Ecuadorian dessert: Moncaibas

Ecuadorian dessert: Moncaibas

When speaking about Ecuador’s culinary diversity, we have both native and inherited textures and flavors.

From the Highlands where corn, potato, and rice abound, to the Coastal region full of plantain, coconut, and seafood, when you travel through Ecuador, tasting some traditional dishes is part of the experience, and one you should not miss out on.

So, as mentioned before, you can learn a lot about Ecuador through its food, and in this travel blog, we want to share the flavors that are traditional to the different regions of the country.


Driving by the road that crosses the Ecuadorian coast, called “Ruta del Sol”, you find moncaibas, the dessert we want to share about here.

About moncaibas

A moncaiba is a cookie or biscuit, that you can find in the country’s Coastal region. This cookie is prepared with wheat flour, and sugar, and is finished with an egg layer to give shine and color.

I found the recipe for moncaibas in Spanish, so I am sharing that link in case you want to make these biscuits at home.



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What do they taste like

Moncaibas have a hard texture, they are sweet, and they break easily. The dough is similar to that for a sablé and people connect this biscuit or dessert with other traditional desserts, such as quesadillas and aplanchados.





How and where to eat moncaibas 

This Ecuadorian dessert or biscuit is enjoyed year-round in most places in the Coastal region of Ecuador.

From small towns to large cities, you can buy moncaibas in stores, supermarkets, and bakeries.

Try them with the afternoon cafecito (coffee), or as dessert.

You can visit Manabi province if you want to visit the Coastal region of Ecuador, a place that is well-know for its spectacular beaches, delicious food, and more.



As you drive through the coastal region of Ecuador, make sure to taste this cookie.


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Ecuadorian dessert: Moncaibas

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