37 Coconut Dessert Recipes (Best + Easy)

If you are not used to Asian cuisine, you might not understand the importance of coconut in most of their desserts.

Coconut is sweet and delicious that brings a whole different flavor and sweetness to your dessert recipes. The amazing thing is that different recipes go well with coconut.

Coconut balls

You will find this ingredient commonly used in Thai, Filipino, and Indian desserts, and there is so much versatility in the way this ingredient is used that you will never be bored of the dessert.

So if you are interested in trying out a coconut dessert, then join me as we embark on this tour of exciting dessert recipes that you can make with coconut.

Try my favourite coconut desserts;

How To Make Coconut Ball – Easy Coconut Balls Recipe

Easy Coconut Milk Pudding – Chinese Coconut Pudding

Indian Coconut Desserts

Coconut Ladoo

Coconut Barfi

Coconut Gujiya

Coconut Kheer


Carrot Coconut Ladoo

Thai Coconut Dessert

Thai Mango Sticky Rice

Thai Banana in Coconut Milk

Thai Coconut Pudding

Steamed Coconut Pandan Cake

Tapioca Coconut Pudding

Coconut Pumpkin Pie

Thai Coconut Ice Cream

Jamaican Desserts with Coconut

Jamaican Coconut Toto

Grater Cake

Jamaican Coconut Drop


Filipino Desserts with Coconut Milk

Filipino Cassava Cake

Filipino Steamed Rice Cake

Filipino Purple Yam Jam (Ube Halaya)

Ube Cheesecake with Coconut Cookie Crust

Chocolate Coconut Desserts

Chocolate Coconut Brownies

Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

White Chocolate Coconut Cake

Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars

Double Chocolate Coconut Muffins

Coconut Cream Desserts

Red Rubies Dessert

Banana Coconut Cream Dessert

Coconut Cream Pie

Whipped Coconut Cream

Pineapple Coconut Desserts

Pineapple Haupia

Pina Colada Cupcakes

Coconut Snowballs

Grilled Pineapples with Coconut Caramel

Healthy Coconut Desserts

Coconut Chia Pudding

Vegan Coconut Balls

Rose Coconut Jellies

Indian Coconut Desserts

1. Coconut Ladoo

This coconut ladoo recipe is easy to make, and you only need few ingredients for this delicious dessert. The dessert is moist, soft, and very sweet. It contains ingredients like dedicated coconut, ghee, condensed milk, and milk.

They are moist and tasty, and you can make this dessert in large batches and store it in the refrigerator. You will have to put them in an airtight container, and they will last for up to a week.

2. Coconut Barfi

Have you had an opportunity to taste these fresh coconut fudge? If you have tasted them, then you know how amazing and irresistible they are.

This lovely coconut Barfi is usually prepared during special occasions and festivals. They are used as offerings to ask for forgiveness for known and unknown misdeeds.

So if you have Indian friends that you might want to impress, this recipe is a good place to begin from. It is advisable to use fresh coconut for this recipe because it makes the dessert sweeter.

The ingredients for this delicious cake include milk, ghee, sugar, cinnamon powder, saffron strands, almond slivers, and pistachio.

3. Coconut Gujiya

If you love pastries, you might want to add a little twist to your pastry recipe by including coconut. These coconut pastries are made during the Holi festival, and they are meant to be shared with guests who visit you. You can make these gujiya in large or small shapes, depending on your choice.

You can add variations to these pastries by adding cashews, almonds, and raisins as part of the filling. If you love chocolate, you can even make a chocolate dipping to dip these delicious pastries.

You need just three ingredients for the dough, which are all-purpose flour, ghee, and water.

The filling ingredients include desiccated coconut, cashews, almonds, raisins, powdered sugar, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. 

4. Coconut Kheer

Coconut Kheer is a lovely traditional Indian dessert recipe. This coconut kheer recipe is best prepared and enjoyed at home, so it is best to know the recipe to make some for yourself. This dessert has a base of coconut water and coconut malai.

This dessert is made with milk, cardamom powder, coconut fat, coconut water, heavy cream, condensed milk, and dry fruits. 

