Orange-Chocolate Mousse Parfait

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Don’t tell people that the secret ingredient is avocado until they try this dreamy, decadent dessert.

Makes8 servings

Preparation Time2 hr 30 min

Preparation Time - Text2 hours 30 minutes



Total Timeunder 4 hours

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party, Cooking for a date, Formal Dinner Party

Recipe Coursedessert

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, halal, kosher, lactose-free, peanut free, raw, soy free, vegan, vegetarian

Type of Dishchocolate dessert, dessert, pudding


  • 2 large avocados, or more as needed
  • 2/3 cup (53 g) cacao powder
  • ¾ cup (255 g) agave nectar
  • 1½ teaspoons grated orange zest
  • 1½ cups (180 g) cashews, soaked 2 hours
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) coconut oil, warmed to liquid
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) water
  • 1/3 cup (115 g) agave nectar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. To Make the Mousse:

  2. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend for 1 to 2 minutes until smooth, with the consistency of a thick pudding. Add more avocado if too thin, Scrape down the sides of the container with a spatula as needed.

  3. Vanilla Cream:

  4. Place the cashews, coconut oil, water, agave nectar, and vanilla into a high-power blender and process until very smooth.

  5. Chill the mousse and cream for 2 hours or until firm, then layer into parfait glasses using a pastry bag or a spoon.

  6. Stored separately, the mousse will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator and the cream will keep for 1 week.


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