For quite a few years now there have been numerous requests for “that coconut pudding from the TV dinners” from my husband. The most recent request finally prompted me to bring up Google and see if a recipe could be found. It turns out that not only were there plenty of recipes, but that “that coconut pudding from the TV dinners” is actually called Cocada Pudding. Whoda thunk it?

After a bit of experimenting in the kitchen I’ve found the recipe that my Mr likes best. I’m not going to lie, it looks exactly like what I have always pictured as gruel when it’s all done. But the taste. Oh yum. It really does taste really good. Almost too sweet with a lot of depth from the cinnamon, coconut, and vanilla. It’s definitely notwhat I would imagine gruel tasting like. Of course, I’ve never had gruel, so maybe it’s super yummy? Because this pudding is super yummy. I’m so glad I hunted down some recipes and gave it a try.

Cocada Pudding

If you want to give it a try, here is the recipe:

Cocada Pudding From Scratch


  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 dashes ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 4 tbs cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. In a medium saucepan combine water, sugar, and cinnamon. Simmer for 10 minutes. Add coconut and simmer for 5 more minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.
  2. Measure milk and whisk the cornstarch and salt into it making sure there are no lumps. Slowly pour the milk mixture into the sugar water while stirring.
  3. Heat the mixture to a full boil slowly. Stir constantly. Allow to boil for 1 minute.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  5. Pour into a dish and refrigerate. The pudding will be soft set when done.

Adapted from:

Cocada Pudding
This is very tasty served with some slightly too-ripe fruit, like nectarines, to dip in it. Not that that would happen here. Nope, the fruit never gets overripe here. Every bit of it is always used up before it gets too ripe. Yep, uh huh. Sure. Our house is an absolute perfect model for using fruit long before it hits that point.

This should be eaten the same day it’s made as the liquid will start to separate out if stored overnight, which happens with most cooked puddings. Eating it all the same day was not a problem in our house, especially with the size of Mr’s appetite. He could probably eat the whole batch himself.

Do you like cocada pudding?