Saturday, June 25, 2011

grilled mangoes w/ coconut ice-cream


I love mangoes.

They're a fruit that I associate with childhood and playing outside in the sunshine.

I grew up in Miami, FL and in our backyard we had grapefruit trees, orange trees, a huge supreme avocado tree that gave the best shade ever, and two glorious mango trees.

They were A-W-E-S-O-M-E.

I wish I had a photo to show you of my childhood stomping grounds, but I don't. :\

Anyways, mangoes.
My mom was really strict with my brothers and I growing up. No, like REALLY STRICT.

If we did something bad or didn't adhere to a rule, you knew you were going to get in big trouble--unless she had a mango. ;)

  • Gotta give her a detention slip to sign? Give her a mango first.

  • Didn't make your bed properly that morning and she saw? Give her a mango.

  • You left the house without putting lotion on and spent the whole day looking all ashy and embarrassing in public? Give her a mango---she won't yell anymore after that.

"Giving her a mango" meant that right before you knew you were about to get in trouble you run real fast, go to the tree, pluck a mango, and at the moment you knew she was about to reprimand you, you say something along the lines of:
                              "Mummy look! A mango fell and I found it! You want it?" 

You were good after that.

She would get excited and say something insignificant like "don't do that again" and off she went to go enjoy her mango.


Of course we we were only able to do that for a couple months out of the year but hey, from May to August mangoes saved us!

I ran across this recipe in a dessert book that my friend Sam gave to me and I instantly wanted it.

Grilled mangoes? Ch'yea!

I really loved this dessert---it was so refreshing and I loved the grilled taste on the mangoes. The coconut ice-cream mixture is delicious too! So good.

Enjoy it! :)


Grilled Mangoes with Coconut Ice-Cream from Great Tastes
  • 2 cups of vanilla ice-cream, softened
  • 1/2 cup of shredded coconut, toasted
  • 2 large ripe mangoes
  • 1 tablespoon soft brown sugar
  • 1 lime halved

1. Mix the ice-cream and toasted coconut together in a bowl until combined and then put it back into the freezer until firm.

2. Preheat a barbecue flat-plate or grill to medium.

3. Cut two cheeks off of each mango and sprinkle them with the sugar. (The cheeks are the 2 fleshy parts of he mango at the sides).

4. Put the mango flesh side down on the grill  for 2-4 minutes until the sugar has caramelized. Take off the heat, drizzle with lime juice and serve with the coconut ice-cream.

**Note** The recipe calls for it to be served warm, but I liked it a million times more when the mangoes were cooled. I just stuck it back in the fridge for like 30 minutes before I ate it.


  1. Haha! A mango to your mom is what sushi is to me. This sounds amazing! I love grilled fruit but I have never done mango before - that's about to change! :)

  2. Great story. . . . just give her a mango and it's all good! I bet this dessert is divine. How do you know if a mango is ripe? I have problems picking out good ones at the grocery store.

  3. mouth is watering for this right now. I bet that is a tasty combination!

  4. Dessert looks divine .I am drooling here seeing the pics

  5. It sounds unusual and delicious at the same time. I've grilled peaches but never mangos. Yours look wonderful. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

  6. Delightful!!! I'll make this for my mom, I know that she'll(we will too) love it!

    Love the story, genius plan...Too bad I didn't realize that I could have easily bribed my mom with GooGoo Clusters...It would have completely worked!

  7. You ARE the ice cream queen. This looks heavenly and perfect for summer desserts on the patio. I'd like to invite you to share your recipe on A Well-Seasoned Life's Sweet Indulgences Sunday.

  8. Divine! I've been wanting to grill pinapple and do something similar... yum!

  9. The only thing I like more than mango is coconut ice cream--helloooo new dessert!

  10. oh wow that looks SO yummy! I've got to try this. Thanks for sharing!

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  12. perfect in everyway! Love the addition of coconut!

  13. looks very very good..I am mouthwatering..:PP
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  14. Super delish .....and I think I can't wait to try this!

  15. that looks super super delicious!

  16. Mmmmmmm....Your pictures are making me crazy! What I wouldn't do for some of those grilled mangoes and coconut ice cream! Looks divine!!! I've never tried grilling mangoes before but you definitely make me want to try it!

    I adore mangoes too! I can understand why your mother let you guys off easy when you gave her mangoes before you told her something that would get you into trouble. Mangoes melt the heart!! :)

  17. LOL @ the give her mango. Your mom really loved mangoes - and I can't blame her. They're delicious.
    The grilled mangoes sound amazing...and with coconut ice cream, out of this world.

  18. WOW! That is all I can say, you have me hooked! ;0)

  19. I just ♥ Coconut! Never had coconut ice cream though. This sounds incredible!

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  21. What a great way to eat Mango! I'm going to try this as soon as I get mangoes from the store. I know this is soooo good!

  22. ~~Gorgeous.
    This looks so DeLish !!

  23. the coconut icecream sounds divine and mangoes- grilled- superb flavour pairing :)

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