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Chocolate Marshmallow Fluff

5 from 9 votes

Chocolate Marshmallow Fluff – like eating a chocolate marshmallow cloud with a spoon!

healthy chocolate marshmallow fluff

Fluffy, soft, airy, sweet, rich, & extra chocolatey…

It’s almost like a lighter version of whipped chocolate mousse.

This homemade chocolate marshmallow fluff recipe–which has NO corn syrup and can even be sugar-free–is based on my Vegan Marshmallow Fluff recipe and makes a fantastic frosting or whipped topping.

And it’s equally delicious if you want to eat it plain with a spoon.

After I took the pictures, I whipped it up a little longer, and it became even thicker and fluffier, with stiff chocolate marshmallow peaks!

vegan chocolate marshmallow fluff

Unlike many traditional marshmallow fluff recipes, there are no raw eggs here, meaning it is allergy-friendly, suitable for vegans, and it can be eaten raw.

You can also bake it into vegan chocolate meringues!

Feel free to change up the flavor by adding a little cinnamon, chili powder, or even some instant coffee once the chocolate marshmallow fluff is already whipped.

chocolate marshmallow

The ingredients might sound a little (okay, a lot) crazy.

And it often doesn’t get thick at all for the first few minutes or whipping… but then magically it transforms before your eyes into thick chocolate marshmallow fluff!

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Chocolate Marshmallow Fluff

This vegan chocolate marshmallow fluff is like eating a chocolate marshmallow cloud with a spoon.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 3 cups
5 from 9 votes


  • 1 15 oz can no-salt chickpeas, chilled in the fridge
  • optional pinch cream of tartar, for stabilization
  • 1/3 cup agave or honey, OR 1/2 cup fine sugar or xylitol
  • 1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/16 tsp salt – important


  • *Edit: While most readers are reporting great results with the recipe, a few have said their fluff deflating after adding the cocoa. I've made the recipe three times and haven't encountered an issue, so I'm not sure what could have happened for them, but hopefully those few cases were just a fluke. Sometimes the mysterious science of baking can be frustrating!
    Open the can of beans. Drain only the watery part into either a stand mixer or large mixing bowl. You should get around 1/2 cup liquid. (Save the actual beans for another recipe. Need inspiration? Here are 50+ Recipes With Beans.) Add all ingredients except the cocoa and salt to the mixer or bowl. Beat with an electric mixer or in a stand mixer for 12-16 minutes. It'll probably look very thin for at least the first 9 minutes – Mine began to thicken around minutes 10-11, then it just kept getting thicker! Once thick, beat in the cocoa and salt for another minute. Leftovers can be covered and refrigerated. It separates overnight, but re-beating works well. (I don’t advise trying the recipe in a blender or without beaters, and black beans will work but yield a much thinner result.)
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Also be sure to try this recipe for Vegan Chocolate Mousse.

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  1. Alys says

    Sorry if this is tmi, but when I don’t fully rinse beans from the can I get crazy insane gas. The idea of using the actual liquid from the can terrifies me. Am I the only one with this issue?? Maybe it has to do with what is actually in the can? I’m not sure…. It’s frustrating.

    • tereza says

      The best way to eat beans is to soak them first for 24 hours, exchange that water a few times and then cook them. Only then you can use the cooking water and you should have less trouble with gas. And yay for aquafaba! The first thing I made with it was chocolate fluff to reminisce my chocolate mousse days. 😀

    • Laura Krasell says

      Hi, my mom had the same problem. Yet, I’m not sure her solution will work with this. Baking soda.
      Unless this could sub for the salt ( I doubt it ) it’s a no go. Have you tried mint & ginger tea after a meal? Sorry you have this problem: I know my mom suffered intestine pain too. It’s definitely not a joke.

