Guava-Lemon Mousse (Mousse de Goiaba e Limão): An incredibly creamy Brazilian gluten-free dessert!!!


Finally!!! This past week we have been harvesting fresh fruit from trees that my husband planted in our back yard several years ago, including one of my favorite fruits: guavas.  Mmmmm!!! So today is Guava-Lemon Mousse day!!! :)

Just talking about it makes my heart smile… Of course, beyond just eating them fresh out of hand, I absolutely had to make something special with them. But what? Of course, a guava-lemon mousse! My husband (and me, too) is crazy for what are called “mousses” in Brazil. Actually, creams would be a more accurate label, since this simple and delicious recipe doesn’t incorporate either whipped egg whites or whipped cream, which a bona fide mousse traditionally does. However, even though it is not technically a mousse, due to its luscious creaminess I will call it a mousse anyway. ;)

I originally just intended to make this guava-lemon mousse dessert as a special treat for my family.  But when I mentioned on my personal Facebook page that I had made guava-lemon mousse, several of my friends and those who follow this blog clamored for the recipe, so I decided to post my guava-lemon mousse here.

This quick, gluten-free guava-lemon mousse dessert is extremely creamy, satisfying, and beautiful. In Brazil, the most popular flavors are passion-fruit, chocolate, and lemon “mousses.” At my family’s table the most popular are guava, passion-fruit, and strawberry-lemon.  Other great flavor options are avocado or berries.

Well, why not give it a try?  No matter which flavor you choose, you are sure to be hooked.

Enjoy our guava-lemon mousse!

Guava-Lemon “Mousse”

Yield: 4 (1/2 cup) ramekins

(Segment: Brazilian Cuisine)

guava-lemon mousse

Guava-Lemon Mousse


2 large ripe guavas, peeled and chunked

2/3 can sweetened condensed milk

1/4 cup heavy whipping cream

Fresh squeezed juice of 2 lemons


In a blender, blend all the ingredients together until creamy. With the assistance of the convex portion of a spoon, pass the mixture through a sieve to remove the seeds. Pour the strained mixture into ramekins and cover. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving (NB: The flavor is even richer after 24 hours). It can be served by itself or drizzled with a Triple-Berry Coulis.


Receita em Português:

Mousse de Goiaba e Limão

Serve 4 pessoas


2 goiabas maduras grandes, descascadas e cortadas em pedaços

2/3 de uma lata de leite condensado

1/4 xícara de creme de leite de caixinha

Suco fresco de 2 limões

Modo de Preparo:

Bata bem no liquidificador todos os ingredientes até obter uma mistura cremosa. Passe a mistura batida pela peneira para separar o creme das sementes da goiaba. Despeje o creme num  pirex pequeno ou em tacinhas individuais, cubra e refrigere por pelo menos 4 horas.  Antes de servir, se desejar, despeje um pouco de calda de frutas vermelhas por cima.


guava-lemon mousse

Guava-Lemon Mousse

Guava-lemon mousse

Guava-Lemon Mousse

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6 Responses to Guava-Lemon Mousse (Mousse de Goiaba e Limão): An incredibly creamy Brazilian gluten-free dessert!!!

  1. Julia | October 4, 2012 at 3:34 am #

    Here goes a Brazilian recipe! I’d love to try it! I am too hungry right now to look at beautiful food photos :)

    • Denise Browning October 4, 2012 at 3:50 am #

      Hi, Julia! Let’s do something. How about if we exchange my guava mousse for your mixed berry bundt cake with glaze? Yours also looks divine.

  2. Ana Sofia November 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm #

    Just saw this! Have to keep an eye out for guavas now!

    • Denise Browning November 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm #

      Thanks for your visit and comment, Sofia! I hope you are safe and doing well after Sandy… Guava is one of my favorite fruits. I love to make all types of desserts and drinks with it. It has the power to transport me home. Take care!!! xx

  3. kiki March 27, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    Your wonderful recipes remind me of my time in Latin America! I love the flavors you work with and especially this one here! I`ll try and find the ingredients :-) Germany is not really known for its variety of exotic fruits :-( Greetings from beautiful Bavaria.
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    • Denise Browning March 27, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

      Hi, Kiki! I am so glad that you have stopped by. This mousse can be made with guava or other fruits such as lemon, mango + lemon/lime, and avocado + lemon/lime, etc. My husband’s all-time fave is strawberry + lemon — perhaps these are fruits easier to find in Germany. I am sure Germany has an abundance of strawberries. You can use this recipe as a guide to blend about 2 cups of halved strawberries (without the leaves) and lemon juice in a blender with the other ingredients and then, pass through a sieve to remove the seeds. I do hope you try it and enjoy.

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