Toasted Coconut Cream Pudding
Toasted Coconut Cream Pudding: a cross between coconut cream pie & banana pudding, with layers of creamy coconut pudding, vanilla wafers & toasted coconut!
This Toasted Coconut Cream Pudding is everything we, my fellow coconut lovers and I, have dreamed of forever.
This recipe idea actually came to me in a dream. Seriously. I think it’s because I have been eating super clean lately.
My sweet tooth is revolting and haunting my dreams. My jeans may be tighter, but this recipe was SO worth it.
I was debating and drooling over both, when the baker behind the counter came over to me and started asking me if I needed any help.
I shared my internal debate over pie or pudding and he said he had the perfect solution — Toasted Coconut Cream Pudding!
It was the perfect cross between banana pudding and coconut cream pie! It was also in a bucket as big as my face. So that probably helped my decision.
In my dream, I headed to the car and opened it up and ate the entire bucket with a spatula. Dreams are weird.
I literally woke up drooling, no joke. And I had a serious craving for this imaginary dessert.
I just HAD to make this coconut cream pie and banana pudding hybrid into a reality.
So I loaded the kids up in the car and off to the store we went. Which with two toddlers, is much easier said than done.
After my first bite, I knew I was in trouble. There was no way I was going to be able to be good and only take a few bites.
In fact, this Toasted Coconut Cream Pudding was SO good, I had to immediately start passing it out to my neighbors.
It was the ONLY way to keep myself from inhaling the entire batch all by myself. I could not resist it!
I based this recipe off of my Mama’s Best Banana Pudding recipe and swapped the bananas for toasted sweetened coconut.
Then, instead of the vanilla pudding, I used coconut pudding. You can still use vanilla pudding and just add a little coconut extract to taste.
When it all came together, it had gorgeous layers of creamy coconut pudding (sweetened with whipped cream and my mom’s secret ingredient — sweetened condensed milk), freshly toasted coconut and vanilla wafers.
After a few hours resting in the fridge, the wafers soften and the pudding flavors mingle and it seriously becomes irresistible!
Head on over to Dixie Crystals for the recipe I developed for them!
RECIPE: Toasted Coconut Cream Pudding