Chocolate Mousse-Filled Strawberries (Dairy Free!)

Chocolate mousse filled strawberries (dairy free!) Click through for recipe Like a lot of you out there, I am a sucker for chocolate-covered strawberries. I don’t care if it’s Valentine’s Day, my birthday, or a Wednesday, I can never say no to a berry dipped in chocolate. Since I’ve had to make a series of diet changes over the past few years, I’m always on the lookout for options to add to my list of healthier desserts and snacks. Finding a solution for my chocolate-covered strawberry craving was actually as easy as tweaking a healthy chocolate frosting recipe that I already make on the regular (it always tasted more like a mousse than a frosting to me anyway). If you’re looking for a healthier dessert option, I think you’re going to love it too!

Chocolate mousse filled strawberries (dairy free!) Click through for recipe Chocolate Mousse-Filled Strawberries (Dairy Free!)
Mousse recipe slightly adapted from Chocolate Covered Katie’s Chocolate Frosting Shots

1 can full fat coconut milk
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
sweetener to taste (I used 1 tablespoon of Lakanto)
dash of salt
chopped almonds

First, you’ll want to take your can of full fat coconut milk and either put it in the freezer for 20 minutes, or leave it in the fridge overnight. You want the coconut milk to separate into half a watery mixture (which you can use in smoothies if you’d like) and half a white solid. Every once in a while, you may get a can that doesn’t separate for some reason (try not to shake your can beforehand if possible). So, try another can or brand if that’s the case. Once you freeze or refrigerate your can, turn it upside down, open the bottom with a can opener, and pour out the watery liquid on top. You should be left with the white solid at the bottom that you can scoop out into a bowl.

Chocolate mousse filled strawberries (dairy free!) Click through for recipe Combine your coconut milk solid, cocoa power, vanilla extract, and salt in a mixer and blend until completely combined (you may still have a few small specks of coconut milk that don’t want to blend, but don’t worry about those). Let the mixture chill for about 20 minutes in the fridge.

Chocolate mousse filled strawberries (dairy free!) Click through for recipe Use a paring knife (or other small knife) to cut a cone shape into the top of the strawberry so you remove the top and create a hole for the mousse to go down into. The mousse is actually pretty rich, so I didn’t dig as deep into the strawberry as I could. About halfway down will still do the trick. 

Chocolate mousse filled strawberries (dairy free!) Click through for recipe Fill an icing bag with a large icing tip and the mousse so you can pipe the mousse into the strawberries. If you don’t have an icing bag and tip, you can put it in a plastic bag and snip off one of the corners instead.

Chocolate mousse filled strawberries (dairy free!) Click through for recipe Finely chop some almonds (or hazelnuts, or whatever kind of nuts you want) and roll the tops of the mousse in the chopped nuts. Of course, if you hate nuts, then skip this part!

Chocolate mousse filled strawberries (dairy free!) Click through for recipe
Chocolate mousse filled strawberries (dairy free!) Click through for recipe Keep your filled berries in the fridge until you are ready to eat them. The richness of the mousse goes so well with the sweetness of the berry and the nutty crunch of the almonds. This is totally a guilt-free snack that feels really indulgent, and frankly, that’s one of my favorite kinds of snacks. It also doesn’t hurt that they look so pretty cut in half! I love that my options for delicious, but healthier, food keep growing. Do you think this snack would hit the spot for you too? xo. Laura

Credits // Author and Photography: Laura Gummerman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.

  • Is there a possible substitute for coconut milk that you know of? Such as regular milk almond milk or coconut oil maybe? Plz lmk!

  • Hi!

    You’ve just made a pregnant lady very very happy!! I was starting to run out of ideas on how to eat strawberries (their my absolute craving!) and now I’ve discovered one more way. Thank YOU very much!!
    I’ve been following along for a while and love getting your updates on blogloving’. I especially liked being able to take a tour through your homes…they’re gorgeous! And so creatively and tastefully decorated!

    I look forward to many more wonderful updates!

  • I think I will need a least 3 baskets of strawberries to make it through this recipe because it’s impossible not to pop them in your mouth as you fill them up!

    Juju Sprinkles

  • These look SO good. They look so pretty too!

  • Not all the time, but a lot of my snacks and meals are because of certain ingredients I try to avoid. So, part-time vegan for health reasons, but I still like a good pepperoni pizza for a treat 😉


  • Thanks for the insight Matea! For me, I try to avoid refined sugar and dairy more than focusing on the fat content (although I agree not all fats are the same), so this recipe is a much better choice for me than a lot of alternatives 🙂


  • Ommggg! I am seriously going to the store tomorrow and making these! They looks sooo delicious and really easy to make. I’m all about easy haha!!
    Hope you had a great day girl!!

