These Mango Coconut Bites are sweet, portable and nut-free! Enjoy the taste of mango in these five ingredient bites!
*This post originally appeared in 2015 but has since been updated with new photos. It's still the same great recipe though!
Ohhh how I just love mango, especially in the summer when it's in season! But what about the rest of the year? We don't want to go months and months without eating mango, which is when dried mango comes in handy. These mango coconut bites are the perfect grab-and-go snack and they're nut free!
So what's the deal with energy balls? Well, they're an easy snack to have on hand when life gets busy. I like to keep things like fresh fruit and popcorn in the house at all times, but sometimes I'm craving a little something sweeter, which is when these mango bites come in handy. If you haven't hopped on the no bake bites train yet, now is the time! They're a great source of energy, for instance, and take no more than 15 minutes to prepare. They're also great when you're traveling. Again, I tend to pack things like bananas, apples and granola bars, and these energy bites fit into that category nicely I think.
MANGO COCONUT BALL INGREDIENTS
- dried mango
- pitted dates
- coconut oil
- vanilla extract
- shredded coconut
Do you see any nuts in that ingredient list? NOPE. These babies are nut-free, which is a bonus in my opinion
HOW TO MAKE MANGO COCONUT BITES
Of course for mango bites you're going to need mango. As I mentioned, fresh mango is great, but dried mango is available year-round and the texture allows these bites to be perfectly chewy. I recommend checking the ingredients on the dried mango packaging because some dried mango has added sugars. Ideally, you want the ingredients to just be "mango", as mango itself already has a good bit of sugar in it.
Dates are a key ingredient when it comes to preparing coconut balls. There are two things you want to be aware of: 1) make sure you buy pitted dates! Otherwise, you'll be left having to remove the pits from every date, which is going to make the prep time for these a lot longer. Secondly, you want to buy medjool dates if you can. Medjool dates tend to be softer, meaning they'll blend more easily in your food processor than, say, deglet noor dates will. Personally, I think it's easier to find the deglet noor variety, so don't worry if that's what you have. Those will work, they may just require an extra minute or blending.
I wanted to keep this recipe as simple as possible, but there are plenty of add-ins you can include to make these even more nutritious. Some add-ins include:
- chia seeds
- hemp seeds
- crushed nuts
- shredded coconut
- old fashioned oats
I probably don’t need to go on and on about why I love bites so much. Instead, I could sum it up in just a few words. They are:
- properly portioned
These coconut bites also store well. I recommend storing them in a container in the refrigerator, but they can last for up to a week (if you have enough self control).
Nut-free friends, let’s eat!
Mango Coconut Bites
- 12 oz. dried mango
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup shredded coconut for topping
- Pulse mango, dates, oil, and extract together in a food processor. Add water in 1 tablespoon at a time, as the mango may take awhile to crush up because of its texture**
- Once smooth, form mixture into bite-size balls.
- Roll in shredded coconut if desired.
- Store in air-tight container (preferably in the refrigerator).
***The amount of bites you have in the end will vary depending on their size. It could range anywhere from 12-20.