5. Modak

Modak is a lovely Indian dumpling that you make with rice flour, and the stuffing is made with a sweet jaggery coconut mixture. This snack has many different varieties; we have steamed modak, fried modak, dry fruit modak, and many other recipes.

The recipe provided here is for steamed modak, and the ingredients include ghee, freshly grated coconut, jaggery powder, cardamom pods, cashew peas, rice flour, water, and salt.

You can store your leftovers in the refrigerator, but these snacks are best enjoyed fresh.

6. Carrot Coconut Ladoo

Carrot coconut ladoo is a delicious vegetarian option for the celebration of the Diwali festival. They taste lovely, and they are easy for you to make.

Depending on the dominant flavor that you want, you can use an equal quantity of carrots and coconut or increase one of them.

These carrot-coconut laddoos are perfect for festivals and celebrations, especially if you have guests around; they are colorful and lovely.

The ingredients include raisins, slivered almonds, condensed milk, desiccated coconuts, ghee, and shredded carrots.

Thai Coconut Desserts

7. Thai Mango Sticky Rice

Thai mango sticky rice is delicious, hearty, warm, and satisfying. The ingredients used for this dessert include sweetened coconut cream, sweet glutinous rice, palm sugar, fresh seasonal mango, and salt.

Mango sticky rice is a traditional Thai dessert recipe that is popular. It is simple to prepare and requires you to use only a few ingredients.

8. Thai Banana In Coconut Milk

Thai banana in coconut milk is an easy-to-make dessert recipe, and you only get to use few ingredients as much as possible. The amazing taste of this dessert might make it your new best dessert option, especially during summer.

It is a perfect dessert for vegans, and it is a popular Thai dessert.

Usually, you need a special type of banana for this recipe, and the bananas are usually small. But if you do not have these types of bananas, it should not stop you from making this recipe because you can use any other type of banana.

The remaining ingredients for this recipe are sugar, coconut milk, and a pint of salt.

To give this dessert a Thai touch, you can add pandan leaves that elevate the dessert’s taste and change the color. Also, try not to make your coconut milk too thick so that your bananas can mix easily.

9. Thai Coconut Pudding

The sight of this coconut pudding will leave you drooling and craving for a taste. Thai coconut pudding is delicious and satisfying.

This recipe contains ingredients like palm sugar, coconut milk, and flour. You can top this delicious pudding with taro, pumpkin, corn, and green onions.

10. Steamed Coconut Pandan Cake

This steamed coconut pandan cake is soft, smooth, and a healthy dessert option. This cake is divided into two parts, the lower part of the cake has a pandan flavor, and the upper part has a savory coconut flavor.

If you are vegan and looking for a healthy and gluten-free dessert option, this cake will be perfect for you. This cake is made with tapioca starch, mung bean starch, flour, coconut milk, sugar, pandan leaves, and alkaline water.

You need about fifty-five minutes to make this awesome flavored cake.

11. Tapioca Coconut Pudding

Tapioca coconut pudding is a delicious and healthy dessert option. This dessert recipe is best served cold, and you will enjoy it more on a hot summer day.

This dessert is gluten-free and vegan friendly, and it is easy to make. You need ingredients like Asian pearl tapioca, tapioca seed, fine salt, coconut milk, and maple or table syrup.

You can top this delicious pudding with sliced mangoes for extra flavor and texture.

12. Coconut Pumpkin Pie

Coconut pumpkin pie is a mouthwatering dessert that is worth trying out during the holidays. If you are looking to spice things up during thanksgiving, you definitely have to try out this recipe.

It is a good change from the traditional pumpkin pie; it has a soft texture, is more creamy, has a rich flavor and aroma.

The ingredients for this pie include unbaked pie crust, pandan leaves, coconut milk, fine palm sugar, pumpkin puree, salt, large eggs, shaved coconut for garnish, and coconut whipped cream for serving.

This pie is unique and tasty, and it is easy to make, giving you something new for a change.

