Raw Chocolate Mint Mousse

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I’ve been holding out on you.

I’m sorry.

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I made this about a week ago and never got around to posting the recipe. But late is definitely better than never.

It all started when I went to London and had the raw chocolate, vanilla, and mint mousse parfait from saf, which was by far the best thing I had the entire trip. I had been thinking about it as soon as I got back. Luckily, it wasn’t too hard to recreate because the ingredients were listed on the side of the dessert so all I had to do was copy them.

Let me tell you this tasted exactly like the real thing, which is good because I’m not sure I can afford a plane ticket to London every time I get a craving for this mousse. So, if you’re like me and have no plans to be near Kensington Square anytime soon, bookmark this recipe. If you do have plans to be there, send me a postcard. And some mousse.

Raw Chocolate Mint Mousse


  • 2 cups cashews, soaked for at about 3 hours
  • 6 Tablespoons maple syrup or agave
  • 1.5oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 10 mint leaves, finely chopped plus more for garnish
  • 1/4-1/2 cup water

Combine the cashews, sweetener, melted chocolate, cocoa powder, and mint in a food processor and process until it makes a smooth paste.

If serving immediately, slowly add in water to the processor as it’s blending until it reaches a light and airy consistency. Scoop into serving dishes and garnish with extra mint leaves.

If serving later, add in a tad more water than you think you should until the dessert is slightly runny. Pour into serving bowls and refrigerate until serving. As the mousse cools, the texture will firm up. If it firms up too much, simply whisk a couple teaspoons of water into the mousse with a fork until it’s come back to the right consistency again.

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I like this better than raw chocolate mousse made with avocado because it actually has the light and airy texture of an egg and cream mousse. The taste is very rich and very minty.

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It’s a lot of fat, but I’m going to pull out the “healthy fat” card here. We’re all going to die of something; if raw chocolate mousse does me in, I’m OK with that.

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25 Responses to Raw Chocolate Mint Mousse
  1. Krystina (Organically Me)
    July 13, 2011 | 9:19 am

    Raw desserts are all fat rich, but they’re all healthy! This looks great.

  2. Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    July 13, 2011 | 9:19 am

    This looks great!!

  3. Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    July 13, 2011 | 10:04 am

    I’d happily die of this, looks delicious! And easy, love that.

  4. BigFatBaker
    July 13, 2011 | 10:15 am

    This sounds so good.

  5. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    July 13, 2011 | 11:40 am

    Cashews, cocoa powder, maple…it has all the right ingredients. 🙂

  6. Lauren at Keep It Sweet
    July 13, 2011 | 12:21 pm

    This sounds amazing!

  7. Sara
    July 13, 2011 | 12:30 pm

    If you had seen my face when I read the title, you wouldn’t have held out on us for this long. Let this be a lesson for next time. 😉

  8. suki
    July 13, 2011 | 12:37 pm

    hooray for healthy fats. that’s all i’ve been eating these days anyway. 😉 looks fantastic. as soon as i get around to buying baking chocolate, i’m on it! oh and mint…

  9. Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum
    July 13, 2011 | 3:35 pm

    This looks incredible! YUM.

  10. Veronica Gantley
    July 13, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    It is ok I will forgive you for holding out on me. I have a few blog posts in reserve. Thanks for the yummy recipe.

  11. Kristina @ spabettie
    July 13, 2011 | 7:20 pm

    you are WAVING the healthy fat card high here! this sounds amazing, and the photos are stunning! 😀

  12. Erin @ Big Girl Feats
    July 13, 2011 | 8:21 pm

    You should really submit your creations to WildFlour. I would totally get that over the cupcakes.

    Also, I tried to go to Pinkberry tonight in Cranston. I was too annoyed by small children to wait in a really long line so we definitely need a date if you’re in PVD sometime soon!!

    • Wannabe Chef
      July 13, 2011 | 8:24 pm

      I’ll be there in a month for the half marathon, which Becky, Lauren, and Heather are all running. We will definitely plan something for the night before.

  13. Emily @ Relishments
    July 14, 2011 | 6:05 am

    I am so excited to try this. Thanks so much for sharing!

  14. Hannah
    July 14, 2011 | 7:53 am

    So glad to have a non-avocado choc mousse! I never have avocados on hand, so when I’ve craved raw choc mousses I’ve always bought avocados but then, by the time the two days have passed in which the avocado ripens, I don’t really feel like it anymore ’cause I’ve always satisfied the chocolate craving in another format!

  15. Ela
    July 14, 2011 | 5:59 pm

    Sounds like a yummy one, even with a lot of fat! I wonder whether cutting the cashews with irish moss would give the right texture. I might have to try that. Is it minty enough with just the mint leaves, or did you add some extract?


    • Wannabe Chef
      July 14, 2011 | 6:23 pm

      I had never worked with fresh mint before, but the 10 leaves were definitely enough of a minty flavor for me, and I like things minty.

  16. Jess@HealthyExposures
    July 15, 2011 | 8:29 pm

    …I’d like to know why I’m just now finding your blog. I feel like I should have found it eons ago!! Your recipes look great and this is no exception.

  17. Amy
    July 15, 2011 | 10:36 pm

    This sounds so delicious! I love that the base is made from cashews! It would be amazing!

  18. Stephanie @ The Brunette Foodie
    July 16, 2011 | 6:10 am

    I have a crush on fresh mint. It is the only thing I’ve been able to grow that the cat hasn’t eaten {she has a thing for basil}.

    I’m not really a cashew fan, but I think I could do this. And by think I mean I am going to, because this looks delicious.

  19. steph@stephsbitebybite
    July 16, 2011 | 5:23 pm

    Must give this a try!! Raw desserts rock!

  20. The Chocolate Priestess
    July 16, 2011 | 8:23 pm

    Oh, goodness, if I apologized for the stacks of reviews, recipes, and thoughts I haven’t had time to post, I’d never get anything posted or written. I just think this sounds great with the new heatwave — did we have a break?

  21. Skylar
    July 17, 2011 | 10:09 am

    Wow, looks delicious! I never would have thought to use cashews, but I can see they would add good flavor without overpowering everything else

  22. Kita
    July 18, 2011 | 10:48 pm

    We’ll forgive you, this time. 😉 This mousse sounds wonderful.

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