This healthy dirt cup recipe is perfect for a halloween celebration! Filled with layers of coconut milk mousse and crushed cookies, this spooky treat is gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan.
Remember being a kid and eating "dirt & worms" as a dessert around Halloween time? I know I used to!
These healthy halloween dirt cups are the festive adult version. Creamy avocado-coconut mousse layered with crushed cookies creates a simple yet crowd-pleasing treat! These desserts are filled with healthy fats and chocolatey flavours, all while remaining gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Keep reading to learn just how easy they are to make.
Ingredients you need
One of the best things about this dessert recipe, apart from the amazing flavour, is how simple it is to prepare. With just 7 ingredients, you can make enough dirt cups for a crowd. Here are the key inputs.
Coconut milk: I'm talking full-fat in the can - not the boxed stuff! It's super creamy and dairy-free. The thick coconut cream is the perfect base for the chocolate mousse in these dirt cups. It's really easy to separate the cream from the water if the cans have been chilled in the fridge for several hours. You don't need the coconut water for this recipe, so save it for some smoothies!
Avocado: Another delicious source of healthy fat. The avocado adds creaminess and helps give structure to the mousse.
Maple syrup: One of my favourite refined sugar-free sweeteners. It also incorporates nicely into the mousse since it is a liquid.
Vanilla extract: You may not know it, but vanilla can actually enhance chocolate flavours!
Gluten-free sandwich cookies: For the crumbly dirt layers. My favourite brands are KinniKinnick or Glutino.
Gummy worms: Because it's dirt and worms! Any gummy worms will do. Just remember that if you're trying to keep this recipe vegan, make sure you find gummies that are compliant with that.
How to make healthy dirt cups
This halloween dessert recipe is super easy to whip up with minimal hands-on time.
The first step is to make the mousse. Begin by separating the coconut cream from the water in your 2 cans of full-fat coconut milk. This is easiest if the cans have been chilling in the fridge overnight, so that's what I recommend.
If you don't have the time to plan ahead, however, you can totally just scoop out the cream. It will be a bit more difficult to avoid also getting the coconut water. No big deal! You can discard the coconut water or save it for smoothies.
After adding the coconut cream to a large bowl, scoop your avocado in as well. Then add the cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla extract. Using a hand mixer, whip until smooth and combined. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until ready to assemble.
While the mousse is chilling, you can crush the sandwich cookies. There are several ways to do this depending on the equipment you have available.
You could use a food processor, however if you don't have one (or don't want to wash one), you can put the cookies in a ziplock bag and smash with a rolling pin. It's really quite fun. Alternatively you could use a large mortar and pestle. The cookie crumbs don't have to be all that fine - it's fun to have a larger chunk to crunch.
Set aside until ready to assemble.
I find these healthy dirt cups to be the best when eaten immediately after assembling. This is because the cookies hold their crunchiness. Grab your clear glasses and layer the mousse with cookie crumbs until full.
You'll notice that I used 2 red wine glasses in the photos. I would not recommend using that large of a glass. The entire recipe only made these 2 cups and they were definitely more than one serving, so use a smaller glass cup or mason jar, especially for kids!
Top with your gummy worms and you're ready to serve these spooky treats! While I think they're best consumed immediately, you definitely can store these in the fridge for up to 2-3 days. Just note that if you do that, the cookie crumbs may soften. Still delicious!
No matter if you're serving this to kids, teens, or adults - anyone who gets a chance to taste these healthy halloween dirt cups is sure to love them! They're a super fun themed dessert for the fall - however if you simply omit the gummy worms, you can have a delicious mousse parfait any time of the year! And since they're gluten-free, dairy-free, and easily vegan, you can serve them to all of your family & friends!
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Healthy Halloween Dirt Cups [Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Vegan]
- 2 cans full-fat coconut milk ideally chilled in the fridge overnight
- 1 large avocado ripe
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 6 tablespoon maple syrup
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 rows gluten-free sandwich cookies
- 1 package gummy worms if you are vegan, ensure the gummies comply
- Begin by separating the coconut milk and adding the thick cream to a large bowl. This will be easy if the cans have been chilled overnight, as the cream will be solid. If the cans have not been chilled, don't worry, you can still scoop out the opaque white coconut cream into the bowl. Be sure to avoid adding any coconut water. Save this for smoothies!
- Add the avocado, cocoa powder, maple syrup, and vanilla to the bowl.
- Use a hand mixer to combine the ingredients into a thick and smooth mousse.
- Cover and place in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
- Next, crush the cookies into crumbs. Do this by using a mortar and pestle, placing them in a ziplock bag and hitting with a rolling pin, or using a food processor. Set aside.
- Ideally prepare the dirt cups just before you're ready to serve. Layer mousse and cookie crumbs in a clear glass of your choosing until it's full. Top with gummy worms.
- Best served immediately, however the cups will last in the fridge for 2-3 days. The cookie crumbs may get less crunchy over time. Enjoy!