passion fruit mousse

Brazilian Passion Fruit Mousse

This delicious and decadent passion fruit mousse is the perfect small bite dessert! 

passion fruit mousse

The idea behind Recipe Redux is to reinvent healthy eating by showing you how to make healthy food taste delicious. This month’s topic is small bites…a mini-portion of a sweet treat.

If you follow my blog, you know I am the anti-baker, so this month’s topic presented a bit of a challenge for me.  I was considering going with one of my no-bake snack bars until I came across this passion fruit mousse at a birthday party for my daughter’s friend.  The little girl’s family is Brazilian and one of the desserts at this party was a very tasty but tiny portion of passion fruit mousse.  I thought…hmmm, this might not be too difficult to make and maybe I can health it up? So, I enlisted my trusty recipe developing partner (my momma) and we set out to make a healthy Brazilian “Maracuja.”

Well, don’t get too excited, folks because we kinda failed miserably.  This recipe only has three ingredients and none of them appreciated trying to be health-ified. We tried to substitute the sweetened condensed milk for evaporated skim milk. We tried to substitute the cream for almond and cashew creme.  We tried to replace the sugar with stevia. None of it worked.  The evaporated milk wasn’t thick enough and the nut cream did not whip.  The stevia worked out fine and we actually did use it in the final product.  What I learned after this rather frustrating and tiresome ordeal was that some recipes are perfect just as they are.  🙂

And guess what?  This recipe is still healthy in my book.  Passion fruit is an amazingly healthy fruit.  The egg-shaped tropical fruit is a rich source of antioxidant vitamins C and A, as well as iron and potassium.  Passion fruit also contains somniferum, which is a sleep inducing property that can help with relaxation and restful sleep.

I’m laughing while typing this because we made this mousse on Sunday afternoon and by the time we finished and tasted it, it was about 8:00 pm.  I said to my husband around 9:00 pm that I was so tired, I actually felt like I had taken something.  I always have a hard time falling asleep and that night I was out 15 minutes after hitting the pillow. Coincidence?  I think not.  LOL.

 Passion fruit pulp.

Serve in small plastic cups or any small serving cups like these.  Sprinkle with jimmies, just for kicks.

So, the healthy aspect of this little treat is it’s small size.  One decadent, delicious and sleep-inducing little bite for all.

Brazilian Passion Fruit Mousse (Maracuja)

  • 8 passion fruits
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups real cream
  • 2 Tbsp sugar or few drops liquid stevia


Slice passion fruits in half and scoop out contents into a small bowl. Strain pulp through a small sieve or cheesecloth.  Stir in sugar/stevia and sweetened condensed milk.  In a chilled bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form.  Fold cream into the passion fruit mixture until no streaks remain. Refrigerate for about an hour. Sprinkle with jimmies before serving, if desired.

25 replies
  1. Dr Barb, Nutrition Budgeteer
    Dr Barb, Nutrition Budgeteer says:

    Thanks for sharing your trials with us. I love the taste of passion fruit but have never bought the whole fruit before. I don’t see them in my markets. Do you know if there is a season for them? Where are they typically grown? If I can find them, you’ve motivated me to try your recipe.

  2. Danielle Omar
    Danielle Omar says:

    Hi Barb…I found the passion fruit at Wegman’s, but they were $2.99 each so I decided to keep looking. I eventually found them at H Mart, which is a local Asian market near my home. I bought 8 of them for about $8.00. I believe they are native to Brazil.

  3. Janel
    Janel says:

    I’ve never seen fresh passion fruit before! I bet using light coconut milk would also work well in this recipe if you wanted to “healthify” it even more!

  4. EA-The Spicy RD
    EA-The Spicy RD says:

    These are so fun, especially with the sprinkles on top! I do like passion fruit, but don’t think to eat it much…I definitely will get some soon though to try this out!

  5. Ashley Oswald
    Ashley Oswald says:

    Hi! My name is Ashley and I’m interning with the Meal Makeover Moms this week. Sometimes, desserts can’t be completely healthy and you just have to let your hair down a little! It’s all about the portion sizes and trying to add or substitute as many healthy ingredients as possible, such as passion fruit in this recipe!

  6. Molly Jones
    Molly Jones says:

    These are so beautiful! I don’t think I have ever tried passion fruit, but I would love to. Thanks for inspiring me by sharing the recipe!

    Molly Jones
    Intern for ReganMillerJones, Inc.

  7. Mandy
    Mandy says:

    This recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to try it! My kids already love passion fruit so add sprinkles and this wil surely be a favorite. I guess I’ll be visiting for some more passion fruit. Their fruits are amazing by the way and all locally grown in south florida. Thanks Again!

  8. Brierley
    Brierley says:

    Ooh, your timing is perfect! We rarely get passion fruit in our stores, but I spotted some just the other day and scooped them up immediately.

  9. Danielle Takahase
    Danielle Takahase says:

    Hi, my name is Danielle and I’m Brazilian. We do love “musse de maracujá”! Unfortunately the most comom recipes are made with concentrated juice what is far away from health… I loved your version, definitely will try! Using the frozen fruit pulp it works too!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Ohh, by the way, in Brazil we just serve small portions of this in parties, when it’s made as family dessert, normally we make big bowls… lol

Trackbacks & Pingbacks

  1. […] Brazilian Passion Fruit Mousse – Danielle @ Food Confidence […]

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *