Haupia | Hawaiian Coconut Milk Pudding

Haupia – A very simple Hawaiian coconut milk based dessert, popular in their cuisine…Β 

I love easy desserts. There’s nothing to beat the feeling of being able to make something quickly and dump it into the fridge, especially when you have sudden guests coming. I got this recipe at the back of a coconut powder box and was really not sure how it would turn out to be. But to my pleasant surprise, it was a nice and simple tasting dessert and of course, I had to share it on the blog.

Haupia is a traditional Hawaian dessert that is usually served at their parties and weddings. When we hear the word “Hawaii”, an image of coconut trees and pristine beaches come to our mind. So there is no surprise that this dessert is entirely based on coconut milk. The pudding is also called as “white cake” and gets a shape hard enough to cut and serve as it sets, very similar to gelatin based desserts. Traditionally, this dessert was thickened with arrowroot, but now since it is a very hard-to-find ingredient, its close form cornflour has taken its place. Apart from being served as squares or in small bowls, some serve it in pie shapes or even in flavors like chocolate and purple yam.


Haupia - Hawaiian Coconut Milk Pudding

Course Dessert
Cuisine International
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Rafeeda


  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup milk
  • 6 tbsp sugar upto taste
  • 4 tbsp corn flour
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla essence


  • Pour one cup coconut milk into a saucepan.
  • Mix sugar and cornflour into it till no lumps and bring the mixture to boil.
  • Add in vanilla and cook on low flame till mixture thickens.
  • Add the remaining coconut milk and milk and continue to heat till it thickens again.
  • Pour the mixture into an 8 inch square pan and chill until firm.
  • Top with toasted coconut and enjoy!


The recipe is flexible that you can adjust the cornflour and sugar as per your taste and consistency.

Join the Conversation

  1. Wow that sounds so quick and delicious..Would love to give a try πŸ™‚

    1. hey, thanks mate for the first comment, and for being my first like!!! πŸ™‚

  2. This kind of resembles Kerala's tender coconut pudding. Awesome job, that toasted coconut on top looks so good. Lazy day or not, yes I would make it again and again !

    1. actually it does not… our pudding is firm, this is kind of wobbly maybe coz of only the cornflour… πŸ™‚ but i would vouch for the taste – simple and humble!!! thank u so much for your encoragement!!! πŸ™‚

  3. Hi Rafeeda..this is an easy recipe..will try it out..

    Nice blog..keep going πŸ™‚


    1. thanks a lot tasneem… πŸ™‚

    1. thank you jay… πŸ™‚

  4. I need to try this coconut milk is my weakness.

    1. mine too, swathi… i like anything with coconut milk in it – roots from kerala!!! πŸ™‚

  5. Your Blog Looks AMAZING,Nice recipes too..

    1. thank you for your kind word, asiya… πŸ™‚

  6. Delicious pudding with less ingredients..Looks yumm..

    1. thank u saraswathi… πŸ™‚

  7. wow ! simple delicious pudding

    1. thank u dear… πŸ™‚

  8. My fav coconut milk….simple pudding…looks yummy..post veggie dishes also….

    1. would try to include vegeterian dishes, even though the ones i know are very limited… πŸ™‚

  9. Delicious pudding. Quick to make and also really tasty.

    1. Thank you so much Eliza…

  10. That sounds so yummy Rafida.. Love to give it a try..

    1. Thank you so much…

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