Easy Haupia Recipe aka Hawaiian Coconut Pudding (2024)

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Haupia, also known as Hawaiian coconut pudding, is a sweet, cool, refreshing treat. This easy recipe only uses 4 ingredients and is perfect for the home cook to share with family and friends.

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Growing up in Hawai’i meant many, many family get togethers. Whether it be for a baby lūʻau, graduation party, wedding, birthday party, or just because it’s the weekend we always found a reason to spend time with family and friends. And if there was a party that meant ‘ono food!

Hawaiian foods are a popular cuisine at parties and one of the most iconic Hawaiian desserts is haupia. Hau meaning cool and pia is the Hawaiian word for arrowroot.

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Traditionally this dessert was made of arrowroot and coconut cream. Today’s recipe has been adapted and uses coconut milk, sugar, cornstarch, and water.

If you are at a party or Hawaiian restaurant, you can bet they will be serving haupia. Haupia goes well with laulau, luau stew, kalua pig, chicken long rice, pohole salad, and lomi salmon.

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Many people call haupia Hawaiian coconut pudding, however its consistency is more like that of gelatin desserts.

What are the ingredients in haupia?

  • There are only 4:
  • 1 can (13 oz) coconut milk
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
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How is haupia eaten?

Haupia can be eaten plain straight out of the pan. It is also used as a topping on dessert bars or cakes. McDonald’s has also popularized haupia pie.

Does haupia need to be refrigerated?

Yes. This dessert is best kept chilled.

Common mistakes

Haupia not setting right. Is your haupia too soft and more like a pudding consistency? Unfortunately, that often means it was not cooked down long enough to create that firm texture.

You could totally use this as a topping to other desserts, like cakes or bars, or eat in a bowl like pudding. If you are looking for firm set haupia it may be best to start back from scratch.

How to make haupia?

Lightly grease an 8×8 pan with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl add water, cornstarch, and sugar. Whisk until well combined. Set aside.

Add coconut milk to a medium sized pan over medium high heat and heat until the liquid just starts to bubble. Stirring frequently so the milk does not burn.

Then add the cornstarch mixture to the pan and continue to stir. Heat until the mixture starts to thicken and resembles pudding. Remove from heat.

Pour the haupia into the prepared 8×8 pan and allow to cool. Then place pan in the refrigerator until set, about 2 hours or you can leave it overnight.

Cut into squares and ENJOY!

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Easy Haupia Recipe

Relle Lum

Haupia, also known as Hawaiian coconut pudding, is a sweet, cool, refreshing treat. This easy recipe only uses 4 ingredients and is perfect for the home cook to share with family and friends.

4.74 from 138 votes

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 10 minutes mins

Additional Time 2 hours hrs

Total Time 2 hours hrs 15 minutes mins

Course Desserts

Cuisine Hawaiian

Servings 16 squares

Calories 29 kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Lightly grease an 8×8 pan with non stick cooking spray and set aside.

  • In a medium mixing bowl add water, cornstarch, and sugar. Whisk until well combined. Set aside.

  • Add coconut milk to a medium sized pan over medium high heat and heat until the liquid just starts to bubble. Stirring frequently so the milk does not burn.

  • Then add the cornstarch mixture to the pan and continue to stir. Heat until the mixture starts to thicken and resembles pudding. Remove from heat.

  • Pour the haupia into the prepared 8×8 pan and allow to cool. Then place pan in the refrigerator until set, about 2 hours or you can leave it overnight.

  • Cut into squares and ENJOY!

Notes

* You can add more sugar if you like a sweeter taste.

*Using less water will create a more firm consistency or if you like it more of a pudding consistency use a little more water (about 1 cup total water).

Nutrition

Serving: 1gCalories: 29kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 9mgSugar: 3g

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By Relle on March 9th, 2020

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About Relle

Aloha, my name is Relle and welcome to my little home on the internet where I like to share all my favorite Hawaiian recipes (and local ones too).

I am a wife, mom of two, and nurse practitioner here in the beautiful state of Hawai’i. I was born and raised in Hawai’i and I am of native Hawaiian descent. In my spare time I love to cook and bake and I have compiled many of my favorite recipes here for you to enjoy.

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38 thoughts on “Easy Haupia Recipe aka Hawaiian Coconut Pudding”

  1. Thanks for your video! It is a simple and tasty recipe. My family enjoyed and I look forward to making some of your other recipes as well.

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    • Awesome. Thanks for much for sharing! Have a great day.

