Cassava Balls with Melado (Bolitas de Yuca con Melado)

Boiltas con melao

Yesterday I posted a recipe for Melado, so today I want to share with you a delicious recipe that uses this syrup. Yuca or cassava balls are a traditional Colombian recipe that you can eat as a side dish or appetizer with your favorite sauce, including Melado, as in this recipe. They are sweet and absolutely fantastic and your kids will love them too!

This Bolitas de Yuca con Melado recipe is more proof of just how versatile yuca is and how many ways Colombians have found to enjoy it in their cuisine. Enjoy!



(About 20 yuca balls)


  1. Form small balls with the mashed  yuca using your hands and place on a plate.
  2. Fill a large skillet with oil, deep enough to cover the entire ball and heat over medium-high heat.
  3. Carefully add the yuca balls to the oil and fry them for about 4 to 5 minutes or until golden on all sides, turning over once about halfway through.
  4. Remove from the oil and transfer to a plate lined with paper towels to absorb the oil.
  5. Place on a serving plate and pour the melado over the yuca balls.
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  1. says

    I want a little something sweet too, you are teaching me so much about foods I am unfamiliar, and love it. I have been using some raw honey lately on a pinch of bread to avoid over eating on regular sugar, so this is nice to know…

  2. says

    When I saw them I thought they were loukoumades, kind of doughnut balls we make and serve them with honey. Never heard of Yuca before. Must be great.

  3. says

    These balls look absolutely yummy, and like they would get me in serious trouble. They also look like they have the consistency of doughnuts, which might send me over the edge =) but what a way to go!

  4. Nancy says

    Erica….last weekend you made a potato salad for a party we both went to. Is the recipe on this site? If was fabulous. These look tasty too!

  5. says

    I LOVE yucca but would definitely not have thought to put it in a dessert. You learn something new every day! These look really good, especially with the melado.

  6. says

    This sounds interesting. Hope I can find the stuff to make it. My daughter is getting married and we are doing an international bridal shower. She and her fiance are both planning to be foreign missionaries. She spent time in Columbia so this sounds like a must do. Thanks!

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