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Ginataang Bilo Bilo Recipe

By 6:51 PM

One of the most popular Filipino desserts is Ginataang Bilo Bilo. This thick and sweet concoction is filled with goodness! The main ingredient is the glutinous rice balls or bilo bilo which everybody fights for in our house. Widely available everywhere during Lenten season but this sweet dessert can also be found in the many eateries and canteens around the country in any season. In my case, I prefer making it at home because hello, bilo bilo. LOL I like them taking over the entire bowl. The more the happier! Hahaha!

You can also make it at home, too! I made sure that this Ginataang Bilo Bilo Recipe will be easy to follow that you' be able to make it with your eyes closed the next time! 
Ginataang Bilo Bilo

Not only is it such a delicious comfort food during the rainy season but Ginataang Bilo Bilo is perfect even for those warm days! Just pop it in the fridge for a couple of hours and it becomes a perfect cooling snack!


  • 2 cups glutinous rice flour (I used ready-to-use store bought pack instead of the traditional way of getting your grains milled at the supermarket)
  • 1 cup dried tapioca pearls (soaked in water for at least 4 hours)
  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 ripe plantains (sliced)
  • 1 large sweet potato sliced into small cubes
  • 1 cup of sliced jack fruit


How to make bilo bilo

  • Slowly mix the 1 cup of water into the flour and form them into small dough balls. Add more water if needed.
  • In batches, cook rice balls in boiling water for about 6-8 minutes or until they float to the top.
  • Set rice balls aside. 

*Tip: When ready to mix this with the rest of the ingredients, just pick them up with clean wet hands so you won't have a hard time separating them from each other.

To Cook the Tapioca:

  • Strain the tapioca.
  • Drop them into the same pot where you cooked the rice balls and let it boil.
  • Simmer over medium heat for about 15-20 minutes until they are soft and translucent, strain then set aside. 

*Tip: soak them in cold water when set aside so they don't stick together.

To make the Ginataang Bilo Bilo:

  • Mix 3 cups of coconut milk and 1 cup water in a large saucepan/pot and bring to a boil.
  • Add sweet potatoes and cook for about 15 minutes under low heat.
  • Add tapioca, brown sugar and rice balls into the pot, simmer for 10 minutes
  • Add plantains and sliced jack fruit, let it cook for 5 minutes or until tender.
  • Add remaining coconut milk, bring to a boil then remove from heat.
  • Serve warm or chilled
Ginataang Bilo Bilo

If you want a visual guide, I found this video tutorial on how cook Ginataang Bilo Bilo on YouTube. I swear it's so easy! And more than that, I'm sure that your family will love this Pinoy dessert! What do you think? Tell me in the comments!

If you love Ginataang Bilo Bilo then I'm pretty sure you will also love it's cousin the Binignit!

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