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    • You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

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    • You’re welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Easy Haupia Recipe aka Hawaiian Coconut Pudding (8)
    This recipe is Delicious (ono)! My husband grew up in HI & we have returned several times. We always like to get homemade haupia from somewhere that makes it from scratch. (You can tell when it’s made from a box & it’s nowhere near as good!) If you are not familiar with haupia or are accustomed to sweeter desserts this might not be what you are expecting. But if you are used to scratch made haupia this is an authentic & amazing recipe! The first time I made it I didn’t cook it down enough so it didn’t set. The second time I watched the video & corrected my mistake. Thank you! If I want to make a more
    Pudding like consistency for a pie how would I do that? Thank you Relle!

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  3. I’ve spent too much money at Helena’s buying coconut pudding. Thanks for this! Aloha

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    • You’re welcome. Hope you enjoy!

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  4. could you serve this with a mango topping

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    • The way this recipe makes it, it’s more of a jello consistency. If you cook it down a little less it could be more of a sauce consistency that could work as a topping.

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  5. Thanks for the simple recipe! It set perfectly!

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    • Awesome. Thanks for sharing. Have a great day.

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  6. Delicious recipe!! Easy to make, tastes amazing. Thank you!!

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    • Aloha Nicole. Yay, so great to hear. Mahalo for sharing.

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  7. Can I trade out the cornstarch for tapioca flour or arrowroot for someone w/allergy to corn?

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    • Aloha Carole. Arrowroot will work as well. Mahalo!

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  8. Easy Haupia Recipe aka Hawaiian Coconut Pudding (9)
    Great recipe and easy to follow instructions. Can’t wait to enjoy it with dinner tonight. Thank you!

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    • Aloha Kelli. So awesome to hear. Mahalo for sharing.

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  9. Easy Haupia Recipe aka Hawaiian Coconut Pudding (10)
    You totally hooked me at “four ingredients” but I love this recipe because it just comes out so creamy!

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    • Oh yes. Super easy and oh so yummy. Happy Holidays.

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  10. Easy Haupia Recipe aka Hawaiian Coconut Pudding (11)
    This is new to me and your recipe is super simple. Love the flavor of coconut in desserts and this was very tasty.

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    • Aloha Jere. It’s a classic traditional Hawaiian recipe. Hope you get a chance to try it. Happy Holidays!

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  11. Easy Haupia Recipe aka Hawaiian Coconut Pudding (12)
    What a beautiful recipe! I love eating this In Hawaii and enjoyed making and eating it at home. Thank you!

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    • Yes. It’s definitely a great Hawaiian recipe. Thank you.

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  12. Easy Haupia Recipe aka Hawaiian Coconut Pudding (13)
    Amazing! Such a flavorful and fantastic recipe.

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    • Yay. Happy to hear. Happy Holidays.

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  13. This is so simple to make. My family loved it and I cant wait to make some more.

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    • Aw so happy to hear. Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Easy Haupia Recipe aka Hawaiian Coconut Pudding (14)
    Mahalo Relle for generously sharing your wonderful recipes. My family and friends know that you’re my “go to” when I want to bake or cook anything local (wether it’s a Hawaiian dish, Filipino dish, Portuguese dish, and on and on, lol!).
    For New Year’s I made your fabulous Pumpkin Mochi. And I just got done making Haupia. Even though it’s chilling in the fridge, I know it’s ono because my husband and I already had a small sample. Hahaha!
    Mahalo nui loa again! We are all so blessed to have you! Mahalo piha! Hauoli Makahiki hou!

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    • Aloha Malie. Aw thank you. So happy to hear. Mahalo!

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  15. Mahalo for sharing! I’ve always had trouble getting my Haupia to solidify, but your recipe worked perfectly! We had a big luau for King Kamehameha Day, and this was a hit!

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    • Aw yay. Great to hear. Mahalo for sharing.

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  16. So delicious! Quick question- how long will it last in the refrigerator?

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    • Aloha. It will last a few days to a week stored in an air tight container in the refrigerator.

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  17. Hello,

    Thinking about making this for scouts at summer camp as a treat on family day. How much do you think it’ll hold up in heat? More specifically…. It has a 2.5/3 hr travel time to get there on top of a 2 hr wait time for dinner? I’m thinking pack a cooler and put it on ice for the travel part and to hold it over. But just in case…. Does it hold up well in heat for a bit? Or does it “meltdown”? Thanks.

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    • Haupia should remain chilled until serving. Once taken out of the refrigerator it should be consumed. If serving, you can lay the pan in another pan filled with ice to keep chilled until ready to eat. Hope they enjoy!

