Halo Halo, one of my favourite Filipino desserts growing up as a kid in the hot summers of Saskatchewan. I remember my dad crushing the ice with this white plastic tool that you had to manually crank with a handle and push the ice through with this plastic top. I loved growing up in the 80’s when kitchen gadgets were simple & interesting compared to the technology we have today that has so much power & too many buttons! To crush the ice, you can use a blender that has the feature, or like I did, which was to use my food processor with the cheese grater plate and it worked just fine. (Although, it’s super loud!)
Being Canadian-Filipino, I “westernized” the recipe for you to enjoy with ingredients you can find at your local grocery store (Asian/Filipino section). But if you want to be adventurous & authentic, check out your local Filipino market in town. You will find the traditional food items to make Halo Halo. Just ask the grocery clerk and they will guide you to the jarred sweet beans, coconut shreds, and jackfruit etc.
In the recipe, I just added ingredients that I already had in my fridge. So totally mix up the fruit with cantaloupe or honeydew using a melon baller. This time around, I used sliced strawberries.
Here is the recipe for 1 serving, I do hope you enjoy it on a hot summer day!
2 x Fresh Strawberries, sliced
1 cup of Crushed/Shaved Ice
3/4 cup of Unsweetened Almond Milk
2 Tbsp of Ube Jam| Jonaz Sweet Purple Yam*
2 Tbsp of Shredded Coconut| Bulacan Macapuno Strings in Syrup*
1 scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream
* (Find these at your local Filipino grocery store or section of grocery store)
1. In a short glass, start layering the ingredients. First, add half of the crushed ice, then add the Ube Jam, then the Coconut Shreds, then rest of the crushed ice.
2. Add the Unsweetened Almond Milk.
3. Top it up with the strawberries and a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream..
When ready to eat, mix it up and serve with a spoon. (Halo Halo means mix). Enjoy
Nutrition: 384 calories | 3g PRO| 67g CHO| 13g Fat
Non-Alcoholic Beverage - Moscow Mule
In a tall glass, add the following:
1/2 cup of Ice cubes
1 cup of Spicy Ginger Beer
3/4 cup of Carbonated Water
3-4 Fresh Mint Leaves
1/4 Lime (Garnish on glass & add lime juice to beverage)
Put mint leaves at the bottom of the glass, add all ingredients together and muddle the mint leaves with ingredients. Cut lime into a quarter wedge and add one as a garnish. Then squeeze the lime juice into beverage mixture when ready to drink & enjoy!
Nutrition: 154 Calories, 37g CHO, 1g PRO, 0g Fat