Ohh a Healthy Halo Halo with made with fresh fruit, milk and coconut whip. A nice and simple refreshment that you can still mix mix.

Halo Halo with melon balls and strawberries

What Is Halo Halo?

Traditionally Halo Halo is made with fruit and chickpeas that have been soaked in sugar syrup and topped with flan and ice cream.  Sure the ice dilutes the sweetness it a little bit, but that’s way too much sugar for my taste buds.

This Healthy Halo Halo version uses fresh fruit and coconut milk and coco whip.  With the addition of lemon balm it provides a refreshing and cooling snack that won’t weigh you down. 

halo halo

What Special Equipment Do You Need?

You do need one special piece of equipment which is a shave ice maker.  As a Filipino it is one of the things we always have in the cupboard to make our own Halo Halo when the mood strikes.

There is a modern electric version you can get or if you are more an off the grid type of person you can get this handheld ice shaver. Which is what we use in the Philippines.

What Ingredients Do You Need to Make This Healthy Halo Halo

How To Make Healthy Halo Halo

First prepare the fruit, then evenly distribute the fruit between two glasses. Add the shaved ice over the fruit making sure it is tightly packed. Then pour the milk over the shaved ice. Top with coconut whip or ice cream.

Two glasses on a serving board

How to Eat it

Serve and eat the healthy halo halo right away. Some eat each layer from the top down, but the best way to eat it is to mix everything together.

It does start to get messy when you start the halo halo (translated to mix mix) process.  It’s part of the fun too!

A refined take on halo halo

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A refined take on halo halo

Healthy Halo Halo

This Healthy Halo Halo still retains the different textures you find in Halo Halo. Just a bit more fresh fruit forward with less sugar.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Filipino
Diet: Vegan
Servings: 2 Glasses


  • Ice Shaver
  • Mellon Baller


  • 8 Strawberries diced
  • 1 Cup of diced or balled melon
  • 4-6 cups of shaved ice
  • 1 Cup of coconut milk
  • 1 Cup of coco whip or vanilla ice cream
  • Few springs of lemon balm or mint
  • Handful of coconut chips


  • Evenly distribute the strawberries and melon into two glasses. Tightly pack the shaved ice into each glass and drizzle the coconut milk into each glass. Top with the coconut chips and a scoop of coco whip and garnish with lemon balm or fresh mint.
  • Make a mess and enjoy!
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