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Mango Crumb Bars – BEST mango dessert ever!

Life is much sweeter with some Mango Crumb Bars in it. These crumbly bars are filled with fresh mangos, then baked to perfection. Savor that tropical flavor. Indulge in this fruity dessert. And if you must, grab them for an afternoon snack. Heck, have them for breakfast! Because WHY NOT.

A stack of Mango Crumb Bars

Mango Crumb Bars are great because they are deceivingly easy to make. A few simple tips and tricks will give you everything you need to bake your heart out and never look back.

Mangoes are also in season right now and are such a treat when incorporated into desserts.

Besides having a distinct flavor and scent, the ripened fruit itself is sweet as candy. Does that not spell dessert material or what?!?

My love for mangoes has led to a boat load of mango recipes on this blog. Everything from the traditional Thai Mango Sweet Sticky Rice dessert to Fish Tacos with Mango Peach Salsa. And now this.

Mango is one of those fruits that I love and love to incorporate into dishes and desserts even more.

Mangoes used in Mango Crumb Bars

This recipe calls for ripened, super sweet mangoes. A ripened mango will typically be orange/yellow-ish in color, and it smells sweet and mango-y (if you know what I mean 🙂 ).

Mango Crumb Bars that is biten into

Sour, under-ripe mangoes don’t work as well in this recipe. If your mango isn’t super sweet, you will want to add more granulated sugar to the mango mixture to sweeten it.

I use ~2 mangoes for this recipe, maybe 3 if they are smaller.

How to make Mango Crumb Bars

Step 1: Make Mango Mixture

Cut the mangoes into small chunks, and mix with sugar and cornstarch in a mixing bowl.

If you are using less sweet mangoes, add more sugar to the mixture.

Set aside until you are ready to layer it onto the baking pan.

Step 2: Make dough

The dough requires cold butter.

Yes, cold! So bring it out from the refrigerator right before you need to use it so it won’t be softened by the time you use it.

After mixing the dry ingredients together (flour, baking powder, salt), add chunks of cold butter into the food processor.

Cold cubes of butter in food processor
Butter should be cold and cubed

Pulse until mixture turns crumbly (see picture below).

Making crumbles
Mixture should be crumbly after it is puled in the food processor

Alternatively, you can also use a pastry cutter to mix the butter into the dry ingredients until mixture becomes crumbly.

Mix together wet ingredients (brown sugar, egg, vanilla extract), then pour wet ingredients into the crumbly mixture and mix well.

Crumble mixture

Step 3: Layer it

Bring ~2/3 of the crumbly mixture and spread it onto a 8″x8″ baking pan lined with parchment paper (for easy removal of the bars and less cleanup!).

If you are not using parchment paper, consider greasing the pan.

Use a spatula to press crumbs onto the pan to form the bottom layer of the bar.

Next, pour and spread mango mixture onto the bottom crumb layer.

Lastly, sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture on top of the mango mixture.

Spreading mango filling onto crumble
Pour and spread mango mixture onto the bottom crumb layer
Spreading crumbles onto a pan of Mango Crumb Bars
Sprinkle the rest of the crumb mixture on top of the mango mixture

Step 4: Bake!

Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees F.

And viola.

Mango Crumb Bars in the pan

Step 5: Let it cool and slice!

Let the pastry cool in the pan for 5-10 minute.

Lift parchment paper and bring the pastry out to cool further on a cooling rack. Give it at least 15-20 minutes, then cut into square bars after it cools down.

And there you have it. Crumbly, buttery, juicy sweet Mango Crumb Bars.

So lovely, and so very delicious!

Tips and Tricks

  • If the mango used isn’t super sweet, you will need to add more sugar to the mango mixture.
  • Use cold butter! Do not use melted or soft butter, the texture of the pastry is not the same.
  • Line basking dish with parchment paper for easier cleanup and removal.
  • Store in air tight container in room temperature for up to 2 days or the refrigerator for up to a week.
A stack of three Mango Crumb Bars

The next time you are craving for dessert, and are about to bake a cookie or a cake, consider baking some Mango Crumb Bars. It’s the ultimate mango dessert treat!

If you love mangoes and mango dessert, you will fall in love with this! 🧡

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A stack of Mango Crumb Bars

Mango Crumb Bars

Fresh, sweet, juicy mangoes sandwiched between two layers of crumbly, buttery pastry. These Mango Crumb Bars are super easy to make, and are the perfect dessert and snack! 
4.77 from 76 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 9 servings
Calories: 351kcal
Author: MinShien

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups ripe mangoes (small chunks) 2-3 mangoes
  • 3-5 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp corn starch
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cold unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Cut mangoes into small chunks. In a bowl, combine mango chunks, sugar (use more if mango is not ripened) and corn starch. Mix well and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Cut cold (important: make sure it is cold!) unsalted butter into chunks and add to flour mixture.
    Cold cubes of butter in food processor
  • If using a food processor, pulse until small crumbs are formed. If using a pastry cutter, cut butter into flour mixture until small crumbs are formed.
    Making crumbles
  • Mix together wet ingredients – brown sugar, egg and vanilla extract. Then add wet ingredients into buttery dry mixture. Mix well – mixture should be slightly crumbly.
    Crumble mixture in mixing bowl
  • Bring ~2/3 of crumbly mixture to the bottom of a 8″ x 8″ baking pan lined with parchment paper. Press mixture onto pan to form a layer of crumb pastry.
    flattening crumbles
  • Add mango mixture, and spread it out evenly.
    Spreading mango filling onto crumble
  • Then sprinkle the top with the rest of the crumbles.
    Spreading crumbles onto a pan of Mango Crumb Bars
  • Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let it cool for 5-10 minutes. Then lift parchment paper and bring pastry out from the pan. Let it cool for another 15-20 minutes.
  • Cut into 9 square bars. Serve and enjoy!

