I’m starting to feel passionately for passion fruit! Sorry. Couldn’t help it. It was too good an opportunity to pass up! I never really had the fruit growing up, except in POG (Passion, Orange Guava juice) at summer camp. I remember loving it, but I didn’t really know what the heck passion fruit or guava were. Now that I know what it is (more below), I’m looking for fun ways to incorporate it into our diets. These passion fruit bars may not be the healthy approach, but I’m not complaining!
Passion Fruit Bars
So. Since having passion fruit in my juice at camp when I was in junior high, I’ve only recently rediscovered it. On our trip to Zimbabwe and South Africa, just about every breakfast buffet had passion fruit to enjoy with yogurt. And boy did I! I think I had it every morning for the last two weeks of our trip. I was starting to be able to tell ripe passion fruit from those that weren’t ready (or not good enough?). I basically turned pro at ripe passion fruit! hah. I’ve been missing passion fruit at breakfast since our return, but luckily we have plenty of other fruit to make up for it.
When we were in downtown Portland a few weeks ago, we had a passion fruit and coconut cheesecake that was pretty epic and I got the itch to make my own passion fruit dessert. These passion fruit bars are my answer. They’re a lot like lemon bars but less tart and way more fun in flavor! I love the look of the seeds. And don’t worry, they blend in perfectly with the bar – not a seedy recipe at all!
PASSION FRUIT BARS w. GRAHAM CRACKER CRUST
Passion fruit can be a difficult fruit to find recipes for. While I love just cutting them into my yogurt for breakfast, it's fun to find other ways to use the familiar flavors. These passion fruit bars are my fun twist on my classic lemon bar recipe. I like to leave the seeds in, but you can certainly strain them out!
- 3/4 cup butter melted
- 3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
- 3/4 cup flour
- 3/8 teaspoon + 1/4 teaspoon salt divided
- 6 tablespoons powdered sugar plus more for dusting
- 2 eggs beaten
- 1/2 cup passion fruit pulp 3-4 passionfruits*
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 350°.
In a medium bowl, combine melted butter, graham crackers crumbs, flour, salt, and powdered sugar. Pat mixture evenly into ungreased 8x8 or 9x9 square pan. Bake 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, mix beaten eggs, passion fruit pulp, baking powder, and sugar in small bowl.
Remove crust from oven. Pour fruit mixture over hot crust. Bake 30-35 minutes until edges are brown and bubbling.
Cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar.
* Leave seeds in fruit mixture. I pulled out large chunks of pulp. Squeeze between fingers to separate from seeds and juice.
Make this recipe? I'd love to see how it turned out. Tag me @LMinthekitchen on Instagram and use #LMrecipes, so I can see your creation! xo
Thank you to Melissa’s for the produce.