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How to cook Kalabasa Leche Flan

Kalabasa Leche Flan Recipe is another popular Filipino sweet delicacy made with a healthy twist. This recipe was brought to the Philippines since the Spanish colonization and the name “leche” means milk. Leche flan is a custard cake, traditionally made with lots of egg yolks which are known to have high cholesterol that is not good for our health.

Kalabasa Leche Flan is a nutritious alternative to the usual leche flan because squash or kalabasa is added in this dessert. Squash is an excellent source of Vitamin A and C, low in calories and has dietary fiber so it helps balance the fat that you get from the egg yolks. As we know, most kids are not fond of eating veggies. This is the perfect way to encourage them to eat healthy foods. It would even surprise them to know that they have actually eaten a dessert with vegetables.

Kalabasa Leche Flan

Kalabasa Leche Flan Ingredients:


  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup Kalabasa “squash”, boiled and mashed
  • 1 can (218 g) condensed milk
  • 1 box (250ml) fresh milk or evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract


  • 10 tbsp. sugar
  • 4 tbsp. water Kalabasa Leche Flan recipe INGREDIENTS

Kalabasa Leche Flan Instructions:

Kalabasa Leche Flan recipe PROCEDURE

  • Prepare steamer with a litre of water on a medium heat and cover with lid. Prepare a couple Llanera’s or any deep tins, then divide sugar and water on both tins.
  • Heat Llanera on a low fire one at a time until sugar starts to melt, dissolved and syrupy. Turn off the heat when the caramel syrup turns light brown.
  • Tilt the tin around to coat all sides and continue with the other Llanera and set aside to cool.
  • In a bowl combine egg yolks, eggs, mashed kalabasa and whisk. Add condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla extract and continue to whisking until combined.
  • Use a strainer and a ladle to transfer kalabasa mixture into the tins to get rid of lumpy bits.
  • Steam for about 30 minutes with a cloth under the lid, to catch water drippings and avoid flan from soggy. Check with a toothpick if it comes out clean your done.
  • Fire off, transfer on a wire rack and let it cool for 10 minutes.
  • Refrigerate for 20 minutes before transferring to a plate and loose edges with a knife for easy transfer to avoid flan from breaking.

Kalabasa Leche Flan kids eating

The kids love the taste of Kalabasa Leche Flan Recipe.

Kalabasa Leche Flan


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8 Responses

  1. Donna L.

    March 3rd, 2015 at 4:03 am


    This recipe looks delicious and I like that it has only a few ingredients.

  2. Lisa Brown

    March 6th, 2015 at 6:36 am


    yes, this is unusual, looks good, though 🙂

  3. Erin Marie

    March 6th, 2015 at 3:56 pm


    This looks amazing, And I like the idea on putting the dish on the table and sharing VS single servings.

  4. Heather Kaufman

    March 6th, 2015 at 7:30 pm


    This looks so yummy. I had a friend in Hawaii that made this, so delicious!

  5. San

    March 13th, 2015 at 7:21 pm


    Very interesting that this contains vegetables. I wouldn’t know if you didn’t say so!

  6. ellen beck

    March 19th, 2015 at 2:44 am


    Thats very ubusuall, When I first read the title I thought it was going to involve kilbasa a type of dausage. I am gllad it wasnt that! This is more like a dessert, I wouls love to try it.

  7. sheila ressel

    March 22nd, 2015 at 9:04 am


    This looks really good! I’ve never made flan before but would sure like to give this recipe a try.

  8. Sara Trojaniello

    April 21st, 2015 at 2:12 pm


    This is perfect for my birthday’s dinner! 🙂

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