Hawaiian Dessert Recipe

Hawaiian Dessert Recipe

Hawaiian dessert recipe.

With summertime approaching most families enjoy outdoor entertaining including back yard cookouts and parties. One favorite type of party is the back yard luau.

While luaus are great fun, having traditional Hawaiian dishes to serve can make your entire party come together. Hauipa is a Hawaiian Dessert made of coconuts and traditionally served at luaus.

This dessert is a stiff and tasty pudding usually served on ti leaves. Many recipes for this dish call for using both whole milk and coconut milk.

Some substitute water for the whole milk. Substituting water for the whole milk does cut down on the amount of saturated fat in this recipe.

However, substituting water for the whole milk gives you no healthy nutrients so in this Hawaiian dessert recipe pineapple juice has been substituted for the milk making this dessert both higher in nutrients and vitamins and lower in fats. It adds an incredible flavor as well.


2- 16 ounce cans coconut milk

2 ½ cups unsweetened pineapple juice

6 ounces cornstarch

1 cup sugar

½ teaspoon vanilla

1 cup toasted coconut for garnish


Start by mixing the cornstarch into 2 cups of pineapple juice. Then set this mixture aside. In a saucepan combine coconut milk, sugar, remaining pineapple juice and vanilla. Cook on high stirring continuously until the ingredients in the sauce pan comes to a roiling boil.

Pour in cornstarch mixture and lower the heat and continue to cook stirring with a whip until the mixture thickens and becomes shiny and smooth

Pour into a cake pan and allow to sit until cooled to room temperature and then refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Place a Ti leaf on a plate and place a 1 inch square piece of Hauipa on top, sprinkle lightly with toasted coconut and serve. If Ti leaves are not available where you live you can use a piece of kale instead.

Helpful Hints for this Hawaiian dessert recipe

Because coconut is somewhat high in saturated fats, instead of using toasted coconut as a garnish you can use small pineapple chunks or forgo the garnish entirely. Some places do sell low fat coconut milk, (but, it is quite difficult to find) that you can use for this Hawaiian dessert recipe.

While coconut oil has been determined to be bad for heart health there seems to be some disagreement when it comes to the use of coconut milk. Many heart healthy recipes call for using coconut milk in limited amounts.

So for those people who may be worried about cholesterol it is important that you limit the serving to what is recommended. In this way, everyone can enjoy this great tasting Hawaiian desert.

For other low fat Hawaiian recipes visit the web or find a good fat free Hawaiian cook book. Back yard luau's are more fun when your family and friends can enjoy traditional luau recipes.


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