Paleo Vegan Mocha Mousse

Accidental Mocha Mousse

We had a super quiet Thanksgiving, which was wonderful. It was just the 4 of us and I kept the meal very simple. Around 4 pm we sat down to a dinner of delicious turkey (roasted by my darling husband, a man of many talents), brussel sprouts with chestnuts, cranberry sauce and gravy.

We ate for about half an hour, then my husband and I did the dishes, while the children squabbled. After that we all played cards and I thought about how thankful I am to be with them. I’m not sure what I did to end up with 3 such phenomenal people. Each of them is incredibly fun, interesting, and genuinely kind. I am truly blessed on a daily basis. Even though I hadn’t planned to downsize our Thanksgiving consciously, I was happy that I ended up really simplifying the holiday this year, so that I could spend the day enjoying the blessings in my life.

After teaching me how to play hearts, my husband retired to his office to watch some football and the boys and I played rotating scrabble. I took turns being on each of their teams. Between scrabble turns my older son and I worked on making truffles (we are inherent multi-taskers), which accidentally turned into an unforeseen mousse.

When I mentioned this to my husband all he could say was –Sarah Palin.  Those two words, “unforeseen” and “mousse” added up to only one thing in his politically overactive mind. He claimed that “Sarah Palin Mousse” would be a great name for this dish, though as you can see, I begged to differ and stuck with my own name for this super rich, easy to make Vegan Mocha Mousse.

As we all know, sometimes the best dishes aren’t the ones we intend to make.

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Accidental Mocha Mousse
  1. In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate into coconut milk over very low heat
  2. Place ground coffee beans in a melita filter and pour ¼ cup hot water over them
  3. Stir coffee into chocolate mixture, discarding grounds
  4. Stir in agave, then vanilla and almond extracts
  5. Spoon mousse into small ramekins
  6. Refrigerate 2-3 hours, until firm
  7. Serve

My husband and I shared one of these little dishes of paleo vegan chocolate mousse for dessert. This mousse is very rich so be careful, don’t eat too much. In terms of substitutions, I imagine there are many different ways that you could make this. Feel free to let loose and experiment with your own flavors and alternative ingredients.

I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving! Now that it’s over, what dishes would you like to see during the upcoming month?  Desserts? Salads? Entrees?  Something else?  Leave a comment with your request!

Here are some of my other paleo vegan dessert recipes:


  1. says

    The mousse recipe is printed and I’m ready to try it out. I never thought mousse was possible with an eggfree diet. I’m really looking forward to trying this recipe!

  2. says

    Am I the only one that this didn’t set for? The top was set but the bottom was still liquid, even though it was in the fridge for longer than the alloted time. So not sure what went wrong? Still was tasty though, even if it was more like a chocolate milkshake :9

    • Elana says

      Sophie, this generally happens when a lite coconut milk is used rather than the full fat coconut milk called for in the recipe :-)

  3. loligoss says

    I meant to comment last Sunday…

    Saturday we had visitors over and I wanted to serve after a meat meal something without dairy.

    I have been looking at this recipe for a while and thought this is the best occasion. I did make hubby taste before I served everyone else to make sure it was OK. It was amazing.

    I used coconut cream that had been lying on it’s side in my fridge for a while so it was nice and de-liquefied.

    We can’t get the coconut sugar so I used 1 tbs of maple syrup and 1 tbs of agave I did add pure chocolate extract as I didn’t have any other extract. Used my organic freshly made espresso for the coffee. It was set after a couple of hours and had I not been serving kids I would have added some coffee liquor. I’m going to make it again as the kids loved it even though they usually hate anything that has coconut in it.

    I doubled the recipe and it made 6 nicely sized portion.

  4. Heather says

    Wondered if you left out the coffee and just used the hot water would you have a chocolate mousse? So want to try this soon… and love you website!

  5. Belladune says

    This is in my fridge setting as we speak! I didn’t have any agave, but used sucanat instead. tastes good not set, so I’m sure once it’s set it’ll be divine! Thank you for this, and all your other recipes!

  6. says

    Hi Elana, I love all your recipes! I tired making this today and after 3 hours of chilling its still the liquidy consistency it was when I put it in the fridge. I used light coconut milk & xylitol. Is that the problem? Thanks!

    • Elana says

      Merideth, yes, that is the problem. This recipe requires full fat coconut milk because when the fat solidifies upon chilling it stabilizes the mousse :-)

  7. Courtney says

    I made this last night and it ended up with a very strong, cough-syrup aftertaste. Very strange. I usually use alcohol-free vanilla but only had the stuff with alcohol in it this time. Is 1 Tbls vanilla the correct amount for this recipe – it seems like a lot? Anyone else have this problem? Thanks.

  8. Jess says

    I haven’t made this yet but am planning on it, I just have a question first. What makes this a mousse? I made the chocolate pie with peanut crust and that filling is unbelievably good, so what are the differences between that and this in texture or consistency? I always think of a mousse as light and airy but I don’t know if that can be accomplished without egg whites (although I’ve never actually made real mousse either). Just kind of wondering what to expect with texture. I am planning a dessert menu for a party and was thinking of chocolate mousse. Thanks for your help!

