Chocolate and Raspberry is my husband’s favorite dessert combination – so it’s no surprise this recipe is dedicated to him! I had it all dreamed up for his birthday a month ago, but before I told him what I had in mind, he requested my Chocolate Tart. So I figured the Chocolate Mousse Brownies could wait for February when there’s both Valentine’s Day and our anniversary to celebrate! And… speaking of Valentine’s Day, I just realized that it’s coming up this Saturday, so it looks like I’m a bit late in getting you this dessert recipe.
See here’s the thing… I’m completely hopeless at holidays and special events – hopeless in that they completely slip my mind. For instance, one of my best friends and I are trying to figure out a night to get together this week to have dinner. And… I go and suggest that we meet up on Saturday night totally forgetting it’s a holiday, (for the record we’re both married so maybe girl’s night out could wait?)! The worst part is, it took me several days to figure out my slip-up and get back to her – seriously what’s wrong with me! But in all seriousness I’m not a huge fan of some of the general hoopla surrounding Valentine’s Day, but I am a fan of spending time with the ones you love – so bring on the brownies!
The brownie base for this recipe is slightly tweaked from my original brownie recipe, and I baked it in a tart pan for that beautiful fluted edge. I also love to under-bake these brownies because as they cool, they sink into a layer of fudge!
While the brownie base is cooking and cooling, you can make the filling in just a few minutes with a food processor. Another great thing about these brownies is they can be assembled ahead of time by topping them with the chocolate mousse and refrigerating overnight. The next day you can serve them with whichever berry topping you decide to go with!
Please don’t feel like you need to use fresh berries for this dessert, because a sauce made out of frozen berries works really great as well! I’ve gotten a great deal on organic raspberries 2 weeks in a row now, so I couldn’t resist a little out-of-season produce. I’m including a couple links for sauce recipes in case berry prices happen to be sky high!
Strawberry Sauce – this recipe has rhubarb in it, so if you’re making it for these brownies omit the rhubarb and halve the arrowroot, honey, and orange zest.
To serve the brownies I un-molded them from the tart pan, and placed the brownies (still on the tart pan base) on a cake stand.
I hope you enjoy every last luscious bite of these beauties!Print
Chocolate Mousse Brownies
- Total Time: 50 mins
- Yield: 8 generous slices 1x
- 1 cup cashew butter, not raw but made from toasted cashews
- 6 Tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup maple syrup, Grade A for lightest flavor
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 Teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 – 15.5 ounce can of coconut milk chilled at least 24 hours
- 1 avocado, just ripe not super soft
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 2/3 cup maple syrup, Grade A
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
- Fresh Berries
- Homemade Berry Sauce
- Anything you love paired with chocolate!
- Preheat the oven to 325ºF, and grease a 9-inch fluted tart pan with coconut oil. You can line the removable bottom in the tart pan with a circle of parchment paper to make the brownies slightly easier to serve, (I’ve done it both ways and I think the parchment paper does make it a bit easier).
- Thoroughly combine all the ingredients for the brownie base in a medium sized mixing bowl. You don’t need to worry about over mixing with these brownies because there isn’t any flour in them!
- Bake the brownie base for 15-20 minutes or until slightly puffed with a fudgy center. The way I figure out whether or not they’re done is to poke them in the center, once the mousse topping is on top no one will see the little indent, and that way I don’t overcook them.
- Let the brownie base cool completely before topping with the chocolate mousse.
- While the brownies are baking make the chocolate mousse.
- Start by scooping off the hardened coconut cream from the top of the can, reserving the liquid for another use (smoothies are a great option).
- Add the scooped coconut cream to a food processor with the rest of the ingredients for the chocolate mousse. Process the filling just until smooth, stopping to scrape the sides at least twice to make sure all the avocado is thoroughly processed into the filling.
- Frost the brownies when they’re cooled with the chocolate mousse, spreading the filling evenly over the surface, (a slight swirl pattern inwards toward the center looks nice).
- Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. This helps the brownies firm up and the chocolate flavor deepens with a good chilling.
- When you’re ready to serve, un-mold the brownies from the tart pan by removing the base and placing it on a serving plate or cake stand.
- Top the Chocolate Mousse Brownies with whatever topping you’d like!
- Prep Time: 30 mins
- Cook Time: 20 mins
22 thoughts on “Chocolate Mousse Brownies”
Everyone is right: this looks absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to try it. It is a vegan recipe except for the egg. I haven’t used substitute eggs very much (like a flax/water combination) but do you have any experience with that? Even if it wasn’t QUITE as good, I would try it if it might work. Any thoughts? Thanks!
I don’t have any personal experience with substituting eggs, but others have told me they’ve had good success with both flax eggs and vegan eggs which are available in most health food stores. I hope you’ll let me know how it goes and which substitute you try out!
You are so inspiring to me!! I’m trying my best to be healthy and I am so glad to stumbled upon you! Weird question – what do you use to edit your photos??
Thanks so much, that really makes my day, and I hope you enjoy the recipes! I use Adobe Lightroom to edit my photos here on the blog. 🙂
Could I use toasted coconut butter?
I don’t know if coconut butter would provide the same structure as nut butter does in this recipe.
Can I make these without a food processor? Will it be the same? And how do you make the cashew butter? And if I may ask why shouldn’t I use raw cashew butter?
They look beautiful!
You should be able to make the filling in a good blender, whatever you use you just want to make sure the avocado is completely smooth without any tell tale lumps! I don’t actually make my own cashew butter, although some people do in a food processor, but you can buy it by the jar in health food stores. My favorite brand for the best consistency is Once Again Nut Butters, if you think you might do a lot of baking with nut butters, you can save a lot of money buying them by the case instead of individually. I personally think the flavor and texture of the baked goods is better with a toasted cashew butter rather than a raw one. The times I’ve tried it with raw nut butters, the texture comes out more pasty than I care for. I hope you enjoy the recipe, be sure to let me know how it goes and if you have anymore questions!
Oh gosh… Sounds great, looks amazing and surely tastes fantastic! Have to try.
Already added to the list “must make” 🙂
It’s a favorite of mine especially when we’re having company because of the impressive presentation, and pretty much everyone loves chocolate! 🙂
This looks amazing!! Love it…wow!
They’re definitely a decadent way to get your chocolate fix in!
Chocolate and raspberries are such a delicious combination that I know this brownie tart would have tasted divine. I love how healthy it is especially!
Chocolate and raspberries are one of my favorite combos!
This is beautiful, Kari!! It would be fun to try sometime. I just made toasted cashew butter today…it took a long time to make but it has got to be one of the most delicious and underrated nut butters there is!
I love using cashew butter in both my brownie recipe and the chocolate fudge skillet cake because the flavor is milder than almond butter! I’ve never tried making it before but it sounds like spoonfuls of deliciousness!
Kari, I can say without hesitation that you outdid yourself with this Chocolate Mousse Brownie. I love everything about it and I can’t wait to make it. Pinned!
Thanks Mike and I really hope you enjoy it!
Boy Howdy are these good and you really want to keep them all to yourself (who needs to share). A very special Valentines to myself. I am greedy when it comes to chocolate. : ) Just love it!!!
Chocolate topped with more chocolate, I’m truly my mother’s daughter! 🙂
There is no doubt we will enjoy every last luscious bite!! So delicious and beautiful!
It definitely disappeared in record time, might need another one really soon! 🙂