Time to make your own halo-halo, sorbetes, and other Filipino desserts and snacks at home!


Good news: it’s finally summer in the Philippines!

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Bad news: we can’t go out of the house yet!


The Philippine government just announced the extension of the enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila, Calabarzon, and “all other high risk” areas until 15 May 2020. As the threat of COVID-19 continues to affect the country, there’s no denying that now’s not the best time to go out and enjoy the heat of the summer season. Fortunately, there are workarounds you can do while staying at home such as joining virtual tours from the comfort of your couch, binge-watching Netflix shows, watching Pinoy movies online, and more!


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And since the dry season is finally here, you’re probably looking for ideas to make delicious and mouthwatering Pinoy desserts at home – so we’re here to help! Here’s a compilation of tasty Filipino desserts and snacks you’re probably craving this summer season:


10 Filipino Desserts And Snacks You Can Make At Home


#1. Halo-Halo

halo-halo recipe
Photo by Bramptonist


  • 2 cups of shaved ice
  • 1 ripe large banana
  • 1 cup young shredded coconut, fresh or bottled
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn or chickpeas (garbanzos)
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 1 cup firm gelatin set into a gel and cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 ripe mangoes
  • 1 cup ripe jackfruit
  • 1 cup cooked sweet yams or (ube halaya)
  • 4 scoops of favorite ice cream
  • 1/2 cup rice pop


  1. Peel mangoes and slice into half-inch cubes.
  2. Divide each ingredient into 4 equal parts. Get 4 tall glasses, then place each ingredient layer by layer.
  3. Put the one-half cup of shaved ice to each glass.
  4. Pour a quarter of milk evap over shaved ice to each glass.
  5. Put a scoop of ice cream on top
  6. Drizzle some nuts or rice crispies on top of the ice cream.

Source: balay.ph

Be inspired by Gail Bongalbal Sargento‘s homemade Halo-Halo:

HALO HALO for TODAY!! Our kind of bonding during ECQ Bayanihan sa kainan.P.S. Home made Ube Halaya ni Mama Anita

Posted by Gail Bongalbal Sargento on Thursday, 23 April 2020



#2. Ginataang Halo-Halo (Bilo-Bilo)

ginataang bilo bilo recipe
Photo by Kawaling Pinoy


  • 1 1/2 cups sweet potatoes kamote, diced
  • 1 cup taro roots gabi, diced
  • 1 1/2 cups purple yam
  • 1 1/4 cup plantains saging na saba, diced
  • 1 cup ripe jackfruit langka, sliced
  • 2 cups small tapioca pearls cooked
  • 12 to 20 pieces glutinous rice balls bilo-bilo
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups coconut milk
  • 2 cups of water


  1. Pour water in a large cooking pot and apply heat. Let it boil.
  2. Add 1 3/4 cups of coconut milk then wait until it re-boils.
  3. Put in the sweet potatoes, purple yam, and taro roots and simmer for 8 minutes.
  4. Pour the remaining coconut milk, sugar, and glutinous rice balls then stir. Simmer for 7 minutes.
  5. Add the plantains then cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  6. Put in the jack fruit and cook for 2 minutes more.
  7. Slowly slide-in the cooked tapioca pearls then stir. Simmer for 1 minute.
  8. Turn off heat and transfer to a serving plate.
  9. Serve either hot or cold. Share and enjoy!

Source: panlasangpinoy.com

Check out netizen Faye Santiago‘s take on Ginataang Halo-Halo:

Ginataang halo-halo.. Nagawa din kita! Pa importante kasi si Mr. Bilo-Bilo, nagpahanap pa e. Kung di ka lang paborito ng…

Posted by Faye Santiago on Thursday, 23 April 2020


#3. Ice Candy

buko ice candy
Photo by Lutong Bahay Recipe


  • 1/4 cup of sago (tapioca)
  • 1 tablespoon of dried raisins
  • Half a cup of shredded coconut meat
  • 1 sweetened banana 
  • Half a cup of melon strips
  • Half a liter of coconut juice
  • 1/4 cup of evaporated milk
  • 5 tablespoons of sugar


  1. Mix everything in a big bowl.  
  2. Taste the sweetness to determine if you want to add more or less sugar.  
  3. Pour them with the help of your funnel on your ice-candy bags.  
  4. Freeze them for at least 24  hours.

