Low-FODMAP Maja Blanca (No-Bake Filipino Dessert); Gluten-free, Vegan

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A close friend of our family is from the Philippines, and this is Suzette’s traditional dessert favorite.  Maja Blanca is delicious, easy and so lovely.  This low-FODMAP dessert recipe requires no baking, and results in a sweet and light coconut cream custard, topped generously with toasted coconut or crushed peanuts.

I hope you enjoy this low-FODMAP, gluten-free and vegan Maja Blanca recipe as much as our family does.

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Suzette’s Low-FODMAP Maja Blanca; Gluten-free, Vegan

Although this recipe has not been tested, a single serving should be low-FODMAP based on the ingredients

Serves 16

Prep time: 20 minutes

Chill time: 2-3 hours or overnight

Equipment: 8 by 8 inch baking pan



  • Grease an 8-inch baking pan and set aside
  • Mix 1/2 cup of water with the cornstarch in a bowl, and stir until smooth.  Set aside
  • Combine the coconut milk, remaining 3/4 cup water, and sugar in a saucepan over low heat, and stir until the sugar is dissolved
  • Bring the mixture to a boil, add the corn kernels, and then add the prepared cornstarch/water mixture, stirring briskly to avoid lumps 
  • Bring the mixture back to a boil, and simmer until fully thickened and smooth, stirring constantly, about 2 minutes
  • Pour the low-FODMAP Maja Blanca into the prepared baking pan, and let cool about 30 minutes at room temperature
  • Cover and refrigerate until firm, about 2-3 hours or overnight
  • Prepare the topping:
    • Place the coconut flakes in a dry skillet over medium heat, and stir to toast
      • Alternative: can also toast in the oven at 200 F for about 5-10 minutes
    • Watch carefully so they don’t burn
    • Remove the toasted coconut flakes and transfer to a bowl, let cool
  • When low-FODMAP Maja Blanca is set, remove from refrigerator and slice into squares
  • Sprinkle generously with the toasted coconut or crushed peanuts before serving
  • Store unused portions, covered, in refrigerator

  • It is creamy and so light!

  • Delicious low-FODMAP Maja Blanca!

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