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Filipino Merienda - Pinoy Vegan Snacks

Merienda is a Spanish word for snack. Filipino merienda means Pinoy snack. This stuff is simply vegan!

Filipino merienda refers to those yummy snack foods eaten in between meals. There are so many Filipino snack foods but let's focus on our simple and ultimate favorite, the Puto rice cakes!

Filipino Merienda foodThis is called Puto Rice Cakes. It's a very simple rice dessert. These are steamed to make it pluffy. Usually, this is eaten for breakfast or in between meals as a snack.

Why is this a favorite? Well, because making it is a no brainer! It's crazy easy.

When we say less is more, it applies to food too. Less ingredients is so much better. Your body will not squeal in the form of stomach ache questioning what the heck you're putting in it.

So let's move right along to one of the simplest and favorite merienda you can ever make at home, the Puto rice sweets.

Usually, this Filipino snack comes in different varieties. Some are made in muffin molds steamed in a steamer or a wok with all kinds of added ingredients like cheese and stuff.

This type of puto above is the simplest of them all and it is vegan friendly! So, this one takes the spotlight.

The Filipino Puto Recipe a.k.a White Rice Cakes

Puto rice sweets or cakes
  • 1 cup of long grain rice (you can use regular white or sweet glutenous type)
  • 1 cup water ( I use fresh coconut milk)
  • 3/4 cup natural sugar (try to use cane sugar). You can even use other natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup. Sweetness is with your preference.
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder

(Others put cheese in this recipe but this is a totally vegan recipe)

Wash the rice with filtered water and rinse it twice. Place it in the bowl and put water (fresh coconut milk) just enough to cover it. Soak it for about a couple of hours.

Put the soaked rice in a high speed blender and pulverize to a fine consistency. 

Transfer to a bowl. Add the sweetener and baking powder mixing thoroughly. Let it stand for about 10 minutes.

Pour the mixture into a slightly greased cupcake or muffin cups or mold in about 2/3 filled. If you don't have molds, simply pour it in a square baking pan. 

Put in a steamer and steam for about 25 minutes.

If using molds, pop them out and serve. If using a pan, cut them in slices and serve.

NOTE: Using coconut milk to soak the rice in will give the rice cake a richer texture. Any nut milk of your choice can be used as well besides the plain filtered water.

It's great for breakfast or snacks. It's totable too. It's so simple that it's almost an instant (merienda) snack from a steamer. This recipe is really quick and does not require all kinds of ingredients.

It's so easy, even the kids might be able to make them with supervision of course.

Try this quick puto rice cake recipe for your next Filipino merienda. You won't be disappointed how seriously easy it is. 

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