Margarita Mousse Bars

Margarita Mousse Bars for Cinco de Mayo from @alyssarimmer | #glutenfree #healthy

Cinco de Mayo is one of my favorite holidays. It revolves around food and drinking, margaritas and guacamole being the highlights of the day.

Like so many others, fresh tortilla chips and guacamole is my total vice. If that was an acceptable meal for dinner, I’d probably have it three or four times a week. In fact, I’m currently sitting on my couch and eating chips and guacamole. (Ps – let’s talk about how the boy came home with no salt chips….ugh…but we’re still enjoying them)

There’s almost nothing better than slicing into a ripe avocado, mashing it in a bowl with a little lime juice and salt (I keep it simple around here) and scooping an obnoxiously huge bite onto a crispy tortilla chip. Crunch. Crunch. Mmm…

Margarita Mousse Bars for Cinco de Mayo from @alyssarimmer | #glutenfree #healthy

In preparation for tomorrow’s festivities, I’ve whipped up this delightful little treat (which was inspired by my oh-so-talented friend, Beth from Tasty Yummies). I’m calling them margarita mousse bars because margarita bars didn’t seem descriptive enough.

The filling (or topping, or whatever you want to call it) is out of this world. First, it tastes like a margarita. Care for a margarita dessert anyone? Why thank you, I think I will. The filling has the most sensational texture. It’s what makes my mouth water about these margarita mousse bars.

Margarita Mousse Bars for Cinco de Mayo from @alyssarimmer | #glutenfree #healthy


Soft and pillowy, the topping of these bars is infused with just a little bit of tequila (I mean it is Cinco de Mayo, we gotta get a little boozy) and tons of lime. Just imagine a sip of your favorite margarita, then picture in brownie-like form. That’s what this dessert is.. Can it be any more perfect for Cinco de Mayo? I don’t think so!!

Stay safe and happy, and enjoy the holiday!

Margarita Mousse Bars

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 14 bars (depending on the size you slice them)

adapted from Tasty Yummies


    For the crust:
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons cooked quinoa
  • 1/4 teaspoon teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 salt
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • For the mousse:
  • 1 small lime
  • 1/4 cup lime juice (approx. 3 limes)
  • 1 tablespoon tequila
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 large eggs, at room temp
  • 2 teaspoon tapioca
  • 1 teaspoon stevia
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F and line a loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix all the crust ingredients together until a crumbly dough forms. Press the dough into the loaf pan and bake for 15 minutes, until the crust begins to lightly brown.
  3. Prepare the filling by adding the lime, lime juice, tequila and maple syrup until fully blended and the lime is broken up. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until just combined.
  4. Remove the crust from the oven and pour the filling over it. Turn the oven down the 300 degrees and bake the bars for 20 - 25 minutes until the filling has set.
  5. Remove, let cool completely in the pan before transferring the bars to a cutting board and slicing into bars.
  6. Enjoy! (I sprinkled mine with a little shredded coconut)
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About Queen of Quinoa

Alyssa Rimmer is the quinoa obsessed girl behind the gluten-free blog, the Queen of Quinoa. She loves experimenting with nutritious and whole-food ingredients, and seeks to encourage the everyday home chef that cooking and eating gluten-free can not only be healthy, but also delicious and fun. After struggling with stomach issues throughout her college years, Alyssa decided enough was enough and took her health into her own hands. She started by removing gluten from her diet and hasn’t looked back since. Two happy years have passed and her stomach issues have practically disappeared. Living gluten-free has also helped her to truly discover her passion for cooking and she has embraced her new lifestyle with open arms. With the Queen of Quinoa, Alyssa shares her gluten-free recipes, many of which are focused on the superfood quinoa, and discusses her journey to living a more fulfilled and healthy life. She now also cooks refined sugar-free and although not all her of recipes are vegan, she has loved learning and experimenting with vegan baking. She lives in Burlington, Vermont where she is surrounded by fresh, local produce and is always inspired by the fabulous seasonal ingredients that make this state so special. She is excited to share her recipes with you, as she helps to uncover the amazing world of quinoa.
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6 Responses to Margarita Mousse Bars

  1. Oh YUM, Alyssa! I’m all for anything margarita style, especially with a mousse factor! Happy Cinco de Mayo, dear. :-) Pinning on my CDM board now. ;-)

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  2. Amber says:

    What other forms of sugar can be used besides Stevia?

  3. What a yummy looking recipe! And your pictures are gorgeous as usual :)
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  4. These are just sooo brilliant! I cannot wait to try this version! Margaritas as a dessert? Yes please!
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