The Healthiest Chocolate Mousse

The Healthiest Chocolate Mousse

Everyone who knows me can vouch for my obsession with my raw brownies, I’m totally addicted! They’re just amazing, and taste absolutely divine. However, these heavenly flavours aren’t really the main reason why I’m so in love them, as I think all of my desserts taste heavenly – it’s the fact that they only take 3 minutes to make and require absolutely no effort whatsoever. I have to admit though that since they’re so easy and I’m so addicted I’ve definitely eaten a lifetimes worth in the past year! I was about to make them for the trillionth time a few weeks ago when I stopped myself and decided that as a chef I should really be a little more inventive and branch out a little to find another 3 minute treat, so I did and these little bowls of insanely creamy, totally chocolatey goodness were the result. Definitely a lesson in why I should branch out more!

I just can’t tell you how awesome these are. I made six pots in my first batch thinking I’d stock of on a week’s worth of treats end guess what… I ate them all in a row! Pot by pot. They were just too good, I simply could not resist. The combination of banana and avocado creates the creamiest consistency that just melts-in-your-mouth, which is enhanced the the almond butter’s nutty goodness. The avocado’s savoury nature is totally masked though by the sweet, caramel-esq nature of the medjool dates and the deeply rich, smooth cacao powder. So you’ll get all of the avocado’s goodness without making the dessert taste like salad! Trust me on this one, it’s amazing even if it sounds a little weird! No one that’s tried it yet has come close to guessing the creamy ingredients, so I promise you won’t taste it either!

Of course you’ll be getting buckets of goodness from each little dessert pot too – lots of fantastic plant protein form the almond butter, wonderfully anti-inflammatory fats and vitamins from the avocado, tons of heart healthy potassium from the banana, toxin preventing anti-oxidants from the super food cacao and all-important fibre from the dates. So you can eat as much dessert as you like knowing you’re only eating spoonful after spoonful of goodness. A totally guilt-free pudding! How great is that?

Serves 2

– 2 really ripe bananas

– 1 ripe avocado

– 6 medjool dates

– 4 tablespoons of water

– 2 heaped teaspoons of almond butter

– 2 heaped teaspoons of raw cacao powder


– a little sweetener (I like maple syrup)

– a teaspoon of hemp protein powder

– a sprinkling of chia seeds

– a sprinkling of flax seeds

Simply put all the ingredients into a food processor – pit the dates first though – then blend into a smooth delicious mixture.

A blender will work for this but a food processor is a lot easier and quicker!

Keep chilled in the fridge until you’re ready to enjoy!


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  • Aileen

    Where can I purchase almond butter? Thanks A M Hall

    • Ella Woodward

      Hi Aileen. Where are you based? If you’re in the UK then you can buy it at most big supermarkets, I know Sainsburys for example stock it. Or else any health food shop, including all of the Holland and Barrets. Hope that helps!

  • Emily

    My hubby picked up on the fruit in the mousse and threw a bit of a paddy – I guess I won’t be making htis again for a while :-(

    • Ella Woodward

      I’m sorry to hear that! I’m assuming that he’s not a healthy eater? Hope you have better luck next time and that at least you got to enjoy it :)

      • Becky

        what about using 2 avocados and omitting the banana?

  • Becky

    sooo yummy! I just mixed it up and it’s in the fridge right now. I scraped every bit I could out of the processor and ate it, I can’t wait to try it chilled! :) I could taste a little bit of banana, but I couldn’t taste any avocado. Maybe adding a little more cocao would hide any fruit flavor? But I like it just the way it is! 😀

    • Becky

      I didn’t have any almond butter so I used peanut butter, it tastes good!

    • Ella Woodward

      Hi Becky. I’m so glad that you loved the mousse! I’m sure it was just as delicious with peanut butter too, I think adding extra nut butter and cacao would take away any left over banana taste if you wanted to try that next time :) Thank you for sharing your success with it, it’s always so nice to hear!

  • cerasela

    The best chocolate mousse. Love your recipes.Thank you so much.

    • Ella Woodward

      Thank you so much, that’s so kind of you – I’m really happy that you love them all so much! The mousse is a particularly awesome one though, I totally agree :)

  • Hannah Joelle.B

    Looks Wonderful :) I will be trying it once my Cacao arrives 😀 I was wondering is there anyway I could add cherries or make a cherry Chocolate mousse? Thank you <3

    • Ella Woodward

      Thank you so much! I hope that you love it so much when you make it :) I bet adding cherries to it would be delicious! Please let me know what it’s like once you’ve tried it!

