I’m pretty convinced when I get to the pearly gates someday, there will be endless treats made with chocolate and mango. It’s a combo made for heaven, and now here on earth. These no bake paleo chocolate mango bars are a chilled treat with simple, healthy ingredients everyone will love!
This is a very old recipe I’ve finally revised a bit (specifically replacing embarrassingly ugly photos when I first stated this site with presentable ones that don’t make me cringe). Basically an oldie but goodie I knew I had to republish because the world just needs more no bake treats.
We’d all get along so much better if these paleo mango bars with a sweet chocolate center were readily available for peacekeeping missions and high-stakes negotiations. Don’t you agree?
Making the grain-free nut-base and dairy-free mango cream
The nutty base is the foundation that keeps these healthy treats together and as easy as pulse and press into a pan. Then all ya gotta do is top with a sweet mixture of fresh mango, coconut milk, and a ‘lil honey to enhance the flavor a bit. Swoon, I want to hug a stranger just thinking about these.
I gotta admit, the chocolate isn’t mandatory but who WOULDN’T want to add chocolate with a creamy mango custard top? Unless you’re like super cranky or clinically insane, I would say yes to the chocolate. All day, every day. Non-negotiable in my eyes. Just look at this photo below and I dare you to tell me you don’t agree.
(Sorry, I get a little combative when it comes to melty chocolate)…
Chill to set
Then add that creamy mango puree and chill. These bars are perfect any time of year, but I love them as the temps start to rise and chilled, no-bake desserts are all the rage.
Make sure you slice and ’em cold. If the mango center starts to get warm, it will run. So get your chompers prepped and devour straight from the freezer.
You can use whatever kind of chocolate you prefer. If you aren’t following strict paleo guidelines, try a high quality dark chocolate! Or use these dairy-free Enjoy Life Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips to make these a 100% dairy-free (and vegan) dessert.
No mango? No problem. You could sub the mango for other pureed fruit with a similar consistency like peaches!
Other no-bake desserts to try!
If you love simple, no bake recipes like this, you’ll also love this 4-Ingredient Peanut Butter Pie, Paleo & Vegan Chocolate Chip Cheesecake, Healthy Granola Cookie Dough Bars, Paleo Key Lime Pie Energy Balls, or this Paleo Unicorn FudgePrint
No Bake Paleo Chocolate Mango Bars
Healthy, no bake paleo chocolate mango bars with a grain free base and creamy dairy free custard. A chilled dessert made with just a few simple ingredients!
- 1/2 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup pecans
- 8 medjool dates
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- 1 cup dairy free chocolate chips (or high quality dark chocolate)
- 1 extra large mango
- 1/4 cup full-fat coconut milk
- 2 tablespoons raw honey, melted
- Pulse almonds, pecans, dates, and melted coconut oil in a food processor until well combined – enough to stick
- Transfer the mixture into a parchment-lined 8×8 baking dish and gently press well until evenly distributed in the bottom of the dish
- Next, pulse the mango chunks, coconut milk, and honey until creamy and well combined. Set aside
- Add the chocolate chips to a microwave-safe bowl and microwave in 12-second intervals (stirring in between each interval) until chocolate has melted. Pour the chocolate over top of the nut-base and spread evenly, then transfer to a freezer to chill
- Once the chocolate has hardened (this should take about 5-10 minutes), pour the mango puree over top of the chocolate layer and evenly distribute. Transfer the pan back into the freezer for at least one hour
- When ready to serve, remove from the pan by lifting the parchment paper and placing on a cutting board. Allow bars to warm a bit at room temperature just enough to the mango puree can be cut (not rock solid). Cut into bars swiftly, to avoid the chocolate layer from cracking too much, then serve immediately or transfer back to the freezer for later
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Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
Well I don’t know what you’re talking about! These look perfect to me! Rustic “bars” are much, much better! And chocolate mango sounds like a killer combo! Must try!
You da best girl. Rustic. Yes rustic rocks. Just like mango and chocolate!
rachel @ athletic avocado says
woah chocolate mango is a combo that I NEED to try asap! Pinning for lateR 🙂
It’s a new necessary in life. I’m convinced! Thanks girlfriend!
Beverley @ Born to Sweat says
personally i LOVE the weird break marks in the chocolate! Makes them look even more delicious and authentic? i dont know what word i’m trying to use but the point is – they look great!
