Star Fruit in Mango-Orange Sauce

Slices of star fruit
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  • Total: 18 mins
  • Prep: 8 mins
  • Cook: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 to 3 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
340 Calories
19g Fat
45g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 to 3 servings
Amount per serving
Calories 340
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 25%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 15mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Protein 3g
Calcium 30mg 2%
*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 dessert recipe is beautiful to serve, plus easy to make and healthy too! It starts with slices of fresh starfruit. 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 healthy fruit-fresh dessert is completely guilt-free and satisfyingly sweet. It's also gluten-free, lactose-free, and vegan.

This dessert is also excellent when given a final topping of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


  • 1 fresh ripe starfruit
  • 1 cup orange juice (or about 2 oranges juiced)
  • 1 fresh ripe mango
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (or substitute a natural sweetener of your choice like maple syrup or agave nectar)
  • 1 cup good-quality coconut milk
  • Optional: a handful of fresh pomegranate seeds or cherries
  • Optional: whipped cream or vanilla ice cream as a topping

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Place the star fruit (count out 3 slices per person) in a pot on the stove.

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

  4. Allow to simmer for 10 minutes, or until star fruit has softened enough to easily cut into with a spoon.

  5. Now and then you can gently move the slices around and turn them over so they all get cooked more or less equally. Remove any more brown seeds that may loosen and surface.

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

  7. When star fruit is nearly done, adding the sugar/sweetener and stir to dissolve. Remove pot from 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. If it happens to be too sweet for your taste, add a squeeze of fresh lime juice, or a little more orange juice.

  10. When you're happy with the taste, portion out 3 star fruit slices per bowl with enough sauce to surround the fruit (it should still be warm from the pot).

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

  12. Drizzle over some coconut milk and serve!

  13. Enjoy!

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