Looking for a light, delicious, flavor-filled EASY dessert? Try this cold, creamy lime mousse, which is made in 5 minutes using only 4 ingredients!
Looking for a light, delicious, flavor-filled EASY dessert? Try this cold, creamy lime mousse, which is made in 5 minutes using only 4 ingredients!

Summer is heating up, so it’s the perfect time to make desserts that cool us off, when temperatures are in the 90’s. This creamy lime mousse fits the bill quite nicely. It is cold, creamy, loaded with lime flavor, and is super easy to make! I wrote down the recipe on an index card in an old recipe box many years ago, and don’t remember where it came from originally. But… it’s a KEEPER, so I wanted to share it.

Come to think of it, this dessert would be perfect ANY TIME of year, especially if you need to whip something up quickly with hardly any effort. Slightly tart and slightly sweet… it’s so good. Here’s how easy it is to make this delightful mousse (printable recipe card at the bottom of this post).

How To Make Creamy Lime Mousse

Combine heavy whipping cream, granulated sugar, lime juice and zest, and vanilla extract in a large mixing bowl. Mix gently for just a moment to combine ingredients.

NOTE: I use a microplane to finely grate the peel of the lime. If you do not own a microplane, simply use the smallest holes on a box or hand grater to finely grate the lime peel. It’s important to zest only the green part of the lime peel, and not the white part, as it can add bitterness to this dish.

Whipping cream, sugar, vanilla, lime juice & zest in a mixing bowl.

OPTIONAL BUT NICE: If you want you can add one drop of green food coloring (optional) to the creamy lime mousse if you want a very light shade of green. You do NOT need it for this dessert to be perfect, but sometimes I like it to have a slight green hue (for presentation).

A drop of green food coloring is added to the mousse ingredients.

How Long to Beat The Mousse

Beat the mixture on high speed using an electric mixer. You will need to beat it until SOFT PEAKS form. This usually will take about 4 minutes.

You can test for the soft peaks by stopping the beaters, and using the bottom of the beater, pull up on the mousse to see if a soft peak will hold its shape. Once the creamy lime mousse forms soft peaks, it is done!

The creamy lime mousse is beaten for about 4 minutes, until soft peaks form.

Transfer the creamy lime mousse to four small dessert dishes, dividing it evenly. At this point it is okay to go ahead and eat the mousse, BUT… it’s even BETTER if you chill it for an hour or more. This mousse tastes best when served very cold.

It’s super easy (and convenient) to whip up this dessert in the morning, and then cover each dish and let them chill all day. Then when you’re ready for them, they are cold and ready to enjoy!

The mousse is transferred to 4 small dessert dishes, and then refrigerated.

Time To Serve Creamy Lime Mousse

When I serve this dessert, I think it looks wonderful to top each mousse cup with a spray or dollop of whipped cream. I also add a sprinkle of lime zest, and a fresh lime slice to each dish for presentation. It helps to “doll up” this simple, but yummy dessert. We eat with our eyes first, right? And that’s it… grab a spoon and dig in! Hope you enjoy this wonderful treat.

Creamy lime mousse is garnished with lime zest, whipping cream, and a slice of lime.A spoonful of the creamy lime mousse is ready to eat!

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you have the opportunity to try this simple, but delicious dessert. It will keep well for 2-3 days, if covered well and refrigerated (without garnishes). If you enjoy mousse, you might also want to check out my recipe for easy chocolate mousse. YUM. Take care, and have a great day.

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Original recipe source: unknown (found in an old recipe box, handwritten on a 3×5 index card)

Creamy Lime Mousse
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
0 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

Looking for a light, delicious, flavor-filled EASY dessert? Try this cold, creamy lime mousse, which is made in 5 minutes using only 4 ingredients!

Category: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: creamy lime mousse
Servings: 4
Calories Per Serving: 259 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice , fresh squeezed
  • 1 Tablespoon finely grated lime peel , zest of 1 lime (approx.)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 drop green food coloring (OPTIONAL)
Instructions
  1. Combine heavy whipping cream, granulated sugar, lime juice and zest, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl. Mix gently to combine ingredients. OPTIONAL: Add one drop of green food coloring to the mousse if you want a very light shade of green.

  2. Beat the mixture on high speed using an electric mixer. You will need to beat it until SOFT PEAKS form. This usually will take about 4 minutes. Transfer mousse to four small dishes, dividing it evenly. At this point it is okay to eat the mousse, BUT... it's even better if you chill it for an hour. The mousse is at its best served very cold.

  3. To serve (optional): top each serving with a spray or dollop of whipped cream. Add a sprinkle of lime zest, and a fresh lime slice to each dish for a colorful presentation. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

OPTIONAL GARNISHES: aerosol whipped cream, lime wedges, additional lime zest, and/or mint leaves

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Lime Mousse
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Fat 22g34%
Saturated Fat 14g88%
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 23mg1%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 875IU18%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 39mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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