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This 3-ingredient strawberry mousse is light, fluffy, and bursting with berry flavor! Made with just strawberries, whipped cream, and a touch of sweetness, it’s the perfect easy dessert for any occasion.

Strawberry Mousse in cup with spoon and strawberry garnish.
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Lately we’ve been on a kick of creating 3 ingredient recipes, because who doesn’t love simplicity? (We’re even authors of a book of simple recipes.) Here’s our latest easy dessert idea inspired by the season: this strawberry mousse recipe!

Ripe berries, heavy cream, and a touch of sweetener take just minutes to whip up into a pile of fluffy, berry-scented goodness. If you’re like us, you can add a handful of crushed pretzels when serving for that nostalgic sweet and salty hit! It’s such a fun treat that everyone in our family adores.

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The 3 ingredients you need for this strawberry mousse

There’s a certain satisfaction to making something with only 3 ingredients, right? This sweet treat is perfect for whipping up in a few minutes for dinner guests or with a kid in your life. You’ll need a small blender (or blender, keep reading for why), a whisk, and this handful of ingredients to make this lusciously fluffy berry mousse. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Strawberries: Try to find the ripest, reddest berries you can. Bonus points for local berries! Keep in mind that out of season berries can be tart and tasteless, so making this in the winter months it’s not as tasty (though you can add more sugar to compensate).
  • Pure maple syrup, honey or sugar: We like this dessert best sweetened with maple syrup, particularly the type marked “Grade A: Dark Color and Robust Flavor” in the US. We find it has the best flavor and avoid any syrups marked amber. Honey works well as a sweetener as well, as does granulated sugar.
  • Heavy cream: This ingredient is what makes the magic! There are no substitutes for heavy cream here, since the dairy fat is what makes the fluffy texture.
Strawberries in a basket.

A delicious shortcut for mousse

We will admit this strawberry mousse is not “technically” a traditional mousse like this chocolate mousse, which is cooked on the stovetop and thickened with eggs. Think of it as a delicious shortcut!

Because of that, the texture is more light and fluffy than a standard mousse. You can refrigerate the mousse after whipping it up, which helps to make more of a “set” texture.

You can adjust the sweetness to taste

We like making this strawberry mousse recipe with 2 tablespoons sweetener, which makes for a lightly sweet mousse. But if you’re used to very sweet desserts or are cooking for a crowd that is, use 3 tablespoons sweetener for a sweet-tasting strawberry mousse.

You can also use granulated sugar as your sweetener if you prefer! Sugar brings a more direct sweetness compared to the nuanced flavor of maple syrup or honey.

Strawberry Mousse recipe in cup with crushed pretzels.

Don’t have a small blender? No problem

This recipe uses a small or immersion blender because the overall quantity of berries is so small, it doesn’t blend well in a standard size of blender. (If you’ve tried it, you know!)

A food processor should also work for this recipe. Or, double the recipe and make it in a standard blender so the quantity is large enough to blend. Then just use half the strawberry puree for the mousse and use the rest in other ways (see these ideas!).

Another way to serve it: as strawberry mousse pie!

This strawberry mousse is delicious served up in little jars with crushed pretzels or graham crackers. Or if you like, you can make double the recipe and pour it into a pretzel crust or graham cracker crust! Make sure to refrigerate it for a few hours before serving to set the mousse to a thicker texture.

Strawberry Mousse recipe in cups with strawberries and pretzels in background.

Diet considerations, and a trick for vegan

This strawberry mousse recipe is vegetarian and gluten-free. We have not tested a vegan variation, but we’d suggest trying this vegan heavy whipping cream by Nora Cooks and gently folding in the strawberry puree. Let us know if you try it!

More strawberry recipes we love

Embrace the season with more of our favorite strawberry recipes! We hope you love this recipe and let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Strawberry Mousse

Strawberry Mousse (3 Ingredients!)

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  • Author: Alex Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 ½ cup servings 1x


This 3-ingredient strawberry mousse is light, fluffy, and bursting with berry flavor! Made with just strawberries, whipped cream, and a touch of sweetness, it’s the perfect easy dessert for any occasion.


  • 1 cup diced strawberries (about 8 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons* maple syrup (or honey or sugar)
  • 1 cup heavy cream


  1. Clean and chop the strawberries. Using a small blender or immersion blender,** blend the berries with the maple syrup. Add the cream and pulse 2 to 3 times until combined. 
  2. Pour the cream mixture into a bowl. Whip with a whisk for 2 minutes until thickened and fluffy. 
  3. Serve immediately or refrigerate until serving. Serve with crushed pretzels or graham crackers if desired.


*2 tablespoons maple syrup makes for a lightly sweet mousse. Use 3 tablespoons if you prefer a sweet mousse.

**A food processor should also work. Doubling the recipe works in a standard blender since the quantity is large enough to blend. If you don’t have a small blender, you can blend double the berries in a large blender and use half the puree for the mousse.

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Dessert
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Joan A says:

    I made this last night with the smallest of my Ninja Blenders and used 3 TB sugar. It was surprisingly delicious, light and flavorful. A great quick dessert that can be whipped up in minutes. Also makes a nice and simple light dessert after a hearty meal when serving a heavier dessert is too much.

  2. Carol says:

    Has anyone made this with coconut cream?

  3. Sabrina says:

    great snack without making me feel too guilty! And better, to me, than a strawberry shortcake, thank you

  4. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!