13. Thai Coconut Ice Cream

Are you looking for something refreshing on a hot summer afternoon? Then this Thai coconut ice cream is perfect for you; It is dairy-free and vegan friendly.

It is refreshing, creamy, and full of taste. The ingredients needed include canned jack fruit, roasted mung beans, coconut milk, roasted peanuts, sweet sticky rice, young coconut meat, evaporated milk, palm and granulated sugar, salt, coconut water, and vodka, which is optional.

Jamaican Desserts with Coconut

14. Jamaican Coconut Toto

Jamaican coconut toto cake is delicious and moist, and it is gluten-free and dairy-free. This lovely cake is infused with spices like nutmeg and ginger.

Coconut is an essential ingredient for this toto recipe, and it is simple to make. This cake is lovely for a family gathering or when you are trying to impress your Jamaican friends.

This recipe is gluten-free because it uses almond flour as a substitute for wheat flour. The other ingredients are shredded coconut, coconut palm sugar, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, ginger, vanilla powder, eggs, dairy-free butter, and almond milk. In addition, you can use raisins to upgrade the flavor and texture of the cake.

15. Grater Cake

This cake is a combination of many sweet flavors, and it is delicious and perfect for those with a sweet tooth. Grater cake is a traditional Jamaican confectionary that you will find in most homes and shops. It is made with grated coconut in a sugar fondant.

This lovely cake is easy to make, and you can serve them as desserts when you host a party. You only need five ingredients for this sweet cake, and they include grated coconut, granulated sugar, food coloring, water, and peppermint essence.

16. Jamaican Coconut Drop

These sweet and chewy snacks are a lovely treat for every occasion. Coconut drop is a traditional Jamaican dessert, and they are really delicious.

The amazing part is that you only need three ingredients for this recipe, fresh coconut chunks, fresh ginger, and brown sugar.

17. Gizzada

Gizzada is a classic Jamaican coconut dessert. This coconut tart consists of a flaky shortbread crust, and it has a filling of spiced coconut flakes. You bake this tart until it is golden brown, and it is sweet and delicious. 

The pastry ingredients include flour, butter, salt, and ice water. For the filling, you need grated coconut, brown sugar, nutmeg, and sugar.

Filipino Desserts with Coconut Milk

18. Filipino Cassava Cake

Cassava cake is a traditional Filipino cake made with grated cassava and other ingredients like eggs, coconut milk, butter, cheese, and sugar.

This cake has a rich texture, and the baked coconut milk aroma is irresistible. It is a simple recipe that requires only ten minutes of preparation and an hour ten minutes of cooking in the oven.

19. Filipino Steamed Rice Cake

Rice is a common ingredient in most Filipino recipes; the same goes for coconut. This rice and coconut dessert are delicious and enjoyable.

This cake is made in a mini muffin mold, making them adorable and enticing to kids. This recipe uses ground rice which you soak in water overnight.

All you need to do is whisk the soaked ground rice with all the other ingredients and distribute them into the little muffin molds.

Then, place these molds in the steamer and allow them to steam for five minutes or until the mixture rises and becomes firm.  You won’t know how awesome these rice cakes taste until you try them out.

20. Filipino Purple Yam Jam (Ube Halaya)

This rich and creamy yam dessert recipe will add color and delight to your dessert table. Purple yam jam is made with boiled purple yam root; they are grated and boiled with sugar and milk.

You can use this purple yam jam to flavor many recipes like pastries, cookies, cakes, and ice cream.

If you are hoping to buy this purple yam jam from the supermarket, you will discover that they are more costly. So it is better to make yours at home because they are cheaper, and you get to enjoy it while it is still fresh.

The ingredients for this recipe include purple yam root, unsalted butter, coconut milk, evaporated milk, vanilla extract, ube flavor, and margarine.

21. Ube Cheesecake with Coconut Cookie Crust

This luxurious and delicious cheesecake recipe is one that you do not want to miss out on. This recipe has three special parts: the ube cheesecake filling, the crunchy coconut cookie crust, and the creamy whipped cream made with coconut, which is used as a topping.

