I went vegan at the beginning of 2018 and, although I have noticed my sugar cravings reducing massively, I still get a hankering for something sweet now and again. Today, I had a particularly strong craving for sugar (most likely because I had stayed up late and got up early, thanks to gymnastics and swimming on Sunday mornings!) So, after the activities, I set about to find a happy medium of making something sweet but healthy (well, healthier…) at the same time.

I remember Deliciously Ella coming out with avocado chocolate fudge brownies a while ago and decided I’ll try to team up some cocoa powder, avocado and maple syrup (as that’s my sweetener of choice at the moment). If it didn’t work, I’d happily eat the sauce myself and try again. I mean it’s only avocado, cocoa powder and maple syrup, what could go wrong?? 

The mousse also needed something crunchy or nutty, like nuts. You can’t have chocolate and not have nuts, right? I looked in the pantry and I only had pistachio nuts. Ok, those will have to do…

Guess how this recipe turned out…

Like this!

Chocolate Pistachio and Avocado Mousse

Using only these ingredients:

Chocolate Pistachio and Avocado Mousse - Ingredients - Five for a Fiver

And it’s such a nice light recipe to enjoy, especially as it is officially Daylight Savings Time and we have all braved and survived the (especially harsh) winter season. The pistachio nuts just added that extra depth of flavour that turns this recipe from a common chocolate mousse to quite a nutty, flavoursome and creamy dessert. You can’t taste the avocado at all and, I just know that if I added frozen bananas to this mousse, I could take it to the next level and create a superfood nice cream! PLUS, adding bananas will still keep the recipe to under 5-ingredients. So, try it and freeze the bananas first for a creamier texture. That’s my next mission…

Onto the recipe!

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Chocolate Pistachio and Avocado Mousse - Five for a Fiver

5-ingredient vegan chocolate pistachio and avocado mousse

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This 5-ingredient vegan chocolate pistachio and avocado mousse is an unrefined vegan alternative to chocolate mousse. Try it. The kids love it!


  • 2 ripe avocados

  • 5 tbsps. of maple syrup

  • 3 tbsp cacao powder

  • ½ cup pistachios, leave a few on the side for garnish


  • Whizz up the pistachios, blitz until gooey
  • Add ripe avocado and blitz
  • Add the maple syrup and cacao powder and blitz until blended
  • Add the mousse mix to small bowls, garnish with the rest of the pistachios on top and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour


If the kids are banging on about wanting something sweet or you need a pick-me-up after work, I can’t think of anything better than a small bowl of this creamy chocolate mousse. Plus, you can make it in batches and store in the freezer as chocolate ice cream! 

Chocolate pistachio and avocado mousse

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Please find below a list of ingredients from Sainsbury’s for £5.70 total (prices may vary from 25 March 2018)

Sainsbury’s Ripen at Home Avocado, (4) – £1.85

Clarks Original Maple Syrup (180ml) – £2.00

Dr Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder (25g) – £1.20

Sainsbury’s Pistachio Nuts in Shell, (35g) – 65p

Chocolate Pistachio and Avocado Mousse - Five for a Fiver

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