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  • Rikke Weum Elstad

    Hi Ella. I tried the chocolate mousse and it was so good. I used coconut oil instead of almond butter because it`s difficult to get here in Norway. I love your blog and recommend it to all my friends.
    Best wishes from Rikke (Tiril`s sister)

    • Ella Woodward

      Hey! That’s awesome, I bet it’s delicious with coconut oil! So happy that you love the blog so much too and share it! :)

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  • Vibrant Living

    Where can I find a recipe of your raw brownie Ella?

    • Ella Woodward

      Hi! Sorry that the blog isn’t easier to navigate/find recipes on! I’m in the middle of designing a new own which should make everything a lot easier and hopefully it will be up and running in May! In the mean time, here is the recipe

  • Alex

    hey ella thanks for putting this up its awesome! :) im on a candida free diet at the moment so i had to substitute a couple of things like the dates and bananas and then smashed up some almonds and launched those in there instead. thought while im on the diet and mainly eating protein i would become a slave to the gym in order to turn myself into a spartan lol its going well but some times you get a serious craving for something cheeky and this not only hits the spot it smashes it into a million pieces! thanks for your help !
    from Alex

    • Ella Woodward

      I’m so glad that this could help out your cravings while your doing your anti-candida! Hopefully once you’re candida free you can enjoy it with all the extra delicious bits too! :)

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  • Emily

    I couldn’t resist commenting. This is the BEST dairy free mousse ever! I eat this and feel bad for the bloated people around the world that, maybe like me, found it torturous to give up pudding/mousse when they learned they had to give up dairy. Oh- if only I knew of this sooner!

    The only problem with this recipe, is the wait time for it to be chilled 😉

    Thank you so much for this life alternating recipe and please continue to invent recipes, you have a true talent!

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much Emily! I’m so glad that you love this mousse so much, I’m so addicted to it too – I even make it for breakfast it’s so good! :)

  • Jess

    Hi Ella I’m looking to make this soon, I was just wondering how long it would keep in the fridge as I am the only one in my family that can not eat anything with gluten or dairy in it.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jess. I’ve never tried to keep it more than 24 hours before as I normally make it when I want to eat it, but I would imagine that it would probably last about 48 hours. Although I would recommend making enough for you and enjoying it fresh. Hope that helps and that you enjoy it, it’s one of my favourites! Have a lovely weekend :)

  • Jeanette

    Hi. Just discovered your website. Thought Jess might like to know that I have made a similar recipe to the chocolate mousse using avocado and it kept well for a number of days covered in the fridge.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Jeanette. THank you so much, that’s really helpful!

  • Carly

    Hi Ella!

    Love your recipes. I’ve been gluten-free/vegan for a couple years, and at this point I’m totally inspired by blogs like yours to cut out all the rest of the junk (oils/sugars) that I occasionally eat. The only thing is I cannot stand bananas, what would you substitute instead in a recipe like this?

    Many thanks!

  • f

    Delicious! However I think the constant association with ‘unhealthy’ foods and ‘guilt’ is a very dangerous thing, and not necessary on your blog anyway. There is an eating disorder epidemic in this country and I think it would be responsible of your as a popular blogger not to add fuel to the fire. I would like to think my daughters can eat any sort of pudding ‘guilt free’. Kind regards.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi. I’m sorry that you feel this way as I would never want to encourage eating disorders in anyway. Unfortunately I disagree with you though and believe that healthy eating actually encourages a positive relationship with the body, which is absolutely essential to fighting eating disorders. Have a lovely weekend, Ella.

      • f

        Agree with the healthy eating bit! Just thinks words like ‘guilty’ are unhelpful and, as an adolescent psychologist who treats a lot of young women with ed’s (and with daughters of my own!) I feel obliged to advise against that sort of language. Kind regards.

  • Judith

    Hi Ella,
    I’ve just discovered your blog via Instagram and I’m really inspired by all of your fantastic recipes! I can’t wait to start trying them for myself!
    However I was wondering how many grams or litres (when it’s fluid) I should use when you are using a cup.
    Thanks :)

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Judith. I’m so glad that you’re enjoying all of the recipes! Unfortunately I have no idea about grams or litres, I promise the cups work perfectly – just choose an average sized cup and it will be perfect! :)

  • Robin Hallett

    Hi Ella ,
    Love this!! Since finding your site, I’ve made this recipe many times. I’m always curious as to what the white things on top of the pudding are? perhaps cashew cream?
    thank you,

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you so much, I’m so glad that you love this recipe so much! Sorry for the confusion in the picture – the white things are slices of banana! :)

  • Gracy

    this is so good…could u pleas tell me how many calories???

