Looking for passion fruit recipes? Then make these no-bake passion fruit mango creams, healthy exotic fruit desserts. They’re also a fruity partner with your Easter Chocolates!

When A Dessert is Inspired to Accompany Easter Chocolates!

As I’d bought a bag of dark chocolate fritures (French chocolates in the shape of fish and seafood) for April Fool’s Day, I couldn’t help thinking of the gorgeous pairing of chocolate with passion fruit and mango.

So, inspired by William Ledeuil, French chef at Paris’s Ze Kitchen Galerie who specialises in French food with Asian influences I set about whipping up this quick dessert.
Chef Ledeuil uses a fresh vanilla pod and lemon grass (citronnelle) but I’ve made a quicker version with powdered vanilla (or vanilla extract) and fragrant limes.

passion fruit mango creams

French Dessert for April Fools’ Day

Chocolate fish are popular in all the chocolateries in France since April Fool’s Day is known as Poisson d’avril. If you’re any decently duped April Fool in France, you’ll probably be sporting a school of colourful paper fish taped to your back.

The story behind the traditional fish remains unclear. Various sources cite the most popular: it goes back to the 16th Century under Charles IX reign, who changed the New Year to the 1st January. Until then in France, the New Year started around 1st April and was celebrated by fresh fish to herald the arrival of Spring (following the zodiac sign of Pisces, perhaps). Not everyone was au courant or kept forgetting this new calendar, so jokes gradually spread via the custom of pinning fish on their backs!

Passion Fruit Mango Creams

Any good quality chocolate will go well with this zingy dessert. The lime and passion fruit give it that gorgeous acidity that combines so well together.

Here I added my favourite Tigrés (financier teacakes with chocolate chips baked in savarin moulds and topped/filled with chocolate ganache). The recipe is in my book, “Teatime in Paris“. I just added a blob each of the passion fruit syrup before adding it to the cream.

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Passion Fruit and Mango Creams

Author: Jill Colonna
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Chilling Time25 mins
Total Time1 hr
Course : Dessert
Cuisine : French
Keyword : passion fruit dessert recipes, exotic fruit dessert recipes, mango dessert recipes
Servings : 6 people
Calories : 209kcal


Passion fruit mango creams, easy no-bake, healthy and fruity desserts with lime. They're also an exotic partner with your Easter Chocolates!


Mango & Lime Base

  • 2 Sweet, ripe mangoes
  • 1 Organic lime juice and zest

Passion Fruit Cream

  • 4 Passion fruit
  • 75 g (3oz) Icing (confectioner's) sugar
  • 1/4 tsp Vanilla powder or few drops of extract
  • 150 ml (5.5fl oz) Whipping cream 30% fat
  • chocolates (to serve, optional)


Mango & Lime Base

  • Cut the mango in two vertically next to the stone, cut off the skin and chop the fruit into small pieces. Place in a bowl. Zest the lime (about 2 strands of 2-3 cm) and set aside. Squeeze out the juice and add it to the mango. Refrigerate. Also refrigerate a large bowl for whipping the cream later.

Passion Fruit Cream

  • Place a sieve over a saucepan and press through the pulp of 2 of the passion fruits. Discard the seeds. Add the remaining passion fruit (seeds included), the sugar and the lime zest. Bring to a brief boil then simmer for 10 mins. Set aside to cool then refrigerate. Once cool, remove the zest.
  • Whip the cream in the chilled bowl using an electric (hand or standing) whisk, adding the sugar. When thickened, add the cooled passion fruit mixture, and whip it into the cream. incorporate.
  • Spoon the mango lime salad into glasses then top with the passion fruit cream.


Serve with chocolate chip financiers or chocolate macarons from my books - or simply a few dark or milk chocolates

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6 responses to “Passion Fruit Mango Creams”

  1. Perfect for our Easter party Jill especially when it’s a no bake dessert. Thanks for the explanation of the chocolate fish. I’m going to decorate mine with tiny chocolate eggs. Looking forward to reading your Easter blog.

  2. Saw these lovely creations on Facebook, Jill! What a delightful and playful dessert which is absolutely perfect for April Fool’s Day! You are so good about celebrating each holiday, or fun day with an appropriate sweet!

    • Hopefully this is for any time of year, Christina – and even with the April fishes in the chocolate windows, they’re still continuing well into Easter. Thanks so much for popping in.

  3. When your post showed up in my email, I wondered if there would be an April Fools angle 🙂 This layered dessert looks awesome and chocolate fish are the perfect garnish for both April Fools and Easter!!

    • You know, Liz? I never even thought about posting a spoof but next year, who knows? Thanks for popping by! Have a wonderful Easter.

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