Recipe courtesy of Alejandra Ramos

Tembleque (Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding)

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 35 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
One of the most popular desserts in Puerto Rico, tembleque gets its name from the Spanish word for “tremble,” which refers to the wiggly, jiggly texture of this molded pudding. Made with coconut milk thickened with cornstarch, the pudding is both vegan and gluten-free, making it a perfect choice when entertaining family and friends.



  1. Grease eight 4-ounce molds or one large 4-cup mold (you can use ramekins, baking pans, custard cups, etc.) with a spritz of baking spray or coconut oil. Stir together the coconut milk, salt and sugar and stir in a medium saucepan over medium-high until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Transfer 1 cup of the warm coconut milk to a medium bowl. Whisk in the cornstarch to create a smooth slurry. Slowly whisk the slurry back into the pan and cook, whisking constantly, until thickened and pudding-like, about 5 minutes.
  3. Pour the mixture into the prepared molds and let cool at room temperature for 20 minutes before loosely covering with plastic wrap and refrigerating.
  4. Chill until set, at least 4 hours. To serve, run a thin wet knife along the edges of the molds, then carefully invert onto a plate or plates. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon if desired.