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February 12, 2019

by Alyssa

Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse

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A simple dairy-free chocolate mousse made with coconut milk and dark chocolate, this vegan dessert is decadent, yet healthy. And only 5 simple ingredients!

Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Valentine's day = chocolate. Right?! Right.

But chocolate is also the perfect sweet treat all year round. So while Valentine's Day is right around the corner, this decadent dairy-free mousse is something you can make any standard night of the week. It'll take you about 5 minutes to actually make (minus chilling time), and it uses just 5 ingredients.

Easy peasy and so rich and creamy!

How to Make Chocolate Mousse

How to Make Chocolate Mousse

I'll be honest and tell you: I don't think this is traditional chocolate mousse. I haven't even ever made a chocolate mousse! BUT I did my homework before whipping up this recipe, so I had a sense of how to make chocolate mousse.

Traditional mousse involves melted chocolate, whipped heavy cream (which you whip over an ice bath), whipped egg whites and sugar. Which you then carefully fold together. Seems a little labor intensive to me, don't you think?

I feel like you probably could come up with a vegan version of that – which maybe I will soon – but I wanted to simplify the process, reduce the time and make it completely easy for you.

So all you need to do is melt together your liquid ingredients, pour it over your dark chocolate, then whip it until smooth. Simple and absolutely decadent!

Easy Vegan Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse Ingredients

It has a base of dark chocolate, with heavy cream and a touch of sugar.

Of course, we're making this a little bit healthier and swapping some of the traditional ingredients with ones that are dairy-free and vegan.

Here's what we're we're using in this dairy-free chocolate mousse:

  • 80% dark chocolate (I like anything from 70 – 90%)
  • Full fat coconut milk (you need the fat for it to be super creamy)
  • Coconut butter & oil (helps it keep the texture and decadent)
  • Maple syrup (for our natural sweetness – we don't need more than a few tablespoons)

Easy Vegan Chocolate Mousse Recipe

The Perfect Valentine's Day Treat

And what would a perfect Valentine's meal be without a little chocolate at the end? I think a silky-smooth, dairy-free chocolate mousse is in order, don't you?

If you're a chocolate fan, you're going to freak over this treat. It's so delicious, so rich, so creamy, and so dairy-free. Plus, easy to make!

Texture wise, it's a dense mousse – not light and fluffy – without being too rich. It's perfect for your elegant Valentine's celebration, but really it's suitable for any night of the week because after all, the truly perfect post-dinner treat always involves chocolate. Ready to delight your tastebuds? Let's dive in!

Best Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse

The best dairy-free mousse recipe! It's also very easy to make, has a rich dark chocolate flavor and can be served for a special occasion or any other day of the year!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Rest 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 340kcal
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Dairy-Free Chocolate Mousse Recipe
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for the mousse

for toppings:

  • coconut yogurt (or whipped cream)
  • shaved chocolate
  • toasted coconut
  • fresh berries (I love raspberries!)


  • Bring coconut oil, butter, milk, salt and syrup to a boil. Simmer for 1 minute.
  • Break up the chocolate and add to a glass mixing bowl. Pour over chocolate, let sit for two minutes, then whisk until chocolate is fully melted.
  • Transfer to four small ramekins and refrigerate for at least two hours.
  • When ready to serve, remove ramekins from fridge and top with your desired toppings!



* nutrition facts are calculated on the mousse without toppings.


Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 20g | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 324mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 4.9mg

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  1. I will make myself this treat today if you think it will work with dark cacao powder instead of the solid type. Advice?

    • I haven’t tried, but I don’t think so! You’d have to create your own chocolate with cacao and oil/cacao butter. You could do it with chocolate chips though!

  2. Made this tonight and it was insanely delicious! Can’t wait to make it again and pleasantly surprise people who won’t believe it’s vegan and gluten free. Awesome.

    • Yes! So glad you enjoyed it Susannah! And I’m totally in the same boat – I love when I can serve dishes that people have no idea it’s gluten-free or vegan 🙂

      • Here in Australia we have just finished dinner and dessert went down a treat, the kids wanted more! A dessert well worth making, and easy too. I highly, highly recommend it. Oh & the kids loved the chocolate quinoa so much that they have suggested having it for breakfast on the weekends!!!!

  3. OMG that chocolate! It looks so sinful…yet is healthy for you. I will definitely have to try this soon! Yum!

  4. What beautiful photographs of your decadent chocolate mousse! I
    I will be making this yummy dessert for sure! Thanks for sharing it
    It looks awesome!! Happy Valetine’s Day!


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