For me, it starts to feel like Christmas as soon as the smell of mangoes hits the air. Mangoes and fresh Christmas trees are the things that make Christmas. We are so lucky to have a summer Christmas, where all the best fruits are out!
This post is a collaboration with Woolworths
This Christmas we have collaborated with Woolworths to show you five ways that you can gift mangoes this Christmas. From baked goods, to cheesecakes, to homemade beauty products, here are our favourite ways to give mangoes.
5 ways to gift mangoes
Mango body scrub
Give someone the gift of self care this Christmas with our home made mango body scrub. Mangoes are full of vitamins and minerals and are a great source of vitamin C, which helps protect your skin from UV rays, and vitamin A, which helps with final lines and wrinkles.
This scrub is all natural and great for sensitive skin. The raw sugar exfoliates the skin, while the coconut oil is a natural moisturiser.
1.5 cups raw sugar
2 tablespoons coconut oil
Combine the raw sugar and coconut oil.
Mash the mango and then combine with the sugar and coconut oil. Add more sugar if necessary, until the mixture is thick.
Keep in a jar in the fridge.
Mango salsa is a must for any good Mexican meal. This Mango salsa is a great gift for family or friends this Christmas. A great way to gift its is combined with some other Mexican ingredients in a hamper.
2 ripe mangos,
1 red onion,
Slice the mango into small squares.
Chop the red onion into small pieces.
Chop the coriander.
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and squeeze the lime over the top. Add Jalapeño if desired.
Mango Cheesecake Jars
These mango cheesecake jars make great gifts for someone with a sweet tooth. They are super easy to make and look really pretty as a gift.
200 g nice Biscuits
100 g unsalted butter melted
250 g Woolworths cream cheese at room temperature
150 g white chocolate melted
150 ml thickened cream
3 1/2 tsp gelatine powder
125 ml boiling water
¼ cup caster sugar
Crush the biscuits in a food processor until they are fine crumbs, then add melted butter. Mix and then set aside.
Melt the white chocolate on the stove or in the microwave.
Add gelatine to the hot water and stir with a fork until all dissolved. Put aside to cool.
Mix the cream cheese and condensed milk with a beater or stand mixer and beat until smooth and creamy. Pour in the melted chocolate, mix and and then pour in the cream.
Add the cooled water and gelatine and stir until combined. Put in the fridge for about an hour (until its set but to too set)
Puree mango and add the sugar – mix until combined.
Making the jars (this mixture should make 4 jars)
Put three spoonfuls of biscuit base in each jar.
Fill the jar halfway with cheesecake mixture then add two spoonfuls of mango sauce. Fill the jar the rest of the way with cheesecake mixture then add a final spoonful or two of mango sauce to the top. Keep in the fridge.
This mango bread is super yum and a great gift idea. There is nothing better than something made with love and summer is the perfect time to turn your fresh mangoes into mango bread.
2 cups self raising flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup raw sugar
2 large eggs
3⁄4 cup vegetable oil
2 1⁄2 cups mango, chopped
Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius (160 for a fan forced oven) and line a loaf tin.
Beat the eggs and oil together until thick and creamy, then add sugar and beat again.
Add the flour and cinnamon and mix until just combined. Don’t over beat.
Add 2 cups of the mango and beat gently.
Pour mixture into loaf tin and sprinkle the last ½ cup of mango over the top.
Cook for 40-50 minutes, or until cooked through.
Fresh mangoes are the perfect gift this Christmas! Pack them in a gift basket with other fresh summer fruit, such as grapes, strawberries, cherries and raspberries. Choose your favourite fruits and pile them in – there’s no better way to gift your mangoes!