Source: panlasangpinoy.com

This appetizing post from Mary Ann Arabis will surely convince you to make ice candies:

Ice candy mo diha..#ECQ

Posted by Mary Ann Arabis on Thursday, 23 April 2020


#4. Banana Cake

banana cake philippines
Photo by BBC


  • 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1 1/4 tsp.baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/4 cups mashed bananas


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Sift together sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl.
  3. Add milk to the mixture slowly, slowly, and mix the flour until it’s moistened.
  4. Add eggs, bananas, and yogurt. Beat until smooth.
  5. Pour into a greased baking pan. Bake for 40 minutes or until done.

Source: pinoy-cooking.com


Let Joel Tagra Cabero‘s Facebook post inspire you to make a banana cake (and ~suman na balanghoy~):

Among snack ganiha,,kay way mga lingawBanana cake og suman na balanghoy…????????????#ECQ

Posted by Joel Tagra Cabero on Thursday, 23 April 2020


#5. Cheesy Ube Pandesal

ube cheesy
Photo by Booky


  • 1/4 cup ube powder
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 2 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 medium egg
  • 1 tablespoon liquid ube extract 
  • 1 block quick melt cheese (165g)
  • 4 tablespoons breadcrumbs 


  1. Place ube powder in a bowl. Pour in hot water and stir until completely rehydrated.
  2. In a large bowl – add flour, sugar, and salt. Mix to combine.
  3. Pour in warm milk and oil and add the egg and mix. Add the yeast and mix again.
  4. Add the rehydrated ube and ube extract (if using) and mix well until well combined. 
  5. Tip the dough on a flat surface. 
  6. Form the dough into a ball and lightly coat with oil. 
  7. Punch down the dough and divide it into 2 equal parts using a knife or dough slicer. 
  8. Flatten a ball and place a cube of cheese at the center. 
  9. Arrange the pieces on a baking sheet living some gaps in between (at least an inch). 
  10. Remove from the oven and serve while hot!

Source: foxyfolsky.com

Check out blogger Vallexie‘s mouthwatering post about Cheesy Ube Pandesal:

Time to master our baking and cooking skills during ECQ. Home made Cheesy Ube Pandesal. ????????#VallexieCooks #VallexieEats #Vallexie #ECQDiaries

Posted by Vallexie on Monday, 20 April 2020


#6. Homemade Sorbetes

Photo by GMA Network


  • 1 cup of all-purpose cream
  • 1/2 cup of fresh milk
  • 1 1/2 evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar
  • 1 egg in a bowl
  • 125g processed cheddar cheese, diced


  1. Combine 1 cup of all-purpose cream, 1/2 cup of fresh milk, 1 1/2 evaporated milk and 1 1/2 cups of granulated sugar in a saucepan and stir until sugar is dissolved. 
  2. Lower the heat to thicken the mixture. Once it is thick, transfer the mixture to a mixing bowl.
  3. Add 125g of diced cheddar cheese to the cream mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 3 hours.  
  4. After chilling, remove from the refrigerator, and using either a whisk, spatula, or electric mixer, beat the mixture for 15 minutes until it doubles in size. 
  5. Place the cream mixture in an aluminum, freezer-proof container. Freeze for at least two hours or overnight. Makes for 15 to 20 servings.

Source: desiredcuisine.com

Don’t have enough ingredients at home? Try Allison Albaza Abesamis‘ 2-ingredient homemade ice cream instead:

2 ingredient homemade ice cream naman ????????????Nagagawa nga naman ng ECQ ????

