I’m always on the lookout for something a little bit sweet. Something to put on top of smoothie bowls or yogurt, or just a little small snack that I can grab a handful of and it will go some way to filling the hole in my belly.

I make a lot of balls – like gingerbread balls, fruit and nut balls, nut free balls, lemon and cardamom balls … the list goes on and on. You just need to search the word balls on my website to find plenty of ball recipes.

But there are days when balls just don’t do the job. I want something less rolled, something with a little less structure, something with a bit more texture, and that’s where this tropical mix comes in.

You may have noticed that I like things quick and easy. This tropical mix is literally getting a cup of this and a cup of that and putting it altogether in a jar, shaking it up and eating a handful each day.

Be careful though, because it’s easy to eat more than a handful each day.

My nutritionist recommended I have some of these mixes on hand and to just have a handful each day. And she warned that if I’m likely to eat more than that then I should freeze it and take out only a handful each day. But I think I have better self control than that.

If you don’t, then freeze it, because it’s easy to overeat. And whilst I haven’t actually ever frozen this mix, I have eaten more than a handful some days. My self control isn’t flawless!

When I first made this I just picked up the first packet of dried mango that I found, and after buying it and using it, I read the ingredients and discovered it had a stack of added sugar. So I’d suggest being careful with whatever dried fruit you’re going to use. It’s sweet already because it has been dried, you don’t need any more added sweetness.

Have you tried my homemade coconut yogurt yet? This tropical mix is super tasty with a serve of yogurt or on top of a smoothie bowl.

Aussie Health Products have a great dried mango product with no added sugar.


Tropical Mix

  • Author: Amanda
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x



1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup sultanas
1 cup Brazil nuts, chopped
1 cup dried mango, chopped
1 cup sunflower seeds


Mix all the ingredients together.
Stop in an airtight container in the fridge.

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