Miel de coco- Costa Rican Dessert Recipe

Costa Rican miel de coco is a milk-based thick syrupy dessert made from coconut flakes and sweetened condensed milk, then boiled until thick and sweet.
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About Miel de Coco

Miel de coco literally translates to coconut honey in Spanish, but that is not exactly what this recipe is. In Costa Rica, “miel” refers to almost any sticky, sweet fruit concoction that is not a jam. 

A Costa Rican miel will generally be very thick, almost like a syrup. It also generally has larger chunks of fruit in it. Another example of a miel that is popular in Costa Rica is the miel de chiverre which we use to make empanadas.

Many Costa Rican cooks will purchase a coconut and break it open, soak it and then grate the coconut before making the recipe. I don’t have time for that so I just used store-bought sweetened shredded coconut and adjusted the sugar.

This Costa Rican dessert is very sweet- it’s also reminiscent of arroz con leche both because of the texture and the milky flavor. It’s definitely an acquired taste and if you don’t like coconut you won’t like it. When researching this article, I asked two Costa Ricans about the dish and they both told me they know nothing about it because they hate it.

Miel de coco is a very traditional  Costa Rican recipe that can be served year-round, but especially during Lent, Holy Week (semana santa) and Easter.

Related post: Costa Rican Holy Week Foods

Costa Rican Miel de Coco Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar (can substitute brown sugar for a darker color)
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions:

In pressure cooker/Instant Pot combine all ingredients. Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes. Allow the pressure to release on its own. Open the pot and put the miel de coco in a serving dish. Serve hot or cold.

Substitutions

You can substitute any type of milk for the regular milk. Evaporated milk, coconut milk, almond milk, etc.

If you don’t have sweetened condensed milk you can substitute one cup of milk and three tablespoons of sugar. 

You can use the tapa de dulce, or piloncillo, as found in the Hispanic aisle, in place of the granulated sugar.

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Variations

You can definitely make this on the stovetop. Just put all the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. This recipe will buron on the bottom of the pan, so you have to keep a close eye on it. 

Once the ingredients have bubbled constantly for about 5 minutes and the solution has thickened considerably, remove from heat. Serve.

Serving Suggestions

Some people just eat the miel de coco, either hot or cold, in a small bowl with a spoon and accompanied by a nice cup of coffee. 

You can also use the miel de coco as a filling for coconut empanadas.

FAQ

How do I store the miel de coco? – Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

How do I reheat this recipe? – The best way to reheat is on the stovetop. The problem is that every time you transfer the miel from one container to another its a sticky mess. You can reheat in the microwave, but you need to go low and slow. Start with one minute on 40% power. Stir and continue heating until you reach the desired temperature.

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Yield: 2 cups

Miel de coco- Costa Rican Dessert Recipe

Miel de coco- Costa Rican Dessert Recipe

Costa Rican miel de coco is a milk-based thick syrupy dessert made from coconut flakes and sweetened condensed milk, then boiled until thick and sweet.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar (can substitute brown sugar for a darker color)
  • 1-2 cinnamon sticks

Instructions

  1. In pressure cooker/Instant Pot combine all ingredients.
  2. Cook on high pressure for 4 minutes.
  3. Allow the pressure to release on its own.
  4. Open the pot and put the miel de coco in a serving dish.
  5. Serve hot or cold.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 118Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 2mgSodium: 42mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 1g
Please double-check this information with your favorite nutrition calculator.

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