    • Elana says

      Jess, this vegan mousse has a wonderful creamy texture, though is not as airy as a traditional mousse made with eggs :-)

  9. Callie says

    I came across this website today and I made it for my parents tonight. What amazing flavor! I topped it off with some diced strawberries. Very simple to make.

  10. Stephanie says

    I love your blog Elana, and I think you expressing your political views here is completely within the realm of your rights :) I may or may not agree with them, but I feel like you’re the one sharing your experiences with food, so you should be able to share a small joke with us about the food. I think if you went off on a political rant, that would be another story…but you still have my friendship ;D

  11. eva says

    Elana, I love your recipe blog, but really don’t agree with your political views or comments. Try to stay more focused on the food instead of politics. You may keep more friends that way. :)

  12. says

    cdecocina -I think it would be amazing with orange in it –keep me posted…

    Jessica -Thanks for your beautiful words. Just posted a turkey soup, so I hope you like it!

    moi -Thanks, that sounds great, I bet my boys will love it.

    Freedom -Yes, more main dishes are coming, stay tuned…

    Sara -Thanks for your comment. Have you looked in my amazon store? I also have a post on cookware that you may want to check out.

    donna -Thanks so much for stopping by and for your comment; I am thinking about a stuffed mushrooms post prior to the holidays, you might like that one.

    nickie -Thanks for your comment. I will be making a bunch of veggie side dishes that I hope you will like, some might work as entrees as well…

    Ruth -I think you might like the crock pot turkey chili I just posted, good to throw in during the morning and it’s pretty much ready when you get home.

    VeggieGirl -Thanks so much for your sweet comments; you always make my day!

    Kay -Hee hee hee.

    Ruth -Yes, this is a problem throughout the site that I am going to be remedying soon. Do weigh your chocolate prior to melting; 1 cup of chocolate = 6 ounces in weight.

    Sarah -Wow, that’s a a great idea. You might like my stuffed acorn squash. I bet little pumpkins stuffed with a ground turkey chili would be great. I will keep that in mind for a post.

    Shannon -Thanks for your comment. There will definitely be more warming dishes coming and I will throw a few coconut flour recipes in as well.

    Leslie -You are welcome; more warming dishes are on the way.

    BevB. -Thanks for your comment! I am tickled that you continue to read my blog. More winter salads coming up. Take care and hope we chat soon.

    Kathleen -Haven’t heard of Peanut Butter Buckeyes, though they sound delicious. I do have a recipe for making your own chocolate with agave.

    Stephanie -Thanks; stopped grinding my own way back when. Just takes too much time and Honeyville sells it on the cheap, so it’s easier and just as cost effective to purchase ready made.

    Samantha -Thanks for your kind words. I will definitely be putting the German Chocolate Cake on my list. I don’t want you and your mom to miss out and it shouldn’t be that difficult for me to devise.

    CosetTheTable -Couldn’t have said it better myself!

  13. Samantha says

    :( I just wrote a very long post and I don’t think it worked! That’s ok, I’ll try to recreate it later. I just wanted to thank you for the recipes I made with my mom this Thanksgiving (we are both gluten free), we loved the cranberry sauce, cran walnut bread, and gravy. You made our holiday; we have a wonderful extended family who love old holiday staples like canned cranberry sauce and corn bread stuffing and sour cream mashed potatoes…no thank you! So, Elana, thank you very much from my mom and I! My request for you could prove to be a difficult task; I have never found a recipe for German Chocolate Cake that isn’t loaded with sugar and flour! I have faith in your baking skills after having tried so many of your recipes, so I thought I would at least ask. I make a German Chocolate Cake for my family every year for Christmas, but now that my mom and I have gone gluten free we will have to miss out, unless we can create a better recipe. Thanks so much, and good luck if you attempt the cake!

  14. says

    I’ve been craving a good chocolatey treat! This will most definitely do! Although I am very curious how this turned into a mousse from truffles :)
    I love your blog, lots of great recipes and ideas! You bake a lot w/ almond flour – do you grind your own? I’ll be happy to see whatever you post I’m sure!

  15. Kathleen says

    Peanut Butter Buckeyes are my favorite home-made Christmas candy. I would love a healthier version. I am posting a question about chocolate in the forum because my daughter cannot tolerate even a small amount of the unrefined cane chrystals that are in the dagoba chocolate. So I need to make sweetened chocolate withe the unsweetened chocolate and honey or agave, but I’ve never done it. Any input on that would be appreciated

  16. says

    My request: Winter salads, please and thank you! Your creativity is inspiring – and salads are the perfect mediumm for lots of creativity.

    Sarah Palin mousse made me guffaw aloud!

    Lovely Thanksgiving lessons all’round. Thanks for sharing.