    • ellawoodward

      So glad that you love this! I don’t believe in counting or looking at calories so sadly I can’t help you there, sorry!

  • Alex

    loved it! and used tahini instead of almond butter… came out really good. thanks for posting your great recipes: it is helping me have a healthier life :-)

    • ellawoodward

      It’s such a pleasure, so glad that the recipes are helping you have a healthier life! Great to know that tahini works well in this recipe too, thank you! :)

  • Linzi

    Hi Ella
    Love all these recipes..every Monday my kids and partners come for supper so i’m going to test the mousse on them! They often cut out dairy, wheat and sugar, so I’m sure it’ll go down well :) I just wont tell them what’s in it as my son in law is rather a fussy eater!!

    • ellawoodward

      That’s awesome, I love testing these kinds of recipes out on fussy eaters and see them love it! Hope everyone enjoyed the mousse :)

  • Linzi

    Mixed feelings about the mousse!!!! Most of us loved it and a couple pulled up their noses after they’d tasted it and demanded to know what’s in it!!!!!! I thought it was great! Thanx!
    Still want to try the bread :)

  • Annie

    Success! This mousse was so different than anything I’m used to, so my taste buds were a little confused at the first bite, but with each bite it grew tastier and tastier and now I love it. :)

    I couldn’t find medjool dates at my grocery store so I used deglet noor dates; my blender nor my food processor could handle them so I took them to the mortar and pestle and smushed them up the old fashioned way, then added the paste to the remaining mixture. I also had to double the amount of cocoa powder to make it really chocolatey and less overpoweringly banana-y, perhaps because the cocoa powder I found is not raw cacao, or maybe it’s just of lesser quality than yours. *shrug* It worked out in the end! I also added a swirl of amber agave nectar. Yum. Thank you so much for the recipe; I am now initiated into the world of dairy-free chocolatey desserts! Whee! I am very excited to try adding this mousse to my other dessert concoctions as a frosting, or custard filling… Hmm… !

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  • Alison

    OMG, I just made this for dessert and it was ABSOLUTELY AMAZING ! I divided the quantities because I knew I would eat the entire thing (I was actually suppose to eat half of it for dessert and keep the rest for my afternoon break… Meeeh that didn’t happen). I don’t really like avocado so I was a bit concerned to actually taste it in the final result, but it wasn’t the case and it gave such a creamy texture ! I added some raw cacao nibs to give it some crunch (I loooooved it when the regular chocolate mousses I used to eat had some little bits of chocolate in it). Oh and also, as my food processor is not extremely strong, it didn’t blend the dates entirely, so I also had little pieces of dates, it was so good! (obviously I like when my food is not blended properly, weirdo !)
    Thanks a lot for coming up with this recipe ! :) (and sorry for telling my life in every comment I leave on your blog, I just can’t help it! Hope I’m not boring you ^^)

  • Minah

    Absolutely love everything about your website and the work you do. I’ve been browsing through your website for the past two days! Today I made the healthy chocolate mousse, I had the intention of making almond butter but I don’t own a food processor, so had to improvise. I used my blender, I added the banana, avocado, dates, cinnamon powder, raw almonds, cocoa nibs, a little water and blended away. I am absolutely loving it! And the best part is all the ingredients are good for your body! I can’t wait to try other recipes from your blog. Thanks a ton :)

    • ellawoodward

      I’m so glad that you’re loving everything :)

  • Karine Brown

    Hi Ella,
    I just made these pots this morning so we can all have them for dessert tonight… I had to scrape as much as I could with the spatula soooo good it was. I can’t wait. I knew I would like this mousse as I love all the ingredients. Thank you for making my cooking so easy: cup measurement & no oven needed. I love how you describe every ingredient too, I feel so good about eating them knowing their nutritional value and it put them to the forefront of it too. You’re amazing!
    Karine xx

  • Alison

    You know, all your recipes are fantastic but this one is AMAZINGLY good!! I’m totally addicted… thank you :) x

    • ellawoodward

      Thank you Alison, I’m so glad that you love it!

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  • Rena

    This just sounds so delicious, I love all the ingredients by themselves and am sure I would enjoy this mousse a LOT! One of my favourite juices is actually a banana and avocado juice which is very common in the Middle East as well as Brazil, it sounds weird at first but tastes heavenly. I’m definitely going to try out your recipe – can’t wait!

  • Ross

    Love all of your recipes and am eager to go full out and try many; so glad I stumbled onto your site; Seeing how you conquered illness by diet is proof enough for me to move my eating habits toward healthier foods. BTW will buy your APP from iTunes and book as well.
    Love your approach and site.