The cheesecake has basic ingredients like sour cream, eggs, cream cheese, and the indispensable ube jam. This recipe is mouthwatering, and you will impress your friends and family with this cheesecake recipe.

Chocolate Coconut Desserts

22. Chocolate Coconut Brownies

You can make these sweet and fudgy sweets for a lovely dessert treat. These coconut brownies are topped with creamy sweet coconut. Then you give it a finishing touch by using a smooth chocolate ganache. They are delicious and exciting, and I am sure you are drooling at how amazing they look.

The sweet flavor of the chocolate and crunchy texture of the coconut make an amazing combo that excites the tastebuds. If you prefer nuts, you can add them to your recipe to give it a lovely texture.

23. Dark Chocolate Coconut Macaroons

Well, when it comes to chocolate and coconut combo, you can never run out of amazing ways to combine these sweet ingredients. They are chewy and delicious, and you can finish them in a flash.

This dessert has a combination of rich flavors; it contains sweet coconut flavor, sweet condensed milk, nutty flavor from toasted coconut, and a salty flavor from the salt sprinkled on the chocolate.

Trust me; you do not want to miss out on the combination of these rich flavors. The other ingredients include cream of tartar, eggs whites, sugar, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, sweetened shredded coconut, dark chocolate, and salt. This recipe is quite easy to make, and you can make them for your kids and guests.

24. White Chocolate Coconut Cake

If you prefer white chocolate to brown chocolate, well, you can still enjoy the lovely combination between white chocolate and coconut. This cake is delicious, light, moist, and filled with a lot of rich flavors. This cake is perfect for birthdays and wedding parties during springtime.

The cake batter has a combination of white chocolate and coconut, and it has a lovely soft texture. The filling for this cake is white chocolate coconut cream cheese, and there is a balance between the white chocolate and coconut. The light, moist, and soft texture of the cake mainly results from the conventional mixing method. 

25. Dark Chocolate Coconut Bars

If you love chocolate bars, the good news is that you can comfortably make these amazing and exciting bars at home with even more flavor. These square bars are made with brown rice syrup, unsweetened coconut flakes, and vanilla. These bites are chewy and are a delight and have a deep coconut flavor.

These bars are healthy because they offer healthy fats, iron, fiber, and antioxidants. And you can make these exciting bars in about an hour. So if you love chocolate and coconut flavor, you do not want to miss out on this one.

26. Double Chocolate Coconut Muffins

Well, there is no way we will complete this chocolate and coconut section without a muffin recipe. This recipe offers you chocolate on chocolate with an addition of coconut. If you are a chocolate fan, you should be really excited about this chocolatey recipe.

These muffins are delicious and moist with a crunchy topping gotten from coconut. The yogurt in this recipe helps to keep the muffins moist and tender while also adding a rich taste to the muffins. These muffins are amazing because you can have them for breakfast, brunch, as a snack during the day, or as a dessert option.

Coconut Cream Desserts

27. Red Rubies Dessert

The sight of this red rubies dessert will make you tasty and craving it. You can make this dessert with coconut cream and chestnuts. It is refreshing, creamy, nutty, and crunchy, and it is exciting.

Red rubies dessert is a perfect dessert for those hot afternoons during summer, and it is a popular Thai dessert. You can use raw or cooked chestnuts. The ingredients you need include tapioca flour, water chestnuts, red food coloring, thick coconut milk, castor sugar, pandan leaves, and salt.

28. Banana Coconut Cream Dessert

If you love banana or tropical flavors, here is one lovely recipe for you. This dessert is a no-bake recipe, perfect for those summer days when you do not want to add more heat to your house with the oven. Tne fresh banana makes this dessert refreshing and sweet.

The banana cream pie is topped with toasted coconut, and it uses graham cracker crust. If you want a gluten-free recipe, you are lucky because all you need to do is use a gluten-free cracker crust. The rest of the ingredients for this recipe is gluten-free.

The cream filling for this dessert is made with milk, instant pudding, and homemade whipped cream. You do not need to cook anything or switch on your stove. However, if you do not want to use a store-bought cracker crust, you can easily make one at home.

