These Passion Fruit Cheesecake Parfaits are unbelievable—and not just because they are dairy free. You’ll find Passion Fruit to be such a unique tasting fruit—floral, tart, sweet.
I never thought a trip to the grocery store would send my heart all aflutter. But this week it did. For lo and behold there, next to the frozen strawberries, was passion fruit puree!
Giddy and armed with my frozen passion fruit puree, I blitzed home and set out to make a dessert reminiscent of one my mom used to make that involved Cool-Whip and cream cheese. And these Passion Fruit Cheesecake Parfaits are what I came up with.
If you like cheesecake and if you like sweet-tart—like that of lemon—you are going to LOVE this sweet treat!
I’ve chosen to serve them as dessert shots because they are pretty rich. With these, a little bite goes a long way and are perfectly satisfying. For more dessert shot ideas, head on over to my Dessert Shots Pinterest board.
Passion fruit—or lilikoi as we called it growing up—is a dearly loved fruit in Hawaii. The season is much anticipated. As kids we’d scour the gulches for them so that mom could make us a pitcher of fresh lilikoi juice, or we’d simply break them open and slurp out the seeds.
Lilikoi grows on a vine and produces one of the most exquisite flowers I’ve ever seen. The fruit is distinctly sweet-tart and exotic. Here is a picture of the flower. In the picture above you see the lilikoi vines that grow high up in the tops of the Ohi’a Lehua trees outside of my mom’s kitchen window. Can you make them out to the right?
I am soooo hoping that you are able to find passion fruit puree at a local grocer because these parfaits are “broke da mout,” as we’d say in Hawaii. Here is the brand I found at Safeway. A store that sells Hispanic grocery products is also a good bet.