This coconut cream pie recipe is an easy no bake pie made with coconut instant pudding, cool whip (or whipped cream) and a homemade pie crust all topped with shredded coconut. Thanksgiving just got better!
Now don’t panic, you do need to bake the crust. BUT! That’s it! You could even buy a pre-made crust but I don’t know why you would if you can make homemade pie crust and all of it’s flaky goodness.
Ok, but the filling, now that’s no-bake! You see, custards and pudding from scratch are kind of a hassle in my humble opinion. This recipe uses simple ingredients that bust out the creamiest filling with only half the work. And best of all, because you don’t have to cook the filling, you’ll end up with a perfect pie every single time.
Ingredients for Coconut Cream Pie
The creamy coconut filling only requires 6 ingredients! I call that a total win! Here is your shopping list:
Pie Crust (store bought or homemade)
Coconut Instant Pudding – I can usually find this at most grocery stores, especially Walmart. If you can’t find it, read the section below for a substitute.
Milk – combines with the pudding mix to make creamy coconut pudding
Cream Cheese – adds flavor and stabilization to the cream filling
Sweetened Condensed Milk – adds sweetness and creaminess
Cool Whip – can be substituted with whipped cream if desired, see section below
Shredded Sweetened Coconut – I like mine toasted and I’ve included instructions below for toasting coconut,
The measurements for each ingredient are listed in the recipe card at the end the post.
How to Make No Bake Coconut Cream Pie
The best thing about a no bake pie is that is comes together in just a few minutes. Here are the basic steps:
Whisk together the pudding and milk in a large bowl and set it aside to thicken.
Blind bake the pie crust until it is golden and then let it cool completely.
In another bowl, beat the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk.
Combine the cream cheese mixture with the pudding.
Add a third of the cool whip and fold to combine. Then fold in the remaining cool whip a little at a time.
Fold in the shredded coconut.
Pour the filling into the pie crust and let it chill for a few hours in the fridge.
Top with whipped cream and toasted coconut and serve.
All of these instructions in full detail can be found in the recipe card below.
Is There a Substitute for Coconut Instant Pudding?
If you can’t find the coconut instant pudding, go with vanilla instant pudding and add a teaspoon of coconut extract. Still make the pudding with the 1 cup of milk per the instructions.
Can I Use Whipped Cream Instead of Cool Whip?
Yes, absolutely! You will want to whip 1 1/2 cups of fresh whipping cream with a little powdered sugar mixed in to sweeten it. Beat it until soft peaks form then fold it into the pudding as directed in the instructions.
How to Keep Coconut Cream Pie from Getting Watery
I have found that using instant pudding really helps with not getting a watery pie. A runny pie is much more common when you make a custard or pudding from scratch.
Can Coconut Cream Pie Be Made Ahead of Time?
This a great pie recipe for Thanksgiving because it can be made up to a day ahead of time. One less thing to worry about on Thanksgiving day! Make the pie as written, but wait to add the whipped cream and shredded coconut on top until right before serving.
How to Store Coconut Cream Pie
Leftover coconut cream pie should be stored in the refrigerator. It will keep for up to 4 days.
How to Toast Coconut
Coconut can be toasted in the oven, in the microwave or on the stove top. I prefer the stove top method because it allows me to see it constantly and have control over how brown it gets. Here is how you do it:
Place the shredded coconut in a large skillet.
Using medium low heat, cook the coconut while stirring frequently.
When the flakes are golden, remove them from the heat and allow them to cool.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s all about pie. And I am also ALL ABOUT PIE!! This easy no bake coconut cream pie is both simple and decadent. You can’t beat a pie that comes together in minutes!
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No Bake Coconut Cream Pie
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Prep Time: 20 minutesTotal Time: 20 minutes
1 Pie Crust1 Coconut Instant Pudding 3.4 ounce box1 Cup Milk4 Oz Cream Cheese softened1/2 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk 14 ounce1/2 Container Cool Whip 6 oz container, defrosted or 1 1/2 cups fresh whipped cream with a little powdered sugar beaten until soft peaks form.1/2 Cup Shredded Sweetened CoconutAdditional Coconut for servingUS Customary – Metric
In a large bowl, whisk the pudding and milk and set aside.Prepare a blind bake pie crust by rolling it out into the pie dish. Heat the oven to 350 and place parchment and foil in the pie. Add pie weights and bake for 20 minutes. Remove the foil, parchment and weights and bake another 20-25 minutes or until golden. Set aside to cool. In a bowl, beat the cream cheese and sweetened condensed milk until smooth.Add the pudding into the cream cheese mixture and stir until evenly combined.Add 1/3 of the cool whip to the bowl, and gently fold it into everything.Add the remaining cool whip and fold until completely combined. Adding a little at a time is keeping it lighter vs just whipping it all together. Fold in the shredded coconut.Add the filling to the pie crust and chill for 2-4 hours or up to over night. Top with whipped cream and toasted coconut and serve!
This pie will keep in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
No Bake Coconut Cream Pie
Amount Per Serving (1 slice)
Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%Saturated Fat 9g56%Polyunsaturated Fat 1gMonounsaturated Fat 5gCholesterol 29mg10%Sodium 204mg9%Potassium 206mg6%Carbohydrates 32g11%Fiber 1g4%Sugar 20g22%Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 331IU7%Vitamin C 1mg1%Calcium 139mg14%Iron 1mg6% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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