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.
It’s the perfect cross of the classic banana pudding and a coconut cream pie in one dessert!
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 dreamed I was at the grocery store bakery and I couldn’t decide between a coconut cream pie and banana pudding.
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.
We quickly grabbed everything we needed and came home and whipped it up. It’s a no-bake dessert as long as you don’t count the two minutes it takes to toast the coconut.
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 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
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I used Tate’s coconut cookies instead of vanilla wafers, they have them gluten free as well as regular! They are amazing!
Mmmmmm, I can’t wait to make this recipe!
Can’t find coconut pudding anymore!
I have been struggling to find it too, but recently saw it back in stock! Hopefully you can find it near you again soon too!
Super easy to make from scratch, or use vanilla-add a bit of finely chopped coconut and a dash of coconut extract
I used canned coconut milk with the vanilla pudding mix instead of regular milk. Just be sure to mix the coconut milk before you put it in the pudding mix to get rid of the chunks caused from settling.
Hi I seen your Coconut wafer Putting recip
Recipes looks very good.
Would love to try sugar free recipes
Looks yummy, can’t wait to try.
Why do you not have a printable option on your recipes? That would be a plus for me!
The video showed several recipes, but the link is not showing those same ones, am I missing it?
Love how beautiful your website is! Can hardly wait to start cooking Thanks
I made this using banana pudding and was very good but where can I find the coconut pudding you use in recipe. I have never seen this pudding.
.looks yummy, can’t wait to try the recipies
Can you send me the recipe
I made a recipe similar to this too because we love banana pudding, but I have family members that love coconut. I added cream of coconut and instead of whipped cream used cool whip. So yummy
could not find the recipe for toasted coconut cream pudding and it looks so good
I have made this multiple times and always get rave reviews. One variation I do frequently is add bananas. Coconut banana pudding. The perfect combination of both so you do not have to choose. Next time I make this recipe is to add drained crushed pineapple in the layers… Pina coladas, anyone?
So glad to hear that Stacy and I love the idea of adding pineapple!!
Cannot get to this recipe. A recipe for Rice pudding keeps coming up?????
Hi Nancy! Here is the link to the recipe: https://www.dixiecrystals.com/recipes/toasted-coconut-cream-pudding
This recipe came up on my facebook feed, but the link above is no longer working, it takes you to: https://dixiecrystals.com/recipes/arroz-con-leche
Hi Leanne! Here is the link again! Not sure what was going on! z
Looks so yummy! I like all the responses about changing the recipe. This is an excellent start! You can make pudding from scratch using whatever healthy ingredients you want. Yum! I will watch for your post in the near future!
Where is the actual recipe
I made this as a trifle and not only was it delicious, it was very pretty, too. When making it exactly by the recipe, I thought the pudding/whipped cream mix was not very “coconutty” so I added 1 teaspoon of coconut flavoring which was really good. I’m taking it to a lunch after church tomorrow and bet it goes quickly! Thanks for this good recipe.
Would it be ok to substitute banana pudding for the vanilla in the banana pudding recipe?
Could you make this as a cake in a pan that you can remove the bottom or as a pie?
I do not believe it would hold up very well and would fall over. You could probably do it as a pie though in a shell if you want!
Oooo….my mind is racing. Looks so good. Thinking about addng a little pineapple & a cherry.
Hi being a vegetarian what can I alternate jello with.
I don’t understand banana pudding or coconut pudding?
This recipe is a keeper. It is rich and sweet with a perfect balance of coconut and wafers. No modifications necessary – make this recipe as the author indicated and it comes out perfect.
So glad you enjoyed it D!
It did not set very well… need to cut down on the milk.
Can I ask instead of use shredded coconut,if any other ingredients that are suitable for this dessert
This looks great! But I thought there was banana in this recipe? Where is the banana flavor?
This recipe is for a coconut pudding, based off my moms version of banana pudding. You can always add banana slices to this if you would like. Or here is the banana pudding I spoke of and linked to in the post above:
My 12 year old daughter made this for dessert last night it was AMAZING!!!!
Awesome! I love to hear when kids try out my recipes! Glad you all enjoyed it!
This look so delicious, I love coconut. I will try make it tomorrow. Thank for share.
I forgot the Harv you whipping cream in mine so it has not set yet. Is there anyway I can salvage it or do I need to start over?
Where did you get the jars from ?
They are just old mason jars!
Wut size are those jars if u dont mind me asking
Plan on making them as Gifts for Thanksgiving this year for my guest to take HOME (yummmm)
These little jars are so much fun!!
So I saw this recipe floating around facebook and decided to make it for the forth. It never set fully. Did exactly what you said except I used 2% milk. Top half set but everthing under that was still liquid. Going to try again this weekend. Can anyone think of why it wouldn’t set fully?
Hi Mandy! A ton of people commented on Facebook that they made it and it was wonderful, so I think something must have gone wrong. Did you use two boxes of the instant coconut pudding (for sure not the cook & serve one)?
Very rich and very sweet. I can eat about 2 tablespoons at one time. I may try it without the sweetened condensed milk.
I wonder if you can use full fat coconut milk from can for milk also there is ebaporated milk in coconut milk not sure about the sweetended condensed . My daughters are vegan.
It would be so great if there was a dairy free alternative (like only using coconut milk in place of all the milk.)
Hi Layla, if you try it, share how it turns out!
If I make this in one large dish, what size do you think I should use please?
A large trifle bowl or a 9×13 baking dish!
How far in advance can you make these before the wafers get soggy? Are these better with crisp cookies and prepared right before eating? Thank you in advance!
The wafers get a little soft on purpose, just like in banana pudding. If you want the wafers still crisp, I wouldn’t make it more than an hour before hand.
Love this dessert, it look good! But I am not a big fan of coconut (I know). Can I replace all things coconut with banana? The pudding mix & the flakes, and make this recipe just as is, but with the replacement of banana for the coconut?
If you want to make it without coconut and with banana, I recommend you follow this recipe: https://thenovicechefblog.com/mamas-best-banana-pudding/
can you use 1% milk instead of whole milk?
Yes, just won’t be as creamy!
What size jar do you put the dessert in when its done?
You can make it in individual small mason jars, one large trifle bowl or a 9×13 baking dish.
I am a sucker for anything with coconut. What an awesome treat!
This is just the recipe I have been looking for! I noticed in the video that it is topped with whipped cream but in the recipe it doesn’t mention setting aside some of the whipped cream mixture. Do you reserve a little of it for the topping or do you mix it all into the pudding mixture?
I usually just make a little extra for topping them when I serve it. If you want to set some aside, make a little extra or add a little extra milk to your pudding mixture — otherwise it will be a little too thick!
Those look thoroughly scrumptious, I’d love to have one right now!
These look incredibly delicious! Love it!
Jessica loved the recipe and her blog. Here in Brazil we like a lot of candy like your recipe, we call it a cake in the pot. delicious!
Loving these flavors and textures!
What a pretty dessert! I love that you toasted the coconut!
I LOVE coconut. I kid you not, when I saw the picture, I sat here for a few seconds, mouth gaping wide. Pretty sure I drooled on my phone a little bit.
You have to try it – seriously SO good!!
You did not mention the vanilla wafers in your ingredient list, but called for them in your directions.
Thank you for catching that and letting me know! It has been fixed!
Would any powder sugar do other than dixie crystals confectioners powdered sugar?
Any powdered sugar will work, I just prefer Dixie Crystals brand!
Loved this recipe. The whole family said it was a keeper. Thank you for sharing it.