Dessert of the Month: Mango-Coconut Rounds

mango rounds

Which to love more about these sweets: the tropical flavor of the dried mango and coconut — or the ease and speed with which the recipe comes together? Either way, these are a great treat for the gray winter months when fresh fruit is hard to come by and you need a burst of sunshine.

Although the rounds are made strictly from dried fruit and nuts, they don’t resemble the sweet (and often cloying) date and nut-based energy bars and “healthy” treats that health food stores stock. They also store well for weeks and can be wrapped up and stashed in your bag for times when you need something small, sweet and flavorful to get you through the afternoon.

Mango-Coconut Rounds

Makes 40 (½-inch) rounds

I like the simple combination of mango and coconut, but you could add a pinch of ground cardamom or fresh lime zest to change it up a bit. If you have a vanilla bean on hand, the seeds would make a lovely addition too. Raw cashews can be used in place of almonds here — just soak them for 4 to 6 hours and drain well.

3 cups roughly chopped unsweetened, unsulfured dried mango (about 12 oz)

½ cup whole raw …read more