27 Thai Desserts You Definitely Want To Try

Dessert is one part of the meal that I certainly look forward to either at home or when I am out, and this is undoubtedly the feeling of almost everyone.

So if you love desserts as I do, there is always that tendency to look for new options, especially when you love cooking.

The truth is that there are many dessert options that you can pick from different culinary traditions.

The ones we are going to explore in this article are Thai desserts recipes. Thai dessert recipes are perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

Thai Desserts

These Thai desserts contain mostly fresh ingredients like coconut milk, tapioca, rice flour, tropical fruits, and sugar.

The aromatic flavor of Thai desserts is outstanding and unique, and you will find recipes with aromatic flowers and candles fragrance.

Each dessert has its unique flavor. Let us take a look at some of the dessert recipes from the Thai culinary world.

1. Khanom Tom


Khanom Tom is a traditional Thai sweet dessert recipe made with rice flour dumplings. These dumplings are stuffed with shredded coconut melted with coconut milk and palm sugar.

The coconut balls are colorful because of the addition of butterfly pea extract and pandan leaves to the dough.

These pandan leaves and butterfly pea extract also add flavor and fragrance to the snacks. These coconut balls are made in honor of the bravery of a Thai national figure Khanom Tom.

The ingredients for this dessert include sticky rice flour, starch flour, palm sugar, ground coconut, grated coconut, salt, and sugar.

These coconut balls are easy to make, and they are an exciting dessert option, especially for kids.

2. Golden Threads (Foy thong)


Foy Thong is another traditional Thai dessert that is mainly served during festivals and celebrations.

This golden dessert is gotten by boiling egg yolks in sugar syrup and spun into fine hair threads.

This dessert has an appearance like spaghetti, and it looks beautiful. If you are looking for a light dessert option, you could try this delicious and straightforward Foy thong recipe.

3. Grass Jelly


This sweet, grass jelly dessert recipe is exciting, and it contains some sweet ingredients. Grass jelly on its own is mostly tasteless.

It has the texture of jello with a slight hint of bitterness. The amazing thing is that you can customize this grass jelly with other ingredients to make it tasty.

This recipe contains sweetened condensed milk, regular milk, coconut milk, cooked tapioca pearls, diced mangoes, and green tea ice cream.

You can omit the regular milk and use a more considerable amount of coconut milk if you want a more robust coconut flavor.

These ingredients add flavor and sweetness to the grass jelly, making it delicious and irresistible. The mere sight of this dessert will undoubtedly get your attention.

However, you might be wondering why grass jelly is used here even though it is not tasty.

Well, grass jelly has many health benefits; it helps with weight loss, detoxification, aiding those with arthritis and kidney disease, and lowering blood pressure. 

4. Khao Lam


Khao Lam is a traditional Thai dessert that is satisfying, delicious, and very popular. You make this dessert by mixing white or black sticky rice with sweet red beans, sugar, and coconut cream.

Then you proceed to stuff the mixture into the cylinders of the hollow bamboo tree.

After filling the bamboo, you proceed to roast the bamboo slowly over coal. This allows the rice mixture to cook slowly, and the ingredients mix up. When you open the bamboo, you will find a lump of sticky rice cake.

Thai Tropical Dessert Recipes

5. Easy Mango Sorbet


If you love mangoes and tropical flavors, this sweet and easy mango sorbet might be your new favorite thing.

If you do not have an ice cream maker, you do not have to worry because this recipe only requires a blender which I am sure you have.

This mango sorbet is delicious and refreshing and a perfect dessert on a hot day. However, if you want to get a good result, you must have a good food processor or blender.

In addition, it would help if you had a machine that will do an excellent job in pureeing the ice cubes and mangoes.

Other ingredients you need for this sorbet are lime or vanilla juice, sugar, and ice. It requires quite a simple process, and you need less than ten minutes to prep the mango sorbet.

However, the freezing process requires more time; you will need one to three hours of freezing before you can enjoy your sorbet.

6. Thai-Style Creme Caramel


This Thai-style creme caramel is delicious and healthy. It melts quickly in your mouth, and it is straightforward to make.

If you are lactose intolerant, this Thai-style recipe is perfect for you because it uses coconut milk rather than cream.

This caramel dessert is an elegant dessert to serve your guests or take to one of those potluck events.

For the coloring, you can use food coloring or pandan leaves. The advantage of using pandan leaves is that it adds more flavor to the creme caramel.

It takes you only about eight minutes to prep the ingredients and put them in the oven. The ingredients for this dessert include coconut milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, maple syrup, coconut oil, and green food coloring.

7. Thai Mango Pudding


Why should you have the same type of pudding all the time when you can switch things up and have more fun?

This mango pudding is exciting, delicious, and refreshing. This pudding burst with incredible mango flavors, and you do not even need to add artificial flavors.

This dessert is soft, fruity, and delicious, studded with fresh mangoes and topped with fresh cream.

If you are hoping to get the best pudding, it is advisable to use juicy and ripe mangoes. This pudding is made with a mixture of coconut milk and mango puree.

Other ingredients for this pudding include lemon juice, agar-agar, and sugar. It takes you about thirty minutes to prepare this delicious sweet pudding.

