A delicious variation of the popular Hawaiian coconut dessert made with vanilla bean and topped with fresh fruit. Free of grains, gluten, and dairy.
- 1 13.5 oz can full-fat Coconut Milk (about 1 2/3 cup)
- 3 tablespoons Organic Sugar (for most authentic “haupia” flavor) or light colored Honey.*
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 tablespoons Corn Starch or tapioca starch (for grain-free)
- 1/2 Vanilla Bean, split lengthwise and seeds scraped or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- fresh fruit salad
- mint leaves, optional
- edible flowers, optional
- toasted coconut, optional
Fruit Salad: (can substitute your favorite fruit for any of these)
- 1/2 mango, peeled and cubed
- 4–5 strawberries, hulled and sliced
- 2 kiwi, peeled and diced
- 1/3 cup chopped pineapple
- 1/3 cup blueberries
- 1/3 cup raspberries
- Place coconut milk and sweetener into a medium saucepan. Mix together 2 tablespoons of water with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and add that to the saucepan. Add the vanilla been seeds, the half of the scraped vanilla bean pod, and a pinch of salt to the saucepan and whisk to combine. Place on the stove over medium heat, whisking constantly until the milk begins to thicken. When ready, it should be the consistency of a thick gravy (thick but pourable).
- If making individual servings, divide the pudding immediately into 3 or 4 (4-ounce) serving dishes, cover and refrigerate for a few hours until chilled. If not, pour pudding into an airtight container and refrigerate until chilled.
- Combine fruit together in a medium bowl and gently toss to evenly combine. Can use your favorite fruit in place of any of the ones listed. I recommend combining the fruit just before servings as some of the berries can get mushy. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
- Place 1/4 – 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut into a dry pan. Place on the stove over medium-low heat and move constantly with a heat-safe spatula or wooden spoon until the coconut is golden brown. Transfer coconut to a bowl immediately to avoid burning.
- To serve, top pudding with several spoonfuls of mixed fruit, mint leaves, edible flowers, and toasted coconut. Makes 3-4 servings.
*Maple syrup or regular honey can be used but pudding will be a slight tan color