Apple Coconut Pudding (Dairy-Free)

Apple Coconut Pudding is a simple and delicious dairy-free treat.

Apple Coconut Pudding

One of my favorite things to do while driving is listen to Robb Wolf’s Paleo Solution Podcast. While trying to catch myself up on back episodes, somewhere in the realm of episode 45-ish, I heard co-host Andy Deas describe a dessert that really caught my attention because it sounded, well, amazing. And easy. And Paleo.

So, while I can’t take credit for this creation, here is my take on Andy Deas’s pudding. Bon appetite!

Apple Coconut Pudding

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dairy-Free, Fruit, Paleo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 337 kcal
Author: Steph Gaudreau

Apple Coconut Pudding is dairy-free and paleo. It's an inexpensive and straightforward way to enjoy your dessert with minimal hassle and maximal taste!



  • 14 oz coconut milk full-fat
  • 2 apples peeled and chopped
  • 1 vanilla bean*
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon


  1. Pour coconut milk into a small saucepan. Add chopped apples, coconut oil, and cinnamon.
  2. Halve the vanilla bean and scrape the tiny black seeds of yumminess out. Add to the saucepan.
  3. Simmer for about 30 minutes until the apples are soft.
  4. Puree in the blender until smooth.
  5. Refrigerate until chilled and the pudding is set.
Nutrition Facts
Apple Coconut Pudding
Amount Per Serving
Calories 337 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 26g130%
Sodium 15mg1%
Potassium 358mg10%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 6.9mg8%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

*When I was in Bali, I bought a grip of vanilla beans at the Ubud public market. I treasure them because I bought about 500 grams of vanilla bean pods for roughly $10 American. This is ridiculously inexpensive. If you don’t have any vanilla beans, you can substitute with 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract (but it won’t be as tasty, in my opinion) 🙂


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49 Responses

  1. i have done this too… immediately after listening to the podcast. Except i also added a peeled Okinawan sweet potato(birthday cake sweet potatoes) and put them in the pot also. It was awesome!!

      1. Hey Heather…I don’t think I would do this with a sweet potato…it won’t thicken. Apples have pectin which helps this thicken up. I’m assuming a birthday cake sweet potato is a variety but I’ve never heard of it.

  2. So happy I found this! Made it tonight, and I must say it is one of the most tasty paleo treats I have tasted so far! Thank you:)

  3. Currently making this with pineapple instead of apple. Figured pineapple goes better with coconut (ie pina colada pudding). Will let you all know how it goes.

  4. Made this couple of hours ago, stuck it in the fridge and left the house. Too much of a temptation ;).

    Had a spoonful and OMG it was out of this world !!!!! Absolutely delish! Was a bit worried when I poured it into dessert cups as it was very liquidy but it turned out superb. Didn’t have a vanilla bean but will be getting one on my next shopping trip because, if this dessert is so good with vanilla extract, I cannot wait to taste it with the real thing.

    Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe!!

  5. I tried using boxed coconut milk…obviously not ok to sub because it didn’t set up. I will try again when I purchase correct milk! Still learning!

  6. Thank you for sharing this! I’m on a mission to find great tasting food without any added sugars. I love the hunt that challenge has sent me on, and now I found this, excellent! I’m gonna make it tomorrow after I get the coconut milk. Any advice on what to look for when buying coconut milk?

    Thank you!

    1. Hi Tine,

      Here are the ingredients you can’t see:
      1-14 oz (400 ml) can full-fat coconut milk
      2 apples, peeled and chopped

      I hope that helps!

    1. Hi Tracey…I think you might get away with berries though the seeds can be an unpleasant texture for some in a smooth consistency dish such as this one. Apple tends to work well because it is smooth, and also the natural pectin helps the mixture to firm up (along with the coconut oil). If you try something that winds up being successful, let us know!

  7. Tried this…something went wrong because mine never set? It was tastey but runny. What did I miss? used full fat milk..apples and coconut oil…just like the recipe.

    1. Hi Nancy,

      I really have no idea. Did you use the correct amount of coconut oil? It’s one of the things that thickens the mixture.

  8. Do you have to blend a lot to thicken it up??? I blended in the vitamix til smooth…used all ingredients and amounts listed. I’ll probably give it one more try. Just sounds so good.

    1. It doesn’t get super firm like a gelatin or a very thick pudding and may be a bit runnier based on the kind of apples you’ve used.

  9. I love your recipes but I really need to log my calorie intake, is there anyway you would know what the calories are for this specific recipe?

    1. Hi Debra…you can figure out the calories if you input the ingredients into the MyFitnessPal app. I don’t provide calorie or macro information since that would be a legal liability (ex: if you were a diabetic and I made a mistake in the carb count, you could get seriously ill).

  10. I am mid way through a whole 30 and I made this because I thought the ingredients would be whole 30 approved. I had a small serving then read the post where you said it’s not whole 30. Did I just blow it?

    1. Google Whole30 SWYPO. This dish could be SWYPO but only you can know what’s SWYPO for you. For example, if you eat dessert every night and you had this as a “dessert” then maybe.

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