Definitely authentic! I like that word, and it makes me feel better. Thanks girlfriend!
I think these look great! They look pretty darn perfect to me. Although mango is my favorite food, so even if it was just a glob of mango on a plate I would be happy 🙂
Thanks so much Gretchen! You’re a little mango-biased but I’ll take it 😉 Hehehehe
Yep x1000! I don’t have enough time (EVER) and I’m always stressed to get the perfect shot before I’m interrupted by at least 1 or 2 or 3 kids. It’s hard, and sometimes we just have to do our best, give ourselves some grace, and move on. You’ll learn that even more when you’re second baby comes along! Lol. 🙂
And by the way, these bars look like heaven. That thick chocolate layer on top is the stuff that pregnancy dreams are made of! 🙂
We just get each other Blair. If only we weren’t on opposite ends of the country, I’d come over with coffee and just pick your brain on how you do it all!! And we could devour these bars AND this thick chocolate layer together 🙂
omg that mango centre sounds incredible. i would just eat that as mousse or ice cream!
Oh girl, good call. You totally could!
Yummy – Chocolate and Mango! Plus a base of dates, almonds and pecans – this must taste good! 🙂
Marlynn @ UrbanBlissLife says
As a fellow food blogger, I totally feel your pain! But these bars DO look delicious and I bet they are just as amazing!
Awe thanks Marlynn. I feel like all food bloggers just ‘get it’!
I never would have thought of putting mango in the middle of chocolate but that sounds amazing! Can’t wait to try them!
Mmmm it’s a wonderful combo!
Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner says
Fun new twist with the mango! Looks great. Yes food photography is so hard 🙂
#foodbloggerproblems LOL. Thanks Deborah!
I’ve totally had the same thing happen when I make stuff before. Some food items simply don’t photograph well, but it’s always a bummer when you work so hard and it tastes delicious. These look great though, so no worries! 🙂
Such a bummer! It’s like you wish people could taste THEN see the photos 😉 Thanks Cara.
these looks good! It sounds like they might be a good treat to have in the summer!
YES but be warned, it’s really hard to stop at just one 😉
I happen to think they are lovely. I mean, chocolate! And honestly, sometimes I think readers prefer to see the imperfections. We are real people cooking for real families just like them! We don’t have time for perfection all the time (ever??) and neither do they! These sound like amazingly delicious bars with great texture!!
Thanks Jenn – I could hug you. SO true. We are totally real people (who envy the bloggers that have insanely beautiful and perfect shots of food) 😉 Thanks friend.
amanda -runtothefinish says
I never would have thought of this combo, but now I can’t stop thinking about it!!! These look insanely indulgent, I love it!!
THEY ARE. Indulgent is such a good word for them! You’ll have to try them Amanda!
You could be describing my life to a T!!! I have an almost 2 year old and nap time is completely sacred and reserved for ‘as fast as a possible food photography’. #TheStruggleisReal, but seriously, these still look amazingly delicious!
I love you Emily. You get me. I get you. I wish we were next door neighbors 😉
Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
I still think they look amazing! I can relate to this though! I was so sad when my watermlon slushie recipe turned in to this horrid pink color and not the delightful watermelony red i wanted!
Isn’t it disheartening?! But it happens to the best of us! Maybe if we could just get those wax models like they have at restaurants for desserts – we’d ALWAYS get killer shots then!
Oh my, these look and sound amazing! I can’t wait to make them!
Diana Johnson says
Nap time can be such a hard deadline! Love the sound of these bars; I’ll have to give them a try! Your pictures turned out very nice.
Gosh it IS and gives me such anxiety!! #momlife Thanks so much Diana 🙂
I have active sweet tooth and this looks so perfect for my diet and palate. Thank you for sharing.
You’re welcome Gunjan!
Jenn - a traveling Wife says
This combination sounds great! I wonder if a warm knife would have helped cut ‘perfect’ squares, not that it matters!
You are a smart lady! I totally tried that and I think it would have worked if the chocolate was thinner. But I had a good shell coating going on. Which tasted awesome – but not so great to cut! Oh well 😉
these look amazing! and you are so right – we need to be okay with good enough. done trumps perfect!
Preach sister! Couldn’t agree more!
OMG these look amazing! I have a huge sweet tooth and that makes it hard to eat healthy all the time, but I love that these are paleo! Will definitely have to try them!
