Mango Recipes

I was at Trader Joe’s the other day and saw this.  It was like heaven speaking to me by way of this jar.

Mango, sugar, water, pectin, lime juice concentrate.  I can handle that.  Happily.

And oh boy, it’s so good. It’s like eating mango jelly, sort of. It’s creamier than jelly.  And it’s sweet but not ridiculously sweet like jelly can be.  It’s perfect. It tastes much more decadent than you can imagine.

If you’re ever had apple butter or pumpkin butter, similar concept but with mango.  The last time I used pumpkin butter I made Vegan Bananas Foster

If you happen to like sugar, more sugar, rum, and bananas, you should make this.  You don’t even need to use pumpkin butter.  It was just an optional add-in.

But back to mangoes.  I have a serious love for all things mango so figured I would compile some of my favorite mango recipes and highlight them…

Mango Basil Personal-Sized Tortilla Pizzas

Mango Balsamic Rice, Beans, & Mixed Vegetables

Mango Ginger Maple Tofu

If you have never tried that chutney, you’re missing out.  No garlic, onions, added sodium (I don’t like any of those) but still packs a bit of heat + sweet mango flavor.  If you can’t find that chutney but still want to make the tofu, just use apricot jam or something similar with a bit of red pepper flakes.

Mango Banana Vanilla Softserve (vegan)

Mango and Sour Cream Muffins with Streusel Topping

Mango and White Chocolate Chip Cookies

No Bake White Chocolate & Mango Cookie Dough Bites

These bites are my latest obsession and one of my personal favorite desserts of any desserts I’ve ever made and posted about.  And I’ve made a lot of desserts.

I have all kinds of other specialty recipes in my Themed & Specialty Recipes section such as Stevia Recipes, Peanut Butter Recipes, Game Day Recipes, Easy Snack Ideas & Recipes, and more.  In case you have an ingredient like pumpkin, peanut butter, flax, etc. and you’re curious to find ways to incorporate that ingredient into recipes, I have lots of themed recipe posts.

From my last post about Making Lightbounces & Using Light, I am glad you enjoyed my cheapie, quickie, DIY project and that you enjoy those kinds of tips and my photography tips.

It was also interesting to read about your lighting challenges in your own house and what you do to rectify the issues.


1. Do you like mango?

I do think this is a love it or hate it food.  I for one, hate cantaloupe.  I know some people feel this way about mango.

Also, mangoes can be hard to get just right.

Under-ripe fresh mangoes are like eating a piece of dry wood.

Over-ripe and they are a stingy, juice-everywhere-but-no-real-fruit-flesh mess.

Frozen can be freezer burned and sour.  (I’ve found TJ’s to be the best of any, consistently.  But even theirs are not perfect)

Dried can be over dried and like a piece of leather.

But when you find that perfect mango, for me, it’s like a piece of heaven!

2. Do you know how to slice a mango?  Any tips or tricks?

This is another one that’s tricky!  I peel it with a knife.  Then, I make long slices, taking care to avoid the pit but sometimes I feel like there is more pit than flesh and I end up with a juicy mess all over my cutting board.

I need to get a mango slicer.

OXO Good Grips Mango Splitter

I have plenty of gadgets.  And plenty that just collect dust. But that’s one I really should pick up because I think I would use it and it would be helpful.



  1. oh my goodness I don’t know how it is that I am a huge Trader Joe’s fan and don’t know about these fabulous products! Mango Butter and Chutney?? I know what’s on this week’s list! :)

    I loooovvvve mango :) I actually spent a summer volunteering as a health educator in west africa and our village had hundreds of mango trees. Every afternoon we would peel a bunch and stuff ourselves silly with them :)

    My poor mom is allergic to them!

  2. I used to love mango. Then when I was 12 I developed a really serious allergy to it. 10 years later and I’ve yet to have any except accidentally. Like this January when the Jamba Juice I was at didn’t clean their mixers properly and I had a pretty severe allergic reaction the next day from a strawberry smoothie. Every time I see your recipes with mango I feel sad that I can’t make it!

  3. I love the flavor of mango; sorbet, etc., but have not gotten used to the fresh versions yet. I’m working on it! Well, actually, I’m not. I haven’t had a fresh piece in a long time! I’m going to buy one the next time I see one that looks decent.

