This mango bars recipe could be your new favorite summer dessert

Mangoes are abundant right now. If you're looking to buy local fruit, just take a drive along South Tropical Trail on Merritt Island.Tidwell Groves Mango stand
Mangoes are abundant right now. If you're looking to buy local fruit, just take a drive along South Tropical Trail on Merritt Island.Tidwell Groves Mango stand /

Looking for a new ingredient for a classic summer dessert? This mango bars recipe could be the ingredient twist that makes everyone want to eat dessert first, second and last. Ready to get in the kitchen, enjoy try some tasty recipes and start baking?

During the summer months, many recipes focus on stone fruits. While many people tend to gravitate towards peaches, nectarines or even pears, mangoes are another stone fruit that deserves its moment in the sun.

Mangoes, the tropical fruit, are bursting with tons of nutritional benefits. Packed with vitamins A and C as well as a good source of fiber and potassium, adding mangoes to a healthy eating program makes sense. Plus, the flavor always delivers a sweet bite that is irresistible.

Why should this mango bars recipe can replace lemon bars?

Many people grew up with lemon bars. While grandma might have her iconic recipe, there is something a little too familiar about that dessert. Sure, that first bite is tart, bright and undeniably good, but sometimes people crave a new flavor. By giving a twist to the familiar, that first bite just soars.

Recently, the Mango Board shared its Mango Bars recipe. Looking at the recipe, a few ideas are interesting. In a way, the filling could be adapted to make a mango pie, too. Although not exactly the same, it does show that mango could be a swap for other fruit fillings. That tropical stone fruit might be the flavor swap that people are craving.

Mango bars recipe
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Here’s the mango bars recipe.


For the Crust

  • 1 cup salted butter, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour

For the Filling

  • 1/2 cup diced mango
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Confectioner’s sugar for garnish


For the Filling

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a stand mixer, mix together butter, sugar and flour. Press into the bottom of a parchment lined 9×13 inch pan.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until firm and golden then remove to prepare filling.

For the Crust

  • Add a diced mango and lime juice to heavy duty blender or food processor and puree until completely smooth.
  • In a medium sized bowl, whisk together granulated sugar and flour to combine dry ingredients. Next, whisk in the eggs, lemon juice, ¼ cup of prepared mango puree, and vanilla extract. Pour over the baked crust.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes or until no longer liquidy or jiggly. The bars will firm up more as they cool.
  • Once cooled to room temperature, dust with confectioner’s sugar, cut and serve.

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What is your favorite stone fruit dessert recipe? Will mango bars replace lemon bars in your house?