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Haupia: the best recipe for Hawaiian coconut pudding

Total time: 1H30
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 8 people
By Cookist

If you've never tried haupia (pronounced "how-p-aah"), you've seriously been missing out. This tasty coconut pudding comes from Hawaii and is made from just four ingredients: coconut milk, cornstarch, sugar, and water. This gives it a thick, creamy texture and sweet coconut flavor.

Traditionally, haupia is served as a dessert with a main meal rather than after, but you can enjoy it on its own or add haupia to ice cream, crepes, pancakes, waffles, pie, or just about any dessert you like! It's a refreshing coconut treat that's perfect for summer.



You can use more or less cornstarch, depending on whether you prefer a firmer haupia or a more pudding-like consistency.

Full-fat coconut milk is best for making haupia.

How to Store Haupia

Keep your homemade haupia in an airtight container in the fridge for two to 3 days.

Coconut milk
1 can
5 tbsp
White sugar
4 tbsp
1/2 cup

How to Make Haupia

Line a pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

Whisk the cornstarch and water in a bowl until dissolved.

Gently heat the coconut milk and sugar in a pot over medium heat. Whisk continuously until the sugar dissolves. Whisk the cornstarch slurry into the coconut milk.

Reduce the heat and cook for 10 to 15 minutes until thickened.

Transfer the mixture to the pan. Cool for 15 minutes, then place in the fridge for 1 to 2 hours until set.

Slice into squares and serve it lightly chilled.


Use an 8×8-inch pan for the haupia.

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