    The mango butter sounds amazing! I love when products have 0mg sodium! It makes me all giddy. :) And I love using fruity spreads in savory dishes. Apricot is my favorite, but I might have to pick up a jar of the mango butter if I ever go to TJ’s, lol. (It’s 75 miles away!)

    True story: We had 2 yellow Labs when I was little. One was named Kiwi and the other was named Mango! :) We named a lot of pets after food, LOL. We had a Walnut, Peanut, Chestnut, and Cocoa, too! God, I had a lot of dogs!

  4. mango is incredibly delicious! i love the flavour and texture of it :) although i’ve never worked out the proper way of slicing it, i just try and cut really close to the stone with a good knife, and that seems to do the trick.

    my latest exciting news is that we’ve just picked our own homegrown rhubarb!!

  5. Have you had the green dried mango slices from Trader Joes? OMG They are way too addicting. I ate an entire bag the other day. It’s sweet and tart like a good sour candy. I literally walk by the dried fruit aisle and my heart starts beating fasting. Check them out.

  6. that mango gadget is hiilarious! would be a good xmas giftie for my mom – she adores mangos. i am not a fan – but i DO love cantaloupe!
    apple butter is made locally where i live; i’ve never heard of or seen mango butter – probably because mangos are NOT grown here!
    hope you get a chance to take some photos, get out in the sunshine today, averie!

  7. I saw this on Monday and TJ’s and almost grabbed it!! I LOVE mango! Definitely need to get it next time now.

  8. Oooooh, perfect transition for spring and summer!!!

  9. I LOVE mango! I’m going to have to look for that at Trader Joe’s the next time I shop there. I’ve tried pumpkin and apple butter before, but never mango! I peel my mango with a knife, make two slices on either side of the pit, divide the sides into squares, and then cut the rest of the fruit out from around the pit. I actually really like that way of doing it!

  10. I adore mangos! They had them on sale at Whole Foods the past couple weeks for a dollar each and I am embarrassed to say how many I bought! I love eating them in oatmeal on on salads.

    As for slicing, I make 4 cuts around the pit and then score each slice into smaller pieces, turn inside out and slice off. It works very well!

  11. They were all sold out of it at mine! I was so mad.
    I absolutely love mangos!

  12. We’ve got some nice weather headed our way in Virginia, too. I can’t wait! But I think today is going to be another chilly, wet day.

    That mango butter looks awesome. Trader Joe’s has some of the neatest stuff. I am bookmarking three new recipes now, thank you. I really want to try the tofu, but not sure I can find that chutney at TJ’s right now. Do you know if they always carry it?

  13. Mango butter? Oh my goodness! I must get my hands on this! I wish I had heard about it before Josh’s Mom made my TJs run for me- darn it! The endless possibilities! I love love love mango. Josh is not a huge fan. Exciting? We finished putting our baby furniture together last night- thank goodness! And we’re getting our couches cleaned- which I’m excited about

  14. I love mangoes! I’m horrible at cutting them though. I need a better technique!

  15. That jar even looks like it has a halo over it. HA! I really like mango, (pineapple is my favorite though). I have a hard time cutting them and always feel like half of it goes to waste. I think I need to pick up that handy dandy slicer too.

  16. I love mangos but have to admit to not buying them much just b/c they can be so tricky…to find the perfectly ripe one AND to peel & cut!

  17. I don’t think I’ve ever bought and eaten a fresh mango. I think I’ve only used frozen or dried!

    I need to find that Mango Butter at TJs! That sounds delicious!

  18. I LOVE mangos!! That mango butter looks insane! I wish Canada would catch up to the US and get some of these fun foods! haha… we need a traders joes desperately!

    • Most of the time I can find similar products at Canada’s Superstore. Do you have one nearby?
      Found the Sweat Heat mustard there a while back.

  19. Averie!

    you HAVE TO get that mango slicer!! we picked one up in the last few months and OMG wow, it makes slicing mangoes so easy. the purchase was easy to justify: we eat 3+ mangoes a week!

    mango butter! mmmm! i’m adding that to my list of recipes to recreate. i love that the kind that you picked up has simple ingredients.



