Filipino Hopia Recipe - Make them with beans!

Got a sweet tooth? Here's a Filipino Hopia recipe that's strictly vegetarian with sweet beans filling to satisfy your beastly sweet cravings!

Traditionally, most Filipino Hopia recipe calls for pork. Nope, not here folks.  We let the piggies live. We like to use red beans or Mung beans also known as Mungos in the Philippines. 

Mung Beans HopiaFilipino Hopia Recipe with mung beans filling - the vegetarian version. Pop 'em in your mouth and stay happy.

Mungo beans are loaded with nutrients including protein if you're worried about that. Mung beans or 'mungos' are crazy cheap too and you can make soups with them.

This pastry is a native snack for Pinoys. You pop one in your mouth and have your tasty Hopia experience.

No need for pork filling. Red beans or Mungos taste so much cleaner and it works well with vegetarian Hopia filling. It's a guarantee that you will not miss the pork.

For the Filling:

  • 1/2 cup Mung beans or small red beans
  • 3 1/2 cups water
  • 3/4 cup cake flour (make sure it's a good brand with less additives)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (as organic as possible like cane sugar)

Boil the beans until tender then let them cool.  Combine these beans with the cake flour, sugar and 1/2 cup water in a high speed blender. Blend until the mixture is in a very fine consistency. Transfer to a saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until a thick paste is obtained.

Set aside.

For the Pastry:

  • 2 1/2 cups organic all-purpose flour (non-bleached)
  • 1 1/2 cups cake flour (same brand above)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 tablespoon organic cane sugar
  • 1 cup organic butter
  • 2 tablespoon Agave nectar or honey
  • 1/4 cup nut milk (any kind) 

Mix all-purpose organic flour and cake flour together in a large mixing bowl. Make a well in the center. Pour in the water. Add the sugar, butter and Agave or honey into the well. Mix slightly with a wooden spoon. Do not over mix.

Work the dough. Shape it into a ball and place it in a bowl. Cover with a towel and set aside for about 30 minutes.

Divide into 28 pieces and shape each piece into 3 1/2 inch circles and about 1/4 inch thick. Don't worry about the exact measurement. You'll get it.

Put 1 tablespoon of bean mixture in the center of the dough circle. Gather edges together and wrap the filling to form a flattened ball.

Place in a greased cookie pan and bake at 325 degree F for about 20 minutes or until brown.

Let cool and sink your sweet tooth into it with or without your favorite beverage.

As a Filipino in origin and became Filipino vegetarian by choice, I love the veggie version of this Hopia. Because this Filipino snack dessert are filled with beans, they're loaded with good-for-you and easily digestible protein!

This Filipino Hopia recipe can last longer in the fridge if they don't disappear quickly in your household. So it's recommended that you make at least a double batch of this vegetarian Hopia recipe.

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