  17. Lesley Prince says

    Your Thanksgiving sounded ideal to me.  What a fine recipe your son developed accidentally.  It’s often the way great recipes are formulated. I love luscious mousses and puddings occasionally and I’m going to make Accidental Mousse soon.  Please feature some hearty one-dish casseroles and slow-cooker entrees.  They’re ideal for the cold winters here in S.W. Ontario.  We get the same weather basically as Buffalo, N.Y. but much less snow.  We need a warming, satisfying meal at the end of a winter’s day.  I’m mainly looking for G.F. vegetarian ideas although I occasionally cook non-vegetarian meals. I love your site and since I’m celiac, you’re extending my cooking repertoire greatly!  Thank you.

  18. Shannon says

    MMmmmm I am a chocolate addict (which, unfortunately, my body does not welcome). This recipe looks like it will soon be satisfying my dark-chocolate-loving taste buds without too much burden on my liver and love handles.
    As for future recipes, I would love to see everything suggested above, but I do lean towards more coconut flour recipes and anything that will help warm and rejuvenate us for the coming winter months. I live in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which is one of the coldest places in North America. Temperatures tend to reach below -40 degrees Celsius.

  19. Sarah says

    Hi! The recipe sounds awesome! I will def have to try it soon!
    You seem like an extremely talented and creative person. I was wondering if you have any ideas for gluten-free recipes made with pumpkin besides the traditional pies and breads and such…like maybe a main dish for dinner? Just curious….Thanks! Blessings!

  20. Ruth says

    Question: All of my baking chocolate is given by weight, not by cup. Are you melting the chocolate first and then measuring the liquid amount?

  21. Ruth says

    Wow!! Can’t wait to try this one too.

    As a full-time working Mom, I’m *always* looking for casserole type dishes, the kind I can make in advance, store in the freezer, thaw while I”m at work, and throw in the oven as soon as I get home!!

  22. nickie says

    That sounds wonderful, i will definately give it a try after my Sunday dinner tomorrow! If you could do a vegan entree for the holidays it would be greatly appreciated, your vegan recipes are always amazing and I need something at the table that feels extra special for the holidays!
    thanks for all you do! Cheers!

  23. donna says

    that sounds yummy and i will surely make it..coconut ‘anything’ is my new passion, (especially the coconut flour- which i would love to see more recipes made with)…this time of year i am thinking of entertaining and small bites- tapas and hor’s doeuvres…munchee foods- that are healthy and light…thanks for any suggestions! i don’t post much but i do love the site!

  24. Sara says

    we are a denver waldorf family and LOVING your site. thank you! any tips on beautiful, healthful cooking utensils, pots/pans and eating/drinking dishes (plates, bowls, etc). we prefer a local search but are willing to go national to find things for our family…

  25. Freedom says

    This sounds amazing, I might just have to make it tomorrow with my left over coconut milk!

    I for one would love to see some entrees. I love all the sweets and such that you post, but I am always on the lookout for a main dish!

  26. moi says

    This recipe can surely be modified by you, an all “natural recipe connoisseur, but is delicious as is:

    Date Milk Shake
    (Makes 2 tall glasses)

    Dates – 5 pits removed

    Almonds – 10

    Banana – 1

    Cold Milk – 2 cups

    Cardamom powder – 1 pinch (optional)


    Soak the almonds overnight. In the morning peel the almonds. You can use the almonds with the skin too. Slice the banana. Blend together the dates, almonds, cardamom powder, banana, cold milk until a smooth consistency. If you find it to be too thick, add a little water.

    Serve chilled.

  27. Jessica says

    Hi Elana – Wow – your post inspired a lot of thought.

    I am pretty much an omnivore except that I haven’t eaten meat, except for for fish, in many years. I’m just now starting to introduce some grass-fed protein into my diet. So I’m not celiac or diabetic; however, your blog has helped make me a more well-rounded eater and cook. The recipes you offer are simple, luscious and affordable – you don’t need a huge quantity to feel satisfied.

    This resonates when I consider the state of things right now.

    A focus on simple but flavorful can help bring balance to our lives. It can ease the burden on our wallets and help us make healthier choices. Our economy and possibly our health may never be what it once was, but I think much good can come from our current situation. Maybe some things will actually get better.

    Of course, seasonal ideas are always appreciated. I live in Northeast Ohio – in a place that gets a lot of lake-effect snow. I’m always looking for dishes that warm and replenish after being outside in the cold and snow. Soups and stews are our favorites.

    Thank you, Elana for your contribution.

  28. says

    Hi, this must be delicious. I had thought of melting chocolate in coconut milk, but now I think I will do it soon. I also have coconut cream, maybe this can be even better. Love this recipe, I dont know if I a variation with orange would be fine as well. I will keep you informed. Nice recipe, thanks!

    • Natalie says

      Yes, coconut cream works best or chilled full fat coconut milk..I actually use organic cocoa and you don’t even have to melt it! Also, I make fudge!
      Coconut butter, vanilla, cocoa, raw almond butter and honey! A splash of coconut milk and if you want a great chocolate dip for fruit, add more coconut milk. Guilt free delicious

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