8. Mango Mousse Cake


If you love mangoes, you will always find a way to make recipes that reflect this love. This mango cake is not only delicious and impressive, but it is also simple to make.

This dessert has a cake as its base, followed by a smooth mango mousse and some jelly to top things.

If you are not up for the cake, you can make the dessert without the cake base. Then you can serve it in cups, with some jelly toppings and extra cream for more flavor. This will save you time if you do not have eight hours of cook time.

The ingredients for this cake include flour, baking powder, baking soda, gelatin, mango pulp, honey, whipping cream, mango essence, and mango jelly.

9. Lychee and Banana Cake With Coconut Rum


If you are looking for a sugar-free cake that does not include dates, this lychee and banana cake might be the best option for you. Lychees are naturally sweet fruits that can serve as a natural food sweetener.

When you combine lychee with banana, it gives you all the sweetness you need for your cake, and the combination is heavenly.

And you can use whipped cream for the icing of this cake. The cake is sweet but not too sweet and the perfect cake for anyone maintaining a sugar-free diet.

The ingredients for this cake include ripe mashed bananas, lychee juice, plain wholemeal flour, bicarbonate soda, unsweetened oat, and canola oil.

10. Thai Fried Banana


If you love bananas, this is another recipe with banana as the main ingredient. This fried banana dessert idea is deliciously irresistible, and it is crunchy and sweet. Although it might be pretty tricky to handle the bananas while frying, the result is fantastic when you have it right.

You can enjoy these fried bananas plainly, or you can serve them with vanilla ice cream or coconut ice cream.

The ingredients include rice flour, white sugar, club soda, unsweetened shredded coconut, white sesame seeds, salt, and banana.

You have to make sure that you use ripe bananas that are not too ripe. Overly ripe bananas might give you a negative result.

11. Thai Sweet Chili Ice Cream Topping


This sweet sauce is filled with unique flavors, and it is tangy, sweet, savory, and spicy. It is a classic and versatile sauce that features a lot of Thai cuisines. This fantastic homemade sauce takes you about ten minutes to put together, or you can get it from the supermarket.

Homemade is always better because you can be sure of the ingredients that go into the sauce, and you can use only natural ingredients.

In addition, the ingredients are readily available and accessible for you to get. They include rice vinegar, cornstarch, ketchup, garlic, red chili flakes, sugar, sambal oelek, fish sauce, salt, and water.

12. Tropical Thai Fruit Salad


Fruit salad is refreshing and delicious, especially during summer when you want a cool dessert. This Thai-inspired tropical salad has a spicy touch that you won’t find in general salad recipes. The fantastic thing is that you can use whatever fruit you have.

Also, you can throw in some red kidney beans and serve it over yogurt, and the salad turns out amazing and delicious.

The ingredients for this recipe include kidney beans, papaya, mango, dragon fruit, banana, pineapple, honey, and lime juice.

Thai Desserts with Coconut

13. Thai Banana In Coconut Milk

If you are looking for an easy-to-make dessert with as few ingredients as much as possible, this banana in coconut milk dessert might become your best thing. This dessert is a popular Thai dessert, and it is perfect for those on a vegan diet.

This recipe usually requires a special type of banana, and they are usually small baby bananas.

But if you do not have these baby bananas, you can use any other type of banana. The other ingredients are coconut milk, sugar, and a pint of salt.

You can add pandan leaves if you want to give them a different color and elevate the taste, but it is optional.

Also, it is essential to note that your coconut milk should not be too thick so that the bananas can mix easily.

14. Thai Coconut Pudding


The sight of these coconut pudding cakes is pleasant to the eyes, and they are delicious when you taste them.

The ingredients for this pudding include coconut milk, palm sugar, and flour.

And you can top them with ingredients like pumpkin, taro, corn, and green onions.

15. Steamed Coconut Pandan Cake


If you are looking for a smooth and soft, healthy cake for a dessert option, this coconut pandan cake might be the perfect option.

First, the bottom layer of the cake contains the pandan flavor, then the top part of the cake contains the savory coconut flavor.

This cake is healthy and perfect for vegans, and it is dairy-free and gluten-free.

The ingredients for this cake include tapioca starch, flour, mung bean starch, coconut milk, pandan leaves, sugar, and alkaline water.

It takes you about fifty-five minutes to prepare this delicious flavored cake.

16. Tapioca Coconut Pudding


This coconut tapioca pudding is healthy and delicious. It is usually served while cold therefore making it a fantastic dessert to serve on a hot day.

The ingredients for this dessert include tapioca seed or Asian pearl tapioca, coconut milk, fine salt, water, sugar, vanilla extract, and sliced mango for topping, which is optional. This delicious treat is delicious to make, vegan friendly, and gluten-free.

Thai Dessert Drinks

17. Che Thai


This refreshing drink dessert is a welcome break from frittatas and fruit juices.

This exciting Thai dessert drink contains ice-cold coconut milk, chewy jellies, jack fruits, and sweet lychee bites. I am sure you are already drooling from the thought of this drink.

