Although there’s plenty of hype surrounding the mangosteen fruit and the litany of health benefits it can offer, the truth is that this fruit is delicious, and it’s a great alternative to calorie-filled sweet snacks that can inhibit your ability to lose weight. Here are four amazing mangosteen recipes to get you started.
#1 – Mangosteen Cucumber Smoothie
Mangosteens and cucumbers are a match made in heaven, and this recipe makes it easy to see why. You will need the following ingredients:
- 1 c. filtered water
- ¼ c. mangosteen juice
- 2 medium cucumbers
- 1 ½ c. frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 tbsp. coconut oil
- 1 tsp. fresh ginger
Simply put the ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. The mangosteen and cucumbers combined provide a cooling sensation that is perfect for post-workout snacking.
#2 – Tropical Fruit Salad
Mangosteen has a very distinct, yet mild flavor, and this makes it the perfect ingredient in a tropical fruit salad. The following recipe is sure to be a hit, whether you make enough for yourself or for an entire party. You will need:
- 2 mangosteens
- 1 papaya
- 1 mango
- 2 kiwis
- ½ to ¾ cup of blueberries
- 1 banana
Section off the mangosteens, then cut the remaining fruits into bite-sized pieces. Mix together in a bowl and serve. If you prefer, you can add herbs and spices to your liking.
#3 – Mangosteen Clafoutis
If you’re more in the mood for a decadent dessert, then this mangosteen recipe is the perfect choice. Clafoutis is a tart that is usually made with cherries, but this Thai-style version will tantalize your taste buds. You will need:
- 5 mangosteens
- ½ c. + 1 tbsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. cornstarch
- ½ c. rice flour
- 4 large eggs
- Pinch of salt
- 1 c. coconut milk
- 1 tsp. lemon zest
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 tsp. coconut extract
- 1 tsp. powdered sugar (optional as a topping)
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and liberally grease a 1 ½ quart casserole dish with non-stick spray. Remove the fruit from the mangosteens and section it off. Toss the fruit with the cornstarch and sugar to coat them, and place them on the bottom of the dish. Then, whisk the eggs, salt, and sugar until blended before adding the flour and mixing until smooth. Finally, add the coconut milk, lemon zest, vanilla, and coconut, and stir until mixed. Pour this over the mangosteen and bake for 60 minutes. Top with powdered sugar, if desired.
Homemade Mangosteen Fro-Yo
If you’re a fan of frozen yogurt and you have an ice cream maker at home, then this is sure to become a favorite. There are a number of mangosteen recipes for ice cream and frozen yogurt, but this is one of the simplest. To make it, gather the following ingredients:
- 4 c. yogurt (vanilla Greek yogurt is packed with protein and offers a velvety texture when frozen)
- 1 c. mangosteen puree, made from only the fruit of the mangosteen
- 4 tbsp. lime juice
- ½ c. sugar
Simply mix the ingredients together and spin in an ice cream maker for 40 minutes. This serves multiple people, so it’s the perfect choice for a barbecue on a hot summer’s day.
Mangosteen is more than just a superfood – it’s absolutely delicious. In fact, the mangosteen recipes shown here are merely the tip of the iceberg when it comes to creating amazing desserts, fantastic smoothies, and even salads that the entire family is sure to love.