Coconut Pudding (Haupia)

Coconut Pudding (haupia) Recipe

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Vicki Butts (lazyme)


Haupia is a traditional luau dish. It's usually chilled in a rectangular cake pan, cut into squares and served on a ti leaf. This version uses ramekin dishes because it is easier to eat and we can add tropical toppings to enhance the flavor.


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20 Min
15 Min
Stove Top


  • 3 Tbsp
  • 4 Tbsp
    superfine sugar
  • 1 2/3 c
    coconut milk
  • 2/3 c
    coconut, grated (fresh or unsweetened desiccated)
  • 1/2 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • ·
    butter (for greasing pan)

How to Make Coconut Pudding (Haupia)


  1. In a small mixing bowl, blend cornstarch, sugar and 1/4 cup coconut milk.
  2. In a medium saucepan, bring remaining coconut milk to a boil. Slowly add cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly until mixture thickens. Cool.
  3. Add coconut and vanilla. Stir. Pour into buttered ramekin dishes and chill before serving.
  4. Note:
    For variety, you can top this dessert with crushed pineapple, chopped papaya, or chocolate sauce and chopped macadamia nuts.

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About Coconut Pudding (Haupia)

Course/Dish: Fruit Desserts
Main Ingredient: Dairy
Regional Style: Hawaiian/Polynesian

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