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Light Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

Updated on August 27, 2012
from the kitchen of Audrey Kirchner
from the kitchen of Audrey Kirchner


I love coconut cream pie but I hate all the calories and all the fat. Therefore, when I saw this recipe in Cooking Light magazine recently, I just had to see if it was worth a try.

I can wholeheartedly give this recipe a 3 thumbs up although I confess that I made it even lighter just to see if it would work.

This pie is a little bit of work but it was well worth it! As you bite into a mouthwatering piece of this light coconut cream pie, you will think you have tasted a bit of heaven.


This makes one 9-inch pie or 12 servings.


  • 1 single-crust pie dough (fresh or ready made)
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 cups non-fat milk
  • 1 cup non-fat half and half
  • 1-1/2 cups flaked unsweetened coconut (such as Bob's)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • Dash to 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 3 large egg whites at room temperature
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup flaked unsweetened coconut, toasted

NOTE: The Cooking Light recipe called for sweetened coconut flakes but I felt that it would be too sweet that way. I used unsweetened in both instances and it was delicious!


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Spray pie plate with cooking spray. Shape pie crust to the plate, folding under and fluting the edges. Line the pie crust with foil and add pie weights (or dried beans) to keep the crust from bubbling up. (You can substitute a ready made graham cracker crust also at this point and not use a regular pie crust)
  3. Bake at 425 for 10 minutes. Remove the foil and pie weights or beans and cook another 10 minutes until golden brown. Cool crust completely on a wire rack.
  4. Mix together milk and half and half in a saucepan and bring to medium heat. Add 1-1/2 cups of shredded coconut and vanilla. Stir the milk mixture pretty constantly and bring to the simmering point. Remove from the heat. Cover pan and let stand for 15 minutes.
  5. Strain milk mixture through a sieve lined with cheesecloth into a bowl. Squeeze solid coconut in the cheesecloth over the bowl to get out as much liquid as possible. Discard leftover coconut.
  6. Mix 2/3 cup sugar, cornstarch, salt and egg yolks in a large bowl with a whisk. Gradually add the milk mixture to the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Return the combined mixture to the pan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Whisk again until smooth.
  7. Place the saucepan with the milk mixture in a large bowl that is filled with ice. Stir the milk mixture in the pan for 6 minutes to cool. Pour the milk mixture into the prepared pie crust. Cover and chill for at least 1 hour.
  8. Using a mixer, beat the 3 egg whites with the cream of tartar. Beat on medium speed until soft peaks begin to form. Combine 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Do not stir and using a candy thermometer, boil the sugar syrup mixture to 250 degrees.
  9. Pour the hot syrup mixture into the egg white mixture in a thin stream while turning the mixer on high speed. Beat the egg white and syrup mixture until thick.
  10. Spread the egg white mixture on top of the pie. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Sprinkle with toasted coconut before serving.

One piece of this fabulous pie is less than 250 calories!


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Line a jelly roll pan or cookie sheet with foil
  • Sprinkle unsweetened or sweetened coconut flakes over foil
  • Toast in the oven until golden brown - about 5 minutes
  • Let cool - use in recipes
  • Store excess in airtight container for a quick and delicious topping!



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    • Brinafr3sh profile image

      Brinafr3sh 5 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi, Awesome Coconut cream pie recipe. There are many tasty pies; coconut is a favorite and lemon meringue pie. Voted up.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Sending you a virtual slice of pie, Hanna!

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      Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

      A typical 'must try' recipe. Thank you.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Crystolite - I hope you are was fabulous!

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      Emma 6 years ago from Houston TX

      Nice hub that really look delicious.i will give it a trial and i hope to be convinced.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      You bring up a delicious point, Christopher and I hate to admit it but I dumped some of it back in....because yes in fact that is the magic of coconut cream pie! It was terrifically delicious!

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      Christopher Price 6 years ago from Vermont, USA

      I can't believe you expect me to throw out the coconut! Maybe I could get one of the kids to do it. The chewy texture of the coconut in the smooth and creamy custard is a big part of the pleasure of coconut cream pie.

      I wonder how many calories would be added by leaving the coconut in the mixture, since much of the flavor and sugars have been transferred to the custard already.

      Anyway, you can bet I'm bookmarking this one!


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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      ListLady - I think my Griffin was hoping for that slab himself but we caught him just at the last second before he plunged his malamute face into it! Glad you like!!

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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      I would give anything to have a large slab (not slice) of this pie right now. Whew! Another wonderful recipe. Rated up and thanks!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Prasetio - Thanks for stopping by - and good eating....hope your mom likes the recipe - it was SO good!

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Wow..... You made me hungry, Audrey. I liked your recipes. As a tropical country, we can easily found Coconut tree in my country (Indonesia). I am glad to follow your tips. Coconut cream pie was delicious. As usual, I'll show this to my mom. Well done.....I like it! Vote up. Have a great day!


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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      AAZ - Oh my - what would life be without desserts?

      Om - I know - it sounds like a contradiction but it surely tasted like the REAL DEAL!

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Coconutty but low-fat? Awesome! I'm sure I'll love it. Thanks for sharing, Audrey. :)

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      THANK GOD, I CAN EAT DESSERTS AGAIN! Thank you for sharing.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      BKC - I hear you - I think I could have eaten the whole thing myself! It was absolutely fabulous!!

      Katie - Go girl...tell me if you don't think it's the best pie EVER and I'm a huge apple pie fan and not a giant cream pie fan....but this was SOOOOO good!

      Good speed as well, Faye - and glad you liked it!

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      benny Faye Douglass 6 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Thanks Audrey, sounds like a delicious winner, I must try it. Thanks for sharing it. Godspeed. creativeone59

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      Oh what an angle you are, coconut cream pie has long been a favorite of my Moms. My brother just baked her an apple pie taking to the hospital and all the nursing staff brag and go on about his pie. Now thanks to you I can one up him, YEA, sibling rivalry at its finest. My Mom and I thank you for the wonderful coconut cream pie. :) Katie

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Coconut - the magic word and I am there. Thanks so much for this version. I can do it this way now or go full fat. Either way I am going to eat the whole thing. With a cup of tea.

      Thanks a million. Rated up. Yay!

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Suzie - It was SOOO good - I actually hated to throw away the coconut once I was done with it and the aroma....yum.

      Pamela - Good deal - I'm sure he'll love it! Even Griffin the scamp tried to get the pie after I'd baked it!

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      The pie looks delicious and my husband adores coconut so I think I'll make this for him. Thanks for the recipe.

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      suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

      I love coconu cream anything. Nice recipe - thanks.

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      Audrey Kirchner 6 years ago from Washington

      Thanks Nan - sending you a virtual slice of was fabulous if I do say so myself!

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      Nan Mynatt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Delicious looking. I watched the video and I believe I can also make the coconut pie. Thanks for sharing the recipe.