    • Workin' Mama says

      I definitely need to watch my portions of both beans and bean-liquid. If you can’t tolerate unrinsed beans, then definitely don’t eat these desserts. I know I’m going to struggle tonight, because we whipped up some hummus for lunch, and then used the leftover bean water for brownies and this fluff. But all 4 of us are eating it, and we are in qurantine, so we will all suffer together and not subject any outsiders to our.. ahem… musical fruit concert :-D.

  2. Leslie says

    I may have just gotten a little over excited, haha. I read chocolate and fluff then healthy. Yeah, I squeaked! I’ve pinned this for later.

  3. Jessica Kuligowski says

    Have you experimented at all with other uses of chickpea liquid (or Aquafaba as its becoming known as)? I made a decent mug cake, I probably needed more liquid in my protein wrap and it made a very good vegan Buffalo sauce but I’d love to see your takes on it.

  4. Amy says

    OMG this is literally in my mixer right now and I cannot believe how delicious it is! Mine fluffed up even quicker than the recipe says (I had the mixer on high). I’m not telling my man what it’s made of until he tries it. He will never guess.

  5. Heidi says

    Holy mother of all that is good in life! LOL This is chocolate gold! Cant wait to try this recipe! I dont have a stand mixer but would a hand mixer do?

  6. Yasmine says

    Oh, this would be the perfect match for fresh fruit or as a light mousse.

    I know many people have had trouble with cocoa powder/chocolate whilst making aquafaba meringues and marshmallow fluff in the past, so I was surprised to find that you used it here. Have you tried making meringues with this recipe?

  7. Rachel says

    I have tried over and over to make my aquafaba fluff chocolate…how on earth do you keep it from deflating? Even when I use xanthan gum, it deflates as soon as I so much as sprinkle cocoa powder on something *nearby*.

    Is there a reason you use no salt beans, then add salt? It seems like using regular beans would be cheaper and simpler.

    • Homeschool Mom says

      I was wondering the same thing. I looked at 2 different grocery stores and could not find a can of chickpeas that didn’t have salt. I was hoping to make this for a birthday cake, and don’t have time to run out of town to Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods to look for unsalted. I’m wondering if using unsalted allows it to be able to take a bit of weight from the other added ingredients?

    • Karen says

      The aquafaba whipped up in 4 min, using my kitchen aide mixer on high speed. The moment I mixed in the salt and cocoa, it deflated.
      The cocoa I used was processed with alkali. Could that be the problem?

      • William says

        I tried it with first with alcali ( dutched chocolate) and it failed, then with raw untreated cocoa powder and it held up.

    • Workin' Mama says

      I used raw cacao and it deflated some, but it’s really creamy still. Just a bit less fluffy. It’s yummy. I may have used a bit too much, though. I like it really chocolatey!

  8. Tori says

    First of all: I love your recipes! Especially that ther is a chocolateversion of almost everything *-*
    But this recipe did not work out as I tried it 🙁 I used a hand mixer and the fluff looked good until I added cocoa, then it was just thin liquid anymore and had nothing to do with fluff, quite a pity! Maybe I will try again but I do not know what I did wrong 🙁

  9. Brittany says

    Followed exactly, it whipped up perfect, then as soon as I added in the cocoa and salt it turned to liquid. 🙁

    • A H says

      Hmm, that’s strange. I didn’t have any problems with this recipe. Maybe it’s a climate-related problem?

  10. Rachel Elwood says

    This did not work for me. Like other people have mentioned, as soon as I added the cocoa, all the fluffiness went away and it turned to chocolate soup. I wonder if you mean 2 teaspoons of cocoa instead of 2 tablespoons? Mine was super dark, way darker than your pictures.

    • Amyla says

      Did you use dark cocoa? I used two tablespoons regular cocoa and it was pretty much the same color as Katie’s but actually thicker and fluffier than hers even.

  11. Amyla says

    I was hesitant because I saw another commenter say this didn’t work for her but I was too curious to not try it anyway. And it totally worked for me!

    I had thick chocolatey marshmallow fluff in a matter of minutes, much quicker than it said it would take in the directions. I was eating it with a spoon and a huge smile on my face that something so weird is actually so good.

