Desserts don’t always have to be bad for you. I’d argue that there are very intelligent ways to make a small combination of fresh foods taste incredibly special and suited to the category of dessert. That’s where my recipe for whipped fruit paleo mousse comes in!
Honestly, this recipe came about partly by accident (as some of the best seem to!). I had read that coconut butter (also known as coconut manna) could be used as an icing for pastries as an alternative to over-the-top sweet frosting. One lazy summer day, I decided to purée it with some fresh strawberries.
The result was, well, magically delicious!
The journey from this starting point to now was quite tasty, I’ll admit. I would scour the farmer’s market for all different types of the best and sweetest berries. Then I’d rush home to see how inventive I could get with an end product. What I learned is that whipped paleo mousse is easy-to-make, satisfying (especially for someone who needs dessert after their meals to feel complete), and a total crowd-pleaser.
What You Need to Know to Make the Most Delicious Paleo Mousse
All you need is a food processor… and not even a super powerful, fancy one. Everything is added to the food processor and whipped. That’s it!
This recipe is paleo, gluten free, dairy free, nut free, egg free, and vegan.
AND there’s no any added sugar! Thus this recipe is allowed on the Gluten-Free Sugar Cleanse.
If you want a sweeter mousse,look for or allow your fruit of choice to get slightly over-ripe. For example, I’ve found that when I used strawberries that were a bit overly ripe, the result was even more delicious, however using what’s ripe at the store works fine too in making paleo mousse.
Regarding ingredients, you have a couple of options to use for vanilla. I typically use a powdered vanilla from Ojio called Ultimate Superfoods Vanilla Ground Beans (which is actually really expensive), but you can also use alcohol-free vanilla extract in the same proportion. Just make sure that your vanilla extract is marked gluten free as the alcohol could otherwise add gluten to your recipe.
Coconut butter is NOT coconut oil. You cannot substitute the coconut butter with coconut oil if that’s all you have. The creaminess is important for the recipe. Coconut butter is a combo of the oil and flesh creamed with a slightly sweet taste even though there’s no added sugar to it. It’s a great alternative to nut or seed butters. The only “thing” is that it will harden and separate in cooler temperatures. If that happens to yours, just put it in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes to soften and then stir it up to reincorporate the oil and solid.
Paleo Mousse: 4 Easy Whipped Fruit Recipes
The whipped fruit paleo mousse recipe below is the general guidelines of how to make this. I’d like to give you four different options that are incredibly tasty and are just a matter of swapping out what fruit or berries you use.
Strawberry – use 1 cup of strawberries
Strawberry & Cherry – use 1/2 cup of strawberries and 1/2 cup of pitted cherries
Mixed Berry – use 1/3 cup blueberries, 1/3 cup raspberries and 1/3 cup blackberries
Peach – 1 one cup or 1 large peach sliced (it’s okay to leave the skin on)
And of course you could also do a combo of whatever fruit listed here you want! If you come up with a different fruit option, I’d love for you to share it in the comments below so that others can also try it out!