This vegan avocado chocolate mousse has been a staple in our household for YEARS and is personally one of my most beloved and craved desserts.
I’m obsessed with the silky mousse texture and rich and creamy taste, as well as how easy it is to make (just blend all the ingredients together and chill).
I also love how this recipe makes a big batch (mine fills six small jars/ramekins) that I keep in the freezer for whenever a chocolate craving strikes.
But truly, most of all I love how good I feel after I eat this mousse, which is no coincidence given that it’s packed with hormone-balancing, energy-boosting and beauty-optimizing ingredients like avocado, cacao, coconut milk and nut butter.
You can snag all the details as well as the recipe below!
While yes, chocolate mousse is a dessert, this doesn’t mean it can’t still be rich in nutrients and void of inflammatory agents found in most traditional treats (think refined sugars, inflammatory oils, dairy most find difficult to digest, etc.) Here’s a few reasons why this vegan avocado chocolate mousse recipe is a much healthier option.
Instead of using processed sugars like cane, brown rice syrup, maltodextrin, agave or artificial sweeteners that can spike your blood sugar and mess with your gut microbiome, this vegan chocolate avocado mousse uses only a small amount of organic maple syrup and dates to sweeten.
Most mousse recipes contain dairy in the form of milk chocolate and whole milk or cream that many people find difficult to digest. This recipe uses magnesium-rich cacao powder (very beneficial for your menstrual cycle!) and dairy-free coconut milk in its place.
One of the reasons why desserts have been deemed “unhealthy” is because they typically lack nutrients that work to keep our blood sugar balanced, hormones happy and provide an overall feeling of satiation, hence why most of the time we’re still hungry after consuming. This vegan avocado chocolate mousse recipe sneaks in a ton of nutrients to help keep us satisfied (see below for details).
Unlike most holiday desserts, this vegan avocado chocolate mousse also sneaks in plenty of high quality fats and fiber, that work in tandem with the protein to give our hormones the building blocks they need to do their jobs effectively.
Both peanut and cashew butter contain a high amount of B-vitamins, which work to support liver detoxification in order to move estrogen effectively out of the body. Peanut Butter is also especially rich in zinc, making it an ideal food to add during your period, as it will work to remineralize your blood. Make sure to purchase organic peanut or cashew butter without any added oils or sugars.
Cacao is rich in magnesium, which helps lower prostaglandins, hormone-like substances that cause cramping. It also supports pituitary health, helping to signal the release of FSH and LH, necessary for a healthy menstrual cycle and fertility.
Avocados are rich in omega-3 fatty acids that work to regulate hormones, increase cervical mucus, promote ovulation, improve blood flow to your reproductive organs and boost the health of your eggs.
To add more protein to this recipe for an extra blood-sugar-balancing boost (try eating it for breakfast, no joke!) you can try adding a serving of my preferred vegan protein powder brand or collagen powder if not worried about keeping this recipe vegan.
To make this vegan avocado chocolate mousse recipe paleo-friendly, swap the peanut butter for a creamy, organic cashew butter.
While this vegan avocado chocolate mousse is naturally lower in carbs and high in protein, healthy fats and fiber, you can reduce the net carbohydrates by a 1:1 ratio swap of monk fruit for maple syrup.
Peanut butter can get a bad rap, but like anything focusing on the ingredients can make all the difference. I always read labels and look for peanut butter without any added sugar or processed vegetable oils like palm/sunflower oil, which cause inflammation and disrupt hormones as a result. This is my go to clean, organic peanut butter brand.
Many canned coconut milk brands contain guar gum, which helps keep coconut from separating, however can increase intestinal inflammation and symptoms such as gas, bloating, etc. This is my favorite full-fat guar-gum free brand.
Speaking of gut issues, I’m a huge fan of adding in prebiotic fiber to this vegan chocolate avocado mousse. It doesn’t affect the taste at all, but it does add help promote healthy gut bacteria, which works to optimize digestion and relieve constipation, metabolize fats, regulate blood sugar, manage inflammation and decrease risk factors like obesity, type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome. This is my go-to brand and you can use the code SOGREEN10 to save 10%.
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This vegan avocado chocolate mousse is so decadent, rich & creamy no-one will guess it’s packed w/ healthy + hormone-balancing ingredients.
Author: Lauren Chambers
Recipe Type: dessert
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*Store in individual sized glass jars or covered ramekins in the freezer and simply defrost one hour for an on-demand sweet treat to satisfy cravings.
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