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Coconut Milk Pudding with Fresh Fruits

When entertaining a large party, it’s always a good idea to serve a dessert buffet, with small portions of a few items, that the guests can help themselves to, according to their taste. On such a buffet, dairy-free, gluten-free, low sugar or vegan options are likely to please not only those who have dietary concerns, but rather, all the guests, especially after a fairly heavy dinner.

One of my go-to recipes of such options is my honey-ginger coconut panna cotta (find the recipe HERE), but this time, I was aiming at an even quicker dessert, that doesn’t need too much time to set. Instead of gelatin, I’ve used water chestnut powder, which is basically a fine starch, that can thicken liquids quickly. (It is quite similar to cornstarch and arrowroot powder, so if you can’t find it, they can be used instead.) The soft textured pudding blends beautifully with the colorful fresh fruits layer. Try it and enjoy.

* For larger portions, simply double or triple the amounts given here.

Makes: 4
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10 minutes
Chilling time: 30 minutes

2 cups full fat unsweetened coconut milk
2 Tbs sugar
1 Tbs maple syrup
Dash salt
¼ tsp lemon extract
2 Tbs water chestnut powdered (see introduction), mixed with 2 Tbs water
Fruits for topping (I used ripe passion fruit pulp, diced strawberries mixed with maple syrup, and orange segments – but any fruit combination will work here).

1. In a small pot, mix the coconut milk, sugar, maple syrup, salt and lemon extract. Bring to an almost boil over medium-high heat. Whisk in the water chestnut powder slurry and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the pudding thickens and coats the back of a spoon.

2. Pour into 4 ramekins, leaving enough room for the fruit topping. Place, uncovered, in the fridge for about 30 minutes, to cool and set.

3. When ready to serve, add the fruits on top.

53 thoughts on “Coconut Milk Pudding with Fresh Fruits”

    1. Thank you Dolly, this recipe is indeed very suitable for Pesach, and you can definitely adapt it according to your preferences. I’ve never tried, but I think potato starch can work just as well here, and the same goes for honey. Another option is rice flour, though, coming from Sephardic family, I’m not sure if it’s considered “kitniyot” or not. It will be interesting to see your version. חג שמח! 🙂

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      1. Thank you so much for your prompt response, dear friend! Yes, we consider rice kitniyot and don’t use it, but I’ve used coconut flour for years, and find it quite adaptable.
        חג שמח!


    1. Thank you Mollie, I’m glad you liked the recipe. Water chestnut powder is quite popular in Chinese and Indian cooking. I like the velvety texture it gives the pudding, but it’s not that crucial and any other fine starch can work as well.
      By the way, I haven’t seen your posts lately. Hope all is well. 🙂

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      1. Thank you, I’m glad you liked the recipe. I love coconut in all its forms, and love Indian dessert that are made with it. I was actually introduced to water chestnut powder by a blog about Indian food. I like the texture and mouthfeel it gives. A great find! 🙂

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  1. A great fast and easy dessert is my kind of dessert. I’ve had pasta and gnocchi made with chestnut powder but have not used in a dessert. Makes sense to me. I like the idea of a coconut milk pudding, so I’ll give this a try using corn starch. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Ron, I’m glad you liked the recipe and hope you’ll enjoy it. 🙂
      By the way, the starch used here is not chestnut powder, that can indeed used in pasta or gnocchi, but rather, it’s a water chestnut powder, which is a fine starchy powder, very similar to corn starch.


  2. What an elegant little dessert, I love it. You always have a technique that I haven’t heard of before such as using water chestnut powder as a thickener. I really like the square containers, are they glass or plastic?

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