29. Coconut Cream Pie

If you are a sucker for pies, this coconut cream pie should make it to your list. This dessert uses a classic flaky pie crust with a sweet custard coconut filling. The pie is topped with plenty of rich and delicious whipped cream, which looks irresistible.

You can use a store-bought pie crust, or you can easily bake one of your favorite pie crusts at home. For the filling, you need egg yolks, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, heavy whipping cream, sweetened condensed milk, coconut extract, and sweetened coconut. For the toppings, you need cornstarch,  heavy whipping cream, and toasted coconut.

30. Whipped Coconut Cream

This vegan coconut whipped cream recipe is a perfect topping for your cakes, muffins, puddings, and even fruit salads. The amazing thing is that this whipped cream recipe uses only two ingredients and takes you about 15 minutes to prepare. The two ingredients are coconut milk and organic powdered sugar.

It is a perfect topping for any dessert, and you can serve this plain or add other ingredients to improve the taste and texture. For example, you could add almond extract, citrus zest, peppermint extract, cocoa, matcha powder, lavender, and cinnamon. 

Pineapple Coconut Desserts

31. Pineapple Haupia

Pineapple gives you that relaxed holiday atmosphere; if you agree with me, here is a new holiday recipe to help you spice things up.

This traditional Hawaiian dessert recipe contains pineapples, mango, ginger, and coconut. It is a burst of amazing tropical flavors. It is soft with a custard texture that easily melts in your mouth.

32. Pina Colada Cupcakes

These exciting, moist, and fluffy cupcakes are made with pineapples and coconut frosting, and they are perfect for summer. The coconut and pineapple combo fits perfectly, and these Coladas give you that beach feeling.

These cupcakes are easy to make, and it takes you only 35 minutes to prep and cook them.

33. Coconut Snowballs

These snowball cookies delightfully melt in your mouth, and they are perfect for the Christmas season. Coconut snowballs are healthy, delicious, sugar-free, and you can also make them gluten-free. These snowballs are made with desiccated coconut, puffed rice, coconut oil, coconut milk, and honey.

If you want gluten-free snowballs, then you should use gluten-free puffed rice. You can make a lot of these snowballs and store them in the refrigerator for five days, and they can last in the freezer for up to three months. But you have to put them in an airtight container for them to last.

34. Grilled Pineapples with Coconut Caramel

This grilled pineapple recipe is delicious and mouthwatering, and it is perfect for your summer party. The smoky flavor from the grill and the caramelization of the pineapple gives you a heavenly taste. The coconut sauce is creamy and a perfect dipping sauce for the grilled pineapples. This is an exciting dessert recipe to try during one of your summer parties.

Healthy Coconut Desserts

35. Coconut Chia Pudding

This pudding is a delicious and sweet dessert that you can try any day. It is healthy and full of protein, and it is easy to make from the comfort of your kitchen. It is vegan-friendly and gluten-free. This healthy dessert contains coconut milk, vanilla extract, chia seeds, almond extract, honey, and you can use berries for topping this pudding.

36. Vegan Coconut Balls

These vegan coconut balls are easy to make, and you do not need to bake them. They are healthy and sweet, and your kids will definitely love these coconut balls.

These coconut balls are gluten-free, vegan friendly, and energy-packed. The ingredients for this vegan balls include shredded coconut, almond flour, vanilla extract, maple syrup, coconut oil, and salt.

37. Rose Coconut Jellies

Rose coconut jellies are delicious and vegan-free, and they are a nice dessert treat for your kids. They are quite fun to make as you mold them into shape; it would be a lovely way to engage your kids.

The ingredients for these coconut jellies include coconut milk, maple syrup agar-agar powder, rose syrup, and water.

These jellies are light and refreshing, and you will definitely impress your guests with these rose coconut jellies. These jellies are naturally sweetened with maple syrup, so you do not need processed sugars.


If you had begun this article wondering what dessert you could make with coconut, I am sure that you are overwhelmed with a lot of amazing recipes after going through the article.

These coconut dessert recipes are exciting and delicious, and it would be amazing to try something new.

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