15 Decadent Desserts Made With Coconut Milk

a slice of Coconut and Chocolate Pie on a blue plate
Photo: Lisa Nguyen

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.

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Chia Coconut Pudding with Coconut Milk

Chia Coconut Pudding with Coconut Milk
Chia Coconut Pudding with Coconut Milk in a clear glass jar on a dark background

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.

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Coconut Coconut Milk Cake

Coconut Coconut Milk Cake with a chocolate glaze on a black background

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.

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Coconut Milk Rice Pudding

Coconut Milk Rice Pudding in a white bowl topped with pineapple

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.

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Sweetened Bananas in Coconut Milk

Sweetened Bananas in Coconut Milk in a glass bowl on a wooden background
Buckwheat Queen

In this tropical-inspired recipe, sweetened coconut milk and cream are brought to a simmer, cooking fresh bananas until just tender.

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Maja Blanca (Coconut Pudding)

Maja Blanca Coconut Pudding topped with toasted coconut on a green plate

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!"

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Coconut Bread Pudding

Coconut Bread Pudding in a white dish on a dark background

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.

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Coconut Tapioca Pudding

Four bowls of Coconut Tapioca Pudding topped with strawberries

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!"

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Mint-Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Mint-Chip Coconut Milk Ice Cream served in a white bowl topped with fresh mint
Buckwheat Queen

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."

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Thai Sweet Sticky Rice With Mango (Khao Neeo Mamuang)

Thai Sweet Sticky Rice With spiraled Mango in a white bowl on a wooden background

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.

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Coconut (Haupia) and Chocolate Pie

a slice of Coconut and Chocolate Pie on a blue plate
Lisa Nguyen

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.

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Keto Coconut Lime Bars

Keto Coconut Lime Bars on a white plate with limes in the background
France C

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.

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Mombasa Pumpkin Dessert

Mombasa Pumpkin Dessert in a black bowl on a red background

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.

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Chi Chi Dango Mochi

Pink and yellow Chi Chi Dango Mochi in a tin foil pan
Kim D.

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.

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Coconut Flan

Round Coconut Flan on a black background

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.

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Coconut Cream Meringue Pie

Coconut Cream Meringue Pie on a marble background

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.

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