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Magic Mousse

Our latest experiment was a chocolate mousse. Not your everyday heavy cream-chocolate-egg-and-butter kind of mousse. This version was actually made completely without any of those ingredients! We adapted the recipe from the Danish cookbook “Kernesund Familie”.

The amazing thing with this mousse is that it is only made on bananas, cacao powder and some almond butter! And it only takes about 2 minutes (maybe less) to make.
I know we will upset some chocolatiers out there by calling it a chocolate mousse. Of course it’s more of a banana-cacao mousse, but it actually tastes a lot like chocolate mousse (it is both bitter, sweet and creamy). And consider this once again: No heavy cream. No chocolate. No eggs. No butter. Just your everyday banana and 2 minutes of your time.

You can vary this recipe in a million different ways. We’ve added soya milk to make it creamier, coffee to make it stronger, vanilla powder to make it sweeter, peanut butter instead of almond butter to make it more american …
Oh, and remember not to use black bananas! If they look a bit old they will taste too distinct.

Chocolate Mousse (adapted from danish cookbook ‘Kernesund’)
4 small portions (or 2 large …)

2 bananas
4-5 tbsp cacao powder (unsweetened)
4 tbsp almond butter or hazelnut butter

Mix it all in a blender until it becomes a mousse. Pour into glasses and put in the fridge before serving.


  1. Posted 12 Jan ’10 at 00:42 | #

    I WILL be making this. Looks so perfect, and just a hint of nut butter will make it even better!

  2. Posted 12 Jan ’10 at 02:10 | #

    This sounds fantastic!! I’ve blended frozen bananas for ice cream before, but never thought to use bananas as the base of a mousse.

  3. Posted 12 Jan ’10 at 04:01 | #

    What the what? It looks like dreamy chocolate pudding. Beautiful, as always!

  4. Ebbolita
    Posted 12 Jan ’10 at 13:23 | #

    I’m hungry!

  5. Posted 14 Jan ’10 at 17:02 | #

    a sweetener for the heart :)
    so nice to stumble upon you! someone else on earth has the same taste like us :)
    Måske skulle vi mødes til frokost, når solen begynder at skinne og varmer det kolde Danmark:)

  6. Oanh
    Posted 15 Jan ’10 at 23:00 | #

    This look delicious and easy for beginners like me to make. Thanks!

  7. annette
    Posted 16 Jan ’10 at 21:30 | #

    dejlig opskrift, smukke teskeer

  8. Judy
    Posted 17 Jan ’10 at 04:59 | #

    Your site looks amazing!! Best I’ve seen by far :)

  9. Posted 17 Jan ’10 at 18:25 | #

    oohhh this looks very interesting! I’m definitely going to give it a shot!:)

  10. Posted 18 Jan ’10 at 00:17 | #

    I just found you and love your blog! Photography, content – delicious! And with a 2 year old ‘schokofresser’ this recipe is on my to do list.

  11. Sonia
    Posted 19 Jan ’10 at 17:43 | #

    I just cook, delicious. Thanks!

  12. Posted 23 Jan ’10 at 00:29 | #

    I tried your mousse – wonderful! My blender is rather lacking in power so I had to add a tiny bit of soy milk to get it going but it was still thick enough to be satisfyingly mousse-like!

  13. sarah
    Posted 27 Jan ’10 at 19:49 | #

    love this! just made it… i think next time i will add only 2 or 3 tbs of almond butter. i think hilary has an idea there with the soy millk… for a little more smoothness and lightness. delicious! love these simple recipes!

  14. Posted 28 Jan ’10 at 11:09 | #

    Hey! Thanks for all your sweet comments! We LOVE it as well ;) Sometimes I make it as a smoothie instead. Just add the juice from one orange and a lot of rice milk and mix it, add ice cubes and drink!!

  15. Posted 5 Feb ’10 at 02:45 | #

    I love love love the look of your blog! That must have been some awesome mousse. I have all the ingredients. I think I may have some for breakfast tomorrow ;) May I link to your blog?

  16. Guanoy7000
    Posted 6 Feb ’10 at 05:20 | #

    This is absolutely awesome! It really is like mousse!

