Summer is the time I miss India the most - No, NO, not for the Heat, but for the delicious Mangoes that we relished during the season, never mind the pounds it added to my frame! Indian Mangoes have no parallel, but after so many years in the US, I guess we've started appreciating the fact that we can at least get mangoes in California, and they are of "decent-quality". So to satisfy my Mango mania, I baked these Mini Mango-Coconut Snack Cakes, a healthy, delicious alternative to regular decadent cakes or muffins. Made with whole-wheat, and a low-sugar content, these baby cakes can be eaten for breakfast, or turned into delicious desserts by sprinkling some icing sugar, and maybe some syrup or whipped cream on the top!
Makes about 12 mini cakes
2 large eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup whole wheat flour (optional, you can use AP flour instead)
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1.5 tsp baking soda
1.5 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp chopped walnuts
1 cup mango pulp - sweetened
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
2-3 tbsp sugar (depending on how sweet your mango pulp is)
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees F. Grease and flour your large muffin pans or 12 individual ramekins and set aside.
Beat the eggs, oil and vanilla together. When it becomes fluffy, add in the mango pulp and mix well.
In another bowl, mix all the dry ingredients except coconut flakes and walnuts.
Now slowly pour the dry ingredient mix into the egg mixture and keep beating on medium speed. Do this till the entire cake batter becomes smooth and uniform, about 5-8 mins. Finally, fold in the shredded coconut and the chopped walnuts.
Distribute evenly in the prepared cake pans and bake for at least 20-25 mins, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Turn off the oven and let the mini cakes cool on the wire rack for 5 mins.
Then gently turn out the cakes from the pan. Garnish with a topping of more walnuts if you like, and sprinkle some confectioner's sugar on the top.
These taste great with tea or coffee, and as they are low in sugar and trans-fat, they are also a healthier option to indulge in!
These Mango-Coconut Cakes are my entry to the SHF-Fruit & Nut event being hosted on this blog this month. If you haven't sent them in already, I'm looking forward to your entries.
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