4-Ingredient Paleo Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Naturally sweetened healthy 4-ingredient chocolate mousse made with avocado and pure maple syrup – you’d never know this simple recipe was dairy-free and paleo!

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True story: all through his twenties, my dad was a skinny minny, and he would eat chocolate mousse and drink chocolate shakes right before bed to try to gain weight. While his strategy did not pan out (the wolvarine-like metabolism runs rampant in our DNA), he bestowed upon his offspring the unrelenting love for – you  guessed it – C H O C O L A T E ! !

I remember my dad eating bowls of homemade raw chocolate chip cookie dough while he worked in his office, buying 5-pound hunks of chocolate during the holidays (for which he used a chisel, hammer, and/or screwdriver to break into pieces), and drinking chocolate milk every.single.morning. I’ll be darned if I’ve ever saw him touch a piece of fruit-infused dessert. It’s just not on his radar.

But chocolate…chocolate is front and center for my dad and I when it comes to desserts. While it wasn’t until my late teens that I tried chocolate mousse, I always loved his story about attempted mousse-induced weight-gain, and was completely blown away when I eventually did give it a go.

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Now, we all know fully-leaded chocolate mousse isn’t all that great for our bodacious bods (unless butofcourse you’re an ultramarathon runner and are cycling through sugar and fat like a Tasmanian devil), but as it turns out, we can make this ish healthful.

This loose interpretation of chocolate mousse is made with all simple, all natural, all healthy ingredients. Rather than using heavy cream and going through the egg yolk tempering process, I used my spirit fruit-veggie – the avocado! It may sound strange, but avocado makes for a creamy, dreamy, thick mousse. I promise you can’t taste it past the chocolate!

How to Make Avocado Chocolate Mousse:

This recipe includes only 4 super simple ingredients (5 if you count salt): avocados, honey, non-dairy milk, and raw cacao powder).

Avocados are full of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, which are great for your brain, skin, and digestive system. The healthy fat in avocados boosts your metabolism and helps absorb the essential vitamins and minerals in your food.

Additionally, raw cacao powder is full of minerals and antioxidants. Combining these superfoods results in a dessert that spans beyond the reaches of delicious – it is also quite healthy for you!

Another MEGA bonus: all we do to prepare this recipe is throw everything in a food processor (or blender) and process until smooth!

Healthy 4-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse - made with avocados and sweetened with honey! #paleo #healthy #dessert #recipe TheRoastedRoot.net

Healthy 4-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse - made with avocados and sweetened with honey! #paleo #healthy #dessert #recipe TheRoastedRoot.net

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Make this recipe Low-Carb/Keto by omitting the pure maple syrup and adding liquid stevia or 1/3 cup powdered sugar-free sweetener such as xylitol or monk fruit sweetener. Add an additional 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk to make up for the loss of liquid.
  • Add 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract and/or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  • Add a little bourbon if you’re looking for a booze-infused dessert.
  • Want to substitute the raw cacao powder for unsweetened cocoa powder? No problem!
  • Want to add a small cooked beet for some extra Vitamins and antioxidants? Much encouraged! Follow this recipe for Vegan Beet Chocolate Pudding.
  • Make this recipe with honey instead of pure maple syrup for a non-vegan version.

I have used this avocado chocolate mousse recipe to make Dairy-Free Fudgesicles. Simply follow the same method in this post and transfer the mousse to a popsicle mold!

That’ll do ya, folks! All’s you need is some simple ingredients, a food processor, and a hankering for something duh-licious.

And if you’d like to see a little action tutorial on how to make the chocolate mousse, check out the video below! Hint: just be sure to put the cap in your food processor so that your cacao powder doesn’t go flying when you turn it on 😉


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Healthy 4-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: avocado, chocolate, dairy free, paleo
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6 SERVINGS
Calories: 212 kcal
Author: Julia

Dairy-Free paleo avocado chocolate mousse made with only 4 ingredients. A healthy dessert recipe!



  • 2 large avocados peeled, pitted, and halved
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup see note*
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor or blender. Process until completely smooth. Note: You may need to scrape the edges of the food processor to get everything to combine.
  2. Transfer to a sealable container and refrigerate at least 1 hour, or until ready to serve.
  3. Serve with grated dark chocolate and/or coconut whipped cream.

Recipe Notes

*Make this recipe with honey (for a not vegan version), agave, or coconut palm nectar instead of pure maple syrup, 

**Or Almond Breeze non-dairy beverage of choice

Mousse will keep for up to 4 days in a sealed container in the refrigerator. You can also freeze the mousse and eat it like ice cream! Simply thaw for about 8 minutes before scooping.

Nutrition Facts
Healthy 4-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse
Amount Per Serving (1 of 4)
Calories 212 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 3g6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Nora (A Clean Bake)

    Ahh this is my fave dessert! I had it once like a year+ ago at a restaurant and of course was thinking “yeah how good could it be”. I was SO WRONG. The only thing that makes it better is how easy it is to make!

  2. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    Oh how I wish I had your dad’s problem! I can’t think of a more delicious way to gain weight. But I think would like this version better than whatever he ate because I have a case of the crazies now and think way too deep about everything I’m eating. Thankfully avocado and almond milk can make mousse just as dreamy!

  3. Alex

    This was really amazing! I served it in a champagne glass with some thawed cool whip topped with a crumbled, stale cookie. I don’t like avocados and served it to my man who doesn’t like too much chocolate. We both loved it.

    1. Julia Post author

      Yeeeeeeeeah! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the mousse! I was amazed by how easy and tasty the recipe turned out, too. Amazing what you can make out of all-natural ingredients! Thanks so much for giving your feedback, Alex! xoxo

  4. Cosmo Kramer

    Hello! Just wondering how long you think this would keep in the fridge for? Can’t wait to try it!


    1. Julia Post author

      Hi there! I would say it should be good for 4 to 5 days in the fridge. You can also freeze it in a jar – I do it all the time! 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      You can 200% use regular milk. I used almond milk to keep it non-dairy, but you can use any milk of your choosing. Hope you enjoy the mousse!

  5. Joanna

    OMG! What an amazing recipe!
    I just made it, got inspired and added some gingerbread spice and cinnamon. It’s so yum! Thank you!

  6. Michelle

    Chill she said. Until ready to serve she said….Bwahahahaha Not bothering to put this is a bowl. Eating right out of the food processor! Perfect for my Chocolate attack! Thanks for the easy, healthy recipe. Now, I need to go find a facecloth, my mouth might be a bit chocolatty! 🙂

    1. Julia Post author

      Your comment had me in stitches! Thanks for the good laugh, Michelle! I definitely ate mine straight from the food processor, too…chocoholics, unite! Now you’re inspiring me to make another batch of mousse! xo

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi JZ,

      You can definitely substitute stevia for the raw honey. You’ll need to add some of the liquid back for the loss, so you can add just a little more almond milk or coconut milk to compensate. I would start with 2 TBL stevia and go from there…I haven’t tested the recipe yet using a zero-sugar sweetener, but I generally recommend starting small then working your way up 😉 Let me know how it turns out! 😀

  7. Heather

    Most paleo/dairy-free mousse recipes call for chopped up dark chocolate and I was soooooo happy to find one that just called for cocoa powder, sweetener and milk. I decided on a whim to make this for a sister-in-law’s birthday gift. I thought it was perfect as is, but I don’t have as much of a sweet tooth as the rest of my family, so I decreased the milk by 2 tablespoons and replaced the amount with extra maple syrup. WOW. I wish I would’ve made extra but it’s probably best for my waistline that I didn’t ?


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