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Recipe: Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Update: This post originally ran June 18, 2013, but we’ve been craving a sweet fall dessert, and this is a perfect — and healthy — option!

Chocolate mousse is a beautiful thing. It’s light and delicious and can be enjoyed alone or with fruit, cake, cookies, and a million other things. Today we’re sharing an incredibly simple recipe for chocolate mousse – and it’s vegan! Since dates are naturally sweet, you can use unsweetened coconut milk and unsweetened cocoa powder, making this recipe a healthy choice, as well.

Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Serves 4

1 can full fat coconut milk
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 cup tightly packed dates, pitted
2 drops vanilla extract


First, refrigerate your coconut milk to solidify. Separate liquid from solid by spooning off the top layer into a container. Discard the liquid – or save it for a drink!

Coconut milk

Blend 2 tablespoons of coconut milk with 1 cup of dates until your mixture is as smooth as you can get it. Strain out any bits if you’d like. Add the cocoa powder and the rest of the coconut milk and blend again. Divide into 4 individual containers and refrigerate for several hours.

Before refrigeration:

Vegan mousse mug


Vegan mousse recipe

I was so surprised by how good this tasted. I had to share a taste with the other bloggers and they all agreed! Over the weekend I even found myself dishing out the recipe to whoever would listen. It’s that good.

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Meg -June 18, 2013, 10:04AM

I am totally pinning for later. I just bought some coconut milk. :)

May -June 19, 2013, 10:30PM

I want to try this taste! Thanks for sharing!

Mary -June 27, 2013, 12:03AM

Literally just made this 5 minutes ago & WOW. It is freakin’ delicious. Super satisfying & just the right amount of sweet. I really like the subtle coconut flavor too. Will definitely be making it again! I still can’t get over the fact that this is dairy free. It’s so rich & creamy you’d swear it’s made with cream or milk.

MJ -July 30, 2013, 1:11AM

This is SO amazing. I cannot stop eating it – it’s at least just as good, if not BETTER than the traditional kind!

Camille -September 15, 2013, 1:08PM

Very, very, very, very thankful vegan here! And not only for this mousse! I mean, vegan mac’n’cheese. Come on.

anna -September 30, 2013, 8:44AM

What is the equivalent of one can of coconut milk?

joe -September 30, 2013, 8:44AM

can you use coconut cream instead of milk?

Juliette Laura -September 30, 2013, 11:22AM

OHHHH wow. This looks incredible. Definitely pinning this and making it.

xo, Juliette Laura

Courtney -September 30, 2013, 1:04PM

Finally! A vegan chocolate mousse recipe that doesn’t use tofu!!! I’m so excited about this. Seriously. I hate tofu.

Carolina -October 1, 2013, 1:53AM

This looks delicious!! So happy I saw this 3 days before my best friend’s birthday. She’s vegan and loves chocolate, xx

Michelle -October 24, 2013, 3:42PM

I have tried this recipe before and I was wondering if you ever thought of using it as pie filling with maybe a date and nut pie crust?

Anika -November 9, 2013, 11:44AM

I’ve had the coconut milk in a closed Mason jar in the fridge for four days and it still hasn’t solidified, can I just use liquid milk? How else can I solidify it?

bruno -November 19, 2013, 4:26PM

you don’t say

use the creamy top layer of the can and discard the coconut milk.

Sarica -February 16, 2014, 4:32PM

Just made this.. It’s delicious! I had to use a little more of the coconut milk to reach the right consistency but it got nice and creamy in the end. Finished it with a sprinkle of coconut flakes. Yummy!

Spencer @ Moo-Lolly-Bar -February 16, 2014, 5:03PM

Looks absolutely delicious! I love a good chocolate mousse and this one looks fantastic. Would love to try some.

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