Here is a delicious recipe for Easy Passion Fruit Bars that taste like a vacation! This sweet and tart bar is so easy to make, and with only a few ingredients, anyone can whip these up for family and friends.
I first made this recipe during a trip to Hawaii. My good friend has a lilikoi vine, a.k.a passion fruit, and I was lucky to be able to use the delicious fruit.
Ingredients Needed to Make Easy Passion Fruit Bars
For the crust, you will need all-purpose flour, powdered confectioners sugar, butter, and a little salt if your butter is unsalted. You will also need a little more powdered sugar for dusting the bars before serving.
The ingredients for the filling include eggs, sugar, all-purpose flour, baking powder, and passion fruit puree.
What type of fruit is Lilikoi (passion fruit)?
Passion fruit grows on a vine and not only has some of the most beautiful and intricate flowers but some of the most delicious fruit as well. Lilikoi is technically a berry, so the puree is quite sweet.
These Dessert Bars are Sweeter than Lemon Bars
I've been told by a few readers that they found these bars to be very sweet. This is because passion fruit puree is pretty sweet on its own. If you want a less sweet version, add a few tablespoons of lemon juice to the filling.
Where can you find passion fruit?
If you're not in Hawaii, sometimes you can find passion fruit in the grocery store or the frozen section. I've had the best luck at my local Mexican Grocery Store, but I've also heard they can be found at Asian specialty grocery stores as well.
Fresh is always best, but frozen will work just as well for these special little bars. You can also find passion fruit puree online.
How to Make Passion Fruit Bars
First, you will make the crust. This is a simple bar crust with butter, powdered sugar, salt, and flour. Then you will mix up the passion fruit puree with the sugar, eggs, flour, and baking powder.
Everything bakes together for about 35 minutes and then cooled in the fridge for an hour. Once the bars are nice and cold, sprinkle with a little more powdered sugar and enjoy!
How to make the crust
This crust recipe is a simple bar crust that is as versatile as it is easy. You can use this crust recipe for lemon bars or any other bar you would like. First, you will whisk together the flour, salt, and powdered sugar.
Then you will cut in the cold butter and press the mixture into the bottom of a baking pan. Bake the crust at 350º for 15 minutes just as the edges are turning brown. Allow the crust to cool as you make the filling.
How to make passion fruit puree
If you are lucky enough to have fresh, ripe passion fruit you can make your own puree. Cut the fruit in half and dig out the middle with a spoon.
Add the fruit to a food processor or blender and give it a quick pulse to remove more of the pulp and juice from the seeds. Strain the mixture into a bowl and you have your puree. I have also been told a food mill works well to remove the seeds, although I have not tried it yet.
If you purchase frozen passion fruit, once it thaws, it will be in a puree form. If there are chunks of fruit, give it a quick zip in a food processor or blender.
How to make the filling for the bars
Once you have your passion fruit puree, you are ready to make the filling. If you don't have fresh passion fruit, you can also use frozen puree.
Whisk all of the filling ingredients together in a large mixing bowl starting with the eggs first. TIP: After whisking, there will be some bubbles. Allow the mixture to settle before baking in the oven.
Plan for cooling time, these bars are best served cold
Once you have the lilikoi filling added to the crust, you are ready to bake! Bake for 30-35 minutes until the center is firm.
Remove the bars from the oven and allow them to cool enough to be able to put the dish in the refrigerator. The bars need to be in the fridge for a MINIMUM of an hour.
Make sure they are cold all the way through. Not only does that mean they are done they are easier to cut and the sprinkle of confectioners sugar will not melt. Finally, you can enjoy these tropical treats!
My Favorite Pan for This Recipe
I was given the opportunity to try the bakeware pans from Caraway and I have to say, they are now my new favorite. Not only do they look great and come in beautiful colors, but they are also toxin free and have the most non-stick surface I have used.
More easy and delicious dessert recipes to try:
- Cherry Crumble Bars
- Easy Lemon Curd Filled Cupcakes
- Super Soft Sugar Cookies
- Homemade Snickers Bars
- Saltine Cracker Caramel Bars
Easy Passion Fruit Bars
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- ⅔ cup powdered confectioners sugar
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt (if using unsalted butter)
- ⅔ cup unsalted butter, cold and cubed
Passion Fruit Filling
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups sugar
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1½ teaspoons baking powder
- ⅔ cup passion fruit puree (see notes)
- powdered confectioners sugar for dusting
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
- Place the flour, salt, and powdered sugar for the crust into a mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Cut the cold butter into the flour mixture with a pastry cutter, a fork, or your hands.
- Put the crust mixture into the baking pan. Press the dough into the bottom of the pan and up the sides as much as you can.
- Bake the crust in the oven for 15 minutes, until the edges are just starting to brown. Remove from the oven when done.
Passion Fruit Filling
- While the crust is baking, whisk the eggs together in another mixing bowl. Add the sugar, one cup at a time, and fully combine. Add the flour and baking powder and continue to whisk. Finally, add the passion fruit puree and ensure everything is well combined.
- By now the crust should be done and out of the oven. Once the crust is ready, carefully pour the passion fruit mixture onto the hot crust and place the pan back into the oven for another 30-35 minutes. The bars are done when the center is firm.
- Remove the bars from the oven and allow the pan to cool on a wire rack until it can be placed in the fridge to cool and set. Allow the bars to chill for a minimum of 1 hour. Dust with powdered sugar right before serving and enjoy!
- I've been told by a few readers that they found these bars to be very sweet. This is because passion fruit puree is pretty sweet on its own. If you want a less sweet version, add a few tablespoons of lemon juice to the filling.
- If you are lucky enough to have fresh, ripe passion fruit you can make your own puree. Cut the fruit in half and dig out the middle with a spoon. Add the fruit to a food processor or blender and give it a quick pulse to remove more of the pulp and juice from the seeds. Strain the mixture into a bowl and you have your puree.
- If you purchase frozen passion fruit, once it thaws, it will be puree. If there are chunks of fruit, give it a quick zip in a food processor or blender.
Any nutrition calculations are only estimates using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
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Passion fruit photo by Marcello Aquino on Unsplash.