I hope you do Logan! It helps to eat a ‘healthier’ version of sweets when you’re having a major craving 🙂
I LOVE that you posted these even though you didnt think they looked perfect! (I still think the look beautiful in the photos!) and taste is all that matters anyway, right?
Thanks Lauren! It was one of those “screw it” moments 😉 But we all have those, right?! Taste totally trumps pretty 😉
Jess @hellotofit says
PREACH it girl, PREACH!! these bars look DELICIOUS and I’d still inhale a batch of them 🙂 mango is my favorite fruit, and add nuts, dates and chocolate?! Oh my.
I DID inhale a batch of these. It was like ‘goodbye willpower’ luckily they aren’t terrible for you but still, the whole pan shouldn’t be gone in like 2 days!
These look so good, I have been making a lot of vegan food lately its all so good!! Ill have to try making these.
YAY perfect little vegan treat too! I hope you love these Bella!
Trainer Paige says
I’ve never thought of pairing those two together. But, I love both of them separately, so i bet it’s tasty!
It’s a match made in heaven!
Kayla @ Blondes Have More Run says
These look glorious!
Wow! I have to try these.. They look amazing!
I hope you do Brooke!
Lindsay Cotter says
These do look delicious! I would totally love to have one of these bars right now!
They hit the spot pretty much any day, any time 😉 Thanks Lindsay!
Christina Bauer says
Preach!!!! Perfection is totally overrated. I’m happy (and so is everyone I know) when something tastes good and IS good. These bars look like they’re both 🙂
Phhhffff yeah who needs perfect? Totally overrated and boring! Thanks Christina!
Natalie @ A Fit Philosophy says
Oh my gosh I love no-bake recipes! This flavor combo is amazing too!
No bake is totally essential for summer! Thanks Natalie!
Julie McLelland says
Looks delicious! I’ll have to try it out soon! Thanks for sharing!
I hope you do Julie. They are totally nummy!
Sonali- The Foodie Physician says
I feel your pain! And even though they may not look “perfect” to you, they look pretty darn amazing to me! I mean seriously, combining mango and chocolate is a guaranteed win 🙂
XO Thanks Sonali. YES the combo of mango and chocolate is on POINT. Even if that bars don’t look perfect 😉
Julie @ Running in a Skirt says
Mango and chocolate is sooo my jam. This looks dreamy and totally enough! No need to worry about that.
The flavor combo sort up for the the crappy cutting and misshapen bars 🙂 How could it NOT be anyone’s jam, right?!
I think these are totally beautiful, and the rough cut of the bars is super pretty Chrissa! :o) Thank you for sacrificing and putting so much love into such a delicious sounding recipe. <3
I can always count on you to make me feel like a winner Em 😉
Rosalyn O. says
This is like the perfect combination! I like that these are vegan :))
So glad Rosalyn!
Angela @marathonsandmotivation.com says
Yum! Mango & chocolate, sounds delicious!!
Soooo delicious! Thanks Angela.
Kristen Kavan says
i know you dont think they look pretty, but they look darn delicious!! I am sooo making these this weekend!!
Well hey, I’ll take looking darn delicious. They REALLY are. I hope you love them Kristen! XO
I am DYING over these! They look (and sound) absolutely amazing! Pinning FO SHO!
YEAH GIRL – gimme that pin love! 😉 JK. Seriously thanks and YES they are really really really good!!
Cassandra @ Powered By BLING says
Interesting combination. I wouldn’t think to put chocolate and mango together. Great job on the photography! I agree food photography can sometimes be a challenge
Thanks so much Cassandra! Food photography IS such a toughie!
Nicole Flower says
I love how these turned out. I totally understand your frustration especially when you have certain expectations. Now I really want one! My two favorite flavors chocolate and mango, yum.
PS. May I make a kind suggestion and I hope you don’t hate me after this. Your post is so lovely, but I felt like the ads on your page take away from a lot of it. Like your beautiful pic at the top was quickly erased with an ad. 🙁
Thanks for the feedback Nicole! I will have to look in to that. I’m sorry the pesky ad interrupted you!
This recipe looks wonderful, I know I will love it! Thank you for sharing such a great dish! Mango is my fav!
Mango is one of my top top fruits. And I mean, chocolate? ’nuff said. Thanks Ashleigh!
Joyce | Live Laugh Love Post says
Yummy!! I love chocolate! I’ve pinned this so I can use this recipe for the future parties 🙂
Thanks for the pin love Joyce!