Hawaiian Coconut Pudding (Haupia) is the Perfect Tropical Treat

Haupia (Hawaiian coconut pudding) in cups on a serving tray
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
6-8 servings

Haupia is a Hawaiian coconut milk dessert that I grew up eating while visiting my grandpa’s family on Oahu. It has a jell-o like consistency that is typically set in a sheet pan then cut into squares. Today, we are serving the creamy, coconut pudding in small glasses then topping with fresh fruit and shaved coconut for a tropical, spoonable treat.

Haupia (pronounced how-pee-ah) is made with just a few ingredients and comes together rather easily — probably one reason why it’s served at large gatherings and luaus all over the island state. But before conventional methods were available, my great grandparents would harvest whole, fresh coconuts and boil the coconut meat to make their own coconut milk. Now, this dairy-free, gluten-free dessert can be made at home whenever you are craving a taste of Hawaii.

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oz canned coconut milk
cup granulated sugar
pinch salt
cup water
cup cornstarch
cups diced fresh fruit (mango, kiwi, berries)
Shaved coconut, for sprinkling



This recipe requires 2 hours chill time.

Ingredients for haupia (Hawaiian coconut pudding)
Step 1

In a medium saucepan, whisk together the coconut milk, sugar, and salt. Set over medium-low heat and bring to a simmer.

Haupia ingredients in a sauce pan
Step 2

Meanwhile, whisk together the water and cornstarch in a separate bowl to create a slurry.

Water and cornstarch being mixed for a cornstarch slurry
Step 3

Once the coconut milk begins to simmer, slowly whisk in the cornstarch slurry. Continue to cook the mixture over medium-low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, whisking slowly but constantly. Cook until the mixture thickens like pudding and can coat the back of a wooden spoon.

Thickened haupia in a saucepan
Step 4

Immediately and carefully spoon the haupia into small serving dishes or glasses. Give the dish a wiggle to help the haupia settle. It will begin to firm up quickly.

Haupia portioned into individual glasses
Step 5

Transfer the dishes of haupia to the refrigerator and chill until set, about an hour or two.

Step 6

Before serving, top the haupia with about ¼ cup of fresh fruit and a sprinkle of coconut shavings.

Haupia being topped with fresh fruit
Step 7

Store haupia covered in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Haupia (Hawaiian coconut pudding) in cups

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