pay attention to is the type of avocado you use.  Stick with Hass avocados, the most common grocery store type.  Avoid avocados marketed as Slimcados.  Their reduced fat content can mean higher water content and more fibrousness.  Not great in mousse!

Vanilla and Chocolate

For maximum flavor, use a good vanilla extract.  I swear by Penzey’s Mexican Vanilla, but McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract is very good, too.

What about the chocolate?  (This is the most important question of all.)  The recipe calls for raw cacao powder, which is cocoa powder that has been processed at low temperatures.  It retains extra nutrients that don’t make it through the process of making regular cocoa powder.  It also has a more bitter flavor.  I didn’t have any on hand, so I used my favorite cocoa powder, Guittard Cocoa Rouge

If you like this recipe, be sure to check out My Pinewood Kitchen: A Southern Culinary Cure for more delectably health-conscious Southern treats!

Chocolate avocado mousse topped with whipped cream and strawberries
5 from 6 votes

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

"Everyone I know loves this mousse - and no one can tell that this one is made with avocados. If you can taste the avocado, add more cacao next time. It’s a great way to use up older avocados that are starting to brown a little. Garnish with fresh fruit or chopped nuts. I like to serve this mousse with whipped coconut cream - YUMMO!" - Mee McCormick, My Pinewood Kitchen: A Southern Culinary Cure

Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Southern
Keyword avocado, chocolate, dessert, mousse, pudding
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 476 kcal
Author Katie Moseman


  • 4 ripe avocados
  • cup local honey or coconut nectar*
  • 1 ripe banana optional
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tablespoons organic coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt


  1. In a food processor, blend the avocado until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients, blending until the mixture is uniform.
  2. Pour into a dish and chill for 2 hours in the fridge or 30 minutes in the freezer.

Recipe Notes

*If watching sugar, use an equivalent amount of stevia; however, coconut nectar is low glycemic.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Avocado Mousse
Amount Per Serving
Calories 476 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 1275mg36%
Carbohydrates 54g18%
Fiber 18g75%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 312IU6%
Vitamin C 23mg28%
Calcium 38mg4%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Love Southern puddings?  Try this Blender Bourbon Chocolate Pudding!

Recipe Rating

Janeane Davis

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

I like the suggestions you made for substituting items. These made the r cipe more iser friendly and easy to use.


Sunday 26th of July 2020

I’ve been looking for some healthier ways to indulge in dessert, and this is right up my alley!


Saturday 25th of July 2020

This avocado mousse looks incredibly delicious and creamy! I love how it uses healthy ingredients~


Saturday 25th of July 2020

I know avocado is so good for you. Maybe I would enjoy it if I made it this way. :)


Saturday 25th of July 2020

Wow! This looks so delicious! I love all kinds of avocado recipe. I will surely try this out.