    Who knew?!

  12. Miriam says

    I think I want to try this marshmallow fluff with peanut butter powder instead of cocoa powder and vanilla.

  13. Samantha says

    Shoot, it happened to me too! Everything was looking great until I added the cocoa and salt. But as someone else mentioned, mine was much darker than yours, so maybe you just used hot chocolate powder instead of pure cocoa?

  14. Karen says

    Mine went flat after adding raw cacao powder. I tried whipping it back up and left the (Kitchenaid) running for about 8 min. It came back up a bit, but went flat again very quickly.

    • A H says

      No switching ingredients or mis-measurements? I’ve not had this problem, and I’ve made this recipe several times. Maybe check out the FAQ at the top of Katie’s blog for other suggestions.

  15. Andrea says

    Mine went flat too! Does anyone have suggestions of how to serve it when this happens. it still tastes great!

  16. Trisha says

    Have you tried making this with carob powder instead? I would like to make it for my 2 toddlers, but one of them can’t have chocolate. Thanks!

  17. Sarah says

    I had nice and fluffy aquafaba with firm peaks that turned to chocolate soup when Dutch cocoa was added.
    The problem would definitely seem to be the alkaline pH as all who have failed seem to have used Dutch (dark) cocoa.

  18. Jessica says

    Made this just as described (using about 1/3 cup granulated monk fruit sweetener) and it turned out great! Melts in your mouth. It’s kind of like eating chocolate air but in a good way…
    I froze some and it’s even better frozen. Highly recommend.

  19. Amanda says

    I just made this and was so excited about it. I tried the fluff before adding the chocolate powder and salt and it was pretty good. However, adding the cocoa and salt made it taste super salty and bitter. yuck. Mine deflated a little when I added the cocoa but not too much. The taste, however, made it totally unusable. Maybe next time I’ll try just leaving it plain.

  20. Teresa says

    I used hand mixers. and mine whipped up in less than 5 minutes. But I separated the liquid and then refrigerated it. and it was salted.. I know you said to not use the salted.. but I like sweet and salty.. it certainly seems to work for me.. thanks for the recipe… I think it worked great.

  21. Lola says

    This recipe was MAGIC! I am vegan, my mom is gluten free so this was perfect. I mixed everything using a kitchen aid stand mixer and had no problems at all. I did not experience the chocolate/salt issue that other are. Any recommendations on how to store this?


    • Jason Sanford says

      Definitely refrigerator. You have to re-whip it to get it fluffy again after it sits for a while, but it doesn’t take as long to whip up the second time!

  22. jani says

    I used my kitchen aide mixer and got stiff peaks around 9-10 min, then added the cocoa and it remained stiff. Definitely recommend you don’t put it on any warm dessert lol. All I had was maple flavored honey for sweetener but next time I’ll probably try coconut sugar. I also only had cannelini bean juice and it tasted the same.

  23. Thea says

    I sadly also have to report a failed attempt. Was wonderfully stiff (and cool) until I added the salt and cocoa powder. Now it’s soup… What kind of cocoa powder do you use?
    Best wishes

  24. Edith says

    5 stars
    This was so good!! I don’t know if it’s because I had the aquafaba sitting in the fridge for a few days or used 1/4 tsp (so a generous pinch) of cream of tartar .. or both .. but it thickened up for me within minutes. Ate some just like that as a mousse-type dessert and am baking some as meringues.

    To think of all the aquafaba I wasted by just dumping it down the drain all these years ..

  25. Wendy Everleth says

    Loved this but my first try also deflated, next try just sifted the cocoa in much better. By the way I froze it and wow super delish. Just going to keep working for new ideas to use it.

  26. Sandy says

    Most recipes recommend either a liquid or a powdered (granular) sweetener…….is there anyway the deflating once adding the cocoa could have to do with which type of sweetener has been used? Which one do you use?

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