Smooth, airy, and light vegan chocolate mousse made with coconut cream. This easy chocolate recipe is a silky, decadent, melt-in-your mouth kind of dessert. The best part is that it requires just 4 ingredients and takes only 5 minutes to make!
Get ready for the velvety taste of chocolate with this easy vegan chocolate mousse. This delicious vegan dessert is perfect for a date nigh at home, or you can double/triple the recipe for a dinner party.
I just love the simple and clean ingredients that are used to make this dessert. While I'm not vegan, I do love a good dessert made from simple vegan ingredients. If you're in the same boat I am and want to try more vegan desserts, check out my vegan fruit tarts, carrot cake energy balls, chocolate turtles, and dark chocolate peanut butter balls.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Chocolate - What's not to love about a rich and creamy chocolate dessert!?
- No refined sugar - You won't find any refined sugars in this recipe. This vegan chocolate mousse is lightly sweetened with pure maple syrup.
- Easy - Traditional chocolate mousse requires many steps, but this vegan mousse only requires some quick mixing of coconut cream and a few other ingredients and you're done!
- 4 ingredients - Yep, that's right... just 4 ingredients for this recipe.
- Dietary needs - Made with all gluten free, vegan, and Paleo friendly ingredients.
A complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below. Here are some specific notes to help with selecting ingredients.
- Canned coconut cream - I strongly recommend using coconut cream over coconut milk. If you can't find coconut cream, you can substitute it with full-fat coconut milk. Ensure you do not use "light coconut milk." Additionally, remember to chill the can in the fridge overnight before using.
- Cacao powder - I always use cacao powder, and not cocoa. Cacao is made from cold-pressing the bean (think less processing), which keeps the enzymes and higher antioxidant content, making it a better choice than cocoa. Cocoa is treated with high temperatures (think more processing), which diminishes the nutritional value and reduces enzyme content. That said, you can substitute with cocoa if that's what you have.
Step 1: Carefully open the can of coconut milk, trying not to shake or mix the can. Using a spoon, scoop the solid cream from the top of the can and place in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
Step 2: Using a hand-mixer, beat coconut cream on medium-high until light and fluffy and light peaks form (about 20 seconds).
Step 3: Add the cacao, vanilla, and maple syrup. Beat on low-speed until cacao is mixed in and then increase to medium-high and beat until thick and creamy (about 30 seconds).
Tips for the Best Chocolate Mousse
The brand of canned coconut cream matters - Some brands are slightly grainy and won't be as smooth. Thai Kitchen and Let's Do Organic (although I recommend you buy this one at a local grocer so you aren't paying $8 for a can of coconut cream!) are by far is the best once I've tried. Good and Gather (Target brand) is super grainy; don't use this one.
Chill the canned coconut milk in the fridge overnight - This allows the cream to fully separate from the water so that you can scoop the cream from the can.
Avoid overbeating the coconut cream - Beat just until the coconut cream reaches a light and creamy consistency. Overbeating may result in the coconut cream curdling, and you don't want that!
You can try switching up the flavor by adding in ½ tsp. of espresso powder (or most to taste) or ¼ tsp. mint or peppermint extract (or most to taste).
Yep... all ingredients used are naturally gluten free.
There is a slight coconut flavor to the mousse. However, you can always add additional cacao powder and/or maple syrup to mask the slight coconut flavor.
Choose coconut cream is thicker and made from more coconut meat and less water. I recommend coconut cream for this recipe.
It's probably due to the brand of coconut cream you used. You need to ensure you are using a good quality can of coconut cream such as Thai Kitchen or Let's Do Organic (I've never had issues when using these).
Making Ahead and Serving
This vegan chocolate mousse can easily be made ahead and stored in the fridge before serving. I recommend serving within 24 hours of making for optimal freshness.
Toppings: Try topping with some coconut whipped cream (or other whipped cream), fresh fruit (raspberries or strawberries go great with chocolate), sea salt flakes, and/or some freshly chopped dark chocolate.
This recipe makes enough for 2 servings, so I doubt you'll have a lot of leftovers, but anything left over can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days.
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Vegan Chocolate Mousse
- 1 Mixing bowl
- 1 hand-held mixer
- 1 can coconut cream, chilled overnight in the fridge (see notes)
- 3 tbsp. cacao powder
- 3 tbsp. pure maple syrup
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Open the can of the chilled coconut cream and scoop the thick cream from the top of the can into a medium-size mixing bowl. Discard the liquid (or you can save and use in a smoothie).
- Beat coconut cream on med-high until light and fluffy, about 20 seconds (don't overbeat).
- Add cacao, maple syrup, and vanilla. Beat on low just until cacao is mixed in and then increase speed back to medium-high and beat until thick and creamy (about 30 seconds). Taste and adjust; if needed, you can add addition cacao or maple syrup to make more chocolate-y and/or sweeter.
- Place mousse back in refrigerator for a minimum of 15 minutes to allow to set/further chill. You can either divide the mousse now into two separate dishes, or after it's chilled.
- Top with coconut whipped cream (or any other whipped cream), fresh fruit, sea salt flakes, and/or chocolate shavings. Enjoy!
- The brand of canned coconut cream matters - Some brands are slightly grainy and won't be as smooth.. Thai Kitchen and Let's Do Organic are by far is the best once I've tried. Do not use Good and Gather (Target brand) - that one is very grainy!
- You need to ensure the coconut cream has chilled in the fridge so that you are able to scoop the thick cream from the top of the can.
- You should get roughly 1 cup of cream from the can of coconut cream - the other ingredient amounts are based off of this.
- Do NOT overbeat the mousse. Once creamy and ingredients are fully mixed, it's good to go.
- Here is my coconut whipped cream recipe.