Deliciously soft on the inside and lightly crispy on the outside, these grain-free mango cookies are the perfect healthy treat. Pair them with your favorite cup of coffee or tea for breakfast, or enjoy them as an afternoon or evening snack. They are also gluten and refined sugar-free!
I love healthy treats that are super easy to make and satisfy my sweet cravings now and then. These blondies have a deliciously sweet mango flavor and a nice soft bite to them with that subtle crunchy exterior! Yes, these cookies are entirely grain-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. But they taste incredible!
A few notes on the ingredients:
- One plantain: I love using ripe plantains in my baked goods or pancakes to make them completely grain-free. It is an excellent way of giving these cookies a firm texture without the use of any flour. In this case, you only need one sizeable ripe plantain. The flavor of the mangoes is going to overpower the taste of this fruit, so I am just using it for the texture. Don't also forget to check out my Grain-Free and Protein-Rich Plantain Pancakes! They are divine!
- Nut and seed butter: I like to use a combination of crunchy almond butter and salted sunflower seed spread. I recommend the salted version (although optional) because it adds a wonderfully balanced taste to these cookies. You could swap one of them with peanut butter, but because peanuts have such a dominant flavor, it subdues somewhat the beautiful fruity mango taste. Another option is to replace the sunflower seed spread with Tahini Butter. Just know that this type of butter is slightly bitter, so I would recommend adding more natural sweeteners to the mixture before baking the cookies. I have made them many times using and testing all these combinations. They all turn out right, but my favorite is the combination of almond and sunflower seed butter. If you are going for a nut-free option, then, of course, use only seed butter. That works just as well.
- Dried mango slices: a 6-ounce package equals about two packed cups. You can opt for half a cup more if you want to make the mango flavor more intense without altering the texture of the cookies.
- Stevia powder: I usually add only five small pinches. But I recommend to taste test the mixture and decide whether it is sweet enough for you! Using this natural sweetener is optional. The cookies already have a nice sweet flavor from the dried mangoes, or you could opt to add a couple of pitted dates instead.
There are so many ways to enjoy them:
- The obvious: as a snack, dessert, or breakfast. These healthy cookies are high in protein and full of fiber and a perfect grab and go morning treat. But a healthy one of course!
- They are also great as a school snack (if you used the seed butter only) or as an after-school snack. My daughter loves them, and two of these keep her full until dinner.
- I also often enjoy them by adding or dipping the cookies into my yogurt parfait or chia seed pudding. You should try this. It just becomes another topping. I love pro-biotic unsweetened yogurt, and these cookies naturally add texture and sweetness.
Storing these natural sweet Mango Cookies:
I will admit that they don't last long in my household. I usually save them in a cookie jar or box up to three days. After that, they lose their freshness. But this healthy cookie recipe only takes 5 minutes to make and 20 minutes to bake. So I prefer to make small batches of 10. If you have a large family or want to serve them for entertaining, double the ingredients to make 20 cookies!
Now make these mango treats!!! You are going to love them!
And when you make this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, and don’t forget to tag a photo #mychefsapron on Instagram. I’d love to see your creations! Enjoy!
Grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined sugar-free mango cookies that are a perfect healthy treat.
- 2 eggs
- 1 (6-ounce) package dried mango slices, unsweetened
- 1 large (medium) ripe plantain
- 2 tablespoons (heaping) salted sunflower spread
- 3 tablespoons (heaping) crunchy almond butter
- 5 pinches Stevia powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Place everything in a blender and blend on high until smooth.
- Line a large baking pan with parchment paper. Place one heaping tablespoon of the cookie dough on the lined baking pan. Repeat until all mixture is used up. Keep some space in between the cookies. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Take out of the oven and let it slightly cool! Enjoy!