  20. love mango, and i’m obsessed with the dried mango from TJ’s too. i saw that mango butter there last night!

  21. Mango Butter! WHAT!? How did I miss that? It sounds delicious. The closest TJ’s is about an hour away from me so I usually only make one trip a month, but I make that trip count lol. I will have to add this to my list.

    The freeze-dried mangos from TJ’s are like candy. A little silly though for 1.99 a bag, but a nice treat every so often.

  22. LOVE MANGOES. I always have dried mangoes (unsweetened) at home for quick snacks.
    I recently went to Hawaii and literally had mango with every meal. Great post!

  23. I sooo love mangoes. Dried mango is definitely one of the best! all the pictures looks enticing.. yummy

  24. I have actually just recently found out I loooove mangoes! I must say that I love that you love Trader Joe’s as well. The employees there know me by name! I call it my “sanctuary,” because every time I go, I enjoy so much and it always puts me at ease! I’m kind of weirdly obsessed w/that joint :) Anyways, I get their frozen mango chunks as well … I eat them every night as my bedtime snack over some TJ’s Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. It’s so good! I’m too cowardly to buy a REAL mango & slice it up myself just yet … maybe in the near future! :)

  25. I just saw this yesterday but I was afraid to get it out of fear that I wouldn’t like it and it would be wasted! Darn. I need to go get it now. And I love mango! But I agree. You have to get that perfect one :)

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  27. Those frozen mango chunks are a lifesaver. I refuse to buy whole mangos because they are such a pain and super messy. However, it could be me.

  28. Anything with mango is amazing. I found a mango & ginger marmalade during the winter. It was so good I ate it with a spoon. No bread / cracker needed ;)

    Took me a while to figure out how to slice a mango properly, and then how to get the meat out easily. I slice the cheeks off around the pit, then put a drinking glass at the bottom of one cheek and push – separates the meat from the skin easily. Then you can cut it or slice it as required.

    Excitement: it was supposed to rain today, but the sun is out. Woo-hoo!

  29. Duuuuuude. I LOVE mangoes, and I am so making mango butter. Like tomorrow. Or maybe even today. I have about a tablespoon left of my version of the carnberry apple butter, and I was just thinking I needed to do another new TJs recreation.

    Also, I almost did a recipe compilation post today. Seriously, you need to get out of my head. Or me yours. ;)

  30. Yum! I love mangos! But I do think it’s a hit or miss type thing. My mother in law can’t stand them. I think it’s a texture thing too because some mangos can be slimy. Oh well, her loss. I love them all, even if they’re over-ripe and slimy. To cut them I do two things. I either cut the cheeks off without peeling it, then score the inside and flip the pieces inside out and pull the chunks off. Or I peel it and then cut straight into the pit. I don’t know how else to describe it except I cut slices out of the mango. Kind of like if you were cutting slices out of a peach without cutting it in half first. It’s hard to describe, haha. I like the second method best. Either way it’s messy though :)
    I’m just excited that it’s sunny!! And I feel like spring cleaning haha. Bring on the baby clothes. I have a TON to give my sister in law for her first baby and I feel like I should get on it – today :)

  31. you know, I beg to differ with the love-em or hate-em idea for mangoes because I, for one, love the flavor of mangoes (in smoothies, mango butter, etc) but can’t stand the texture of the fresh fruit, so yeah, I love and hate them :)
    I’m also currently marinating some tofu in a mixture of that TJs mango butter, ginger, vinegar and oil, and as I was making it it made me think of this blog, then I wake up this morning and see this post!

  32. I am a HUGE mango lover! B & I stopped by TJ’s after our Sat morning lattes and picked up a jar. When we saw it, we both went to reach for it with out saying anything first. lol. Great minds I tell ya!

    It took me a while to perfect cutting up mango and as I sit here typing, I’m thinking it’s going to be a bit hard to describe (esp since I haven’t had coffee yet). Much easier to show… but anyway. Ok, so I just typed the whole thing out and read it. Not too clear. lol. So instead, I think I’m going to do a how to post with pictures bc that’ll be SO much easier ;)

    I finally got on tastespotting :D :D YAY! Opened up my gmail this morning and was so pleased to see that email sitting there. WOO HOO! lol. I also went to the sports med. doc (finally) & I don’t (think I) have a torn muscle (but will know for sure Thur after I meet with my physical therapist). Crossing my fingers its not, so that is exciting too. The bad news is I actually have two issues (not one like I thought), but hey… at least I’m getting them handled.

