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Coconut Cream Pie

Easy Coconut Cream Pie features a flaky pie crust, coconut custard, toasted coconut, and fresh whipped cream. It’s a coconut-lovers dream come true. Make it with a regular or gluten free pie crust.

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A slice of gluten free coconut cream pie on a white plate with a fork and a black and white striped napkin

photos updated October 2018

So guess what. I kind of suck at making pies. BUT this easy coconut cream pie is pretty freaking awesome. It’s like a Pi Day miracle. That’s right, we’re crashing Pi day and turning it into PIE day.

Because math sucks too. Just kidding if you like math. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, Pi is a math thing. It’s 3.1415blahblahblah. It goes on forever.

The math teachers go crazy for it and dress up with Pi shirts, it’s like a holiday for them. But it’s not really a holiday because holiday’s are fun and math isn’t. Just kidding, again. Sort of.

So enough with the Pi, I’m bored already. (I was a stellar math student… heavy sarcasm)

Coconut Cream Pie is a true dessert comfort food! Flaky pie crust filled with creamy coconut custard, layered with sweet fresh whipped cream and topped with toasted coconut. It’s a DREAM! Make it with a gluten free pie crust or a regular pie crust, your choice! This easy pie recipe is great for any holiday or get together. Easy dessert recipe from @whattheforkblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more! #glutenfree #pie #coconut #dessert #easydessert #recipe #dessertrecipes #coconutrecipes

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Pie crusts used to be hard for me. Even before I started baking gluten-free, they were a struggle. They never, ever, ever came out like my mom’s perfectly flaky pie crust that everyone loved. Mine came out ugly, too dark and too chewy. A fellow blogger once described their crusts as “squeaky”, that’s exactly what mine were. Luckily, those days are over.

Gluten Free Coconut Cream Pie in a white pie dish with a slice cut out

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With lots of practice, persistence, and patience (!!), I’ve mastered my own gluten free pie crust recipe. And guys, it’s a beauty of a crust if you ask me!

You can see just how it truly is a flaky gluten free pie crust in these pictures!

If you’re like the old me and kind of struggle with pies, this recipe for coconut cream pie is a great place to start. Since you’re only baking the pie crust, you don’t need to worry about baking a crust and a filling together like with a fruit pie. Baby steps, right?

Coconut Cream Pie is a true dessert comfort food! Flaky pie crust filled with creamy coconut custard, layered with sweet fresh whipped cream and topped with toasted coconut. It’s a DREAM! Make it with a gluten free pie crust or a regular pie crust, your choice! This easy pie recipe is great for any holiday or get together. Easy dessert recipe from @whattheforkblog - visit whattheforkfoodblog.com for more! #glutenfree #pie #coconut #dessert #easydessert #recipe #dessertrecipes #coconutrecipes

The star of this coconut cream pie is clearly the coconut because after all, it is a coconut cream pie.  The coconut custard is made with coconut milk and flavored with coconut extract and toasted coconut. The whipped cream is also topped with additional toasted coconut. It’s a coconut lovers dream.  It is one of my all time favorite flavors. I would be happy with coconut flavored anything and everything. But I guess I could settle for the best coconut cream pie…

How to Make a Dairy Free Coconut Cream Pie

To make this gluten free coconut cream pie dairy free too, swap the half and half with coconut milk. Then, top it with whipped coconut cream instead of regular fresh whipped cream. Be sure to follow my dairy-free notes for making a dairy free and vegan pie crust too!

Looking for more ideas to try with a 9-inch pie crust? Try my Fudge Pecan Pie, Ham and Cheese Quiche, or Bacon and Swiss Quiche! Enjoy!

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A slice of gluten free coconut cream pie on a white plate with a fork and a black and white striped napkin

Gluten Free Coconut Cream Pie

Yield: Serves 8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 4 hours 2 seconds
Total Time: 5 hours 20 minutes 2 seconds

Easy Coconut Cream Pie features a flaky gluten free pie crust, coconut custard filled with toasted coconut, fresh whipped cream and topped with more toasted coconut. It’s a coconut-lovers dream come true.

