Pastillas de Coco: Raw Pastillas de Leche

22 Dec
I recently read an e-mail from someone who visited the Philippines.  He wrote: “I now know why so few tourists visit the Philippines.  I will never go there again.”  It saddened me because I have so many fond memories of the Philippines: the kind happy people, the beautiful islands and its unique fusion of food with Malay, Chinese and Spanish influences.  
As I think about these negative comments during this holiday season, I have began to yearn for one of my favourite candies from the Philippines called Pastillas de Leche, a candy traditionally made from reduced carabao’s (water buffalo) milk and sugar.  So, I have created my own raw candy that I call Pastillas de Coco, because its main ingredient is coconut.  These taste very similar to the carabao milk version .  The recipe is so easy and quick – not to mention dairy free, unprocessed and healthier.
Place in a Vitamix or other high speed blender and blend just until it becomes buttery.  The shredded coconut will first become powdery, then it will become a paste.  The paste is what you want.  Do not over blend as the ‘butter’ may separate:
6 oz dry shredded coconut
Place in a bowl and mix with:
a pinch of sea salt
3 oz raw honey or agave syrup
Roll into small cylinders and cover with dry shredded coconut or powdered coconut (place dry shredded coconut in Vitamix and process until you have a powder), or even raw cacao powder.  Wrap with wax paper and cellophane, if desired.  You can also just roll them into balls to make Coconut Truffles.  Keep refrigerated.

2 Responses to “Pastillas de Coco: Raw Pastillas de Leche”

  1. Mia January 10, 2011 at 9:49 am #

    That comment about the Philippines makes me sad as well…but your recipe sounds delicious! I only have a regular blender (not a Vita-Mix) but I’ll have to give this a try… I haven’t tasted good pastillas de leche in years!!

    • Mama In The Kitchen January 10, 2011 at 1:02 pm #

      Hi Mia, you can use a food processor – basically, you want the dried coconut to first turn into a powder, then the more it is processed, it will turn into a soft paste. This is what you want. Just add the sweetener and mold… and yums… 😉

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