Recipe by Roberta L. Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS
This Hawaiian-inspired dessert brings together many tropical and Asian ingredients: pineapple, mango, macadamia nuts, ginger and wonton wrappers. Wonton wrappers make a quick, convenient pastry dough for this individually portioned, crisp dessert that offers a creative and delicious way to fit fruit in! Note: Although macadamia nuts are high in fat, it's mostly monounsaturated, which is heart healthier.
Vegetable cooking spray
24 3 ½-inch square wonton wrappers
2 medium-size fresh, ripe mangoes *
1 15-ounce pineapple tidbits, packed in juice, drained *
½ cup unsalted macadamia nuts, chopped and toasted
1/3 cup flour
¼ cup crystallized ginger, chopped **
¼ cup sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ soft margarine or butter
Edible flowers or mint leaves for garnish (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a 12-muffin tin with the cooking spray. Press two wonton wrappers into each cup in the muffin tin.
Peel and remove seed from the mangos. Cut them into ½-inch pieces. Fill each wonton cup with mango and pineapple, to ¾ full.
Combine the nuts, flour, ginger, sugar and salt in a mixing bowl. Add the margarine or butter to the nut-flour mixture; cut it into the dry ingredients using a pastry cutter (or use two knives cutting through the mixture at cross angles) to make a coarse crumb. Top the fruit with the nut-flour mixture.
Bake for about 25 minutes until golden brown, or just bubbling. Serve warm. Garnish with the edible flowers or mint if desired.
* Substitute any seasonal or tropical fruit, such as ripe papaya, peaches, or berries.
** If unavailable, substitute grated fresh ginger, or dried, chopped apricots.
Calories: 190; Calories from fat: 70
Total fat: 8g; Saturated fat: 1.5g; Trans fat: 0.5g
Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 180mg
Total Carbohydrate: 29g; Dietary fiber: 2g; Sugars: 14g
Napier, Kristine, MPH, RD, Editor for the Food and Culinary Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, American Dietetic Association Cooking Healthy Across America. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 2005