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light triple coconut cream pie

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I usually like to have some related childhood anecdote or some interesting (to me, at least) story to tell with each recipe I post, but today, I got nothin’. Which is sad really, because this coconut cream pie is probably in my top five favorite recipes ever posted to Wholefully. I should really being doing it justice with some deep and poetic story, but I’m totally blocked.

I have no fond childhood memories about coconut cream pie. No funny stories from college. Nothing. The only thing even close I have is that my Mama always requested coconut cream cake for her birthday. But that’s a whole other type of deliciousness.

Part of it could be because last night, instead of staying home and doing homework and coming up with some narrative about this pie, I skipped out on all of my duties to go to a basketball game. It was totally worth it. Even if I have to live the rest of my days knowing that this superstar recipe is paired with a lackluster write-up.

In case you were wondering, my team totally slaughtered the other guys. And we were underdogs. Love it when that happens!

Alright, let me say what I actually can about this pie. It’s another one of my attempts to have healthy (or at least, less unhealthy) desserts in the house. This one was a huge success! Although I need to note that it’s probably not all that healthy that Babyface and I finished the whole pie within 36 hours. It was so good that I found myself waking up in the morning and immediately thinking about it. That’s a good pie.

I made the custard using skim milk, light coconut milk and low amounts of sugar, which allows for a smooth and creamy filling without the calorie-bomb of cream. The light sugar amount allows the coconut flavor to really shine through. Sometimes I feel like pies just taste like straight up sugar, but this one really lets the flavor shine through.

The second part of the “triple” is the coconut whipped cream. Instead of heavy whipping cream, I whipped up coconut milk sweetened with just a touch of confectioner’s sugar. This pie topper gives another layer of coconut-y flavor and lighter nutrition facts. That switch alone saves about 50 calories and 4 grams of fat per serving. Plus, I think it tastes even better than whipped cream. And then to top everything off, I sprinkled on some crunchy, toasty flaked coconut. The rest of the pie is so smooth and creamy that the crunchy stuff is a really interesting change in texture.

The end stats are pretty exciting.

This pie is so good that I hope you forgive me for my terrible post. I will hopefully be back tomorrow with a lot more to say.

light triple coconut cream pie

light triple coconut cream pie

Yield: 8
Prep Time: 6 hours
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 15 minutes

Adapted From: Cooking Light


  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1-13.5 ounce can of light coconut milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-13.5 ounce can of regular coconut milk, refrigerated
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons confectioner's sugar
  • 1 prebaked pie crust
  • 3 tablespoons toasted coconut


  1. Prepare the custard by whisking together the eggs, flour, sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine the skim milk and light coconut milk. Heat until small bubbles begin to form along side of pan (do not boil). Remove from heat. Stream milk slowly into egg mixture while whisking rapidly. When all the milk is added, return mixture to the saucepan over low heat. Simmer until thick and bubbly, about 10 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, transfer to a heatproof bowl and stash in fridge or freezer until custard is room temperature. Stir in vanilla extract.
  4. To prepare the whipped cream, spoon out the top cream portion of the refrigerated coconut cream into the bowl of a mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat on high until stiff peaks form, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in vanilla and confectioner's sugar.
  5. To assemble pie, pour cooled custard into crust. Top with whipped cream and toasted coconut. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 4-6 hours or until custard is cold.


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Cassie is the founder and CEO of Wholefully. She's a home cook and wellness junkie with a love of all things healthy living. She lives on a small hobby farm in Southern Indiana with her husband, daughter, two dogs, two cats, and 15 chickens.

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14 Responses
  1. I really wish my boyfriend didn’t hate coconut so much. There are some many amazing coconut recipes floating around the blogsphere lately. I want to make/ eat them all, but not all by myself!

    1. Cassie

      While we were eating this, Babyface turned to me and said, “I don’t get how ANYONE could hate coconut. This is so good.”

  2. This looks amazing!! I have a co-worker that is obsessed with coconut cream pie- I might have to make this for her birthday. And I might also have to try to make a little single serve of just the filling for a nice little dessert just for me. 🙂

  3. shannon p.

    this reminds me of the coconut pie I had when I lived in the philippines…the only difference is that they put buko (young coconut meat) in the custard as well, so there are larger pieces of pure coconut flavor floating around in this amazing non-standard coconut texture (well, nonstandard for my north american palate). It’s the bees knees… (seriously, if you have a halfway decent asian market in your town, you should try finding buko…it seems like it is always in the freezer section next to the fishballs)

  4. Mac Callaway

    Wow! Finally, a pie I can get behind. Low sugar. Perfect. And a Hoosier, to boot. But, what’s up with IU not having a mascot? Gotta fix that. Someone in the Greencastle Banner Graphic is selling the sweetest little bulldogs. Get that team a bulldog. And, while you’re at it, make this pie the official IU Hoosier’s team pie. Go Hoosiers!

  5. Darlene

    Cassie, did you mean 36 minutes or hours? Made the pie exactly as instructed (except shortened the pie’s cooling time because we couldn’t wait to eat it). The pie was gone in 36 minutes between the 3 of us. The first piece doesn’t count if the baker has to taste test before serving, right?

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