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4.74 from 119 votes

This fresh raspberry mousse is a light and flavorful dessert you can enjoy anytime. My homemade raspberry mousse recipe is full of fresh raspberries to keep this dessert fresh and fruity!

Two glasses of raspberry mousse topped with fresh raspberries.

When trying to create a dessert recipe my family would love, I knew I wanted to create something different than my usual chocolate-laden dessert. Something I don’t make very often….a fruity dessert recipe full of flavor.

What are some of your favorite fresh raspberry recipes? I also love this Gluten Free Chocolate Raspberry Layer Cake or this fun Raspberry French Macarons recipe.

Ingredient Notes:

Baskets of fresh raspberries.
  • Raspberries – You can use fresh or frozen raspberries in this raspberry mousse recipe.
  • Heavy cream – Do not use half and half.
  • Gelatin – You can buy gelatin or a vegan version. Both will work in this recipe.

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

A pot of water and gelatin on the stove.

Step 1: In a small saucepan, add cold water. Mix in gelatin and allow to sit for 5 minutes.

Step 2: Stir in the boiling water, vanilla bean seeds (or vanilla extract), sugar, lemon juice, and raspberries. Bring to a boil on medium heat. Turn down the heat to low and boil for 5 minutes.

NOTE: I used 1 1/4 cups of fresh raspberries, but it didn’t make my dessert quite as pink as I had hoped. Feel free to add a few drops of beet juice or food coloring if you want a more vibrant color to this dessert. You can even use different fresh fruits like strawberries or blackberries!

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Step 3: Pour mixture into a Vitamix or food processor and blend until smooth. Note this is good for eliminating texture from the raspberry seeds. Allow to cool 10 minutes.

Step 4: In a large bowl, add whipping cream and beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.

Blending the whipped cream and raspberry sauce for the mousse.

Step 5: Fold in the raspberry mixture and cool in the refrigerator for 1-hour.

Step 6: Add the cold mousse to a piping bag and pipe it into glasses. Serve cold with some fresh raspberries as a garnish. This mousse also makes a great layer for a cake.

Creamy and delicious, you will want to make this recipe repeatedly! If you love raspberries as much as we do, don’t forget to check out all of my delicious gluten free raspberry recipesHere is a link to ALL of my mousse and pudding recipes.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Can I use frozen raspberries to make this mousse recipe?

You can use frozen raspberries to make this mousse recipe. If you use frozen fruit, defrost the raspberries and drain some extra liquid so the mousse doesn’t turn out too runny.

Can I use other fruits in this raspberry mousse recipe?

Yes! Feel free to experiment with other fruits! Here are a few ideas of fruits to use in this mousse recipe: strawberries, blueberries, or blackberries (if you use blackberries, be sure to strain out the seeds!!)

What dish can I serve this homemade mousse in?

A wine glass or fancy glass, ramekins, small bowls, or you can add it to a graham cracker crust to make a raspberry mousse pie!

Here are two of my favorite pie crust recipes for this: No-Bake Gluten Free Crust or Gluten Free Graham Cracker Crust

How long will this raspberry mousse keep fresh?

This mousse will keep for up to 4 days in an air-tight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.

Reader Adaptations:

Tiffany C sent in this photo of how she used the mousse to fill a chocolate cake.
Tiffany C’s finished mousse photo

More Homemade Mousse Recipes to Try:

I needed the mousse for a cake filling, I increased the gelatin to 3 tsp, and reduced the heavy cream 1 2/3 cup. I also lined a cake pan with plastic wrap and froze the mousse layer before assembling the cake. It held perfectly!”

Tiffany C.
two glasses of fresh raspberry mousse

Raspberry Mousse

Sandi Gaertner
Easy raspberry mousse using fresh sweet raspberries. A kid-favorite!
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4.74 from 119 votes
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Course Gluten Free Dessert Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 326 kcal

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  • ¼ cup cold water
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 2 teaspoons gelatin * see note
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ cup organic sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup fresh raspberries
  • 2 cups heavy cream * see note
  • 1 vanilla bean sliced and seeds removed


  • In a small saucepan, add cold water.
  • Mix in gelatin and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Stir in boiling water, vanilla bean, sugar, lemon juice, and raspberries.
  • Bring to boil on medium heat.
  • Turn down the heat to low and boil for 5 minutes.
  • Pour mixture into a Vitamix or food processor and blend until smooth.
  • (This reduces the raspberry seeds.)
  • Allow to cool 10 minutes.
  • Pour the whipping cream into a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until stiff peaks form.
  • Fold in the raspberry mixture and allow to cool in the refrigerator for 1 hour.



  1. I do not recommend using Half and Half. Be sure you are using heavy whipping cream
  2. You can use vanilla extract if you can’t find vanilla beans.
  3. Feel free to use regular gelatin or a vegan substitute.
  4. This mousse will keep for up to 4 days in an air-tight container or up to 4 months in the freezer.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 326kcalCarbohydrates: 14gProtein: 3gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 109mgSodium: 34mgPotassium: 100mgFiber: 2gSugar: 10gVitamin A: 1175IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 59mgIron: 1mg
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  1. Hi there! I am thinking of making this for a bridal shower. Can I substitute vanilla extract for the vanilla bean? I know that the vanilla bean would add a very nice flavor but I would make this for 20 people so it would start to add up haha (since vanilla beans tend to be more expensive.)

    1. Hi Alaina, you can definitely use vanilla extract. A few people commented that the raspberry flavor is very subtle, so add more fresh raspberries if you like.

  2. 5 stars
    Just made this tonight and put it in fitness pal and calories were much higher.

    This is a great recipe,thank you for posting it .

    1. I am so glad you like this recipe. I have found many of the calorie counters are all a bit different. It also depends on serving size…I can try using My Fitness Pal to see how it works, thank you :-).

  3. 5 stars
    I love everything about this delicious dessert! I love raspberries and making into a yummy mousse is fabulous! My youngest loves making desserts, This will be a great one for us to make together

  4. 5 stars
    It’s a very pretty shade of pink – I think it’s gorgeous so I don’t think I’d need to add any extra colouring.

  5. Hi Sandi,
    Where and how do you incorporate the gelatine?
    Also is it necessary to boil the raspberries? They would lose their vitamins. Couldn’t I just liquid them in the vitamix with the sugar and add to the whipped cream?


    1. Hi Nick, You could do this without cooking it, I just haven’t tested that way for this recipe. The gelatin is added in step 2 to help it hold its shape. Please come back and let us know how your no cook method works out so others can try it 🙂

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