  17. limes
    Posted 11 Feb ’10 at 21:15 | #

    What you have here is chocolate pudding, not chocolate mousse. I’m not particularly a picky eater, but this is not mousse. If someone served this to me as a pudding, I’d be thrilled. As a mousse, I’d be sorely disappointed.

  18. Posted 25 Feb ’10 at 21:19 | #

    I just wanted to thank you for this delicious recipe. Working on cutting back our sugars (especially during the cold season), and still desiring sweets and high protein snacks, we’re in love with this. I just posted it on my blog, rosiegirldreams.com. Much thanks again, and I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

  19. yummyy!
    Posted 30 May ’11 at 23:37 | #

    wow! i will definitely try this! maybe ill add a couple of dates or a splash of agave for sweetness! thanks for sharing! i really love your blog btw :)

  20. cajeta
    Posted 23 Jun ’11 at 02:54 | #

    Do you have a preferred cacao powder you like? I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’ve also heard of an avocado version. I can’t have cream or eggs so this is fantastic!

  21. M
    Posted 22 Jul ’11 at 15:21 | #

    Your blog is very nice, and very inspiring, both in the recipes but also the stories with. I have already tried the banana coconut pancakes and they were delicious. Another possiblity for chocolate mousse which I like a lot because it is very cooling and not necesarilly sweet is to blend avocados, molten chocolate or cocoa powder, something sweet (honey, sugar, maple syrup – more or less depending on if you use chocolate with sugar in it already or not) and something liquid (water works fine, but all sort of milk like products also work – almond milk, soy milk, maybe even white wine?…), and of course some spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, chili…). I never quite manage to remember quantities in food making unfortunatly but because the recipe is so quick and simple it is easy to adjust the quantities by tasting. All the best, M

  22. Janna
    Posted 13 Feb ’12 at 03:48 | #

    Love your site. Just made this as a dessert and got rave reviews. No one guessed that it was vegan!

  23. Michelle
    Posted 3 Jun ’12 at 02:39 | #

    Do you think I could use pecan butter instead? I can only have pecans & walnuts. This looks amazing & it’s sugar free :)

    • Posted 5 Jun ’12 at 07:44 | #

      Hi Michelle, yes you can definitively use pecan butter instead. We tried it recently with peanut butter, and that worked as well. You can also try adding some avocado, it makes the mousse even creamier. Just make sure to also increase the amount of cacao powder.
      Good luck!

  24. lisah
    Posted 27 Jul ’12 at 03:46 | #

    delicious. I used only about three tbls of cocoa and it was fantastic, especially with some sliced strawberries on top.

  25. Posted 16 Sep ’12 at 13:03 | #

    This looks amazing! My dad is a major mouse fan and I’ve been meaning to find one that’s dairy free… The only thing is (as well as dairy) I’m allergic to banana – anything you recommend to use instead?

  26. Petra
    Posted 5 Nov ’12 at 18:12 | #

    Thank you, thank you, thank you :-) Mousse is already sitting in the fridge and I must say it turned out perfect. I opted for less cacao powder but it is only my personal preference.

  27. Vienna
    Posted 11 Jan ’13 at 01:20 | #

    So easy! A delicious pudding you can feel good about eating!

  28. Posted 19 Jan ’13 at 16:57 | #

    Just made the mousse, added an apple to make it less bananaish, and it adds some freshness. Had to use peanut butter, cause that is what I had at home!!! It just tastes great…so say all the neighbour kids too!!!

  29. Jenny
    Posted 6 Mar ’13 at 14:41 | #

    I Love your mousse so much!!! Thank you!!! It`s really great! :D
    (I tried the version from your App with the avocado).

  30. Annie
    Posted 28 Mar ’13 at 15:19 | #

    How long does it last in the fridge? I’d love to make it and send it with my daughter for a school snack, but I’m worried the banana will get all icky. Any experience with leftovers? Thanks – looks delish!

