Before you melt from the intense heat this summer, try out these Filipino Shaved Ice Desserts! No ice shaver needed. An easy trick is to freeze ice in a big container and use a knife to scrape the ice block, leaving you with fine shards of shaved ice. There are so many recipes to try using shaved ice, here are a few of my favorites:


Minatamis Na Saging (Saba con yelo)

You can never go wrong with this dessert. Minatamis na saging is banana cooked in brown sugar syrup. Put it in a bowl of crushed ice and milk, which we then call saba con yelo.  You can use any banana for this recipe, but the best one to use is the saba. Usually, water and brown sugar are used to make the syrup, but for this recipe, I used coconut water for extra flavor. Infuse the syrup with pandan leaves if you want to make it really special.


  1. Pour coconut water in a large pan, filling it halfway through. Add 1 cup brown sugar and dissolve.
  2. Place pandan leaves in the pan, bring to a simmer on low heat.
  3. Place 3 pieces of peeled saba on the pan, let simmer. 8 minutes per side.
  4. Remove the saba from the pan, discard pandan leaves and save the syrup. Set aside.
  5. Chop the saba into chunks, combine with langka and syrup.
  6. Place the banana and langka mixture in a glass, top with shaved ice.
  7. Pour in the remaining syrup and enjoy!

Halo-halo is one of the most quintessential summer desserts in the Philippines. This is a much simplified version Usually you would see halo-halo overflowing with toppings, but feel free to add your favorites. This recipe only calls for 5 toppings: corn, ube halaya, leche flan, fresh buko, and macapuno.


  1. Mix corn with condensed milk in a bowl, set aside.
  2. Place shaved ice on top of the corn, filling the bowl to the brim.
  3. Top with ube halaya, leche flan, buko, and macapuno.
  4. Pour a generous amount of evaporated milk on top.
  5. OPTIONAL: Top it off with pinipig or rice krispies for an extra crunch.
Ice Scramble

You would wonder what those bright pink shakes with all sorts of sweet toppings being sold on the street are called. They’re called ice scramble, or iskrambol (how Filipinos would pronounce it). The original version is topped with powdered milk, marshmallows, sprinkles, and chocolate syrup. It sure sounds delectable, but my recipe is a more simplified version of the shake.


  1. Mix 1 banana, evaporated milk, and condensed milk in a blender.
  2. Shave enough ice to fill your glass.
  3. Place the ice on top of the banana and milk mixture.
  4. Add a few drops of red food coloring, and mix!
Buko Ice Candy

This is a really fun and tasty way to make ice cream. The coconut is perfect as a refreshing flavor for the summer. The secret to having a creamy consistency is to add cornstarch!


  1. Dissolve 2 tbsp cornstarch with 1 1/2 cup coconut water.
  2. Add into hot pan, let simmer. Optional: add pandan leaves into simmering pot.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine 1 1/2 cup milk, 1/2 cup condensed milk, and 1 cup of fresh grated coconut.
  4. Strain cornstarch and coconut water mixture. Dissolve 1/2 cup sugar into the mixture. Let cool.
  5. Once the cornstarch-coconut water mixture has cooled, combine it with the milk mixture.
  6. Pour the mixture into a mold, freeze overnight.


Watch how I make these shaved ice desserts! Which one will you try first?

What other recipes do you want us to try? Let us know in the comments!

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