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Pina Colada Pudding Cups

Betty May of Topeka, Kansas shares her recipe for a “dessert that is so simple but chock-full of refreshing pineapple and coconut flavor. A nice light treat after a big meal with make-ahead convenience for busy hostesses.” —
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    8 servings


  • 3 cups fat-free milk
  • 2 envelopes whipped topping mix (Dream Whip)
  • 2 packages (1 ounce each) sugar-free instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 2 cans (8 ounces each) unsweetened crushed pineapple, undrained
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 8 maraschino cherries


  • In a large bowl, whisk the milk, whipped topping and pudding mixes for 2 minutes. Stir in the pineapple and extract.
  • Spoon 3/4 cup pudding mixture into eight dessert dishes. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes or until chilled.
  • Sprinkle each serving with 1-1/2 teaspoons coconut and top each with a cherry.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 171 calories, 3g fat (3g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (23g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1/2 fruit.

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  • dsicard
    Dec 15, 2011

    creamy and not overly sweet

  • lana416
    Jun 24, 2010

    The only change I made was to cut the recipe in- half. It is so good!!! This is a definite keeper for us. Be sure and give it a try.

  • bel62pre
    Jun 11, 2010

    I used white chocolate sugar free instant pudding. Everything else I did exactly as the recipe states. My husband said the only thing wrong with the recipe was that it didn't make enough. He is ready for me to make more. My son usually doesn't like coconut but decided to try it and he loved the toasted coconut. This is definitely a recipe I will keep and make again and again.

  • JPStewart
    Jun 8, 2010


  • Maytha
    Jun 4, 2010

    So light and refreshing. I made it exactly as the recipe indicates and wouldn't change a thing.

  • 84742986
    Jun 4, 2010

    Skipped the toasted coconut and used light cool whip instead of Dream Whip....but it was still a WONDERFUL dessert. Will be making it again very soon!!

  • yerbotherinme
    Jun 4, 2010

    The fastest way to toast coconut is by using the broiler. It only takes a few seconds. Make sure to watch the coconut closely as it will burn. Hope this helps.

  • rkr
    Jun 3, 2010

    Definitely, it was awesome. Just great for a hot, summer dessert. I give it five starts

    Jun 3, 2010

    Loved this recipe, omitted the toasted coconut as I had none on hand, but still was delightful. Sliced some banana on top and had for breakfast the next morning, yummy!

  • Netizen
    Jun 3, 2010 you see "trans fat free" on a label, you should look at the ingredient list. If you see "partially hydrogenated oil", that is trans fat. If you see "hydrogenated oil", that is most probably trans fat. If you see "fully hydrogenated oil", that is supposed to be very low in trans fats.