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Nutrition

Calories: 351kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 59mg | Sodium: 103mg | Potassium: 140mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 995IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
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74 Comments

  1. Christopher Sell says:

    5 stars
    Works well, consider eliminating the sugar from the mango mix which in itself was 1.5 X recipe. More fruity, less sweet and a great way to use up $1 mangos.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Good tip!!! Thanks fr sharing!!

  2. 5 stars
    These were easy and good. To make them vegan I used vegan margarine and egg replacer, also substituted potato starch since that’s what I had. Everyone loved them.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Great idea! Thank you for sharing!

  3. 5 stars
    I made these and they were absolutely fantastic. My husband and I finished them in two days and I am ready to make more. I’m going to put maybe 1/8 teaspoon ginger in the pastry dough mix and maybe 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon in the mango filling. I can’t way to try them again.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yum! That sounds really good! Thank you for sharing and for making it!

  4. Hope M Merrill says:

    5 stars
    So delicious. I have made this three times already since I discovered this recipe. The crumb crust is so delicious that I’ve used it with other fruits and it never fails. I also added just 1/8 tsp ground ginger to the crust. You can’t really taste the ginger but it brightens the flavor so much. I will keep making this forever!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you, Hope! Love the adding of ginger – I will have to try that sometime too! 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    These mango bars were absolutely delicious!
    I was reading through some of the comments and had a hard time understanding why some ppl thought they were bland. Their so buttery and such a perfect balance of crumble and fruit! I will be making them again and again! Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it Betty!

  6. Can these bars be frozen. I am making them tonight.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes!

  7. 5 stars
    So good! My family loves these. The recipe was easy too. I have never used mango before—a friend gave us a bunch from his tree and they were getting really ripe. Will make this again!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yay! Happy to hear that it was a success the first time baking with mangoes!

  8. 5 stars
    My whole family absolutely loves these mango crumb bars! Layers of deliciousness!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      That’s so wonderful! Yay!

  9. 4 stars
    I love the recipe and have made the crumble a half dozen times in the last month since my tree way over produced this year.
    However, even when I follow the directions perfectly my dough turns out mushy and not crumbly, still tastes amazing and I will continue to make it as it also works well with frozen mangoes but I don’t know what I’m doing wrong I’m using cold butter.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Hi Tamara! Thanks for the feedback. If the dough is wet it’s most likely from the moisture in the mango. It’s so hard to control for that but if you want you can pat dry it and get the moisture out as much as you can. Frozen mangoes will have more moisture than fresh so for sure pat dry those to remove moisture. Hope that helps!

  10. STEVEN GALBRAITH says:

    Do these bars freeze well?

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yes – they should freeze fine!

  11. 5 stars
    Simple, tasty dessert. Made it and took it to a party — everyone loved it! Used very sweet mangoes so only added 3T of sugar to the fruit. Also used a 11×7 pan and it was fine.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thanks for sharing, Ramona! I’m so glad you hear everyone loved this recipe!

  12. 5 stars
    Simple and Delicious! Used a 7×11 pan, added 3T of sugar to mangos and added chopped walnuts to the top layer of crumble. Took them to a party and they were a huge hit!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Yum! Love the adding of walnuts! Thank you for sharing and I’m so glad you enjoyed this.

  13. 5 stars
    These were a HUGE hit at our church event! Everyone kept asking for the recipe! Thanks for another tasty dish!

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      So glad to hear everyone enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  14. 5 stars
    I made this using Mangos I purchased from a local farm. I only added 3Tbsps of sugar, but added a dash of cinnamon and ginger to the dry ingredients. It was absolutely delicious. The crumb crust is so good that I plan on using it as a base for different seasonal fruits.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you for sharing, Lynne! Your modifications sound amazing. Great to hear you enjoyed this recipe so much.

  15. 5 stars
    this was beautiful and delicious!! I substituted agave nectar for sugar and boy, I don’t think eliminating the sugar was major as the mango was huge and very sweet on it’s own. This is definitely a keeper.

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Thank you Andie! Happy to hear you loved this! And such a great idea to sub with agave nectar.

  16. Love mangos can’t wait to try and make it thanks for your recipe and sharing have a great day

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      Let me know how it goes! I hope you love it!

  17. Love mangos i will try and make it have some mangos thanks for your recipe have a great day

    1. Joyous Apron says:

      I hope you love it! Let me know how it goes 🙂