Passion Fruit Mousse is an airy, sweet, and tangy dessert made with just 4 ingredients. Quick and easy to make, it's a popular Brazilian dessert known as Mousse de Maracuja. Use fresh or frozen passionfruit pulp and serve this tropical treat poolside or at a summer BBQ!
You're going to fall in love with this dreamy Passion Fruit Mousse! It's full of tropical flavors in a creamy, light, and airy mousse.
The tropical flavors of summer are always welcome during the summer months.
We all think of coconut and pineapple when it comes to tropical fruits, but one of our favorites is passion fruit!
Passion fruit is a round or oval fruit about the size of an egg. It has a thin skin with edible seeds inside. The flesh of the passion fruit is tart and acidic but also sweet and fragrant.
This tropical fruit is used in many different ways. It can be eaten fresh, juiced, or made into puree. Passion fruit puree is used in many desserts, including this easy passion fruit mousse.
Also known as mousse de maracuja in Brazil, this fruit mousse is a light and airy dessert that is perfect for summer and easy to make with just four ingredients!
Simply mix the ingredients together, chill, and enjoy on a hot day or any time of the year.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
This passion fruit mousse is made with just four ingredients and can be assembled easily.
A great way to use passionfruit in season.
This refreshing dessert is tart, tangy, and sweet!
This no-bake dessert doesn't require an oven or a stovetop!
Even though it contains condensed milk and heavy cream, it's a light dessert that won't weigh you down, especially in the heat!
- Passion Fruit - These tropical fruits can usually be found in the produce section of your grocery store or ordered online. You also may find them at some farmers markets in the summertime. They're ready to open when they get wrinkly.
- Condensed Milk - This sweetened condensed milk helps to sweeten and thicken the mousse.
- Heavy Cream - Heavy cream is necessary to give this passion fruit mousse its light and fluffy texture while keeping it rich.
- Caster Sugar - Used to help sweeten up the passionfruit pulp that's served on top.
Please see the recipe card below for quantities.
Wondering how to make this Passion Fruit Mousse recipe? It's easy! Just follow this step-by-step photo tutorial. Then, scroll down for the recipe card for the full ingredients list and recipe method.
Prepare the passion fruit: Wash the outside of the fruit with cold water. Cut the fruit in half, then scoop out the seeds and the juice with a spoon. Save ¼ of the mixture for garnish.
Blend the passion fruit puree: Add to a jar or the base of a blender and process until smooth. You may need to add a splash of water a little at a time to get it going. Press the mixture through a sieve to reserve the pulp and discard the seeds.
Assemble the mousse: To a mixing bowl, add the passionfruit pulp and condensed milk. Whisk until combined. Whip the cream with a whisk in a separate bowl until smooth peaks form. Then, gently fold the whipped cream mixture into the pulp and condensed milk mixture.
Divide and chill: Portion the mousse into serving glasses or dishes and chill in the fridge for at least two hours or until set.
Garnish and serve: Stir the remaining passionfruit with the sugar until combined. Use it to top the chilled dessert. Enjoy!
If you can't find fresh passionfruit, you can use high-quality frozen passionfruit or canned puree.
This dessert needs to be chilled for at least two hours or overnight. This will give the dessert a chance to develop its flavors and become a true mousse texture.
When folding the cream into the condensed milk mixture, fold gently so as not to deflate any air. This will keep the dessert light and fluffy.
Before you chill the mixture, give it a taste as the ripeness of the fruit will determine how sweet it is. Add more sugar if necessary.
Serve at a summer BBQ alongside the main course of Grilled Portobello Mushroom Steaks.
Bring it to a summer party along with a pitcher of Rose Lemonade for two refreshing treats.
Pairs well with Fruit Summer Rolls with Yogurt Dip for dessert!
Serve it with some more Brazilian Desserts.
Swap out the passionfruit for other fruits like mango, raspberry, or strawberry.
Make it into an adult dessert by adding a shot of vodka or rum to each glass.
Top with crunchy coconut, chopped nuts, or chocolate shavings to add flavor and decadence.
This mousse dessert is best served within three days.
Freezing is not recommended as the passion fruit mousse will become icy and hard when frozen and will not thaw into its original texture.
Mousse de maracujá is a passion fruit mousse from Brazil that is light, fluffy, and sweet with a tart flavor. It's often made with condensed milk and heavy cream, just like in this traditional version.
This dessert is sweet, rich, and filled with the flavor of tropical passion fruit that has a tart and slightly tangy taste.
The seeds are edible and can be used in smoothies or juices for added fiber and nutrients. You can also use them to make passionfruit seed oil which is high in antioxidants and vitamins.
Passionfruit is ripe when it's soft to the touch and has wrinkled skin. The fruit should also be fragrant with a sweet smell. If it's hard to the touch and doesn't have a strong fragrance, it's not yet ripe.
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- 4 passion fruit (or ⅓ cup passion fruit pulp 80ml, fresh or frozen and thawed)
- ½ cup sweetened condensed milk 150g
- ⅔ cup heavy cream 160ml (double cream)
- 2 teaspoons caster sugar
- Cut the passion fruits in half and scoop out the seeds and juice.
- Set ¼ of it aside, and put the rest into a blender (or a container and blend with a hand held stick blender.)Process it for a few seconds to break it up (you may need to add a splash of water).
- Press it through a fine mesh sieve over a bowl to remove the seeds. Discard the seeds.
- Add the condensed milk to the bowl of smooth pulp and whisk well to combine.
- In a separate bowl, beat the cream until soft peaks form.
- Gently fold the whipped cream into the passionfruit and condensed milk mixture.
- Divide the mousse between glasses or serving dishes and chill for at least 2 hours.
- Meanwhile, stir the remaining passion fruit pulp with the sugar and refrigerate.
- When you’re ready to serve the passionfruit mousse, top with the passionfruit pulp.
The nutritional information provided is approximate and can vary depending on several factors, so is not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietician for special diet advice.