There's no point telling you how much I love dessert and chocolate - this is common knowledge! What I love creating are desserts that taste indulgent, are quick to make but are also on the healthier side - YAY! This vegan chocolate dessert covers all those bases and is nut, gluten and soy-free. Great for when you need that chocolate fix, but super easy.
It's a vegan chocolate mousse made from just a few very accessible ingredients. The secret ingredient, black beans, make it thick and indulgent, high protein, and also full of fibre!
If you're looking for something to serve up for an impressive dinner party dessert (no need to tell your guests how easy it was to make), this vegan chocolate mousse is perfect. You can top it with brightly coloured fruit (or anything else you fancy), and away you go.
- Vegan Chocolate - of course, this is what makes it a vegan chocolate dessert! I prefer to use dark chocolate with a high cocoa content (70% or 85%), like Divine or Green and Blacks. Just be aware, the higher the cocoa content, the less sweet it will be. I now love high cocoa content chocolate as it's better for you and has a more intense taste!
- Black Beans - the secret weapon in this vegan chocolate dessert! They make up the body of the dessert. But you wouldn't even know they are in there unless I told you! They are high in protein and when blended, have a great smooth texture that is perfect for vegan chocolate mousse. Other cooked or tinned beans, such as chickpeas or kidney beans, will also work, but won't give the same dark chocolate colour as black beans.
- Banana - this also gives body and that softer texture to the vegan chocolate mousse. It provides some natural sweetness, which means this recipe doesn't need too much sugar - YAY!
- Salt - just a small amount for added flavour. Salt with chocolate is a winning combination. Feel free to leave out if you're watching your salt levels.
- Sugar - this vegan chocolate dessert only uses a small amount as the banana gives extra sweetness. I prefer to use coconut palm sugar but any sugar will do.
- Vegan Mylk - any vegan mylk will work here. You just need a dash for that softer consistency. To keep the vegan chocolate mousse soy-free, do not use soya milk. If using an oat mylk, make sure it is made from gluten-free oats if you want to keep this recipe truly gluten-free, and equally don't use a nut mylk if you want to keep this nut-free. We used Oatly barista mylk here. Other suggestions to avoid some of the common allergens would be Hemp mylk or Tigernut mylk but always check the labels.
Yes! It can be frozen in one big portion, or separated out into smaller containers to be frozen.
You can replace the banana with some apple instead. Or if you leave out altogether (which will change the texture a bit) you will need to add an extra bit of sugar (maybe a couple of tablespoons) as the banana gives it a lot of sweetness.
Yes! Other types of beans will work. The vegan chocolate mousse just may not have quite so dark a colour if you use lighter beans e.g. chickpeas.
This recipe was developed by Vanessa, one of the original co-founders of this site. Vanessa is now working on her plant based health coaching business, Energise and Thrive Plant Based. She helps people get high energy, great health, and balanced eating with delicious plant-based food.
She’s also brought out her FREE Guide - 5 Steps to Balanced Plant Based Eating which you’re welcome to download. Of course, all the recipes she has created for The Vegan Larder (like this one!) will remain here for you to access.
There are so many options for what you can serve with this vegan chocolate dessert, it really is up to you. Personally, I love adding brightly coloured fruit like raspberries on mine, and sprinkling some broken nuts on for some added crunch. Some other great suggestions are:
- Vegan Yoghurt
- Any fresh fruit!
- Gogi berries
- For a super treat, sprinkle some vegan smarties on top
- Cacao nibs
- Nut butter
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- Vegan Chocolate Salted Caramel Pots
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- 4 Ingredient Vegan Chocolate Salted Caramel Sauce
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Vegan Chocolate Mousse with Black Beans (gluten, soy and nut free)
- Ramekins (or pots to put the mousse)
For accuracy, I measure all ingredients in metric as standard, then convert and test the recipe for American cup measurements etc.
(Heads up Aussie and UK readers- your measurements in cups are sometimes different, so please use metric or check you have the correct cup and spoon type!!)
- Blend up all the ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
- Transfer the mixture into 4-6 pots. Leave in the fridge for a few hours to set.
- Once set, add various toppings and enjoy!