Posted by Allison Ablaza Abesamis on Monday, 23 March 2020



#7. Saging Con Yelo

saging con yelo
Photo by Mama’s Guide Recipes


  • 4 to 6 pieces ripe saba banana peeled
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla essence
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shaved ice
  • 1/4 cup evaporated milk


  1. Pour the water in a cooking pot. Let it boil.
  2. Put in the brown sugar. Stir.
  3. Add the vanilla extract (or essence) and salt. Stir once more. Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the saba banana. Cover the cooking pot. Adjust the heat to low and cook for 10 to 15 minutes. Let the liquid reduce to half. Turn off the heat and allow the banana to cool.
  5. Transfer to a serving bowl. Top with shaved ice and pour evaporated milk.
  6. Serve. Share and enjoy!

Source: panlasangpinoy.com

Eating this Filipino staple dessert is more fun with the entire family. Take it from Melai Karyl Claire‘s post:

????saging???????? con yelo????para masaya sa tag init????#ECQ#bayanihan

Posted by Melai Karyl Claire on Monday, 20 April 2020


#8. Toasted Bread

bread toast
Photo by cookpad.com


  • 4 bread slices
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Beat the eggs, milk, and sugar in a large bowl till the sugar dissolves in the mixture.
  2. Soak the bread slices one by one in the mixture and coat them well.
  3. Place a frypan over medium flame and add butter in it. Once the butter melts, put a soaked bread slice and fry it for a minute.
  4. Flip and fry the other side of the bread slice. Repeat the process for all the bread slices. You can garnish the sweet bread toast with maple syrup. Serve hot.

Source: recipe.timesofindia.com

Create your version of the famous bread toast just like what Facebook user Kathleen Kay Angeles did:

ECQ snacks ????

Posted by Kathleen Kay Angeles on Monday, 13 April 2020

#9. Leche Flan 

leche flan
Photo by Spoonful Of Butter


  • 10 pieces of eggs
  • 1 can condensed milk (14 oz)
  • 1 cup fresh milk or evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Using all the eggs – separate the yolk from the egg white (only egg yolks will be used).
  2. Place the egg yolks in a big bowl then beat them using a fork or an egg beater
  3. Add the condensed milk and mix thoroughly
  4. Pour the fresh milk and vanilla. Mix well
  5. Put the mold (llanera) on top of the stove and heat using low fire
  6. Put in the granulated sugar on the mold and mix thoroughly until the solid sugar turns into liquid (caramel) having a light brown color. 
  7. Spread the caramel (liquid sugar) evenly on the flat side of the mold
  8. Wait for 5 minutes then pour the egg yolk and milk mixture on the mold
  9. Cover the top of the mold using an Aluminum foil
  10. Steam the mold with egg and milk mixture for 30 to 35 minutes.
  11. After steaming, let the temperature cool down then refrigerate
  12. Serve for dessert. Share and enjoy!

Source: panlasangpinoy.com

Looking to add a different twist to your Leche Flan? Check out Lalaine Valera‘s unique Kalabasa Leche Flan recipe:

kalabasa leche flan


#10. Turon

Photo The Maya Kitchen


  • 6 pieces bananas saba or plantains, cut in half (lengthwise)
  • 1 cup jackfruit ripe, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 12 pieces lumpia wrapper
  • 2 cups cooking oil


  1. Roll the banana on the sugar plate and ensure that the banana is coated with enough sugar
  2. Place the banana with sugar coating in the spring roll wrapper and add some ripe jackfruit
  3. Fold and lock the spring roll wrapper, use water to seal the edge
  4. In a pan, heat the oil and put in some sugar. Wait until the brown sugar floats
  5. Put-in the wrapped banana and fry until the wrapper turns golden brown and the extra sugar sticks on the wrapper
  6. Serve hot as a dessert or snack. Share and Enjoy!

Source: panlasangpinoy.com

Let international pop star Halsey‘s tweet convince you to make Turon at home:



What other Filipino desserts and snacks are you craving right now? Let us know!

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