Coconut Passion Fruit Chia Pudding Parfait

This Coconut Passion Fruit Chia Pudding Parfait is just as suitable as a healthy dessert as it is as a wholesome breakfast. Coconut milk chia pudding, thick passion fruit puree and homemade haupia all come together in a single dish. You won’t be able to stop eating this tasty treat!

Two dishes of Coconut Passion Fruit Chia Pudding Parfait topped with pink flowers.

One of my favorite parts about traveling is finding new foods and dishes that inspire me to get in the kitchen and create my own special version of them. On any typical vacation, I’ll probably come home with at least two ideas of recipes I want to recreate on my own. It’s one of the reasons I love traveling so much – there’s nothing like it to broaden my imagination and get my home-cooking skills flowing again as soon as I get home.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, chances are you noticed we took a little trip to visit my cousin and her new baby in Kauai at the end of July. While the great majority of our vacation was spent hanging out in our beautiful vacation rental and lounging by the pool with our babes, we did manage to get out for a few tasty treats.

There’s a small local market close to where we stay in Poipu that, while not fancy, is perhaps best known for the shave ice “wagon” that parks out front of it or the sushi bar inside of it. We stopped in for some Spam musubi one day on our way home from the beach, and my cousin came out with a Mason jar full of what looked to me like the dreamiest (and tastiest) chia pudding concoction I’d ever seen in my life:

A Mason jar of coconut chia pudding layered with haupia and passion fruit puree.

Coconut chia pudding was layered in between passion fruit puree and creamy haupia, and as soon as I tasted a bite of it I casually informed her that she better eat however much of it that she wanted FAST, because otherwise I would 😉

Lucky for me (and for little Raia, who couldn’t get enough of it!) she was more than generous with sharing and I was able to savor each bite just enough so I’d remember how to make my own at home. Lucky for you, I’m sharing that homemade recipe with you today!

There are a few things that go into this Coconut Passion Fruit Chia Pudding Parfait, but no step is too difficult. Just remember that you’ll want to start the process a day before you want to serve it, as both the haupia and the chia pudding need to set up in the fridge overnight. It’s also good to give the passion fruit puree some time to set up in the fridge since you’ll be heating it thicken it up.

Here’s how the process goes:

Step 1: Make the haupia.

Full disclosure, this was the first time I’d made haupia from scratch, and I was blown away by how easy it was! I used this recipe from Tasting Table, which involves just four ingredients:

Cornstarch
Water
Coconut milk
Sugar

It’s a quick and easy process, just boil everything together, pour it into a baking dish and refrigerate overnight. No baking or fancy temperature taking required. You can also find haupia mix packets in Asian grocery stores (or on Amazon [*affiliate link]), but after making this from-scratch recipe, I’ll tell you I never feel the need to buy the packets again!

Looking down on a dish of Coconut Passion Fruit Chia Pudding topped with coconut chips and a pink flower.

Step 2: Make the chia pudding.

If you’ve never made chia pudding before, prepare to meet your new favorite make-ahead breakfast. All it takes is some chia seeds, coconut beverage (or milk of your choice) and some vanilla and honey. Pour everything into a Mason jar, shake and seal, then place this in your refrigerator overnight as well. Are we seeing how easy this is yet?

Step 3: Thicken up (and sweeten) some passion fruit puree.

I know, I know, you’re probably wondering where in the heck you’re going to find some passion fruit puree. But I’ve made it easy for you! You can order it on Amazon [*affiliate link], and it’s even on Prime so it will be at your doorstep in just a couple of days.

We were lucky enough to have some passion fruit puree in our freezer from a family friend that grows them, so I simply thawed that but then thickened it up on the stove with some cornstarch and a little extra sugar for sweetness. I highly recommend giving whatever puree you end up getting a taste before doing this, and only adding sugar as needed.

Step 4: Assemble, top with toasted coconut flakes and enjoy!

The next morning, your parfaits will be ready in seconds. Simply take your serving vessel (I like small Mason jars or clear parfait dishes) and start layering:

First goes the coconut chia pudding,
Then goes the passion fruit puree,
Followed by cubes of your homemade haupia,
All topped with roasted coconut strips to add the perfect crunch.

An overhead shot of a wooden spoon resting in a dish of coconut chia pudding.

If you’re looking for a special kid-friendly breakfast treat that still packs a ton of nutrition, this Coconut Passion Fruit Chia Pudding Parfait is the answer.

And if coconut and/or passion fruit aren’t your thing, check out some of my other tasty chia pudding recipes like this Tropical Matcha Chia Pudding, this Coconut-Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfait, and this baby-friendly Oat Milk Chia Pudding with Blueberry Orange Compote!

Coconut Passion Fruit Chia Pudding Parfait
Prep Time
30 mins
Refrigerator Time
8 hrs
Total Time
8 hrs 30 mins
 

This Coconut Passion Fruit Chia Pudding Parfait is just as suitable as a healthy dessert as it is as a wholesome breakfast. Coconut milk chia pudding, thick passion fruit puree and homemade haupia all come together in a single dish. You won’t be able to stop eating this tasty treat!

Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: Hawaiian
Keyword: breakfast, chia, coconut, dairy-free, dessert, Hawaiian, healthy, kid-friendly, passion fruit, snack
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 570 kcal
Author: CaliGirl Cooking
Ingredients
  • 2 cups diced haupia pudding Link to recipe in Notes
  • 1/2 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups unsweetened vanilla coconut beverage
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups passion fruit puree Link to purchase in Notes
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 6 tablespoons water
  • Sugar, as needed to sweeten
  • Roasted coconut chips, for topping
Instructions
  1. The night before you plan to serve the parfaits, prepare the haupia according to directions and allow to set up in the refrigerator overnight.

