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Simple Mango Compote Breakfast/Dessert Crepe Filling

The last month and a half I’ve been lucky enough to have fresh (free!) mangos almost every day. I love mangos and getting to experiment with them is fun! I initially designed this as sort of a mango compote for topping pancakes, ice cream, and yogurt, but then I realized it made a delicious crepe filling, too. No matter how you choose to enjoy it, this simple fruit dish is a great way to use a couple of ripe mangos. I suggest finding less stringy mangos, like honey mangos or Jamaican mangos, for this particular recipe. Tasty fresh and hot, it also keeps well for a couple of days (and I think it tastes even better on the second day).

Mango Compote Crepe Filling Recipe

Mango Compote Ingredients

  • 2 ripe medium mangos
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice, or the juice from one lemon
  • 1 tablespoon of lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon

So simple!

ripe mangos

Mango Compote Recipe

1. Cut up your mangos. You don’t have to dice them, but they should be chopped fairly small. They will loose a bit of volume when cooked, and you can mash them up a bit, but it is far easier to simply cut them small to begin with. Mango sap contains the same active ingredient as poison ivy. It does not get in the fruit’s flesh, but it can be in the peel. If you are sensitive to poison ivy, I suggest following my detailed instructions for how to deal with mangos when you’re allergic! When cutting up the mangos, do not discard the pits.

chopped mangos

2. Place the cut mango pieces in a medium saucepan. Scrape the cutting board clean with your knife in order to get as much liquid as possible into pan.

3. To get even more juice in the mix, squeeze the mango pits over the saucepan. This can be a little pulpy and messy, so you can skip this step if you want, but it makes the dish much better. After you’ve extracted as much liquid as you can, go ahead and discard the pits.

mango compote

4. Heat over medium/medium-low, stirring occasionally, until the mixture comes to a simmer. Mix in the citrus juices, vanilla, and cinnamon and stir to combine.

5. Reduce heat, as needed, to maintain a low simmer. You don’t want it outright boiling, but it needs to cook down a bit.

simmering mango crepe filling

6. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, or until thickened sufficiently, stirring occasionally. If you use a spatula, you can smash some of the mixture against the pan’s side to break down the mango chunks once they’ve become soft.

mango compote

7. Cook until the mixture is just barely not as thick as you’d like because it will thicken some as it cools. Remove from heat, allow it to cool as little or as much as you’d like, and enjoy!

mango crepes

Like I said above, this is really tasty on a wide variety of things. Yogurt, ice cream, pancakes, waffles, crepes – it’s even delicious eaten with a spoon! It’s simple, doesn’t require fancy ingredients, and doesn’t contain added sugar, so it’s the perfect way to indulge a little without feeling too guilty. Don’t know how to make crepes? They’re probably not as difficult as you think – just check out my basic crepe recipe!

What’s your favorite not so guilty sweet treat?



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  • Susan Zutautas July 25, 2013, 3:49 am

    I haven’t had breakfast yet and I’d love to have some of your mango compote. I think I could just eat it with a spoon 🙂

  • Madonna/aka/Ms. Lemon July 25, 2013, 8:26 pm

    Oh, this does sound delicious. I always think strawberries or oranges, but this is a great alternative.

    • natashalh July 26, 2013, 8:02 am

      Oranges – hmmmm. I don’t think I’ve ever had orange crepes. I’ve had lemon, but not orange. I’ve got to try it!

  • Easy Life Meal & Party Planning July 26, 2013, 4:36 am

    Okay I spoke to soon on the crepe post. Your mango filling was right next to the crepes! I really like trying them with a mango filling and they are such a pretty color. Thanks for sharing on the BBQ Block Party.

    • natashalh July 26, 2013, 8:02 am

      Thank you! I’ve been loving the mango tree, but it’s almost out of fruit now.

  • Cathy July 26, 2013, 8:37 pm

    Love this! I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven’t already this week. Your favorite posts, most popular, recent or new! The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday’s at midnight. Followed by (Not SO) Wordless Wednesday! http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/.
    I would be honored if you join us and follow to stay connected Have a wonderful week!
    Hugs, Cathy

    • natashalh July 26, 2013, 9:06 pm

      Awesome! Thanks so much – I’ll go check it out.

  • Lisa@ Cooking with Curls July 27, 2013, 12:58 pm

    Yum!!! That looks amazing, and I had no idea about the poison ivy reaction. Thankfully, I have never had a problem 🙂

    • natashalh July 27, 2013, 1:58 pm

      It’s weird – it doesn’t affect everyone who is sensitive to poison ivy, but it’s a built up reaction sort of thing. That means you could be fine for years and then break out all of a sudden! Freaky, huh? I totally didn’t believe it the first time someone told me the two plants were related.

  • Lynn H @ Turnips 2 Tangerines July 28, 2013, 5:46 am

    I have wanted to add mango’s to my diet and this is the perfect way!! My hubby has had a problem with poison ivy, he stepped in some while mowing the lawn and he had a terrible reaction. The doctor said he does lay dormant in someone and then you can have a bad reaction and always will after that:) I didn’t know that about mango’s so I will definitely not let him touch any!! Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines

    • natashalh July 28, 2013, 7:45 am

      It’s weird how that can happen! When I was a kid, it never bothered me. Then in late middle school I started getting really horrific reactions to poison ivy. I haven’t reacted to mangos yet because I never actually touch them with my bare hands until they’re safely peeled! It seems silly to those watching, but I’m not willing to risk it.

  • Tyne July 28, 2013, 11:21 am

    Yum, this looks great! I’ve been loving mangoes this summer, but I haven’t tried them yet in dessert-form. Thanks for sharing with the Sweet & Savoury Sunday party!

    • natashalh July 28, 2013, 11:49 am

      I’ve eaten so many mangos I’d expect to be tired of them, but I still get excited when I see one ripening in the backyard! Thanks for stopping in.

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