Star Fruit in Mango-Orange Sauce

Slices of star fruit
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  • Total: 18 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Servings: 2 to 3 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
352 Calories
17g Fat
53g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3
Amount per serving
Calories 352
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 14g 72%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 53g 19%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 117mg 587%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 701mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This special star fruit dessert is beautiful to serve and will impress dinner guests. But it is also easy to make and healthy too. Starfruit is similar in texture and taste to apples, and while it can be eaten fresh, in this recipe the starfruit slices are lightly cooked and then given a tropical-tasting mango-orange sauce. Topped with a drizzle of coconut milk and a sprinkling of either pomegranate seeds or cherries, this fruit dessert is completely guilt-free and satisfyingly sweet. It's also gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan. If you do want to make it a bit indulgent, top it with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


  • 1 fresh ripe starfruit (trimmed, sliced, and seeds removed)

  • 1 cup orange juice (or 2 oranges juiced)

  • 1 fresh ripe mango

  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar (or a natural sweetener like maple syrup or agave nectar)

  • 1 cup good-quality coconut milk

  • Optional:

    A handful of fresh pomegranate seeds or cherries

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the slices of star fruit in a pot on the stove.

  3. Add the orange juice. Stir well and turn heat to high until juice begins to boil.

  4. Lower the heat and allow the juice to simmer for 10 minutes, or until the star fruit has softened enough to easily cut into with a spoon. While cooking, gently move the slices around and turn them over so they all get cooked equally.

  5. Remove any more brown seeds that may loosen and surface.

  6. While the star fruit is cooking, place the mango in a food processor, mini chopper, or blender. Process or blend until smooth and pureed. Set aside.

  7. When the star fruit is nearly done, add the sugar/sweetener and stir to dissolve. Remove the pot from the heat.

  8. Add the mango puree, stirring well to incorporate. Do a taste-test for sweetness, adding more sugar if needed (how sweet it is will depend on the ripeness of the fruit/juice you're using).

  9. Portion out 3 star fruit slices per bowl with enough sauce to surround the fruit.

  10. Drizzle over some coconut milk.

  11. Top each bowl with a sprinkling of pomegranate seeds or cherry pieces, if using.


If the dessert is too sweet for your taste, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice or a little more orange juice.

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