Passionfruit Papaya Mousse

As the name may suggest to you, this is a dessert for that special dinner, perhaps Valentine’s Day.

Passionfruit and Papaya Mousse is an tasty alternative to the sweet – and, often, chocolate – desserts for such occasions. Not that there is anything inherently wrong with chocolate or sugar; but it is good to have healthy alternatives for some special occasions.

Sweet, smooth papaya with the tang of the passionfruit and the grapefruit is a ‘zingy’ combination. To preserve the smooth texture, use silken tofu.

This dessert is very simple to prepare and can be made in advance, allowing you to spend time with you guests. For a little more sweetness, serve it with coconut shortbread or a biscotti.

If, for your memorable dinner, you want a more traditional chocolate dessert, try theChocolate Mousse (Dairy Free) which has no sugar other than that in the chocolate; or finish off the meal with bliss balls, which are suitable for most diets.

Diets for which Passionfruit and Papaya Mousse is suitable:

Diabetic, Diary Free, Fodmap, Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Low Fat, Nut Free, Vegetarian and Vegan.


Preparation: 15 mins | Cook: 5 mins | Serves: 2

1/2 cup grapefruit juice (or juice of 1 grapefruit)
1 tbsp agar*
1 passionfruit
1/2 papaya
150 gm (1/2 cup or 1/2 small pack) silken tofu
1 tbsp maple syrup (Diabetic, see notes)**
1/2 lime, juiced


POUR grapefruit juice into a small saucepan.
SPRINKLE the agar on top of the juice.
HEAT gently until the agar dissolves, approximately 5 minutes.
SCOOP the seeds out of the papaya and remove the flesh.
PUREE the papaya flesh and tofu using a hand mixer.
ADD lime juice and maple syrup. (Taste and add more lime juice if the flavour needs enhancing.)
COMBINE the passionfruit with 2 tbsp of the grapefruit and agar mix.
ADD remaining grapefruit and agar mix to the papaya and tofu.
SPOON this into the serving ramekins or glasses.
TOP with the passionfruit mix. (The papaya mix should be quite firm when you add the passionfruit so the layer sits on top and does not mix. If you have to wait 10 minutes or so for the papaya mix to firm up, very gently reheat the passionfruit if it has solidified. But do not add passionfruit when it is hot, ie cool slightly.)
CHILL before serving.


– Alone or with a biscuit, eg coconut shortbread or biscotti.


* Substitute agar with gelatine (not Vegan or Vegetarian). Do not heat gelatine.
** Replace maple syrup with Stevia (1:1 ratio) or other sweetener.

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