    • Posted 28 Mar ’13 at 17:33 | #

      Hi Annie. Store in an air-tight container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
      Happy cooking

  31. navina
    Posted 2 Apr ’13 at 20:45 | #

    just made this “mousse” – it is veryyyyy yummy – don’t like soymilk and did not have any almond milk on hand so used 3 tbsp milk to loosen it up a bit – it is delicous!

  32. Max
    Posted 2 May ’13 at 22:52 | #

    Oh my goodness.. I added some rice milk to this recipe and it was incredibly delicious, and so easy to make – thank you for putting it up!

  33. Lisa
    Posted 19 Jun ’13 at 16:06 | #

    This tasted amazing, thank you so much for the wonderful recipe!!

  34. hannah spencer
    Posted 3 Sep ’13 at 17:26 | #

    This recipe is so so nice! Thank you so much. Just made it and popped it in the fridge for later. Had to thin it out with almond milk though as my blender wouldn’t blend it without. Going to pour some organic vanilla yogurt on top and make it a chocolate and vanilla mousse! Cannot wait for dinner now!

  35. Yvonne
    Posted 9 Sep ’13 at 09:06 | #

    Hi, I just recently stumbled on site. Have made a few recipes quite successsfully. And of course very delishes.
    I made this pudding today and thought it had too much of a banana taste so I added 1/2 cup melted dark chocolate. Result was amazing.Thanks!!!!

  36. Katia
    Posted 4 Oct ’13 at 21:48 | #

    just made this (1/2 recipe) and added a bit less almond butter than the recipe called for. amazing – and so simple!

  37. CAM
    Posted 17 Oct ’13 at 23:11 | #

    Just made it now. SO tasty, easy with not much guilt! Thanks :)

  38. laura babai
    Posted 15 Nov ’13 at 12:07 | #

    made this, love it. Passing this recipe on to everyone. In Israel where we often look for non dairy dishes. This is a winner. Thank, also perfect for healthy eating, of course……

  39. Anna
    Posted 10 Feb ’14 at 22:27 | #

    So awesome. I’ve made this twice with cashew butter instead of almond. Still great! My very tall, ‘too cool for health food’ 13 year old LOVES it.

  40. barbara
    Posted 12 Apr ’14 at 09:14 | #

    What if your allergic to nuts? So can not use almond, peanut etc- any suggestions to use instead to make the mousse?

  41. Sini
    Posted 15 Apr ’14 at 14:32 | #

    This is such a wonderful desert! I made this yesterday for my family (including mom in law) and everyone loved it! I didn´t put in any oil or butter, though, and I put it in the freezer so I could turn the puddings on a plate. Served them with fresh pineapple and some barberries and lemon balm twigs: it looked as delicious as it tasted!!!
    Thanks for such a brilliant recipe!

  42. Posted 19 Sep ’14 at 20:28 | #

    Yum! Added a date and substituted some of the cacao for carob for a bit more sweetness and stuck it in the freezer for a nice cold silky smooth mousse. Having it for dessert following the spinach crepes. Delicious, Thankyou for enabling me to change the way I eat!

  43. Susana_Basta Cheio
    Posted 7 Nov ’14 at 18:51 | #

    Just awesome . Loved it!!!


  44. olivia
    Posted 4 Feb ’15 at 16:37 | #

    Ah, this was really yummy! I also added some soy milk, vanilla sugar and some coffee for extra flavour. Did half peanut butter/half almond butter and it turned out beautiful.
    Worth mentioning is that it still tastes pretty bitter (but yum) but by just adding some dates or half a tbsp of stevia it makes a huges different! :D

  45. Posted 16 Jun ’15 at 14:51 | #

    I just made it and it was incredibly good! I had neither almond nor hazelnut butter so I took some tahini.
    Since I didn’t stick to your measurements it turned out a little too sweet – next time (like tomorrow ;) ) I’ll put in more cacao-powder.
    Thanks for this healthy dessert !

  46. Posted 17 Nov ’16 at 12:54 | #

    It looks so exquisite and it sounds so simple! These two things are my favourite! :D

  47. Posted 14 Mar ’18 at 06:27 | #

    This is so delicious. Made it before with peanut butter. I think we’re making it again tonight for a guilt-free dessert. I wonder if frozen bananas are okay?

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