Easy Haupia

Easy Haupia

Hawaiian Deelit 7

"This is a traditional Hawaiian desert often found at luau's."

Ingredients 2 h 15 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 52 cals

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Original recipe yields 24 servings



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  • Calories:
  • 52 kcal
  • 3%
  • Fat:
  • 4 g
  • 6%
  • Carbs:
  • 4.1g
  • 1%
  • Protein:
  • 0.4 g
  • < 1%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 0 mg
  • 0%
  • Sodium:
  • 15 mg
  • < 1%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the cornstarch, sugar, and salt into a saucepan; stir in 1/4 of the coconut milk to make a smooth paste. Stir in the remaining coconut milk, and bring to a simmer over low heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until thickened so that it coats the back of a spoon, about 5 minutes. Pour into a 9x13 inch baking dish; refrigerate until cold.
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  • Cook's Note
  • If you can't find canned coconut milk, you can make your own by pouring 2 cups boiling water over 4 cups grated coconut. Let stand for 20 minutes; strain and measure coconut milk.
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  1. 21 Ratings


Since leaving my childhood home 20 years ago, I have frequently yearned for my favorite desert, haupia. When visiting family in Hawai'i, I am on a constant search for the wiggly, creamy goodness found in this coconut treat. When I decided to do a mini Hawaiian feast last night, I knew I had to include haupia...I found this recipe, tried it out and OMG I'm so thrilled! The flavor is spot on, the texture perfect. I'm in heaven! BTW, the quality of the coconut milk you use makes all the difference. If it doesn't taste awesome out of the can, it's not going to taste good in haupia. I've tried no less than 10-15 different brands and have only found one that I like.


This is my longest review ever... Sorry! I've never had haupia but I had a can of coconut milk in the pantry and this looked like a simple recipe. Upon reading the previous comments, I decided to change up the order just a little. To get a good texture, instead of mixing all of the ingredients in the pot, I separated out 1/2 cup of room-temp coconut milk and whisked in the cornstarch until it was dissolved. In the pot I put the rest of the coconut milk, sugar, and salt and heated it up until the salt and sugar were dissolved, then stirred in the cornstarch mixture. I cooked it at a higher temp (med to med-high) because nothing happened at a low temp (maybe because pot is heavier or because I have a glass cooktop?) I made sure to keep stirring it the whole time so it wouldn't burn, and let it cook until it was pretty thick, to avoid the raw-cornstarch flavor one reviewer mentioned. I sprayed a glass baking dish very lightly with cooking spray (possibly unnecessary) and poured in the mixture. Off to the fridge it went and jsut now I flipped it onto a seving dish. It sliced it into squares easily and had a great taste. It could be sweeter and/or more coconutty, for more of a desserty feel, but it is great and I will be taking it to dinner this evening at the house of a friend whose son is allergic to milk and gluten!


this was very easy, I scaled the recipe down to serve 18 so I could just us a can of coconut milk. I put it in an 8x8 pan and it was very thin. Growing up I remember eating haupia like a jello jiggler so this was how I remember eating it. Next time I'll double the recipe and stick it in an 8x8 so it'd be thicker.