  33. I actually cut the mango with a knife in the same spots that is shown on your pic of the manco slicer, from there I either do slices or a criss cross cut then just slide the knife along the skin to remove the flesh from the skin. Pretty easy and super yummy but I hate when there’s more pit than mango! Grrr! Oh and the mangoes from Puerto Rico are TO DIE FOR! They even sell unripened mango (the green ones) chopped with salt and lemon, yummy!!!

  34. MANGO BUTTER?! i cant wait to go to california.

  35. I just recently tried mango and papaya and found that I really dislike both. Which is so weird because I LOVE mango/papaya flavored things. So I figured I would love the actual fruit. I’m not really sure what exactly was wrong with them, they just tasted so awful.

  36. I just got a mango slicer! I never even knew these existed, but received one as a present. The thing is amazing. Instead of me sitting there with a knife, carving away, it opened the fruit right up. I’m addicted to mango, so this tool will be put to good use! I may try to make my own mango butter – thanks for the great idea. I made strawberry jam yesterday and it’s so easy.

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  38. Everything here always looks so yummy :D

  39. Hey girl, how are you???? I’ve missed you!

    I LOVE mango. But you’re right, it’s hard to get right. When we went to South Africa we drank the best mango juice every day. Haven’t tasted anything like it since.

    Lots of love xxx

  40. I bought that one, the honey apple butter and the cranberry apple butter at TJ’s this weekend :)

  41. Mango butter?!?! I DIE! I’ve GOT to get my hands on somma that!!! :D Damn no-TJ’s-having Texas!!

    “Under-ripe fresh mangoes are like eating a piece of dry wood.” Couldn’t have described it better myself!

    I cut them by scoring them around the pit part as best as possible, then scoring each piece like an avocado, inverting the flesh by popping it out (if that makes any sense at all), and tearing off the cut pieces…. and often I just buy it pre-cut from Costco because I’m lazy! ;)

  42. I LOVE LOVE mangoes so much. I haven’t seen mango butter in my TJs but I’ll be looking out for it now!!!

  43. My Trader Joe’s was just giving out samples of the Mango butter the other day. Yummy. I admit I had to sneak back around for another sample later.

  44. i LOVE mango. My favorite way to eat it is over the kitchen sink. My mom gave me a slicer a couple of Christmas’ ago, but I don’t use it. I like getting all messy and cutting it up, then sucking on the pit. That’s part of the experience! I think if I had mango butter at home, I’d eat it all up in one false swoop! Deeeelicious!

  45. Oh my sweet Jesus. I love mango – it reminds me of the tropics, vacation and summer…something we ALL could use right now, eh?

    HAHA your description of underripe mango is SPOT ON, Averie ;)

    Love ya!!!

  46. I love a *good* mango … definitely agree it is hard to find one. But I ate one this weekend that had been on my counter for a week and it was PERFECT. I googled how to cut them after I got my first one not that long ago. I can skillfully cube them with a knife.

    Temps in the upper 80s! *sigh* … I am sitting here under a Winter Weather Advisory with up to 10 inches of snow expected tonight.

  47. I can’t cut Mango’s either and they look awful when I try, but they are so good that it doesn’t matter because I hoover them in seconds anyway. I am so glad you mentioned Trader Joe’s I never knew they had mango butter!

  48. Mango butter?!!? I think my heart just stopped. Is this a new thing? My obsession with TJ’s dried mangoes is out of control. I think I might have to go find…ahem, stalk…this mango butter.

  49. Oh my gravy…I have not seen this at Trader Joe’s. I love mangoes, too! The pumpkin butter is out of this world! I use a vegetable peeler to cut the skin for mango, and then I proceed to cut and dice it up. My fave way to use a mango…mango margaritas! Heaven in a glass!!!

  50. I love mangoes…but I hate cutting them so I usually buy pre-sliced. Probably the only ridiculous convenience item I buy.

    Gah, I’ll be overwhelmed by all of the new TJ stuff when I get back!

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