Colombian Coconut Dessert

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I ate these delish coconut bites of heaven on the Island of San Andres, Colombia More about San Andres . It’s about a 3 hour flight Northwest from Bogota.  A lady walked the beach with the little coconut mounds on a tray that she balanced on her head.  My husband, from the area, said his mother used to make these desserts all the time.



  • 2 cups shredded coconut
  • 2 1/2 cups of brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon minced ginger
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pinch nutmeg


  1. Combine all the ingredients and bring to a boil on medium – high heat.  Stir constantly for about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Test to see if the mixture is ready by dropping a little in cold water.  If it’s ready, it will clump together.
  3. Scoop out small mounds on waxed paper and allow to cool.

I recommend wrapping them in plastic so they remain fresh and chewy.  Also, you can add any ingredients like dates, raisins, dried mango or pineapple.

The lady from San Andres, Colombia.  Her recipe was amazing!

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