  • Sonia

    Hi Ella!
    Congratulations, your blog is amazing!
    I have a question…how many days can I have this recipe in the fridge?
    Thank you,


    • ellawoodward

      Hi Sonia. It should last a few days in an airtight container!

  • http://FB Louann Chapman

    Thanks for your site, love it! I tried the chocolate mousse. Disaster, sorry! I discovered the texture was not to my or my husband’s liking (the dates made it pasty, not smooth like a mousse usually is) ! I do not like the flavor of dates in chocolate after all. I had to throw it all out.! I think you are either a date person or not. And I’m not a banana person either, so I substitute with avocado and it’s delicious, But I have tried some of your other recipes and they are great

  • monica

    very yummy1

  • Rachael

    Hi Ella,

    I was curious to know if you’ve read about the comparisons of Agave to corn syrup. I omitted agave from my diet several years ago for this reason.

    Thank you for sharing your lovely recipes with us. I’ve tried many and I really have enjoyed all of them.

    • ellawoodward

      I haven’t but I will look into it!

  • Fiona

    made this & all I could taste was overripe banana. unpleasant to say the least

  • Rebecca

    Ella I am obsessed with this mousse! I barely ate any vegetables before I found your blog, now 3 weeks in I am trying new things and feeling so much better, thanks for these amazing recipes, I’ve been getting through two pots a day of this mousse I love it!

    • ellawoodward

      Amazing – I love it too!

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  • parady

    hi how much fat are in these? do you have the nutritional data

    • ellawoodward

      I don’t look at nutritional data sorry – I believe much more in counting goodness than fat and calories!

  • Lisa

    Surely if all the ingredients are totally natural then the fat/calorie content just doesn’t matter because the body will process it naturally…clean eating throws calories out of the window…where they should be :) ?

    Ella, I saw you on Sunday Brunch (25th May?) and am so happy to have found your page, I am scanning through recipes already, desperate to try out as many as I can. You have a new BIG fan….can’t wait for the book. Please keep up the great work.

    Lisa x

    • ellawoodward

      I definitely agree and don’t ever count calories because its the amount of goodness that is important!
      Thank you – I hope you love the recipes xx

  • Tina

    Hi, Ella
    Do you make almond butter yourself or use the one from store?

  • Tina

    I just made it! And I LOVE IT! It took me some time to make almond butter first but it was worth it!!!!!!!
    I can not wait till it cools down! Ready to eat all myself! Not sharing with others!
    THANK U for this!

  • Amy Lou

    Ok I admit I was a little bit sceptical about this…I was ready to not like it and condemn you all insane lol but I stand corrected! Its lovely, the textures like cake batter and even the husband asked if I’d made enough for him! Cant wait to try something else x Thanks Ella x

    • ellawoodward

      So pleased you and your husband liked it (if you saved him any!) x

  • Claire Winchester

    I’ve just made this DELICIOUS mousse for me and the other half..he is addicted to hagan daze ice cream and Ben and jerrys but to my amazement he actually prefers this was sooo easy to make..I don’t have a particularly strong food processor but it still managed to whip this into a smooth mousse consistency…I was practically licking the bowl clean while I waited for it to chill in the fridge..another fantastic seriously hooked now and actually getting excited about cooking..thanks Ella!!!

  • Alia

    Hi, I do not have almond butter in my country (at least not that I know of) so can I use regular butter? Or another more common alternative? Thanks.

    • ellawoodward

      There is a recipe for almond butter on the app if you can’t buy it easily.

  • Gill

    Hi Ella – I made the chocolate mousse today with two avocados and left out the banana. I topped it with lovely fresh local strawberries – taste sensation!!! :-)

  • Carolyn

    Hi Ella, I love your combination of healthy and delicious recipes. As I’m allergic to avocado, can you suggest a useful substitute that I can use in your recipes? Do you think cashews would work?

    • Charis Chia

      silken tofu :)

  • Eve Breeze

    I have just made these up for my husband and parents to taste and we devoured it all! So tasty that I’ll be making them again again really soon and for my children too… Thanks for another great healthy recipe :)

  • Gemma Smith

    Hi ella, i made this this weekend and although it was lovely and creamy i couldnt help but just taste the banana! i really want to make it again is there anything i can substitute instead of the banana? like soaked cashews or something?


    • Molly T

      I agree. I made this today and was overwhelmed by the taste of banana. The texture does not resemble mousse, the only thing about this that resembles chocolate mousse is the colour. It is not so much a mousse, but mushed banana. Sorry! Your other recipes are great though

    • Joanna Simpson

      I found the same. I loved it though! Perhaps we could try using less banana?

