Lush chocolate avocado mousse with a healthy twist — easy to make and so good for you!
You know that feeling when something tastes so good you literally start laughing? That’s what eating this rich, insanely good chocolate avocado pudding does to you.
Avocados are one of nature’s perfect foods, loaded with fiber and healthy monounsaturated fats, potassium and folate. They’re a superfood ingredient whose star continues to rise
But what happens when you’re tired of neatly arranged rows of avocado slices on pieces of toast? Since you’re reading this, I can guess you know the answer!
The combination of avocados with pure, organic cocoa (another nutritious antioxidant superfood) and a natural sweetener like maple syrup makes this creamy chocolate avocado mousse a supremely healthy dessert or snack.
The other thing worth knowing about this recipe is how simple it is to whip up — it comes together in seconds in a food processor, and the results will simply blow you away.
I’ve been making this healthy mousse on a regular basis for years. When they were very little (and afraid of green vegetables) I used to enjoy watching my kids devour it, which I admit brought out a certain motherly deviousness.
It might seem strange to see balsamic vinegar in the ingredient list for this dessert, but it actually adds to the sensory experience. When you eat a spoonful of this mousse you get all the essential flavors that satisfy our desire for deliciousness: sweet, salty, sour and bitter.
Ideas for serving Chocolate Avocado Pudding:
- Sprinkle some cacao nibs over the pudding for extra crunch (and superfood goodness).
- Scoop the pudding into small bowls and top with assorted fresh berries – blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries.
- Freeze the pudding mixture in an ice cream maker for amazing sorbet.
- Spread some on whole grain toast or rice cakes.
The Ultimate (Vegan) Chocolate Avocado Pudding
Yield 8 servings
Leftover pudding can be stored up to 3 days in a covered container in the refrigerator.
- 2 ripe avocados, pitted
- 3/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar (aged is amazing, if possible)
- 1/2 teaspoon flaky sea salt
- 1 cup pure unsweetened cocoa powder (sifted through a strainer if it's clumpy)
- Scoop the avocado flesh out with a spoon and place in the workbowl of a food processor. Pulse a few times until the avocados are creamy.
- Add the remaining ingredients and process until very smooth.
This recipe is adapted from the super inspiring chef Renee Loux's Chocolate of the Gods Mousse.
Renee's approach to food and cooking is exuberant and well informed. She cultivated the subjects of health, diet, and cooking into what has become a huge "wellness" category long before others jumped on the bandwagon. Her book The Balanced Plate is a great textbook for anyone interested in holistic cooking and living.
Serving Size 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Unsaturated Fat 5 g
Sodium 25 mg
Total Carbohydrates 29 g
Dietary Fiber 7 g
Protein 3 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.