15 Decadent Desserts Made With Coconut Milk
Incredibly creamy and rich, canned coconut milk is perfect for creating decadent desserts of all types. It's excellent in place of regular dairy milk in dishes such as coconut milk ice cream or rice pudding, or when baked into treats like coconut cake and coconut flan. Keep a few cans of coconut milk in your pantry to guarantee good desserts any day of the week.
Chia Coconut Pudding with Coconut Milk
Chia seeds are great for all-natural puddings, since they thicken up any liquid in which they're soaked. Here, they're paired with creamy coconut milk and agave nectar to create a tropical pudding that's both sweet and healthy.
Coconut Coconut Milk Cake
Coconut milk and shredded coconut combine for a cake that's bursting with flavor. Top with toasted coconut for a flaky texture, or drizzle on your favorite glaze.
Coconut Milk Rice Pudding
Coconut milk and a pinch of Chinese five-spice powder makes this recipe a unique twist on rice pudding. Top it with chopped fresh fruit, like papaya or mango, for a real treat.
Sweetened Bananas in Coconut Milk
In this tropical-inspired recipe, sweetened coconut milk and cream are brought to a simmer, cooking fresh bananas until just tender.
Maja Blanca (Coconut Pudding)
A classic Filipino dessert, maja blanca is often served with a topping of sweet corn and shredded coconut. Reviewer Eil Lamore says, "It's sooooooo good just like at a Filipino bake shop I used to go to!"
Coconut Bread Pudding
This recipe packs in a quadruple hit of coconut: coconut flakes, milk, extract, and the fresh fruit itself. "It was big enough of a hit that it was gone far before all the other dessert trays at our pot-luck," says Christopher Sage.
Coconut Tapioca Pudding
Rich tapioca pudding gets an extra creamy richness with the addition of coconut milk. "This is a fabulous recipe," says reviewer C. Briggs. "I love tapioca and coconut but had never tried them together!"
Mint-Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream
Who needs dairy when you have coconut milk? This vegan-friendly ice cream has a base of coconut milk flavored with mint extract, chocolate bits, and agave nectar. "Delicious," says Buckwheat Queen. "Easy to make and is ready in about 20 minutes in my gelato maker."
Thai Sweet Sticky Rice With Mango (Khao Neeo Mamuang)
A traditional Thai dessert, sweet sticky rice is flavored with rich coconut milk. Served with sweet mango, it's a dessert that looks as good as it tastes.
Coconut (Haupia) and Chocolate Pie
This double-layered pie is popular in Hawaii, but people on the main land love its creamy coconut layer and then rich chocolate layer, too. Since it's served cold, it's the perfect dessert for cooling off on a hot summer day.
Keto Coconut Lime Bars
Just because you're eating keto doesn't mean you have to miss out on dessert. Coconut milk helps create the creamy topping for these tangy lime bars.
Mombasa Pumpkin Dessert
This incredibly rich pumpkin pudding uses a cup of coconut milk to help create the silky texture. "This was delicious! Everyone enjoyed it including my kids," says reviewer Mindy.
Chi Chi Dango Mochi
Mochi is a popular Japanese treat, made with glutinous rice flour to create a chewy texture that's hard to resist. This recipe makes mochi that are flavored with vanilla extract and coconut milk for a tropical twist on the classic.
The hardest part about making this flan is waiting the four hours for it to chill in the fridge. Canned coconut milk adds a faint hint of flavor to the entire dessert.
Coconut Cream Meringue Pie
With a decadent coconut base and fluffy meringue topping, this pie will be a standout dessert at your next event. "I was skeptical about the use of coconut milk in this recipe since I thought it would be a little heavy but it added a nice rich mouth feel to the filling," says Cookin Up a Storm.