The idea for this recipe comes from the India recipe “Mango Halwa”, which is a kind of sticky paste made with mango, ghee (clarified butter) and sugar. It turns out that you can obtain a similar result without any butter and sugar, and that you can cook the whole thing in 10 minutes in the microwave!
So for this recipe, I used an Asian mango. They’re in season right now and as I live in a multicultural neighborhood with many ethnic stores, I can find boxes of fragrant mangoes at the Pakistani mini-market.
South American mangoes are also in season but they just can’t compare to Asian mangoes when it comes to taste, flavor and sweetness. Asian mangoes even look way cuter with their jelly bean shape and soft yellow skin.
To make this no-sugar added mango jam, I just pureed a mango using a handheld mixer, then cooked the mix 10 times 1 minute at 900 W in the microwave, stirring the mixture after each minute. You don’t get a big quantity of jam with only one mango, because the mixture tends to shrink as the mango puree loses water during cooking.
You can use this mango jam as a spread on crackers or to sweeten other recipes.
I made some simple energy balls mixing this spread with a bit of coconut flour and rolling them in shredded coconut. One mango contains around 30 grams of natural sugars, so I estimate that these energy balls contain around 8 g of sugar each, which is kind of high but ok for energy balls. There is nothing like plain fresh mangoes, but this mango jam is a great easy way to use up overripe mangoes!