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Guys, I officially have mango fever.
It all started at Wal-Mart when I stumbled upon gorgeous, HUGE, ripe mangos for only 49 cents. I didn’t know what I was going to do with them, but I just had to buy them.
Then, my fate was sealed when I found dried mango that didn’t have ANY added sugar, a rare find.
Mango mania set it.
I came home and created a killer and oh-so-refreshing Mango Slaw that I shared with y’all on Tuesday, and then I pondered what I could do with the dried mango.
It’s so naturally sweet, so I wanted to be careful not to do anything to push it into the realm of cloyingly, over the top sweet.
Then I remembered seeing these little beauties pop up on my instagram feed-
Mango Pineapple RX Bars!!!
While I still haven’t found them in stores, I’ve been daydreaming about how bright those tropical tasties would be, like a little escape to Costa Rica wrapped up in a tiny package.
But alas, I live in Corsicana, Texas, where RX bars aren’t sold in stores.
So, I asked myself, why in the world can’t I make my own? Especially now that I have these no- sugar-added dried mango pieces.
And I did just that.
Super simple. Super clean. 100% Paleo, Vegan, and Whole 30 approved.
Dates, raw nuts, unsweetened coconut, unsweetened dried mango, gelatin protein, and a pinch of salt.
5 homemade RX bars for under $2 a piece.
Impossible? Nothing is impossible my friends with a little imagination, a little determination, and a Vitamix.
So let the mango madness continue!
For years now, I have been a HUGE fan of RX bars.
The chewy texture, the clean ingredients, the sea of flavors that seem to meet every craving and mood that rolls my way…from the autumnal delights of Apple Cinnamon, Pumpkin, and Maple Sea Salt to summery flavors like Coconut Chocolate Chip, Mixed Berry, and now the addition of Mango Pineapple, there’s a flavor for everybody.
What struck me the most about this company is their packaging- I love how they clearly list all of the wholesome ingredients right there on the package, making my job of recreating them all the easier!
The only change I made (out of sheer laziness mind you) was to swap egg white protein powder for gelatin powder since that’s the only unflavored protein powder I have on hand…and it totally worked!I'll tell ya more about that protein powder later...
Here’s how easy it is to have homemade RX bars at your home ASAP.
First up, throw 2 cups of raw nuts (I used a mixture of cashews, macadamia nuts and walnuts from Aldi) into your Vitamix or food processor. Grind them up until they resemble a fine powder, like they’re on their way to becoming a nut butter. Pour them out for just a moment.
Next, throw in your dried fruit: coconut, pitted dates, and dried mango. Pulse those friends until they a chopped up and on their way to a pasty consistency.
Pour the ground nuts back in, add a pinch of salt (I like Himalayan pink) and let it whirl. I pulsed the whole party on and off for about 30 seconds until a magical mango mixture was taking form before my eyes.
Finally, line a loaf pan or other smaller baking dish with parchment paper and pour your mango mixture in, pressing it into the pan. Press a layer of parchment paper on top or just fold over any excess and let the whole gang chill in the fridge for an hour or so to set.
Pull em out, cut them into bars or squares, and share with only the people you love the most. Or be selfish and hoard them all for yourself.
I don’t judge.
So, before the recipe, I like to give y'all a heads up about a few ingredients. First up, you can find out more about the dried mango I used by heading over to yesterday's What I Found at Wal-Mart post.
If you can't that brand of dried mango, have no fear!
I'll feature another that I like at the bottom of the post.
Next up is the protein powder. I've been using Great Lakes Gelatin for over a year now. I started supplementing with it for a few reasons...
1. It's a dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free protein source that flavorlessly mixes into both hot and cold recipes. Score!
2. It's loaded with amino acids to promote skin, hair, and nail health...specifically I've noticed
3. The company is reputable, being founded and spreading the gelatin and collagen love since 1922. No cheap, faddy fake science with this crew.
4. It's reasonably priced. I view it as both a protein powder and health supplement, so the $22.99 a can seems well worth it. Plus, one serving is 2 tablespoons (43 calories, 11 g of protein). Bang for your buck indeed!
On top of all that, if you buy two canisters, shipping is free!
If you're vegan, I'm sorry to let you down with this beef-based protein powder. Head over to this post if you want some of my other protein powder recommendations.
Just click on the photo below to head straight to Great Lakes Gelatin's website!
Here's a few more yummies that you can get on Amazon to make this recipe happen!
Healthy Happy Texan
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