Sunday, July 25, 2010

Mango-berry Snacks

We love mango in our house and a cupcake from Crumbs in Hoboken, NJ this afternoon inspired me to post this recipe for some fruity snacks. The cupcakes featured are a "once-in-a-while" treat, as they're not waistline friendly. Make 'em up if you're heading to a book club or hosting a mom's group ... they're definitely best to share :)

For babies (six months and older): Mango Puree
For toddlers (older than a year): Mango-berry Sauce (you can also share a cupcake, or half-cupcake with your toddler ... but watch out for the sugar high!)
For mommies (of any age): Mango-berry Cupcake (adapted from Joelen's Culinary Adventures)

Ingredients:
- 1 box of vanilla cake mix (we like Dr. Oetker's brand)
- 3 mangos
- 1 small package of raspberries
- 1/2 cup buttermilk (use in place of the water called for on the recipe's box)
- 1/3 cup canola oil (use in place of the oil called for on the box)
- 4 eggs (use in place of the eggs called for on the box)

Cream cheese frosting (recipe from allrecipes.com - I'm sure there are healthier versions out there and I usually skip frosting, because I'm not a huge fan, but this is a great recipe that I use when I feel like a little extra sweetness)

Directions:
- Heat oven to 350. Line muffin tin with 24 paper cups.
- While oven is heating, bring saucepan of water to a rolling boil. Peel the mangos, cut the fruit into chunks (I've found that about an inch in size is ideal).
- When water is boiling, add the mango, cover and steam for about a minute.
- Spoon about a 1/3 of the mango pieces into a food processor. Process until smooth and let cool. This is Baby's Mango Puree.
- Rinse the raspberries, add them to the food processor and blend, until most of the berries are blended into the mango. 
- Let the new mixture cool. This is Toddler's Mango-berry sauce.
- In a large bowl, combine the ingredients according to the cake mix box, using the substitutions listed above. Add the mango-berry mixture.
- Add the batter to the muffin cups.
- Bake for approximately 12-15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Immediately transfer to wire rack to cool. 
- When cool, add frosting, if desired.

Bon apetit!

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1 comment:

  1. Hi, Christa!
    I found your blog a few months ago (can't remember from where...a referral from one of your friends that blogs) and LOVE it. What a great idea you have here! I noticed you haven't blogged for a while but I hope you come back to it soon as I'm looking forward to getting more great recipe ideas.
    Laura :)

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