Ingredients

  • 1 9-inch pie crust (see notes)
  • 1 14 oz. can full-fat coconut milk (1 3/4 C)
  • 1 1/4 cups half & half (see notes for dairy free)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 cup coconut flakes (sweetened or unsweetened)
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Roll out your chilled pie crust, place in pan and poke the bottom and sides several times with a fork. Cover with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans for blind baking.
  3. Bake pie crust for 20 minutes then remove the crust from the oven and carefully remove the pie weights and parchment paper. Use the parchment to lift the weights out of the shell. Return the crust to the oven and bake for an additional 10-20 minutes or until the pie crust is set and slightly browned.
  4. Cool completely before adding the custard.
  5. To make the toasted coconut, add the coconut to a dry skillet and heat on medium-low, stirring frequently, until slightly browned. Remove from heat and cool.
  6. To make the coconut custard, add coconut milk, half &half, eggs, sugar, cornstarch and salt. Whisk until combined. Heat over medium-low heat and whisk (almost continuously) until the custard is thick like a pudding. This step may take 20 minutes (or even longer depending on your stovetop). When the custard is thick, whisk in 3/4 cup of the toasted coconut and 1 teaspoon coconut extract. Transfer to the cooled pie shell and place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the custard (to keep a skin from forming) but do not cover the crust.
  7. Refrigerate 2-4 hours.
  8. Before serving, use a handheld mixer to whip the heavy cream, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar together. Evenly spread the whipped cream over the coconut custard and top with the remaining toasted coconut.
  9. Leftovers must be refrigerated and are best within 3 days.

Notes

  1. Get my gluten free pie crust recipe here.
  2. You can use a regular 9-inch pie crust if you don't need gluten free.
  3. To make the custard dairy free, use full-fat coconut milk in place of the half & half.
  4. If you're not in the US, half & half is half cream half milk.
  5. I garnished the top of my pie with toasted coconut chips instead of the reserved toasted coconut from the recipe for photos. Feel free to do either!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8-10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 512

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Jenni

Wednesday 26th of February 2020

Instead of coconut milk can you use skim milk?

Shay

Friday 28th of February 2020

I wouldn't recommend it because the coconut milk is what makes this a coconut cream pie. If you just want a vanilla based custard, use whole milk or 2% milk.

Rhonda

Tuesday 4th of June 2019

Make this coconut cream pie this weekend. Even the gluten eaters loved it. 😋

Shay

Sunday 30th of June 2019

Thanks Rhonda, that's great to hear!

Sabina deS.

Monday 15th of October 2018

I love your blog and look forward to making this pie. What do you suggest to make it dairy free?

Sharon

Wednesday 24th of October 2018

You can try all coconut milk (full-fat) in the custard and then top it with whipped coconut cream :)

Karen M.

Tuesday 15th of May 2018

When I saw the picture of this pie I knew I had to make it. I am a good baker but my pie filling didn’t set up. I made the exact recipe and I know I cooked it long enough. The taste was outstanding. We ate it in a bowl and it was delicious! Would someone let me know what I may have done wrong. I would like to make again but want to know what I did wrong. Thanks.

Sharon

Tuesday 22nd of May 2018

Hi Karen, it sounds like you just didn't let the filling thicken up enough. Next time just cook it a bit longer until it's thick and chill it for the full 4 hours or longer. Glad to hear you loved the flavor though!

Nancy J

Sunday 29th of March 2015

Sharon, a great way to stabalize your whipped cream for toppings and frostings is to add about 3 tablespoons of dry instant vanilla pudding mix (or in this case use instant coconut) to the whipped cream. Mix into the whipped cream on low speed. You might want to use a little less sugar. Your whipped cream will not collapse for hours or even the next day.

Sharon

Sunday 29th of March 2015

Thanks for the great tip Nancy! I'll have to try that next time :)

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