This Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse is healthy, creamy and absolutely irresistible. It’s vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free. A low fat chocolate dessert that’s perfect for a healthy, yet delicious treat!
Can you believe we’re halfway through September? Summer has literally flown for me this year, it has been a really good one. Lots of hiking, swimming and sunbathing. And some work too, but I don’t complain, working on my blog is one of my favorite things.
It’s a bit cooler here, although still too hot for my taste, anyway I was really looking forward to start making fall recipes. I have a few to try and share here once I’m happy with them. Fall is a magical season, don’t you think so?
What Is Vegan Chocolate Mousse
Chocolate mousse is a light and airy dessert made basically with white eggs, chocolate and sugar. As for the VEGAN chocolate mousse, the eggs get replaced with one of the several existing options, depending on your taste. Egg whites can be substituted for aquafaba, sweet potato, avocado, coconut cream or tofu.
If you’re looking to exactly mimic the fluffy texture of the traditional chocolate mousse, going for aquafaba (chick pea water) is better. However, if you’re anything like me, you’ll probably find the process of making chocolate mousse with aquafaba a bit laborious.
So far, I’ve made vegan tofu chocolate mousse, you can find the recipe here, and vegan sweet potato chocolate mousse, the one I’m sharing with you in that post. Both are super easy and made in no time.
How To Make Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse
Just a few simple ingredients are needed to make this smooth and delicious sweet potato chocolate mousse. Sweet potatoes, coconut milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and brandy. Yes, brandy, trust me on this one. Optional, without a doubt, but I recommend you give it a try.
As with most of my recipes, this is designed to be simple and easy to make. This dessert comes together in 5 minutes once the sweet potatoes are baked. I normally cook them in advance so that they have plenty of time to cool down.
Once the sweet potatoes are ready, place them in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients, and process until smooth. Scrape down the sides with a spatula when needed.
Let the chocolate mousse chill for an hour in the fridge and then serve topped with vegan whipped heavy cream or coconut cream.
Can I Freeze Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse
Yes, you can. In fact, I sometimes make a double batch and freeze it in small individual containers. Then it’s just a matter of allowing it to thaw for a while and voilà, you have a delicious and healthy chocolate mousse in no time and with no effort. Because we all get hit by crazy cravings from time to time 😉
To freeze the chocolate mousse, spoon it out into an airtight container, leaving some room for expansion as the mousse freezes and seal the container.
I don’t always label them since mine are normally gone in few weeks although I admit that it’s a good practice. It easily helps you know the content and the freezing date, so feel free to label them if you want. Once the containers are ready, freeze the chocolate mousse for up to two months.
Ideally, you should thaw the mousse in the refrigerator but since we cannot always preview everything, leaving it unfreeze on the kitchen counter works perfectly for me.
Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse (vegan & gluten-free)
For the Chocolate Mousse:
- 2 cups sweet potato purée fresh or canned or 5 fresh medium sweet potatoes
- 1 cup coconut milk full fat
- 6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 4 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1-2 tablespoons brandy
For the toppings:
- ½ cup coconut whipped cream or another plant based cream of your choice
- 2 tablespoons shredded chocolate
- To cook the sweet potatoes, you can either microwave, bake or steam them. I prefer to bake them. To bake the sweet potatoes, start by heating the oven to 200ºC/400ºF. Wash the sweet potatoes and pierce them all around with a fork or skewer. This helps speed up the process a bit.
- Then, put them on a baking tray and bake for 40-60 minutes or until tender. Leave them cool. Once at room temperature, peel them.
- Place the baked sweet potato, coconut milk, cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and brandy into your food processor or blender. Process until well incorporated and smooth, scraping sides at least twice. Spoon the mousse into glasses and refrigerate until chilled. It will thicken a bit as it cools.
- While the mousse is chilling make the coconut whipped cream. Chill your coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. The next day, chill a medium mixing bowl 10 minutes before making the whipped cream. Open the can of coconut milk and scoop the thickened cream into the refrigerated bowl. Beat on medium speed for 5-8 minutes. Taste and add sugar if you prefer it sweeter.
- Finely, shred the chocolate.
- To serve the mousse, top it with a dollop of coconut whipped cream and sprinkle some shredded chocolate on top. Enjoy!
If you like this Sweet Potato Chocolate Mousse, you may also like:
Vegan Chocolate Mousse Oat Cups
Vegan Flourless Chocolate Cake with Whipped Cream Frosting
More dessert ideas from favorite blogs:
Vegan Sweet Potato Pie Bars from Vegan Richa
Lovely mousse. Thanks for sharing,
Hi Fernando, you’re so welcome! And thanks for the comment!
We loved this vegan sweet potato chocolate mousse, such a delicious treat it was. My friend asked for a recipe, I’ve shared this page with her 🙂
That is great to hear! I am so glad that you loved the chocolate mousse that much! Thank you so much for sharing it with your friend! XO
This is everything I want in a mousse! And it is so perfect for fall! Bookmarked to make later this week, thanks so much for the recipe 🙂
You’re welcome Cathleen! This is one of our favourite fall desserts. Thanks for commenting!
Substituting egg whites with sweet potato is news to me! I usually use avocado for the creaminess and the richness. I’m looking forward to trying this way of doing chocolate mousse.
Hi Naïby, you will be AMAZED by how creamy and silky this chocolate mousse is! You won’t even taste the sweet potato! ❤️
Love when I can make healthier versions of my favorite desserts! Love the texture sweet potatoes bring to this mousse.
Me too! It’s easy, healthy, chocolatey and indulgent! I’m so glad you are loving this sweet potato chocolate mousse!
Marisa F. Stewart
This recipe was perfect for my chocolate loving family. I’m always trying to stick some nutritious ingredients in the desserts. It doesn’t always work out and they’ll turn up their noses at it. Well, not so with this recipe. They really loved the light chocolate flavor and the creamy texture. I’ll be making it again.
Thank you, Marisa! So happy to hear your family loved it. I am beyond happy to read your positive review. Thank you so much! ❤️
Thank you.. I just love sweet desserts as does my kiddo. He never even paused while eating his, an extra serving of healthy food for the day!
My son also loves this chocolate mousse! It’s a delicious sweet treat with hidden nutritious veggies in every bite! XO
Sweet potato and chocolate? I would have never thought about this combination, but reading the recipe all makes sense. I had used coconut milk in the past and I’m always amazed by its texture and versatility. This is a great and different dessert. Yum
I can’t agree more, coconut milk pairs perfectly with the sweet potato. Decadent enough to be dessert but healthy enough to be breakfast or snack. Thanks for the comment!
I am all for this sweet potato and chocolate mousse. I love how easy it is to make and that it’s both gluten free and vegan! This is something I plan to make as an after dinner dessert often.
That would be a really yummy way to finish a dinner! I would love to hear how it worked out for you ❤️
I love sweet potatoes and chocolate, so this recipe sounds perfect!
Liz, I’m super glad to hear that you love it! Thank you for letting me know!