This drink dessert is very easy to make especially if you are using canned fruits. But if you want a fresh drink, you might need to use fresh fruits, which might take you a long time to prepare. You can customize this drink by using any other ingredients that you prefer.

18. Cha Bang Ang


The fantastic thing about these Thai dessert drinks is that they are not plain. They contain different ingredients in the drinks that are chewy, making it a more fun experience.

This drink is refreshing and contains a high amount of dietary fiber that is good for the system.

The ingredients for this drink include cincau, caramel sugar, cele seeds, fresh milk full cream, melted milk, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. 

19. Thai Red Chile- Peppercorn Cocktail


This beautiful and simple cocktail is the perfect dessert drink for a lovely romantic evening.

It has a blend of honey, lemon juice, gin, and chili. This cocktail has balanced flavors of spicy, sweet, tart, and bitter flavors.

You can make this dessert at home, plus these ingredients are simple to get; you might already have some lying in your kitchen.   

Traditional Thai Dessert

20. Thai Mango Sticky Rice


This  Thai mango sticky rice is delicious and satisfying. This dessert includes sweetened coconut cream, fresh seasonal mango, palm sugar, sweet glutinous rice, and salt.

This is a traditional Thai recipe that is quite popular. It is simple and requires only a few ingredients.

21. Red Rubies Dessert


I am sure the sight of this dessert is already making you tasty and craving for it. This dessert is made with coconut cream and chestnuts.

This dessert is refreshing, nutty, creamy, and crunchy, and it is really exciting.

This is a perfect dessert for a hot summer afternoon, and it is a popular Thai dessert. You can either use cooked or raw chestnuts.

The ingredients you need include tapioca flour, water chestnuts, red food coloring, thick coconut milk, castor sugar, pandan leaves, and salt.

22. Homemade Rolled Ice Cream


Is there is any other exciting way of having ice cream rather than this? This ice cream recipe is delicious, fun and it is not as difficult to make as you think it is. This recipe is no-churn ice cream, and it is loaded with oreo cookies.

This combination of Oreos and ice cream is delicious and creamy. This is a unique and fun way of having ice cream. You begin by freezing the thin layer of ice cream filled with a variety of toppings.

The next step involves scrapping the thin layers of ice cream into rolls, place them in a bowl and top them with different toppings of your choice.

This ice cream is easy to make and only takes fifteen minutes, and it is perfect for a summertime snack.

The ingredients include heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, chocolate syrup, vanilla extract, and finely chopped extract.

23. Banana Spring Rolls


This banana spring roll is the perfect option if you are looking for an alternative dessert to the traditional cake or pie.

These rolls are the perfect dessert on a cold day, and they are warm and delicious, and very easy to make. You need four ingredients and twenty-five minutes to prepare these rolls.

The banana rolls are warm, delicious, and crunchy, and they have a hint of cinnamon.

The ingredients for this recipe include banana, sugar, ground cinnamon, cooking oil, and spring roll dough sheets.

24. Thai Tea Cake


This delicious tea cake is perfect when you are thinking of having a cup of tea for dessert. This rich cake has a combination of condensed milk, Ceylon tea, sugar, and a bit of food coloring.

The frosting from this cake is delicious and sweet, and easy to make. You can make the frosting by cooking flour and milk to form a thick paste. Then add sugar and butter to the paste to form a fluffy and silky frosting.

25. Mung Bean Pudding


Mung bean pudding is a silky and soft pudding that is set into a sweet cake. This dish is delicious and usually served as a light snack, especially when you are expecting guests. However, you can prepare this dessert a day ahead of when you are expecting guests.

This recipe is straightforward to make, and you need only six ingredients for this dessert.

The ingredients include mung beans, sesame seeds, vanilla extract, sugar, salt, and water.

Thai Dessert For Summer

26. Thai Mango Ice Cream


Ice cream is a popular treat that always put a smile on both children and adults face. This Thai mango ice cream is delicious with a bit of spice to change things from the regular plain mango ice cream. It is suitable for vegans and also very easy to make.

The ingredients for this dessert include Ayam coconut cream, frozen mango, kaffir lime, ginger, Thai basil leaves, and birdseye chili.

You can try this fantastic summer dessert, and who knows, you might never go back to plain mango ice cream.

27. Thai Iced-Coffee


As we all know, the summer season is quite hot, and often we all prefer cold drinks to cool us down.

Typically, I prefer a hot cup of coffee to start the day, but this is not the case during summer. This is why I prefer Thai iced coffee; it is perfect for summer.

This Thai iced coffee has a distinctive taste compared to other iced coffee I have tasted. This is because of the unique ingredients added, the ingredient is cardamom, known for its intense flavor, and it also has a slightly sweet flavor.

The ingredients for this iced coffee include dark roast espresso or strong brewed coffee, sweetened condensed milk, cardamom powder, and ice cubes. Preparing this delicious Thai iced coffee takes about twenty minutes, and it is worthwhile.

You will be interested in other desserts:


There are many dessert options from the Thai culinary world that you could try. Some of them are fresh and require no cooking; some of the recipes need baking and steaming.

So, if you love cooking and exploring, you can check out some of these recipes, and who knows, you might fall in love with some of them.

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