Happy Piña Colada Day! Yep, July 10th is a day to celebrate the tropical cocktail. Of course, if you are reading this on any other day then Belated Happy Piña Colada Day! My fond memories of the drink go back to when I was first married. Friends would come over and I’d make oodles of them. Remembering those days made me smile when I made Pineapple Coconut Pudding.
Those Piña Colada weekends happened 33 years ago. And coincidentally right about this time. We were married in June and so July was when those times were in full swing. I made so many batches I cleaned out the stock of sweetened coconut milk and pineapple juice from the local store. We bought rum by the gallon. Our little apartment was packed full of friends sipping on the frozen cocktail.
Now I’ll take the flavors over the drink. Plus my days of sipping on sweetened coconut milk are over. Give me a Classic Gibson Martini or wine instead. Pineapple and coconut really are two things I’ll use in cooking and baking often. That goes especially for coconut.
Who is celebrating Piña Colada Day? Me and a whole bunch of Sunday Supper tastemakers. The theme of the virtual celebration is coconut. You know I was excited the moment I saw it. Only thing was to figure out what to make. My initial thoughts went straight to Thai food. It’s because coconut milk is used often in the cuisine.
I headed straight for my cookbook collection. I have a few for Thai food. While looking at every recipe with coconut milk I ran across one for pudding. It sparked my interest and I decided to give it a try with my own adaptation. The result is a pudding like no other I’ve had.
Pineapple Coconut Pudding is smooth and creamy. Yet the creaminess is not like a regular milk based pudding like my Vanilla Pudding. Its texture comes from the silkiness quality of coconut milk. Oh and it’s almost translucent. I wanted to put that out there in case you are expecting something similar to the filling of a coconut cream pie. This pudding is quite different.
The pudding fits with special dietary needs too. It’s both gluten and dairy free. There are only four ingredients (not counting toppings). It’s easy to make because all you do is put those ingredients in a pan, whisk, bring to a boil, and then pour it into bowls and chill.
How about more coconut recipes? Scroll down below the recipe and big collage photo to find a list. Also look at my Lemon Coconut Bars and Thai Yellow Curry Shrimp. Big thanks to Constance of Cosmopolitan Cornbread for hosting the Sunday Supper Piña Colada Day celebration.
- 2 cups coconut milk (well-stirred)
- ¾ cup pineapple juice
- ⅓ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup cornstarch
- ¾ cup diced fresh pineapple
- ¼ cup lightly toasted coconut flakes
- Whisk together coconut milk, pineapple juice, sugar, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat.
- Continue whisking slowly until mixture comes to a full boil and thickens.
- Ladle into 4 small bowls or ramekins.
- Place plastic wrap directly on surfaces. Cool to room temperature then chill overnight.
- Serve topped with fresh pineapple and toasted coconut flakes.
Recipe adapted from one in the Easy Thai Cooking cookbook (Amazon affiliate link).
It’s a National Piña Colada Day celebration! Take a look at these recipes with coconut by Sunday Supper tastemakers:
- Coconut Granola Bowla by Family Foodie
- Gluten Free Coconut French Toast by Gluten Free Crumbley
- Make Ahead Healthy Piña Colada Breakfast Parfait by Easy Cooking with Molly
- Piña Colada Granola (grain free) by My Life Cookbook
- Piña Colada Nut Bread by Where Latin Meets Lagniappe
- Piña Colada Overnight Oats by Take A Bite Out of Boca
- Piña Colada Pancakes by Dizzy Busy and Hungry
Dive in with Sides and Appetizers
Coco-Nutty Main Dishes
- Chickpea Potato Curry by Sunday Supper Movement
- Piña Colada Chicken and Rice by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Piña Colada Chicken Skewers by The Crumby Cupcake
- Pineapple Barbecue Chops with Colada Slaw by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Slow Cooker Pineapple Chicken Curry by Caroline’s Cooking
- Coconut Pound Cake by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Cookies and Coconut Cream Popsicles by Books n’ Cooks
- Creamy Dairy-Free Vegan Coconut Ice Cream by Positively Stacey
- Easy Piña Colada Fudge by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Easy Piña Colada Poke Cake by Crazed Mom
- Homemade Samoas by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- How to make a Piña Colada Flan by Asian In America
- Island Breeze Piña Colada Panna Cotta by The Weekend Gourmet
- Kheer by What Smells So Good?
- Mini Roasted Blueberry and Coconut Cream Trifles by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Piña Colada Bars by Dessert Geek
- Piña Colada Cream Pie by Cookin’ Mimi
- Piña Colada Cupcakes by The Redhead Baker
- Piña Colada Energy Balls by Wholistic Woman
- Piña Colada Ice Cream by Palatable Pastime
- Piña Colada Rice Pudding by Hardly A Goddess
- Piña Colada Trifle by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Piña Colada Upside Down Cake by Bottom Left of the Mitten
- Pineapple Coconut Pudding by Magnolia Days
- Samoa Smacky Delicious Mix by Cooking With Carlee
- Toasted Coconut Sour Cherry Sundae by Pies and Plots
- Tropical Fruit Cups by The Freshman Cook
Sweet to Sip Beverages
- Boozy Coconut & Caramel Milkshakes by Momma’s Meals
- Coconut Banana Rum Smoothie by Desserts Required
- Coquito by Monica’s Table
- Lime Coconut Lassi by Food Lust People Love
- Piña Colada Freeze by Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Piña Colada Smoothie by A Mind Full Mom
- Spiced Piña Colada by Family Around the Table
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