Mangoes…or is it Mangos? Either way, I think one of my favorite parts of early summer is all the mango everywhere down here in south florida. My number 1 favorite thing about summer though has gotta be the lighter traffic. I’m sorry mangoes but 30 minutes less of my commute each day is something that you just can’t buy.
Anyways, you are probably here to read about food and not Miami traffic, so back to the mangoes. I love experimenting with different ways to use them, and since they are plentiful this time of year, if I mess up and make something weird I can totally start over and try again. Topping fish with a fresh mango avocado salsa or adding some mango to rice like in the Coconut Mango Rice from my last post really just adds a summery freshness to things.
So I have been wanting to make mango muffins for awhile. I didn’t want them to be super sweet though, so I could eat them for breakfast without getting a tummy ache… and they needed to be gluten free so I can eat them, cause watching other people eat food that you made but can’t enjoy is just silly. I have had a lot of success with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour, and like that it has some bean flours in it for extra fiber and nutrients, so I went with that and just 1/4 cup of honey and they turned out great!
After I was done perfecting my gluten free mango muffins, I also wanted to try making the batter into a mango bread. But when I went to make the bread I realized that someone (Baby V) had been extra hungry and was eating two eggs at breakfast that week instead of her normal one and I did not have any eggs left. Luckily I remembered I had bought some ground flaxseeds to help get someone to poop (Baby V, again) and so I was able to substitute them in for the eggs. I then decided I mine as well go full vegan and I subbed out the honey for maple syrup to make a vegan gluten free mango bread!. So here is my recipe for the gluten free mango muffins, if prefer to make them vegan, or into a bread, substitutions/modifications are listed right below the recipe!
Gluten Free Mango Muffins
2 Cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
2 Fresh Mangoes – Cubed (~2 Cups)
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/4 Cup Canola Oil
1/4 Cup Honey
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Spray 12 cup muffin pan with cooking spray
3. Mix together dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt) in a large mixing bowl
4. Puree mangoes in a blender
5. Add mangoes to dry ingredients in mixing bowl along with vanilla, eggs, oil, and honey
6. Mix well and pour into muffin tin
7. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until muffins appear lightly golden brown on top
8. Allow to cool slightly and serve
9. Leftover muffins can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator or pop it in the freezer for a rainy day
*To make vegan simply sub out the honey for maple syrup and use “flax eggs” in place of eggs. To make 2 “flax eggs” mix 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds in 6 tablespoons of water. Allow to sit for at least 5 minutes to gelatinize before stirring into dry ingredients.
**To make into bread simply pour batter into a loaf pan sprayed with cooking spray. Adjust cooking time to approximately 40 minutes.
Still have more mangos you need to use? Try my Gluten Free Mango Squares… they freeze really well too so you can keep a stash in your freezer for when you need a little summer during the winter.
Over this past weekend, I found myself cutting up 5 mangoes that my in-laws dropped off. Additionally, I will be getting 6 more in my produce box that is set to be delivered on Saturday. Good thing we like mangoes. Eating them fresh, baking or cooking with them…we will eat them all. One of my absolute favorite ways to enjoy mango is to make a mango avocado salsa to top fish. And if I am baking with mangoes, my new favorite recipe is gluten free mango squares, which I am about to share with you.
My gluten free mango square recipe is made with a delicious almond crust, topped with a sweet mango filling, baked, and then sprinkled with shredded coconut. It’s basically a tropical version of lemon squares.
And if you are wondering if mangoes are healthy, my answer is a resounding “YES!” I often hear that certain fruits are not “good for you” due to their sugar content. First off, sugar is not “bad” or anything to be feared. Sugar powers our brain, and gives us energy to move. Some people may process sugar a little differently due to medical conditions, and may have to watch how certain foods affect their blood sugar levels, but that can be managed with the help of a doctor, dietitian, and close monitoring.
Oh and I forgot to mention, my gluten free mango squares also freeze well, just in case you want to make an extra batch to save for later. Simply take them out of the freezer 15-20 minutes before you plan on eating them so they can thaw out a bit.
Gluten Free Mango Squares
1 1/2 Cups Almond Flour
1/4 Cup All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
1/4 Cup Sugar
6 Tablespoons Cold Butter
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Cup Pureed Mangoes (1-2 Mangoes)
1/2 Cup Sugar
2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
1/2 Cup All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
Pinch of Salt
Unsweetened Shredded Coconut to Sprinkle on Top (Optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line an 8×8 square glass baking dish with parchment paper. Add almond flour, 1/4 cup gluten free baking flour, sugar, and salt to a bowl to make the crust. Mix together. Mash in cubed butter with a fork until mixture is crumbly. Mix together well to form a dough. Press crust dough into bottom of parchment lined pan, can go a little up the sides. Bake in oven for 15 minutes.
Mix remaining ingredients, except for the coconut, until smooth to form the filling. Pour over crust as soon as it comes out of the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the filling is set and no longer jiggles. Pop out of the baking dish by pulling up the parchment paper and allow to cool on wire rack for about an hour. Refrigerate another 1-2 hours and sprinkle with shredded coconut if desired. Cut and serve. Return any extras to the refrigerator or freeze.
Do you ever find yourself with a surplus of a specific food? And then trying so many different ways to use it cause you don’t want it to go to waste? Recently, I have somehow managed to keep acquiring zucchini. I don’t really mind cause zucchini is so versatile and there are many different things you can make with it. Sometimes, I will throw it in tomato sauce for my pasta to add some extra flavor and texture. Other times a simple saute in olive oil with some salt and pepper does the trick. It is also great in eggs, or shredded and thrown into pancakes. Mixing shredded zucchini into pancake batter is actually one of my 2 year olds favorite cooking tasks. And it is a great way to get her to eat some extra veggies too!
Making gluten free zucchini bread is another great way to use up zucchini. And you can totally make more than one at the same time (if you have multiple pans) and freeze for later. When looking for a good recipe online, to use my surplus of zucchinis, I noticed a lot of zucchini bread recipes used a ton of sugar. While I like my gluten free zucchini bread to be a little sweet, I don’t want it to be a super sweet dessert. So I ended up taking my Gluten Free Banana Bread recipe and changed it up to make my gluten free zucchini bread. The first try wasn’t what I wanted (too sweet and over baked) but the second try hit the spot.
Gluten Free Zucchini Bread
1 1/2 Cups Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour
1/3 Cup Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Allspice
1/4 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1 Cup Shredded Zucchini
1/2 Cup Applesauce
1/2 Cup Full Fat or 2% Greek Yogurt
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1/3 Cup Dark Chocolate Chips (plus a few extra for sprinkling on top
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray and set aside. Add flour, sugar, spices, salt, and baking soda to a large mixing bowl. Stir until uniform. Add wet ingredients (zucchini, applesauce, yogurt, egg, and vanilla extract) and mix together. Fold in 1/3 cup of chocolate chips. Pour batter into loaf pan and sprinkle some extra chocolate chips over the top if desired. Bake in oven for 45-50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.
Hi, my name is Caryn, and I am a registered dietitian nutritionist in Miami, Florida. I was born and raised in Ohio and have 2 girls under the age of 5. I am a busy working mom who used to have an hour long commute to work, so I know how hard keeping up with healthy habits can be. I am a lazy cook, so I hate overly complicated recipes and doing dishes. Just toss everything in one pot....right?