When I need a snack, dried mangoes are my go-to.
With a great flavor profile and slight chewiness, they’re everything that I want in a dried fruit.
This doesn’t mean I only love mangoes when they’re on their own. Fresh and dried mangoes can be included in a variety of dishes.
If you’ve never cooked with this fruit before, having dried mangoes handy is a great way to spice up muffins, cakes, and even salads.
They add a unique flavor profile and will make your dishes stand out.
If you’ve never tried cooking with dried mangoes before, here’s your chance.
I’ve collected 10 of my favorite recipes. Hope you enjoy!
These dried mango muffins are great to enjoy for breakfast, brunch, or even afternoon tea. They’re light and fluffy without being dry at all.
The dried mango chunks add a splash of color to the muffins and some flavor that it definitely needs.
The muffins also store well for a few days so you can make them ahead of time and enjoy them with friends and family.
Dried mango offers a great chewing sensation on its own, but guess what happens when you put it in a chewy cookie?
The sensation is amazing. We’re all tired of the same oatmeal raisin cookies but what if you add a little flair to this dessert? These tropical cookies are chewy and satisfying with mango, nuts, and just a little lime zest.
They get better over time too so make sure that you make a big batch.
Fruit smoothies are a great way to start your day but you don’t have to worry about keeping fresh fruits on hand.
This smoothie recipe works well with dried mangoes if you don’t have fresh on hand. It’s easy to make but you’ll want to soak the dried mango in a small amount of hot water.
This will soften up the mango and make it easy to blend.
If you’re not sure of where to get started, this recipe gives you a basic one to use and then you can customize it if you’re feeling adventurous.
Mango chutney is a great addition to sauces, sandwiches and more. While some may think that the only way to make chutney is with fresh mango, the dried version actually yields better results.
What makes this chutney stand out though is its unique spice blend. It combines spicy and sweet in a sauce that you’ll want to put on everything.
As you probably know, the best salads are the one that have some color and flavor. Kale salads are some of my favorite and this one is a great side dish for a number of meals.
It combines dried mangoes with pistachios and cranberries. While you can enjoy it any time of the year, it’s a favorite in the fall season when the colors make you think of fall.
If you enjoy the traditional pound cake, then you’ll want to try this updated version. This cake is incredibly moist and is easy to make with simple ingredients.
The dried mango in the cake pairs well with lime zest to give you a great option for tea or dessert.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can also add cranberries or other ingredients to spice it up.
I prefer the traditional version but there’s no one right way to make this cake.
The key to making these energy bites is to make them simple. What I love about this recipe is that it contains only six ingredients.
The natural ingredients make it a great way to give myself a boost throughout the day.
I usually pack 2-3 with me for an afternoon snack and that gets me through the day with energy to spare.
If you’ve never had mango bars, then you’re missing out. I was used to lemon bars which are a great way to enjoy a fruity dessert.
Dried mango bars are fairly similar. With this recipe, the dried mango is cooked in water until soft and then chopped and made into a topping for a shortcake-like base.
It’s hard to go wrong with mango bars and I make sure to keep the recipe handy whenever I find myself with a sweet craving. The bars also travel and present well so they’re great for group meals or similar.
These chili mango snack bars are a great way to enjoy a satisfying snack whenever you need a pick-me-up. I’ll sometimes even grab them for a quick breakfast on the go.
With only 10 ingredients to make, you may already have the majority of the ingredients in your pantry. The base for these snack bars is fiber-filled oats.
They also contain red pepper flakes so you get a little spice along with your snack. The mango adds a satisfying chewing sensation to the bars.
Each recipe makes about 10 bars!
Mango chips are a great way to enjoy mango in a crispier version. If you want a little more crunch for your mangoes, then these chips are the way to go.
In order to make the chips, your best bet is using a dehydrator. The mangoes will dry into a chewy version if they’re cut too thick so thin slices are the best option.
Any mango slices that clump together won’t dry well, which I learned the hard way.
And here’s the video tutorial:
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Also, I LOVE a good mango candy! Check out this sweet recipe:
You certainly don’t have to make them all but why not try a few of them? Most are fairly simple and can be made in just an hour or two!
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I’m a foodie that’s slightly obsessed with drying fruits, veggies, beans, and more – especially from my own garden! It started as a hobby but became a “must” when my family fell on hard times, and my dried food stash sustained us. Now I’m always experimenting with different techniques and recipes and sharing them here!