Ginataang bayabas -Sago guava pudding

Sago guava pudding pinoy dessert

Sago pearls are not just for boba tea!!

Sago pearls and coconut milk are a common combination in most Asian dessert puddings. Soft cooked sago pearls with the creaminess of coconut milk with or without fruit running through it are one of the earliest desserts we start kids off with as well. Across the whole Asian continent, you will see this combination. The sabudhana kheer, the Burburcha, buko pandan, or this sago guava pudding all have the interesting texture added by the sago pearls to complement them.

Pinoy desserts.

Desserts were certainly my favourite with my once pregnant belly,  living in the Philippines. Ginataang sago desserts were one easy to find, vegetarian option in the extensive Filipino cuisine. The flavours of the palm jaggery and coconut milk were my favourites among the million varieties of Pinoy desserts. Rich and sticky sweet, my friends surely had a strong sweet tooth. The easy to cook puddings with the many varieties and colours of Sago quickly caught on with me and my then-toddler (now near-adult!!!). We still enjoy the simplest recipes (like pancit bihon) learnt from our ever happy friends. One which I am sharing with you today.
pinoy dessert ginaatang bayabas

Guavas in your dessert

With a floral and fruity aroma, guavas easily incorporate themselves in both sweet or spicy combinations. We have the guavas in a few different combinations on this blog so far

Each one as unique as it is brings out the best in the guava.
Today’s dessert, sago guava pudding works well with both red or white-fleshed guavas. It works well with ripe or overripe guavas too. Now that means none of the overripe guavas gets binned. The sweetness in the  Sago guava pudding dessert can be controlled by the amount of syrup your want to incorporate in this dessert.
Enjoy the dessert as I reconnect with some of my long lost Filipino friends.

Ginataang bayabas

Refreshing Asian dessert made with Sago and guava cooked in coconut milk.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Soaking time for the dry sago pearls. 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 30 minutes
Course Dessert, Sweets and savories
Cuisine Asian, Fusion, gluten free, One pot, Vegan
Servings 4 people


To soak the sago pearls

  • 2 cups drinking water
  • 1/2 cup tapioca pearls (sago)

for the pudding

  • 1 cup guava (chopped)
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp Palm Jaggery ( or sugar)
  • 1 cup water


  • Wash and soak the soago pearls for 3 hours so they soften.
  • Wash the guavas and chop them in half.
  • Scoop out the soft seeded portion inside and set aside.
  • Chop the outer core tosmall bits.
  • Once soft, drain the tapioca pearls and set it aside.
  • In a deep saucepan, add the cup of water and the drained sago and bring to a boil.
  • To this add the chopped guavas, salt and coconut milk.
  • Let them simmer and cook the guavas and the sago.
  • Add a additional 1/4 of water if the pudding looks too thick while cooking.
  • Once the sago pearls are soft, stir in he palm jaggery and remove from heat.
  • The dessert is now in pouring consistency.
  • Chill the dessert to serve.
    Sago guava pudding pinoy dessert


The scooped inner flesh can be used to prepare the guava fresca or the chilli peru popsicles.
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2 years ago
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This ginataang bayabas was delicious and so easy to make! Sago was always a treat growing up and will forever be one of my favorite filipino desserts.

2 years ago
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This was my first time working with tapioca and it was so good! Definitely will be making again.

2 years ago
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Great recipe! It was so easy to make, and it made the perfect summer dessert!

2 years ago

I know Sago as Tapioca. However, I had never tried it before with guava, but it was delicious! The recipe is a winner! Thanks for sharing.

2 years ago
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AMAZING! Sago and guava is such a fantastic combo! Love the creamy texture 😀

Shobha Keshwani
1 year ago
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Interesting dessert. I have tasted sago with mango but not guava. Will try it.

1 year ago
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Guava and sago seem an interesting combination. Yearning to try it out soonest. I am sure this would make up for a great dessert. Nice post.

Jayashree T.Rao
1 year ago
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Interesting recipe with guava and sago pearls. Would love to try this pudding. Looks yummm.

1 year ago
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Wow! I love this guava-infused sabudana kheer. A simple and delicious vegan dessert that all can enjoy. Thanks for sharing.

Priya Vj
1 year ago
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Sago pudding flavored with guava is interesting..I have a spl place for sabudana kheer ..I will definitely try to make this as neivedhiyam before the navratri ends ..

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