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This old fashioned dairy free Homemade Coconut Pudding made with coconut milk and cream is the perfect dessert because it is so creamy rich and delicious.

Old fashioned Homemade Coconut Pudding with toasted coconut in glass dish
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Why this recipe works:

If you love all things coconut like I do, you will absolutely love this easy to make homemade coconut milk pudding. It is a fantastic dessert recipe.

Growing up, I thought the only way to make pudding was to combine the powder from the box with milk, cook, and serve. I seriously didn’t think you could make it from scratch.

Making pudding the old fashioned way is the same as making custard or making ice cream. Its basically mixing heated milk with eggs and sugar. For this pudding, I used coconut milk with some coconut cream in place of regular cow’s milk. May all my dairy free and lactose intolerant friends rejoice!

Served warm or cold, you want to make this pudding!

Ingredients:

Granulated sugar, egg yolks, a can of coconut milk, a couple tablespoons of coconut cream, some flour and corn starch for thickening, a pinch of salt, a splash of coconut rum, and sweetened coconut flakes are all that you need!

coconut milk and coconut cream

How to make this coconut pudding recipe:

  1. Combine the sugar and egg yolks (photo 1). These will get mixed on high speed for several minutes until the mixture is light and fluffy (photo 2). Corn starch and flour gets added to this mixture to help thicken the pudding.
  2. Coconut milk and coconut cream are heated in a pot just until scalded (photo 3) then removed from heat.
  3. You will add a small amount of the scalded coconut milk to the egg mixture to temper the egg (photo 4) and will gradually add more hot coconut milk until it is all incorporated. Then you will return the mixture back to the pot (photo 5) and cook over low heat while stirring until it thickens. Stir in the coconut rum when it’s finished.
  4. Pour the pudding into serving dishes (photo 6) and top with toasted coconut if desired. The toasted sweetened coconut flakes are totally optional but highly recommended, not just for the nutty taste, but for the added texture. YUM!!!
step by step photos of how to make coconut pudding

Cooking tips for best results:

  • Good quality eggs with large, rich, orange yolks make all the difference in this coconut pudding recipe.
  • It is very important that you beat the egg yolks and sugar until very light in color and fluffy. Don’t cheat on this step.
  • You can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer, but I do not recommend mixing my hand.
Single serving of homemade coconut pudding

Other great pudding recipes:

spoonful of dairy free coconut pudding

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Homemade Coconut Pudding

Prep20 minutes
Cook20 minutes
Total40 minutes
Servings 2
This old fashioned Homemade Coconut Pudding made with coconut milk and coconut cream is the perfect dessert because it is so creamy rich and delicious.

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Ingredients 

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 14 ounce can lite coconut milk (I use Trader Joe’s)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut cream again, Trader Joe’s
  • 2 tablespoon flour
  • 1 tablespoons cornstarch
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon coconut rum can substitute with vanilla if desired
  • 1/2 cup sweetened coconut flakes optional
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Instructions 

  • Combine sugar and egg yolks in the bowl of a stand mixer. Use the whisk attachment to combine until light and fluffy, about 5 minutes on medium high speed, while stopping the mixer every coupld of minutes to scrape the bowl.
  • While eggs and sugar and mixing, combine coconut milk and coconut cream in saucepan. Heat on low just until the liquid starts to scald and you see steam. Remove pan from heat.
  • Add flour and cornstarch to egg mixture and whisk until well combined, stopping the mixer and scraping as needed.
  • With the mixer running on low speed, add a small amount of the hot coconut milk to the egg mixture and combine well to temper the egg. Once it is well mixed, add a little more milk, mix, and repeat until all of the milk has been added. Transfer the entire mixture from the bowl back to the pot and heat on medium low heat, whisking frequently, until thickened, about 5-10 minutes. Stir in coconut rum.
  • To toast your coconut, add it to a large pan and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until golden brown. Once the coconut starts to brown, stir more frequently to avoid burning.
  • Serve pudding warm or cold. You can either mix the toasted coconut in with the pudding or you can serve it on top.

Notes

Yields 2 cups. Note: I forgot to show the coconut rum in the video but it indeed was added.
  • Good quality eggs with large, rich, orange yolks make all the difference in this coconut pudding recipe.
  • It is very important that you beat the egg yolks and sugar until very light in color and fluffy. Don’t cheat on this step.
  • You can use a hand mixer or a stand mixer, but I do not recommend mixing my hand.

Nutrition

Calories: 382kcal, Carbohydrates: 55g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 16g, Saturated Fat: 11g, Cholesterol: 195mg, Sodium: 71mg, Potassium: 145mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 41g, Vitamin A: 260IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 1.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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This recipe was originally published in November 2017 and has been updated with helpful information, ingredient and process photos, as well as recipe tips. Don’t worry – the recipe hasn’t changed!

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49 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is the best coconut pudding you have made. And, I am quoting my husband! And, he is not wrong at all. This recipe is really good and it’s definitely a keeper. I don’t buy those pudding boxes at the store instead I make all my pudding from scratch and I finally found a coconut pudding we both really like. And, I was so happy to find coconut cream at the store too! Thank you for sharing!

    1. I would think you could, but I haven’t tried it. If you do, I would recommend using less honey than sugar because it is sweeter. If you make it, will you let me know how it turned out?

  2. 5 stars
    I tried the recipe as it is. It turned out great. I made a few variations later which too turned out well. One replacing the coconut milk and cream with almond milk and almonds. The second addinbf nutmeg and cinnamon as a flavour and the third topping the same pudding with a banana and palm jaggery sauce.
    Extremely versatile recipe. Thank you.

  3. 4 stars
    You should change the (dairy free) part of the title because the recipe includes eggs which are a dairy product. So this recipe isn’t vegan friendly.

    1. Hi Rebecca, That’s actually not true. Dairy implies that it is derived from a milk product from a mammal. Eggs come from birds. Eggs are often thought of as dairy, but they are not. You are correct in that this recipe is not vegan friendly since eggs are an animal product, however it is indeed a dairy free recipe.

      1. 5 stars
        This was a hit! Delicious thick and creamy, I used vanilla extract and could still taste the coconut flavor!

  4. 5 stars
    The pudding was absolutely delicious! I used coconut extract in place of the coconut rum. I will be keeping this recipe and making mini eclairs with it. Thanks!

  5. Do you think this pudding would hold as the filling for a crepe cake? If it would then I’d have to leave it in the fridge and take out 15 minutes before serving?

    1. Hi Jamie, if you use a very thin layer in between crepes then yes – I think it would work. If you slather it on thick, you might risk having your crepes slide!