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Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. + chilling

Makes

6 servings

Updated: Nov. 17, 2022
My son is allergic to dairy and eggs, so I created this silky vegan chocolate mousse recipe that he could enjoy. It's also gluten-free and grain-free. If you're having company over, it can be prepared the night before and stored in the refrigerator. —Sarah Meuser, New Milford, Connecticut
Vegan Chocolate Mousse Recipe photo by Taste of Home

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup boiling water
  • 3/4 cup dried mission figs, stemmed and halved lengthwise
  • 1 cup dairy-free dark chocolate chips
  • 2 medium ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans or chickpeas, undrained
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • Fresh raspberries, optional

Directions

  1. Pour boiling water over figs in a small bowl; let stand 45 minutes. In a microwave, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Cool to room temperature. Place figs and liquid in a food processor. Pulse until a paste forms. Add avocados, cooled chocolate, cocoa, almond milk, syrup, vanilla and sea salt; pulse until pureed. Transfer to a large bowl.
  2. To make aquafaba, drain garbanzo beans, reserving liquid (save beans for another use). Add drained liquid and cream of tartar to bowl of a stand mixer. Beat on high speed until stiff peaks form, 2-3 minutes. Gently fold aquafaba into fig mixture. Spoon into dessert dishes. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight before serving. If desired, serve with fresh raspberries.
Vegan Chocolate Mousse Tips

What kinds of chocolate are vegan and dairy-free?

Nowadays, you can find milk chocolate that is made with rice, almond or soy milk so it’s still vegan. In general, the darker the chocolate, the less likely it is to contain dairy. The best thing to do if you’re looking for a vegan or dairy-free chocolate is to check the ingredients and allergen warnings on the wrapper.

What are some topping ideas for vegan chocolate mousse?

With this particular recipe, because it includes dried figs, we're betting that you'll have some leftovers, so slice some of those up and lay them on top. They’ll have a beautiful design and pale color that accents the dark mousse. You can also top with toasted nuts of any kind, dried fruits, shredded coconut and fresh berries.

How long will vegan chocolate mousse last?

This particular mousse is a little more stable than a cream-based mousse, so you can store it, covered, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. We don’t recommend freezing the mousse, as this will affect the texture.
James Schend, Taste of Home Deputy Culinary Editor

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup: 310 calories, 18g fat (7g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 149mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (26g sugars, 8g fiber), 5g protein.

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