Mango Yogurt Mousse


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Mango Yogurt Mousse are simple, creamy yogurt desserts that highlight mangos and can be made in 20 minutes. A great make-ahead dessert that I love to serve after Chinese New Year dinner.

Inspiration for Mango Yogurt Mousse

This week it was a very good thing that I don’t have a car.  I couldn’t have been trusted on the roads. I’ve been absentminded to the max.  Sunday night I fell asleep with only ten pages left to read in this magnificent (and rather intense) book, and I’ve since lost the book. In my tiny apartment.  I can safely say that I’ve searched every inch of this place due, in no small part, to a rogue lizard that I chased over every surface one morning.   

Wednesday I tossed a yogurt (blessedly it was sealed) in my purse, intending to put it in the fridge at my office. I then proceeded to prance around Bangkok all day in the heat before arriving home at 8pm to find…a very hot container of yogurt in the bottom of my purse. I tossed it out ever-so-gingerly.  
My sister (Veronica) asked me to send her pictures of Bangkok’s public transportation system (BTS).  I carried my camera with me every day. I rode the BTS at least twice every day.  Do you think I remembered to take the darn pictures? I’ll get them this weekend, V!
See what I mean?  Don’t loan me your car any time soon.  Come to think of it, don’t even hand me your keys. They’ll end up wherever that book got to.

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Mango Season Love 

Weeks like this it’s a good idea to keep things simple.  It’s also a good idea to eat dessert.  With mango season on the horizon, I’m craving those sweet fruits like chocolate.  Mangos are popping up around town, and my favorite spot below is decked out to celebrate the season – they have green mangos and ripe mangos, and even a giant faux mango hanging from the ceiling. 

Mango Yogurt Mousse

We had mango and sticky rice at a new restaurant on Wednesday night, and I’ve been having these super simple mousses for dessert or breakfast.  The mangos we get here are so sweet that I skip the added sugar in the recipe below and these make a fantastic breakfast.  You don’t need fresh mangos – I used to make great use of the frozen mango pieces at Trader Joe’s for this yogurt dessert in the U.S. 

I think Frank is officially mango’d out (they have a mango tree at his office and his colleagues have been making mango salads every day for lunch), but I suspect I could still tempt him with another one of these beautiful little desserts. 

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Mango Yogurt Mousse

These simple, creamy yogurt desserts highlight mangos and can be made in 20 minutes. A great make-ahead dessert that I love to serve after Chinese New Year dinner.
Prep: 20 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
Servings: 6


  • Saucepan
  • Blender
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Stand or Handheld Mixer


  • 1 envelope Unflavored Gelatin (1 tablespoon)
  • 2 cups Fresh Mango Purée, plus Mango Slices for garnish (about 2 peeled and pitted mangoes)
  • 1/3 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 cup Plain Yogurt
  • 1 cup well-chilled Heavy Cream


  • In a small saucepan sprinkle the gelatin over 1/4 cup cold water, let it soften for 1 minute, and heat the mixture over low heat, stirring, until the gelatin is dissolved. In a blender blend together the mango purée, the sugar, and the vanilla, add the gelatin mixture, and blend the mixture well. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and stir in the yogurt. In a chilled bowl beat the cream until it holds stiff peaks, fold it into the mango mixture gently but thoroughly, and divide the mousse among 6 dessert glasses. Chill the mousses for at least 4 hours or overnight. Garnish the mousses with the mango slices.


Recipe from Gourmet, May 1991.


Serving: 3g | Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 22g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $6.00
Calories: 246
Keyword: easy dessert recipe, mango dessert, summer dessert
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  1. A mango tree at his office?! Lucky guy! Mango season in Thailand sounds sort of like strawberry season in Sweden. It’s taken real seriously here, strawberries everywhere, in everything. I like the looks of this mousse – I wonder how it would turn out with agar agar in place of gelatin? I’ll have to get my hands on some frozen mango and give it a try!

    1. Isn’t it amazing, Katie – he definitely gets his fill of mangos! I’d trade you a mango season for a strawberry season – I miss berries. 😉 I’d love to know how this works with agar agar! I haven’t strayed from the recipe, but a lot of the texture comes from the yogurt and the cream, so this would be a good one to play around with.

  2. Jess this looks incredible. I love mangoes! And that sticky rice you mentioned? One of my favorites!!!

  3. Jess these look incredible! I love love love mango and the creaminess and smoothness and then those diced mango pieces on top – so perfect and so good looking!

  4. I don’t drive my car (barely) for the same reason 🙂

    The mango yogurt mousse sounds delicious. Like an edible, more decadent lassi (mango yogurt drink). Yum!

    1. Joyti – so true! That’s just what it is like, but I didn’t make the connection until I saw your comment. I adore mango lassi. (P.S. Your blog is beautiful!)