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Whenever we are in Hawaii, we always go to the Farmers Market to load up on Hawaiian fruits. And we can’t leave without getting a coconut for the boys!
It’s hard to think about Hawaii without dreaming about all the delicious coconut desserts and drinks. We use coconut milk a lot when making Hawaiian smoothies for breakfast or Hawaiian cocktails after the kids go to bed.
And lately, our family has been baking a TON! As part of our effort to recreate our cancelled Hawaii vacation at home, we’ve been making a lot of coconut recipes.
I thought I’d share some of the tastiest coconut dessert recipes I’ve found so far that are sure to make your mouth water!
Coconut Dessert FAQs
A lot of these recipes ask for shredded coconut, but you’ll probably have some leftover in the bag. While you can add it to a number of other desserts, you can also just toast them as a snack.
Absolutely. In fact, it makes a great substitute for regular milk. And if a recipe calls for cream, you can use coconut cream instead. Just know that it will give any recipe a slight coconut taste if the other flavors aren’t very strong.
Most of the recipes below call for dried, shredded coconut or coconut milk. Fresh coconut can be a bit trickier to cook with. But, it tastes really good in tropical smoothies!
61 Coconut Dessert Recipes You Have to Try
COCONUT DESSERT RECIPES: PIES
One of the most popular Hawaiian pies is haupia pie. Haupia is a Hawaiian coconut cream dessert that resembles Jello. This pie combines coconut cream and chocolate cream for the ultimate Hawaiian cream pie.
Fans of exotic desserts will love this colorful Hawaiian Purple Sweet Potato Pie with Coconut custard Topping!
Now you can enjoy coconut cream pie even if you’re on ketogenic diet. This coconut cream pie could be baked and no bake and it’s full keto!
Experience the tropics with every bite of this refreshing no bake pineapple coconut cream pie.
Frozen Coconut Caramel Pie is loaded with luxurious layers of fluffy frozen cheesecake-y filling, caramel ice cream topping, and toasted coconut and pecans. It’s packed with fabulous flavor that’ll keep you coming back for more!
Bright, sweet and full of flavor and texture, this pie is the perfect combination of coconut and pineapple for a taste of the tropics in pie form!
An easy single serving coconut cream pie recipe featuring a rich custard filling and topped with an simple meringue topping. Made with just one egg and plenty of toasted coconut, it’s the perfect dessert for one!
Homemade pie is always a treat, so you will love my easy Bisquick coconut pie recipe. Even little kids will be able to help you make it, since it really is simple to put together.
This Coconut Fruit Flan has a light and airy cake-like sponge base, topped with a creamy coconut filling and fresh berries. It’s similar to a pie, but with a cake crust!
COCONUT DESSERT RECIPES: CAKES
This easy coconut cake has two layers and is topped by flavorful coconut cream frosting and shredded coconut. It’s the perfect Hawaiian dessert cake.
Coconut layer cake with coconut lime curd – this vegan coconut cake is amazingly soft and delicious. Two layers of one-bowl, eggless and dairy free coconut cake topped with fluffy coconut buttercream, tangy coconut lime curd and toasted coconut; coconut heaven!
Mango coconut cake is like a tropical vacation on a plate. Coconut cake layers, homemade mango curd filling, and lots of coconut buttercream make it an irresistible dessert!
Tahitian Coconut Cake is a yummy and tasty dessert straight from the Polynesian islands to your kitchen. Moist and so delicious. You’ll love every bite!
Skinny Pineapple Coconut Cake – four ingredients, one bowl, one spoon and you’re on your way to this delicious cake!
Coconut Lemon Cake is an easy recipe for a from scratch layer cake. A homemade coconut buttercream dusted with flaked coconut surrounds moist cake layers. Coconut and lemon are a classic flavor combination and our tangy lemon filling making every bite a taste of heaven!
The easiest gluten-free almond and coconut cake recipe that takes just 10 minutes to prepare… and tastes AMAZING! A delicious one-bowl gluten-free cake recipe that everyone will fall head over heels for.
This easy but oh so tasty chocolate coconut poke cake is always a hit. With a homemade coconut pudding and topped with whip cream, it’s a tasty dessert for any occasion.
Super simple Gluten Free Coconut Pound Cake is a coconut lover’s dessert! This pound cake recipe is dense, moist, and tender. Pound Cake is a great dessert of any occasion.
Amazingly moist coconut cake with lots of strawberries, topped with crunchy coconut crumble.
Crushed pineapple and coconut milk take this tres leches cake to a new level. Feel free to add rum for a pina colada vibe!
Try This Coconut Custard Cake is a vanilla cake flavored with coconut and layered with a decadent creamy coconut custard and frosted with cream cheese frosting and covered in toasted coconut.
This gorgeous rich tropical Coconut Mango Cake is bursting with juicy mango and a velvety coconut caramel sauce, so it’s full of exotic flavors in every bite.
Louise Cake hails from New Zealand and what a memorable dessert it is! It comprises a cookie base, a jam layer that is topped with a coconutty meringue.
COCONUT DOUGHNUT RECIPES
Hawaii is famous for this breakfast pastry. Malasadas are originally a Portuguese doughnut, but Hawaii has made them their own. This fluffy doughnut is rolled in sugar and filled with coconut cream. So tasty!
COCONUT DESSERT RECIPES: COOKIES
A plant-powered spinoff from the classic White Chocolate Macadamia cookies, my cookie recipe is modest in sugar, and packed with the power of chia, flax, coconut, and almond flour!
These gluten free and vegan coconut almond butter cookies are easy and simple to make at home. Ready in less than a half hour, they use a batter, rather than a dough, so leave the rolling pin in its drawer.
