Buko Pandan

Buko Pandan is a popular Filipino Dessert; this is made using young coconut and Screwpine leaves (locally known as “Pandan”). At first glance, this sumptuous dessert can be mistaken for Buko Salad because of the similarity in texture and dairy ingredients used. However, the green gelatin which contains the aroma and flavor of the Pandan gives the distinction.


This is traditionally prepared by boiling several Pandan leaves until all the juices are released. The leaves are then removed from the boiling pot and gelatin bars (locally referred to as “Gulaman”) are added to cook until diluted in liquid.

The variation that we have here uses buko Pandan flavoring instead of fresh Pandan leaves. Since Pandan leaves are not always available in our location, I tried looking for alternatives and the flavoring was the best that I can find. I think that the flavoring is even better because it tastes and smells exactly like the Pandan leaves with an additional hint of buko. This also saves you some time and effort by eliminating the boiling process.

I love having this dessert with tapioca pearls that is why I included it in the recipe; you may also add kaong and nata de coco if desired. I also topped each serving with vanilla ice cream to make it more rich and heavenly.

This recipe is good for 2 persons; feel free to double or triple the ingredients to serve more people. For those who want to use fresh pandan leaves, try boiling 3 leaves in 2 cups of water. The liquid derived from this should replace the water and buko pandan flavoring.

Try this recipe and let me know your thoughts.

Buko Pandan
Nutrition Information
  • Serves: 2
  • Serving size: 2
    Prep time: 
    Cook time: 
    Total time: 
    • 1 1/2 cup young coconut strips (Buko)
    • 5 ounces condensed milk
    • 8 ounces Table cream or all-purpose cream
    • 3 ounces powdered gelatin
    • 1 1/4 cups water
    • 6 drops Buko Pandan flavoring
    • 2 scoops vanilla ice cream (optional)
    • 1/2 cup small tapioca pearls, cooked (optional)
    1. Combine water and powdered gelatin then stir using a spoon.
    2. Add Buko Pandan flavoring then stir until everything is evenly distributed.
    3. Heat a saucepan and pour-in the mixture. Bring to a boil while continuously stirring.
    4. Turn off the heat and transfer the mixture to a mold. Allow the temperature to cool. The texture of the mixture should be firm once cooled. You may also place this inside the refrigerator for faster results (allow the temperature to go down before putting-in the refrigerator).
    5. Combine condensed milk, table cream, tapioca pearls, and young coconut then mix well. Allow the texture to thicken by chilling in the refrigerator or freezer for a few hours.
    6. Slice the firm gelatin into 1 inch cubes then combine with the condensed milk-cream-young coconut-tapioca mixture.
    7. Transfer to individual serving platters or cups then top with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream.
    8. Serve for dessert. Share and enjoy!


    Watch the cooking video:


    1. i made this recipe and we all love it even w/o the vanilla ice cream it is still perfect dessert for all ages

    2. did this recipe today for a dinner with friends, it was a hit! :)

    3. I made brazo de mercedes but the only problem I had is when I need to remove its hard. What can I use to grease the cookie sheet. Please help me. Thank you very much.

    4. genelyn pablo says:

      thanks a lot on ur site,it help me a lot to enjoy cooking a traditional cuisine especially ours.i did 2 already of ur recipe and its so….delicious,thanks again sir…more power!

    5. kuya where did you buy that buko pandan flavoring?

    6. this recipe is so good….i just have one question, my fiancee is not big on condensed milk is there any alternative? i really want to make this dessert but i also want him to like it….

    7. this is one of my fav..thanks for sharing .GOD BLESS>

    8. weena tambanillo says:

      thank you so much! i love your site,it is very helpful especially with the video.

    9. weena tambanillo says:

      thank you so much! i love your site,it is very helpful especially with the video.i always open this site whenever i need to cook some filipino foods.more power!

    10. Buko pandan is one of my favorites!! Im so happy I checked on you site. I will try this on my birthday! More power!

    11. Buko Pandan is one of my favorite dessert. Thank you so much for sharing your skills and talent. It made my cooking much easier and my food more tastier. GOD BLESS you and more power to you and your website. :)

    12. richdell says:

      Hello, I am happy that you have a website like this,,,, because i cant cooking even i stay in Okinawa Japan about 20 years i just work and house,,, but when i married and move here in NC, i am 2 year here, and no bento or ready to buy a lunch box here, so when im statating to searching i pound ur site and i study and learn how to cook,,, but you know some recipe u cant buy here,,,, Any how I try to make this buko pandan but my gelatine is to hard but i follow ur Instraction, i dont know how come ?????? or mybe i try again,,, so THANK YOU AGAIN,,, AND MORE POWER TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TOO,,, GOD BE WITH YOU ALL,,,,

    13. hi,am the avid fan of ur panlasangpinoy,what to ask f LYEwater u can buy it anywhere even here in kuwait?kc i love to make kutsinta and pitsi-pitsi kc i love traditionalfood or kakanin..pls tell me where to buy this lye water…thanx!carol

    14. its okay na…saw it na pala tnx

    15. What is the exact recipe of this…like the measurement of water in boiling the gulaman powder…

    16. Dear Sir,

      I want to make buko pandan but its difficult to find powder gulaman here in Netherland is thier any powder to replace the gulaman powder. just send it to my private email thank you.



    17. krissy says:

      im in us too particularly in wisconsin.. where can i get all those ingredients? thanks a lot

    18. josie of japan says:

      i was very glad i found this site of yours, nakadagdag siya ng kaalaman ko sa pag luloto ko,at isa it make may bisuness grow with htew help of your site.hope to hear more pinoy recipe, thanks and more power, God bless

    19. u8mypinkcookies says:

      awesome dessert! love it chilled :)

    20. Annie, is that the bottled macapuno? You may use it but try cutting of some condensed milk since most bottled macapuno are already sweetened.

    21. Practice at tyaga lang po Claire :)

    22. MariaRhod says:

      Thank you for a mouthwatering dessert recipe! Presentation is truly delightful! At first look, it seems so intimidating to prepare, but after watching your help video, I think I might just be able to do it. I am a big fan of your site… my family thank you for a marvelous job! God bless!!

    23. Pure indulgence!

    24. OMG!! Seriously nag tulo na ang laway ko. Waaaaaaa!
      Pahingi naman :-(

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