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Brazilian Dessert Recipe – Passion Fruit Mousse

Passion Fruit Mousse Recipe (Mousse de Maracujá)

Passion fruit is a staple of Brazilian cuisine, where it is featured in everything from cocktails to popsicles. The fruit is derived from a species of passion flower, Passiflora edulis, a perennial vine native to South America. This dish as a dessert will create smiles around the dinner table. Download the Passion fruit mousse recipe below, you’ll want to after you taste it!

Passion fruit has a unique flavor, reminiscent of guava and kiwi. It is sweet and tart, making it a refreshing addition to dessert dishes and beverages. In Brazil, one of the most delicious dishes made with passion fruit is a simple mousse called mousse de maracujá.  

Mousse de maracujá is a national favorite in Brazil. It is as ubiquitous in restaurants and bakeries as chocolate cake is in America. Its velvety texture and unique flavor make a stylish end to any meal, and its simplicity makes it a favorite for cooks in a hurry.

This mousse requires just a handful of ingredients and can be made up to two days ahead for a worry-free dessert. Serve with whipped cream or a drizzle of sweetened coconut cream. 

Passion Fruit Mousse Recipe (Mousse de Maracujá)

Servings: about 4


8 oz passion fruit juice* (unsweetened)

14 oz sweetened condensed milk (1 can)

9 oz heavy whipping cream

2 tsp unflavored gelatin

3 tablespoons water

*You can use passion fruit pulp or concentrate for this recipe as well. For fresh pulp, add 3 tablespoons of water and blend in a blender. Strain out any seeds. For juice concentrate, add 7 oz of water (1:1 ratio) and blend. 


  • Step 1: sprinkle the gelatin over your water in a heat proof bowl. Let hydrate for five minutes, or according to packet instructions.
  • Step 2: microwave gelatin for 20-30 seconds on high, or until it is dissolved.
  • Step 3: add your juice, condensed milk, and whipping cream to a blender. Blend on high for about 45 seconds, until everything is smooth and combined. 
  • Step 4: add the dissolved gelatin to the mixture and blend for 3 minutes.
  • Step 5: pour your mixture into serving containers. Refrigerate for at least three hours, or until set. 


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