Passion Fruit Mousse is deliciously light and creamy. Passion fruit desserts are so wonderful as they are almost always tart, sweet and aromatic. This mousse is no exception, and it's lovely served on its own, and fantastic with chocolate!
The Inspiration for Passion Fruit Mousse
Years ago, at a friend's birthday party, I had a bite of one of the most delicious things I'd ever tasted. It was light and airy, and sweet and tart. I couldn't pinpoint what the tropical, somewhat intense flavor was.
About three bites in, I asked my Brazilian chef friend, Rosalia, who'd catered the party. Turns out, I was eating passion fruit mousse.
This was not just any passion fruit mousse, oh no -- you see, everything made by Rosalia was special. So I know it was not only created perfectly, but it must have been full of good vibes and love. (Those are bona fide ingredients, you know.)
While for me this was something new, Rosalia told me how popular passion fruit desserts are in Brazil and that passion fruit mousse is quite common there.
Let me tell you, once I learned this divine flavor which I initially couldn't even name was passion fruit, it has become one of my favorite exotic, tropical fruits.
The passion fruit mousse was thick, rich and creamy, while somehow still light. And it was ever so delicately flavored with the absolutely dreamy, tropical taste of passion fruit.
You can buy frozen passion fruit juice at most Latin markets -- OR -- you can learn how easy it is to cut and juice fresh passion fruits here, which of course I think is the way to go, but I promise I won't judge if you purchase.
My passion fruit mousse recipe isn't Rosalia's, though I think the flavor and texture are pretty close. I hope you love it!
No-Churn Passion Fruit Ice Cream
Guess what!? You can freeze the mousse and create the most luscious, beautiful No-Churn Passion Fruit Ice Cream! Try it both ways and let me know what you think.
A few more delectable passion fruit desserts:
- Passion Fruit Chocolate Ganache Bars
- Passion Fruit Ginger Cheesecake Bars
- Mango Passion Fruit Ice Cream from Marcellina In Cucina
Passion Fruit Mousse Recipe
- 2 cups heavy cream
- ½ cup passion fruit juice - click here for How to Juice a Passion Fruit (about 10 passion fruits)
- ¾ cup sweetened condensed milk
- ¾ teaspoon vanilla
- Whip the cream. Use an electric mixer with the whisk attachment to whip the cream until stiff peaks form.
- Combine ingredients. Fold in the passion fruit juice, condensed milk and vanilla and mix only until everything is evenly incorporated. (Here's How to Juice Passion Fruit.)
- Chill. Chill the mousse in the refrigerator, (covered either in a bowl with plastic wrap or in a plastic container with a lid), for about 2 hours before serving.If you want to make No Churn Passion Fruit Ice Cream, simply place in the freezer instead of the refrigerator, and mix it a couple of times as it freezes.
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This looks so good - I'm going to read your post on how to cut up the fruit now...
Thank you, Liz! 🙂
This might be a fun one to try. It seems really light. Do you just serve it in a bowl?
Hi Mandy, Yes, I serve it in a bowl -- I love it alone. A dollop of it would be lovely on a chocolate cake or fruit cobbler, and if you ask my son, dipping Oreo cookies into it is the best! 🙂
Alright, I'm making this for my hubby tonight!
Yay! Hope he loved it. (You, too!) 🙂
Oh, Valetina, thank you for the beautiful words. I am sure that with you kindness and
also love you made the most wonderful Passion Fruit Mousse that one can have.
Rosalia, you are very sweet. I'll have to have you try this to see if it's up to snuff. 😉 Thank YOU! xo
Valentina! That sounds so great that I'm going to make it tomorrow! Your recipes are always perfect! I've tried many of them, but this Passion Fruit Mousse recipe is going to be made tomorrow morning! Can't wait to try it! Thanks!
Adrienne, thanks so much! I hope you love it, & I hope all is well! XOXO
My mom used to make something very similar with pineapple juice. She called it a Pineapple "Flip" which as a kid made it twice as fun. GREG
Love that. I'll be adding "flip" into all sorts of recipe titles for my boys. 🙂
I saw the preview of this recipe on Facebook and could not wait for the weekend to read about it. This seems so simple and elegant, and yet so simple. I will be serving this for a dinner party soon!
David, I hope you like this -- it' really is so quick and easy. 🙂
How far in advance can this be made?
Hi Laurel, You can make this the night before you want to serve it. Cover it tightly with plastic wrap, that's not touching the surface of the mousse. Enjoy! 🙂
What a fabulous way to enjoy passion fruit! The make ahead option is always helpful.
It is! Hope you try it Deb. 🙂
How did I miss this? I ADORE passion fruit, but rarely have it! This looks so utterly delicious, I wish I could have some right now (it's so hot again)! Thanks, Valentina. Definitely want to try this next time I have passion fruit!
Christina, I hope you try and LOVE it! Thank you! 🙂
Healthy Kitchen 101
wow, They look wonderful indeed! This is the dessert I must to in this October. Two-in-one recipe is da best! xo
Thank you Natalie! I hope you do try it and love it as much as I do. 🙂
You had me at passion fruit! This mousse sounds amazing!
Thanks, Jessica! Enjoy!
Passionfruit is one of my favorite flavors and this is such a fun way to use it! Can't wait to try this!
Thanks, Nicole. I hope you do and love it!
Passion fruit is my favourite fruit, but I’ve never had it in a mousse. Definitely trying this soon.
Oh you must, Dannii! If you already love the flavor, you should love this. Thank you and enjoy!
What a fantastic idea! I like this! It sounds delicious. I️ just drooled. Cannot wait to try this!
Thanks for the recipe!
Thank you, Mary! 🙂
Edyta at Eating European
This dessert looks really fantastic. Too bad it is so difficult to find passion fruit. I would eat it all the time 🙂
Many stores have them in the specialty section of their produce departments.If you let me know what city you're in, I can help you locate stores that have them. 🙂
We have 2 passionfruit vines and are blessed with a ton of fruit.
This mousse served right in the passionfruit shell is so gorgeous, V. I have to try it! xo
Thank you, Colette. You are so fortunate to have your very own passion fruit vines! I would love that. xo Valentina
David @ Spiced
I totally did a double-take when I saw the title of this post, Valentina! Laura loves passion fruit, well, with a passion. 🙂 I've always got an eye out for fun passion fruit desserts! Passion fruit itself isn't terribly easy to find in our area, but I can find passion fruit puree in the frozen section. I'll keep an eye out for actual passion fruit (or at least the juice) as this mousse sounds amazing!
Thanks, David. I say go for it with he frozen purée. I bet Laura will love this dessert. In my humble opinion, of course. 😉
John / Kitchen Riffs
I missed this recipe first time around, so I'm glad you brought it back. Love passion fruit! This looks TERRIFIC -- thanks!
Thanks so much John. 🙂
Oh, wow! This looks so great and refreshing - and I love that it can simply be made into an ice cream! Brilliant!
It really is worth trying -- if I do say so myself 😉 Enjoy!
Could I substitute dragon fruit juice?
Hi Laurie, I haven't tried this particular recipe with a different juice, but I think it will work. I would definitely strain it well first. I don't think the flavor will be a strong or as tropical as it would be with the passion fruit. The color would be gorgeous though, if you use a magenta dragon fruit. Please let us know how it turns out if you try it. Enjoy! 🙂 ~Valentina
I was looking online for passion fruit jam recipes and browsed my way to your site. My vines are dropping fruit at the rate of two dozen a day! The mousse recipe sounds lovely. Since it’s the weekend, I shall try it! What are your thoughts on putting some fresh ginger in my PF jam?
Hi Karin, so happy you landed on my passion fruit recipes. 🙂 I actually LOVE ginger with passion fruit -- I think it's a great paring. Not sure if you saw it, but I also have a recipe for Passion Fruit-Ginger Cheesecake Bars. So yes, I think fresh ginger would be lovely in the jam. I'd love to hear how it turns out. Enjoy! ~Valentina
Can this recipe be used as a cake filling
Hi Kayla, Thanks for writing in. It could be used as a cake filling, but for a very light cake. The mousse has a similar consistency to whipped cream, so a heavy cake layer would "press" it down. I hope that makes sense. It would however, be fabulous to "frost" a cake with -- on the outside. 🙂 Enjoy and thanks for checking out my recipes. ~Valentina
What a delicious recipe and so easy! I really must try it!