Mini Cookie Dough Chocolate Mousse Cups

These mini cookie dough chocolate mousse cups make for a perfect healthy Easter treat. They’re packed with nuts and dates, making them fruit-sweetened, gluten-free, vegan and high in protein.

chocolate mousse cups stacked

April is a busy month around here. We have many celebrations, including Shaun’s birthday on April Fools, my brother’s birthday on the 8th and my birthday on the 13. Then there’s Easter, which is often somewhere in April.

Needless to say, we needed something sweet to celebrate this birthday month. And while my brother is in New Brunswick, I’m virtually sending him a little birthday treat (maybe someone will make these for him – Josiane?).

cashews in a measuring cup
cookie dough in a food processor
cookie dough mixture in muffin pan
chocolate mousse in food processor
chocolate mousse cups in pan

I got the inspiration from one of Half Baked Harvest’s older recipes. One that I made many times over the years.

I had this idea of making cookie dough cups for Easter, when I remembered the delicious filling in Teighan’s dessert. So this is what I came up with.

The cookie dough cups are made primarily from cashews and dates, with some cocoa nibs instead of chocolate chips (although you could use chocolate chips). The filling is my own lower-fat version of that delicious chocolate mousse. I call it a mousse since it’s thick and creamy, but I know it’s a little different from a traditional chocolate mousse.

My version contains cashews (no need to soak them), dates, coconut oil, cocoa powder, vanilla and a touch of salt. That’s all.

The result? Healthy little chocolate mousse cups.

chocolate mousse cup with bite
stacked chocolate mousse cups
Mini Cookie Dough Chocolate Mousse Cups
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Mini Cookie Dough Chocolate Mousse Cups

Decadent, yet healthy, these chocolate cookie dough mousse cups are made in big part from nuts and dates. Not to mention that they’re gluten-free, vegan and sugar-free! Have them as a sweet snack or a healthy dessert.
Course Dessert
Cuisine vegan
Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12


Cookie Dough Cups

  • 1 cup cashews, raw or dry roasted unsalted
  • 3/4 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons cashew butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa nibs

Chocolate Mousse

  • 1 cup cashews, raw or dry roasted unsalted
  • 1 cup light canned coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt


  • Add the cashews, dates, cashew butter and vanilla to a food processor. Process until the mixture sticks together when pressed.
  • Add the cocoa nibs and pulse a few times to combine. 
  • Transfer the cookie dough mixture to a mini muffin pan. If you don’t have a pan for mini muffins, you can make larger cups. 
  • Press the cookie dough mixture to make 12 small cups. Place in the refrigerator while you make the chocolate mousse.
  • Make the chocolate mousse: In the same food processor (no need to clean it, but remove crumbs), add all the mousse ingredients. Process until smooth, 4-5 minutes (or longer, depending on the strength of your food processor). The mixture should be lightly thick.
  • Scoop the chocolate mousse into each cookie dough cup. There should be some mousse leftover. Top each cup with a sprinkle of cocoa nibs if desired.
  • Place the cups in the freezer for at least 20 minutes until the filling hardens or store it in the refrigerator until ready to serve.


To remove the cups from the muffin tins, you can use a butter knife on the sides. You could also add a strip of parchment paper to each cup before pressing in the cookie dough mixture. This way, you can gently pull on each side of the strip to remove the cups.
You don’t need to soak the cashews in this recipe.
Keep the leftover chocolate mousse in the fridge in an airtight container. It’s great eaten as is.
Don’t have cashew butter? Try other nut butters, such as almond butter.
This recipe is inspired by Half Baked Harvest’s no-bake chocolate mocha fudge and coconut tarts.

If you make these chocolate mousse cups, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! I love to hear from you guys. And of course, if you try this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram!


  • Ashley

    5 stars
    These sound amazing! And certainly healthy enough for a snack or even breakfast! Dates are just magical, aren’t they?! Oh, and happy early Birthday!!!

  • rachel

    5 stars
    another magical recipe! this is totally a dessert i can serve to people who are used to sugar! do you think this freezes well?

    • Unsweetened Caroline

      Hi Rachel, thank you so much again! I’m so glad to hear that. And yes, it does freeze well. It may get a little harder with time, but if it does, you can let it sit at room temperature for a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!

        • Unsweetened Caroline

          Hi Jill, unfortunately coconut milk is higher in fat, which is important for the texture of the mousse. I can’t guarantee any results without trying it. What may work is to use almond milk and increase the amount of cashews to firm it up. You could also add some nut or seed butter to improve the texture. You could play with it, but like I said, I can’t guarantee it would work without trying it myself. Hope this helps a little. Let me know if you try it! 🙂

  • Alice Spencer

    5 stars
    I have made these several times now and they are absolutely delicious! You wouldn’t think they were a sugar free dessert because they are so tasty! Me and my family love them!

  • Kortneii MacKenzie

    5 stars
    I made these for myself for my birthday and they are amazing! Not to sweet and the little crunch from the cacao nibs!! I seriously think about them all the time. I think they might be my favorite dessert! Thank you so much for sharing! Yum.

  • rachel

    hi i’ve made this recipe so many times and its just incredible. was wondering if i could make it with almonds and walnuts instead of cashews? thanks

    • Nourished by Caroline

      Hi Rachel, I’m so happy that you love the recipe! You can use any nuts for the cookie dough cups. However, the mousse will work best with cashews. The texture will likely be affected by using walnuts or almonds, but you can certainly try. You could also try soaking them ahead of time to help them get creamier. I hope this helps a little! Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee it will work as I haven’t tried it myself.

  • Ann Sapp

    I want to serve these at a Christmas party. How long can I leave these sitting out of refrigeration? Will the cups get mushy as they sit out and warm up and be hard to handle?

  • Ann Sapp

    If these are sitting on a dessert buffet out of refrigeration will the cups soften as they warm up and be hard to handle?

    • Nourished by Caroline

      Hi Ann, that’s a great question! They will definitely soften at room temperature, but you should be able to safely leave them out for up to 2 hours. The “crust” will soften a little, but will keep the filling in place. The filling will get softer, but doesn’t get liquid. Once you make the cups, notice their texture before adding them in the refrigerator. This is the softest that they’ll get. I would recommend not filling the cups over the top to make it easier to handle. I hope this helps. Happy holidays!

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