  2. The same night, combine chia seeds, coconut beverage and vanilla in a glass bowl with a lid and place in the refrigerator. If you can, give the bowl a shake a few times before bed to make sure the seeds are well incorporated with the coconut beverage. 

  3. You’ll also want to prepare the passion fruit puree the night before. Place the puree in a saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer. In a small, separate bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and water, then whisk into the passion fruit puree. Continuously whisk as you add however much sugar you need, probably a few tablespoons but taste as you go. Remove puree from heat and let cool before transferring to a Mason jar or other container and refrigerating overnight.

  4. In the morning, scoop chia pudding into your serving vessels, then top with passion fruit puree, then the diced haupia. Top with toasted coconut chips and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Dish Density: Medium

Haupia pudding recipe from Tasting Table.

Passion fruit puree link to purchase [*affiliate]

Passion Fruit Popovers

An extra hit of flavor from passion fruit butter livens up the classic popover – Passion Fruit Popovers are an easy side dish that can be ready for dinner tonight. 

Passion Fruit Popovers | CaliGirl Cooking

This one’s for all you carb-lovers out there and, even if you don’t like carbs, indulge me for a minute. I think I may be able to change your mind.

Passion Fruit Popovers | CaliGirl Cooking

Oh, also…If you’ve never heard of passion fruit and have no idea where to come across such a thing as “passion fruit butter,” you don’t even have an excuse not to make these because trust our good ol’ Amazon has you covered. It’s even available on Prime! Two days and you’ll be ready to rock this recipe. Wham, bam, thank you ma’am.

So let’s talk a little bit about these Passion Fruit Popovers. If you’ve ever had a classic popover, you’ll know that they are (typically) light and airy, and a cross somewhere between the lightest muffin you’ve ever eaten, a warm bread roll straight out of the oven, and some sort of custardy deliciousness. They’re called popovers because the tops “pop over” the top of the pan while baking with hot steam trapped inside to really give them that airiness. This is achieved (in some part) by reducing the oven temperature a portion of the way through the cooking time.

Passion Fruit Popovers | CaliGirl Cooking

Now, I love me a classic popover (because Me + Baked Goods = <3) but I wanted to mix things up a bit and create a version with a little extra flavor. I’ve spoken before on this blog about my love for Hawaii (and, more specifically, its food) and today will be no exception. Passion fruit is HUGE in the land of aloha, and you will find it in absolutely everything (juices, baked goods, pancakes, sauces…the list goes on.)

When Chris and I were there last May (you know, getting engaged) we made sure to hit up the Kapiolani Community College Farmers’ Market at the base of Diamond Head. This was one of my favorite things to do on Saturday mornings when I lived there. It’s one of the largest Farmers’ Markets in the country and there is never a shortage of produce, pre-cooked delicacies, and fine local food purveyors. One of these such purveyors sold the largest selection of jams and “butters” you have ever seen featuring all of the local fruits and flavors. [If you’re not familiar with butters, they’re basically a curd.)

Chris and I decided these would be the perfect souvenir (for both our parents and ourselves) so we quickly scooped some up, including the passion fruit butter I used in this recipe.

Alas, I digress. Now we know where I found the passion fruit butter (and really I could have saved both of our time by just telling you to get it on Amazon, but I had to reminisce for a moment.) Let’s get on with the recipe.

Passion Fruit Popovers | CaliGirl Cooking

As I mentioned above, popovers tend to have a custardy quality, so we use quite a few eggs in this batter. We also use milk and the passion fruit butter, which leaves us with no shortage of moisture in this batter. We have all of the typical ingredients as well (flour, baking powder, etc.) but we sneak in just a little orange zest to give these popovers a little more “pop.”

Passion Fruit Popovers | CaliGirl Cooking

We bake them in a cupcake pan (unless we have a marvelous kitchen equipment inventory that includes an actual popover pan, they do exist) and, as mentioned before, we pull an oven temperature change about halfway through.

We eat this as straight out of the oven as possible (without burning ourselves of course) to maximize on the warm, light, fluffiness. Once the popovers cool, they will deflate a bit, but have no fear, they’ll still taste delicious. This version is a bit more dense than many popover recipes, but we’ll take it as a good thing – more passion fruit flavor in every bite!

Passion Fruit Popovers | CaliGirl Cooking

These are extremely versatile in that they can be served for breakfast or dinner. In fact, they’d be perfect for brunch, too! And they really don’t take long to make. Now go order yourself some passion fruit butter because it will arrive just in time for Friday and on the weekends we’re always looking for excuses to brunch. If you can’t wait two days, have no fear. You can make these with any sort of curd (lemon, orange, blood orange, etc.) as well.

Passion Fruit Popovers

An extra hit of flavor from passion fruit butter livens up the classic popover.

Ingredients
  • 3 eggs at room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups milk
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces passion fruit butter or other fruit butter or curd
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Spray a cupcake or popover pan with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat eggs until pale and foamy.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm milk to about 110 degrees (I like to call this “bathtub warm.”) Once milk is at the desired temperature, remove from heat and add to eggs in stand mixer. Add sugar and beat to combine.
  4. In a separate medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Add these dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Beat until all ingredients are combined.
  5. Add passion fruit butter and orange zest. Beat on low until incorporated.

 

Passion Fruit Popovers | CaliGirl Cooking

Passion Fruit Popovers FTW!!