In the midst of winter, who isn’t dreaming of the tropics? Unless you are lucky enough to enjoy an escape to warmer weather, you may need a taste of the tropics. These bars, filled with mango and coconut, do just that in a nutritious way. With nuts and dates for the crust, this sweet treat packs in fiber to keep you feeling satisfied. Plus, mango is high in vitamin C, a micronutrient that is extra important this time of year to reduce your risk of catching a crummy cold from coworkers or kids. Now, close your eyes and savor a slice of summer!

Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 bars

INGREDIENTS

FILLING
  • 2 cups mango, chopped (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 Tbsp ginger, minced
  • Sprinkle of nutmeg
  • ⅓ cup water
  • Optional: 2 Tbsp local honey for a touch of sweetness
CRUST
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts
  • ⅓ cup almonds
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1 cup dates (18-22 depending on size)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
TOPPING
  • ½ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
DIRECTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8” x 11”, or 9” x 13”, pan with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all filling ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until thickened, about 15-20 minutes. Periodically stir the filling to prevent sticking.
  3. While the filling cooks, make the bottom crust layer using the food processor. First, grind the macadamia nuts and almonds until fine.
  4. Next, add the remaining crust ingredients: coconut, dates, vanilla, and sea salt to the food processor. Mix until well combined. Then, press the mixture into the pan to create the bottom layer of the bars.
  5. Return to the stovetop filling and using hand blender, blend the mixture into a fruit puree. If you do not have a hand blender, a food processor or blender will also work to create a smooth puree for the filling.
  6. Pour and spread the mango puree over the bottom layer until covered. Sprinkle the shredded coconut for the topping.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes and allow to cool 15-20 minutes before slicing into bars. End of the day and time is short? Skip the baking and refrigerate overnight to set. Enjoy!

NUTRITION FACTS

Per Serving:

  • 291 calories
  • 18g total fat, 8g saturated fat
  • 37g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 29g sugar
  • 3g protein