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Mangoes are a stone fruit, and their flesh is perfect for these oatmeal bars. This particular recipe is wicked easy, with ingredients that you probably already have at home. The finished product could almost be called mango jam bars, the way the fruit cooks down into a delicious jelly. If you do make them, imagine you're enjoying them while listening to the rolling waves of the Caribbean Sea on the beach in Belize!

Ingredients

For the crust and crumble topping
1/2 cup butter, melted
1 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup old-fashioned whole-rolled oats (quick cook or instant oatmeal are too fine and will behave like flour, making the mixture too dry)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

For the mango layer
2 cups coarsely chopped fresh ripe mango
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 teaspoons corn starch

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.

For the Crust and Crumble Topping
Melt butter, then add the flour, oats, sugars, optional salt, and stir to combine.
Mixture will be dry and sandy with some larger, well-formed crumble pieces.
Set 1 heaping cup mixture aside to be sprinkled on later as crumble topping.
Transfer remaining mixture to prepared pan, and using a spatula or your fingers, hard-pack the mixture to create an even, smooth, flat crust; set aside.

Mango Layer
In that same mixing bowl if you wish, add all remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Sugar may not dissolve fully, and that's okay because it liquifies while baking.
Evenly distribute mango mixture over the prepared crust.
Sprinkle with the reserved cup of crumble topping mixture.

Bake for about 50 minutes, or until edges are set and center has just set.
Topping should appear set and a pale golden, with the mango filling bubbling along the edges.
If the mangoes were very juicy, prepare to keep the bars baking a little longer, all while being careful not to burn the bottom!

Let bars cool completely before slicing and serving. The cooling process firms the bars - especially the crumble topping, so you avoid a mess.

Once cooled and sliced, enjoy.

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