    Keely // Life, Love, and Exploration

  • To be honest, I’m not the biggest fan of chocolate dipped strawberries. However, I do love chocolate mousse, so I’d probably end up eating the mousse on it’s own, without any berries. Totally ok, right? 😉


  • More dairy-free desserts- you’re still my fave chick Laura! Are you vegan by chance? Only asking because I am (and because you’ve been posting all the non-dairy treats)!

    xo Mary
    Mostly Salty

  • This is amazing! I will so be trying this recipe out soon & with spring hitting, weather getting better, this will very much fit with when it’s BBQ season as ‘naughty’ but not really nibbles.


  • I agree with everyone. This dessert looks amazing!

    Happy Monday 🙂

  • I’d probably have a jar of Nutella next to me as well 😛 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • I saw this comment and would like to add a little to it. I agree that healthy nutrition does vary for everyone. But I feel compelled to state that, because of the unique properties in the make-up of the fat of coconuts (the fatty acid chains in coconuts are medium fatty acid chains, which lends to their special characteristics) coconut oil/fat is considered by many researchers and doctors as the healthiest fat (for example, coconut oil encourages weight-loss and a healthy heart–which is just the opposite of other oils. Just take a look at the Pacific Islanders whose main intake of fat is from coconuts and other tropical oils; and their fat intake can make-up more than 50% of their diet!) Again, I do agree that a healthy diet is different for everyone, but researches have conducted many studies proving that coconut oil is a fat that everyone can benefit from. (For more on this, I would encourage you to read “The Coconut Oil Miracle” by Bruce Fife) I hope you have a wonderful day, Emma!

  • Such a cute (and healthy!) snack 🙂 Definitely would hit the spot for me!

  • These look so delicious and I love that they’re dairy free!


  • Perfect combo! I love strawberries, I love chocolate, I love this recipe! 🙂

  • Be careful! These might not help you control weight gain. They are just as bad or worse for fat in-take as regular chocolate. As someone who struggles with these kinds of food designations myself, I’m just trying to be helpful 🙂

  • This look so good! I wish I had the ingredients, but I’m in a college dorm and it’s very hard 🙁 Oh well, I’ll have to wait for summer. Only 3 more weeks!

    I hop you had a lovely easter holiday,

    Brooke | brookewrote

  • Yum! These look so good! Can’t wait to try them!


  • Just a suggestion: I think that if you are going to do food posts and claim them as “healthy” and “guilt-free” you have some responsibility to post nutrition facts, since those are relative terms. Just one tablespoon of full-fat coconut milk consists of 15% of your daily saturated fat in-take…and this recipe calls for a full can. The fact that fat comes from a nut instead of a cow might be appealing to some, but some might consider “healthy” to mean low fat as opposed to non-dairy. Being dairy-free does not make it healthy, just like being vegetarian doesn’t automatically make you healthier if you only eat carbohydrates. I think it is great that you are willing to share about your food restrictions, since it is something that many of us deal with, but remember that everything is relative when you use words like “healthy.” It can be misleading. Dairy-free might be healthier for you, but that is not true for everyone. And certainly not when you are dealing with one of the fattiest natural foods that exists, namely, coconuts.

  • These look absolutely delicious I love that they’re vegan to xoxo

    ♥ Cateaclysmic ♥

  • These look so delicious! Although I don’t usually need to eat dairy-free, I bet this would be great for my vegan friends.

  • This looks so good! Im such a sucker for Chocolate and strawberries combined together in anyway. I mean how can one not be? This is such a good alternative to the usual chocolate covered strawberries 🙂

    X, Carina
    Running White Horses | Fashion + Travel

  • Oh my, this looks so good! I love strawberries.


  • These look delicious! Love that they are dairy free!

  • These look divine! Love the chocolate mousse filling! 🙂

  • this looks super delicious and cute 🙂

  • These look delightful! Pinning them promptly – I’m having a birthday party this weekend and have been thinking of treats to serve – I think I found them 🙂

    Warm Regards,

  • Wow, that looks so tasty! I love chocolate covered strawberries, so I’m so going to try this recipe!

    Joanne Black

  • Wow these look fantastic! And i have everything on hand except the coconut milk! This should be the perfect solution to my pregnancy sweet tooth/too much weight gain conundrum.

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