Raw Mango Cupcakes
I don’t think anyone took my very seriously when at the age of about 12 I started to parade around declaring I would never own a house unless I could grow a mango tree. I declared further on the day of my wedding I would plant a mango tree. I was (clearly) overly inspired by the books I had been reading. Mangos were a fruit of near fiction for us growing up. They showed up once a year in July and then they were only in one grocery store, the very best one in town. We only went to that store for a few specialty ingredients my mom’s elixirs required so it wasn’t even every year I saw mangos. Yet, having lived vicariously through the taste buds and memories of beloved character I knew already mangos had to be in my future.
Reality has a way of catching up with childish fantasies. Unfortunately, I didn’t plant a mango tree on my wedding day. But don’t think I didn’t want to, I absolutely did! What the books and daydreams didn’t tell me about were the practicalities of having a mango tree. They are massive! However, reality brought me to a place where indeed, I can grow mango trees. They are all around me with early season mangos starting in March and continuing until the last good ones in September.
Today I am right in the middle of the season, it’s my grandmother’s birthday, and I am celebrating my long term visa being finalized. Nothing feels more like home at this moment than mangos.
I dedicated this recipe to my grandma, soon you will see more of the kitchen magic she taught me how to make but for today I give her something new to try.
Raw Mango Cupcakes
1oo g nuts (I usually do a mix of pecan and almond, or peanut)
150 g dried fruit (could be raisins or dates or even cherries)
25 g shredded coconut
1 t coconut oil
pulse the crust ingredients in a food processor until they stick together when pinched. Push into silicone cupcake molds, or a square tray.
Cut the mango and scrape out the flesh with a spoon.
Puree until very smooth in a blender.
Pour over the crust.
Freeze completely before serving.