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Hawaiian Haupia (coconut pudding)

Hawaiian haupia is fresh and simple. A favorite at Hawaiian luaus and potlucks, this basic recipe is easy and quick to make. Only four ingredients!

A while ago, I posted a recipe for chocolate haupia pie. I figured it’s about time that I post a basic haupia recipe.

Haupia squares on a banana leaf

Haupia really is simple. It’s just a few ingredients, and it comes together quickly. No special equipment, no special ingredients. Simple simple simple.

Holding a haupia square with a bite taken out of it.

I personally like mine in pie form, because… well, there’s chocolate in it. But I will say, sometimes it’s better to just eat it plain, because it’s so refreshing!

My husband loves haupia. When I asked him for a bit more info on what traditional haupia should be like, he said, well… it should be firm enough that you can pick it up and eat it.

Whisking haupia in a small saucepan.

I then asked my sister in law how she eats hers. Well, she said, I think the authentic way is to have it closer to a custard, and you eat it with a spoon!

So, my husband is born and raised in Hawaii, as is my sister in law. But, I trust her more, heh heh.

She looked into it a little more for me and told me authentic Hawaiian haupia should probably be somewhere in between custard and jelly like squares.

Cutting haupia into squares on a cutting board.

Well, my husband likes his in Jelly like squares, so that’s what I’ve decided to share with you today. It’s also easier to eat, because you can just pick it up and eat it.

If you want it to be softer, the solution is easy. Just add a little less cornstarch! You can play with the amount, maybe starting at 4 tablespoons instead of 5. Totally customizable to your tastes!

Top down view of haupia squares on a banana leaf

Next time you’re feeling like you need a little tropical kick in your life, give this haupia a try!

By the way, my all time most visited post is another popular Hawaiian treat- Butter Mochi! Give both a try! Watch the video for 5 of my other desserts that I guarantee you’ll love.

Hawaiian haupia is fresh and simple. A favorite at Hawaiian luaus and potlucks, this basic recipe is easy and quick to make. Only four ingredients!

70 thoughts on “Hawaiian Haupia (coconut pudding)”

  1. I love haupia! I read through all the comments and am curious if you or anyone else has made coco puffs with this, in a custardy state? I think I will try. Reminds me of Liliha Bakery in Honolulu.

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