Mangoes are one of my favorite fruits. Besides being delicious they are a nutritional powerhouse that is especially good for your skin. They are full of anti-oxidants that help fight cancer, lower cholesterol, boost your immune system, and even help control diabetes since they have a low glycemic index. They are an excellent source of vitamins A, C, and E and a good source of fiber. Some of you may recall my mango smoothie post from last year. Making frozen yogurt is another way to enjoy the goodness of mangoes. This tastes so much better than anything you can buy. It’s naturally sweet and delicious so you don’t need many ingredients. Ataulfo (yellow) mangoes are in season right now so it’s the perfect time to enjoy this yummy treat.
What you will need:
3 1/2 cups frozen mangoes, coarsely chopped (about 6 mangoes)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2T agave nectar or honey (or to taste)
2T lemon or lime juice
Peel and cut mangoes into pieces. They are very easy to peel. Knead them a bit then and using a small knife the skin should just peel away. Don’t worry about making your pieces perfect, just try and get as much of the mango flesh as you can off of the seed. Ataulfo mangoes have more flesh and a smaller seed that red mangoes. It’s much easier to cut the flesh away.
Spread the mango slices onto a cookie sheet and put in the freezer. They will freeze together into one big lump if you put them into a bag or container without separating them first. When they are frozen transfer them to plastic zip bags. I always have frozen mangoes in the freezer when they are in season. If you can’t find fresh mangoes you can use store bought frozen, however in my experience, fresh mangoes taste so much better. You never know what you are getting with frozen. Buy good quality frozen though and be sure to quickly rinse off the crystallized ice before you put them into the food processor. I ruined my batch once because I forget to do this. The ice just has a bad taste. Another option would be using half fresh and half frozen.
The fresh mango slices will be very hard so let them set out for 5 minutes or so before you put them into the food processor. Add the lemon juice and blend until smooth. You may need to add liquid if its not mixing well. Drizzle in little juice or almond milk to get things moving.
Add yogurt and blend until smooth. It should have the same silky consistency of the yogurt from your favorite frozen yogurt shop. Taste and add your sweetener. You may not need to add any sweetener at all if you use fresh mangoes. When ripe they are naturally sweet.
Serve this right after mixing. If it is a little too soft spoon into a bowl and put in the freezer, stirring periodically until it firms up a bit. This gets very hard if left in the freezer too long, so if you do want to freeze this I recommend freezing it in serving size dishes. To thaw, set out for around 20 minutes or put in the microwave. Stir and enjoy.
My blender can’t handle this recipe. It just chokes and gets stuck at the bottom, so unless you have a pro blender I recommend using a food processor. You can however, make a frozen yogurt for one in your blender. Adjust the amounts to your liking.
Makes 4 servings
Tip: Mango is rich in fruit enzymes and beta carotene so it makes an amazing face mask.
Mix together and leave on face for 10-15 minutes:
4 tablespoons mango pulp
2 teaspoons honey
1 teaspoon oil such as grapeseed, almond or coconut