Healthy vegan chocolate mousse


The other night two friends came over for dinner. They were in charge of the main, we were in charge of starters and dessert. This was the menu:


Ham quesadillas with homemade red pesto, grilled in the oven


Crispy Mexican carnitas, made with pulled pork marinated overnight, then roasted and grilled for extra crispiness


Chocolate mousse with raspberries & blueberries

To tell you about this chocolaty dessert I need to first tell you how I got to it.


Following recipes is boring, or so I think most of the time. I have several recipe books at home and I love flipping through them, admiring the beautifully lighted pictures, the colours, wondering how easy or challenging certain recipes are, getting excited about some or turning the page without a second look when I’m certain “I will never make that recipe”… I don’t like following instructions, I feel I will miss a step or do something not quite right, then end up with something not as pretty or delicious-looking as the author did. So recipe books sometimes feel risky too. You can embark on a culinary exploration for dinner, just to end up with a miserable-looking dish that has little to do with the “promised land” you had put so much hope and effort into reaching.




Why does this happen? As I learnt in this very interesting article on SeriousEats, there are several variables that can affect your cooking results and which can explain why we experience deviations when we follow a recipe: room temperature, the equipment you use, your oven, or stove and the recipe source.  With time, I have developed a slight mistrust towards recipes and so I have learnt to always follow them with a pinch of salt.



There is one book though, a gift I got for Christmas this year from my mom, that has surprised me in a really positive way.  Despite my initial scepticism, every recipe I have made from it has turned out to be just amazing, and as much as I like to add/remove ingredients or give recipes a twist, I’ve rarely had to.



It is called The Green Kitchen: Delicious, Healthy, Vegetarian recipes for every day. It is written by a Swedish couple who started a blog in 2013. The recipe today is from this book: a super simple and very very healthy variation of chocolate mousse that will surprise and satisfy you equally.

Making a traditional mousse is fine too, and very delicious. But I am curious to try out alternatives, versions or “spin-offs” of the traditional recipes too. Firstly, because it is fun to see what happens when you use unexpected ingredients in a recipe, and secondly, because finding healthier versions of delicious things = you might feel better about eating them = you will eat (enjoy) them more often.

Other interesting vegan chocolate mousses I have stumbled upon during my research are

I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Namaste đŸ™


Ingredients (for 4 people)

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 60g raw cacao powder
  • 40g almond or cashew butter
  • Salt, a pinch
  • Toppings: raspberries and blueberries, grated walnuts

Optional & alternatives:

  • Honey or agave/maple syrup: if bananas are not too ripe and sweet, you can sweeten it up a little too.
  • Base: toasted sourdough / brioche


  1. Set 4 small glasses or bowls in the fridge, to cool down.
  2. Place all ingredients except for toppings in a food processor, blend until creamy.
  3. Fill an icing bag with the mix, grab the cold glasses/bowls and pour into mix in equal amounts into them. Put them back in the fridge to cool down.
  4. When ready to serve, remove glasses from fridge > add toppings > grate a walnut > done!



Mains*: I couldn’t help but post a couple of pictures of what the mains looked like. I had never tried homemade carnitas and I was mindblown. Juicy, tender but crispy at the same time, flavourful and with lots of toppings and extras to add to my corn tortilla! Thank you Kelsey & Mike for making our bellies happy.




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