Traditional Danish Fedtebrød – Coconut Cookie Slices with Rum Glaze – beautifully short buttery cookies packed with desiccated coconut and topped with a rum glaze.
Coconut Cream Wafer Cookies, a delicious cookie sandwich with a coconut cream filling! You can even dye the filling your favorite color!
This copycat recipe is the perfect keto treat for those who love girls scout Samoa cookies. With the perfect blend of chocolate, coconut and caramel, they’ll have you thinking you’re eating the real thing!
These toasted coconut cookies are so chewy! Love the taste of coconut and almond together.
Laura Bush’s Cowboy Cookies, also known as Texas Governor’s Mansion Cookies – these famous jumbo cookies are filled with oats, chocolate chips, pecans, and coconut and are spectacular! You’ll love this half batch recipe for these soft and chewy cookies.
Chocolate coconut cashew bars made with simple, clean ingredients for a sweet treat that you can feel good about eating. Vegan, gluten free, and kid-friendly
COCONUT DESSERT RECIPES: ICE CREAMS
If you love Hawaii and ice cream, then you are probably going to fall head over heels for this easy Coconut Macadamia Nut Ice Cream recipe. This creamy, easy ice cream has buttery macadamia nut flavor and there are chunks of chopped nuts in each bite.
A creamy and refreshing no churn coconut ice cream made with staples. It is keto, low carb, and gluten-free!
Vegan Coconut Lime Nice Cream is an easy and healthy no churn ice cream substitute made with bananas and coconut milk. Topped with toasted coconut and lime zest for the perfect balance of sweetness. A great way to use up your overripe bananas!
This 3-Ingredient Vegan Mango Coconut Ice Cream is a cool decadent summer dessert that is so delicious and easy to make. A healthier treat to satisfy your sweet cravings. No-Churn.Dairy-Free.
COCONUT POPSICLE RECIPES
These Coconut Lime Popsicles are creamy, coconutty and full of zesty flavor! They are so easy to make and require 5 simple ingredients!
This Marshmallow Coconut Popsicles recipe tastes just like marshmallows (while being totally vegan). The secret? Aquafaba!
Strawberry coconut milk Popsicles made dairy-free and cane sugar-free with coconut milk and pure maple syrup. Only 3 ingredients needed!
COCONUT DESSERT RECIPES: MUFFINS
Mango Coconut Streusel Muffins with Coconut Glaze– an easy and delicious breakfast/snack on the go. Bring the tropics to your mouth!
41. Coconut Muffins
Pineapple Coconut Muffins – light and airy with a tropical twist. Perfect for breakfast, an afternoon snack, or even dessert.
MORE COCONUT DESSERT RECIPES
This frozen vegan dessert is based on the popular Disney treat Dole Whip. It uses frozen pineapple and coconut milk to create a flavorful and dairy-free dessert that will have you dreaming of Hawaii!
Coconut on its own is great but when you combine it with chocolate something magical happens! This is a special recipe for chocolate coconut brownies that is sure to please.
These creamy coconut lime squares are perfect for any dessert craving! The crust even has coconut in it!
Coconut Clementine Mini Loaf Cakes – fresh, soft and moist, these mini loaf cakes are packed with citrus and coconut cream and are so simple to make.
Layers of creamy smooth homemade coconut pudding layered between chunks of pineapple on a bed of pineapple infused lady’s fingers and then covered with a wonderful dreamy whipped cream topping.
This delicious and easy Orange Coconut Salad is one of my favorite low calorie sweets with fruit. So versatile, it works as a side, as dessert–breakfast in a pinch.
These coconut cherry balls are a great no bake dessert that is easy enough to make with kids. Although it is often eaten at Christmas coconut cherry balls are delicious all year round.
49. Almond Joy Fudge
Make Almond Joy Fudge in just minutes! This microwave fudge is chocolate filled with coconut and almonds like the candy bar. Fast and easy, and gluten free.
This Vegan Coconut Panna Cotta is a delicious light Dairy-Free and Gluten-Free dessert. Topped with a quick homemade strawberry compote, this healthy dessert is the perfect way to finish any meal!
Cool, creamy mango coconut panna cotta is topped with sun-drenched mango in this elegant dessert that’s a perfect finish for a special occasion or springtime meal.
Coconut Tapioca Pudding —takes just minutes to make, and it’s relatively healthy for you too! Super creamy, and not too sweet, it’s sure to be your new favorite!
Coconut Creme Brulee is a delicious and creamy coconut custard topped with caramelized sugar.
54. Coconut Mousse
Coconut Mousse is a light and airy dessert, not too sweet, and full of creamy, coconut flavour. Light and rich at the same time, it will be sure to please everyone.
These Coconut Strawberry Scones are not only super easy and quick to make, they are an absolutely delicious sweet treat to serve at your next tea party!
Samoa Bread Pudding is full of Samoa Girl Scout Cookie flavors of caramel, chocolate, and coconut in a simple dessert recipe.
Pina Colada Bread Pudding is full of pineapple, coconut, and rum in a simple dessert recipe. A sweet take on the rum cocktail.
All you need is coconut, sugar and a few spices to make these Caribbean Sugar Cakes especially popular in Trinidad, although there are regional variations throughout the Caribbean
This Coconut Lime Loaf is an easy quick bread recipe – one bowl! Refined-sugar free and dairy-free as well! Brighten up your day with this vibrant Coconut Lime Loaf!
Loaded with creamy sweetened coconut-pecan centers coated in chocolate, this classic confection is a purely decadent delight. Enjoy it in its traditional coconut-pecan flavor, or add in chopped maraschino cherries. Either way, there’s just one word to describe it — delicious!
Nothing says summer more than key lime and coconut. Together, they are an absolutely perfect combination for a trifle or parfait!