The bright tartness of this passion fruit mousse makes a lovely ending to a rich feast. A garnish of toasted almonds brings crunch, but toasted coconut flakes would be lovely as well. Here the mousse is layered in a large dish, which is easier to bring to potluck gatherings, but you could also make  individual portions in ramekins or small dishes. By its nature, this dessert is best made ahead, to give the mousse a chance to really set up and the flavor to develop., November 2022


Credit: Ali Redmond

Recipe Summary

15 mins
6 hrs
6 hrs 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Pour 1/2 cup passion fruit puree into the bottom of a glass serving bowl or trifle dish. 

  • Combine the remaining passion fruit puree and condensed milk in a large bowl; whisk until well mixed. Set aside.

  • Combine cream, vanilla and salt in another large bowl; beat with an electric mixer, gradually increasing the mixer speed from low to high, until the cream holds stiff peaks, about 3 to 4 minutes. Take care to not overwhip the cream or it will result in a grainy mousse.

  • Whisk about one-third of the whipped cream into the passion fruit mixture to lighten it; stop as soon as you do not see any more streaks of cream. Using a large rubber spatula, gently fold in the remaining whipped cream until just combined. Spoon into the serving bowl (or trifle dish). Press plastic wrap onto the surface of the mousse to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 3 days. Sprinkle with almonds before serving.

To make ahead

Refrigerate for up to 3 days.


For the best flavor, toast nuts before using in a recipe. To toast sliced nuts, place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

2/3 cup
305 calories; protein 5g; carbohydrates 17g; sugars 15g; fat 25g; saturated fat 15g; mono fat 7g; poly fat 1g; trans fatty acid 1g; cholesterol 76mg; vitamin a iu 948IU; vitamin c 1mg; vitamin d iu 39IU; vitamin e iu 1IU; folate 5mg; vitamin k 2mg; sodium 64mg; calcium 115mg; magnesium 11mg; phosphorus 98mg; potassium 149mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g; niacin equivalents 1mg; selenium 6mcg.