  • ellawoodward

    Unfortunately the banana is a really key ingredient to get the creaminess but you could experiment with things like cashew nuts or avocado but I don’t have a recipe for those unfortunately.

  • Olka

    I bought salted almond butter – is it still useable or not?

  • ellawoodward

    Hi, you can use salted almond butter but I prefer to avoid foods with any added salt. Have a lovely day! X

    • Olka

      Thanks x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Molly, I’m sorry you didn’t like the recipe. This is personally one of my favourite desserts but everyone has different preferences! X

  • Belle

    Hi, Would it be possible to use cacao nibs instead of powder?


  • ellawoodward

    Hi Belle, cacao nibs and cacao powder are pretty different and cannot be used interchangeably. There will be a blog post all about cacao next week! I would stick to the powder for this recipe. X

    • Belle

      Thanks so much – have invested in some powder Along with your fabulous book which turned up yesterday. Kitchen stock up done today. Love your recipes x

  • Toni Turpin

    Hi Ella, am just going to try this recipe but on your app is says two tablespoons of almond butter and not two teaspoons. Which is the correct one? I know it’s probably a matter of personal taste but just wanted to check. Also, for your Advocado dip you stipulate two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar and to be honest all I could taste was the vinegar and nothing else. Should it be two teaspoons? Anyway, this sounds like a moan but honestly, your website has completed changed my life and my health and I’m so grateful. Delicious is an understatement!

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Toni, yes I use two tablespoons of almond butter for the chocolate mousse. I personally love almond butter and find it really enhances the flavour. For the avocado dip I use 1 heaped tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. If it is too strong you can always lessen the amount. So glad you love the blog! Have a lovely day. X

  • Joanna Simpson

    Hi Ella we had this tonight! Yummy and so easy. But I was wondering, do you think you could get the same affect without the bananas? I just thought the banana taste slightly overshadowed the chocolate. But that said it was yummy x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Joanna, I have not tried this recipe without bananas so I’m not sure how it’ll turn out. The bananas make it really creamy and naturally sweet. You could try using just 1 banana! X

    • Joanna Simpson

      Good idea I’ll try that! I do love them tho!! Xxx

  • Fiona

    Hey Ella, how many days in advance can these be made before eating? Planning a dinner party on Tuesday and wanna get as much prep done as possible now! x

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Fiona, I would only make these a couple days in advance as they contain avocado which doesn’t keep for very long unfortunately. Hope your friends love it! X

  • Holly

    Hi, I was really interested in making these until I learned that they contained banana. Have you any idea if they can be substituted easily as banana is something that I cannot eat. Thanks.

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Holly, I’m really sorry but you really need the banana in the recipes to create a smoothie mixture and for the sweetness. You could try adding in more avocado and dates to substitute it but I’m not sure how it would turn out. Have a lovely day! X

  • Claire

    Made these today, delicious! My one year old and three year old devoured them too…and I have the secret satisfaction of knowing they are packed with goodness. Thanks!

  • Maria R

    I really, really, like to print recipes so I don’t get food on my computer (or your beautiful book!). I don’t see a button to do that on your website. Am I missing it?

    • ellawoodward

      Hi Maria, so sorry but there isn’t an option to print the blog recipes. Hope you’re enjoying lots of the recipes, have a lovely day x

  • Han

    Wow! Amazing pud. I love your recipes Ella – they are changing the way I think about food and I feel so much better for it. Thank you!!

  • ellawoodward

    You need two heaped teaspoons of raw cacao powder which is the chocolate element. Hope you love it x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Jessica, Yes they should keep well in the fridge for about 3 days! X

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Millie, I haven’t tried putting these into mini tarts before so I’m not too sure how many it would make sadly. Hope they turn out delicious x

  • ellawoodward

    Hi Sue, so pleased to hear that everyone loved them! I find that ripe bananas make a big difference as they’re much sweeter, easier to blend and should help with the mouse consistency. The book is out early April in the US – hope you love it! X

  • ellawoodward

    So pleased you’re enjoying the recipes! For natural sugar alternatives, my favourites are maple syrup, date syrup, raw honey or coconut sugar. Medjool dates are also a delicious natural sweetener! X

  • Naomi

    Love this! As bananas and avocados come in all different sizes I’m sure this tastes different every time you make it. I just made mine with one avocado and one banana as two seemed like too much banana – it still tastes great :)

    N xo

  • Marianela Pereyra

    It looks healthy, rich and smooth. Looking forward to making this guilt-free dessert =)

  • Maria

    I had friends round for dinner and made this along with your raw chocolate brownies. Absolutely beyond divine and a mega success! Thank you for sharing and helping me never eat milk chocolate ever again!

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