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  18. Easy Haupia Recipe aka Hawaiian Coconut Pudding (15)
    Ono recipe!

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    • Mahalo!

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Easy Haupia Recipe aka Hawaiian Coconut Pudding (2024)

FAQs

What does haupia mean in Hawaiian? ›

Haupia is the Hawaiian name for a traditional coconut pudding found throughout Polynesia.

How long does haupia last in the refrigerator? ›

2) Haupia will keep for a few days but is perishable and should be kept in the fridge. If you use it as a cake filling, store the cake in the fridge.

What is coconut pudding made of? ›

Combine coconut milk, sugar, cornstarch, butter, egg yolks, and coconut extract in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook, whisking continuously, until thickened, about 4 to 7 minutes. Pour pudding into individual portions and chill before serving, at least 15 to 20 minutes.

Where did haupia originate? ›

Haupia is a traditional Hawaiian dessert made from coconut milk, sugar and cornstarch that has its origins in Polynesia. This coconut pudding is a popular Hawaiian dessert and is often served at luaus and other special events such as weddings and birthdays.

What is the hardest word to say in Hawaiian? ›

Perhaps the most common difficult Hawaiian word to pronounce is the name of our unofficial state fish, the Humuhumunukunukuapua'a. 2. But that's not the only fish name that's difficult. Try Lauwiliwilinukunukuʻoiʻoi.

What is the state dessert of Hawaii? ›

If you go to a traditional Hawaiian luau, chances are you'll sample the sweet coconut custard dessert called haupia, usually served cubed on a plate lined with ti leaves.

Does coconut milk whip like heavy cream? ›

This trick is simple: Chill a can of coconut milk, then scoop out the coconut fat that separates out and solidifies (leaving the watery liquid behind), and whip it just like whipped cream. I first spotted this technique at Nutty Kitchen and I just had to try it for myself.

Is coconut milk good for you? ›

Coconut milk may benefit health in several ways, such as by stimulating weight loss and lowering cholesterol. It can also add flavor to sweet and savory dishes and serve as an alternative to dairy milk. Coconut water is the liquid inside a coconut, while coconut milk comes from the fruit's white flesh.

Can you freeze haupia? ›

To freeze: Haupia can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before serving. Note that the texture may change upon freezing and thawing; it will be a bit more chewy.

What is the other name for coconut pudding? ›

Coconut pudding
  • Cazuela, rich pumpkin and coconut pudding.
  • Coconut bar, Chinese food.
  • Haupia, Hawaiian coconut pudding.
  • Rēti'a, Tahitian coconut pudding.
  • Maja blanca, Filipino dessert.
  • Tembleque, Puerto Rican coconut pudding.
  • Manjar branco, Brazilian coconut pudding.
  • Manjar blanco, variety of milk-based delicacies.

Why is there a shortage of coconut cream pudding? ›

The world is facing a coconut shortage on a massive scale. Demand has surged and the coconut palms planted over 70 years ago have become senile and need replanting. However, disease and limited propagation options mean that soon, there will soon be a massive deficit that could seriously impact global trading.

Why is my coconut pudding not setting? ›

If your pudding didn't gel, and some time has passed, your eggs may have eaten your cornstarch. In this case, boiling it more wouldn't help. You might try whisking in some more starch and then boiling it again. This would take some experimentation.

What is coconut called in Hawaii? ›

Healing Ways / Medicine Ways / Healing Plants / Coconut (Hawaiian name: Niu.

Are coconuts only in Hawaii? ›

While coconuts grow throughout Hawaii — and in tropical locations around the world — the plant didn't originate here. Instead, coconut plants were first cultivated in two separate places, which makes the coconuts found on islands in the Pacific Ocean different from those found on islands in the Indian Ocean.

What do Hawaiians call coconut? ›

Coconut (Hawaiian name: Niu.

What is the Hawaiian word for dirty? ›

WAI-NAO. s. Wai and nao, dirty.

What is the word for forbidden Hawaiian? ›

The Hawaiian word kapu is usually translated to English as "forbidden", though it also carries the meanings of "keep out", "no trespassing", "sacred", "consecrated", or "holy".

What would a coconut represent in Hawaiian culture? ›

Cultural Significance

In Native Hawaiian culture, niu is considered a kino lau (body form) of the akua (god) Kū. The sacred wai niu (coconut water) is used in many ceremonies and rituals since it is the only water that is not touched by human hands.

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