Guinataan Halo-Halo
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 6-8
A common Filipino dessert and/or snack made with coconut milk, fruits and rice balls.
  • 1 12 oz pack of rice flour
  • 6 cups of water
  • 4 cups of coconut milk
  • 2 plantains, cubed
  • 4 small sweet potatoes, cubed
  • 2 cups of cooked tapioca balls
  • 1 cup of sugar, give or take a couple of tablespoons (to your taste)
  • A dash of Salt - to temper the sweetness
  1. To make the dough balls, moisten the rice flour with water just until it sticks together. Roll the dough into ¼ inch balls.
  2. Boil 6 cups of water in a pot, and when it comes to a rolling boil, gently drop the dough balls, stirring occationaly so they don't stick to the bottom of the pan or to each other.
  3. Cook until tender or until they rise to the top. By the time they are cooked, the water should be slightly thickened also.
  4. Add to this the coconut milk and let it come back to a simmer but not a rolling boil. A rolling boil will cause your coconut milk to separate, according to my mom.
  5. You can also add about ¾ cup of the sugar and a dash of salt. When it comes up to a simmer, add the sweet potatoes and plantains (saba if you can find it) and cook until they are tender.
  6. Add the tapioca pearls and adjust the sweetness to your taste.
If you can afford extra richness, you may serve this topped with additional coconut cream. Yumm!
Recipe by Cooked From the Heart at