No Bake Coconut Cream Pie

Dive into the lusciousness of a No Bake Coconut Cream Pie, a heavenly dessert brimming with tropical flavors that’ll transport you straight to a beachside paradise. With a delightful combination of coconut pudding, milk, and extract, crowned with toasted coconut and velvety whipped topping, this recipe is your ticket to a quick, hassle-free dessert that’s ideal for any occasion. Plus, there’s no baking involved—just chill and relish every creamy bite!


  • 1 pre-made 6-ounce/9-inch graham cracker crust
  • ⅓ cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 6.8 ounces instant coconut cream pudding packets
  • 2 cups very cold whole milk
  • 1 ½ teaspoons coconut extract
  • 8 ounces extra creamy Cool Whip whipped topping, thawed and divided


  1. Prepare the Crust: Take off the plastic lid from the pre-made graham cracker crust. Place the crust, still in its metal tray, onto a large plate for support. Set aside.
  2. Toast the Coconut: In a clean skillet over medium-high heat, toast the sweetened shredded coconut for 3 to 4 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid burning. Once golden brown and fragrant, remove from heat and transfer to a plate to cool.
  3. Prepare the Filling: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the instant coconut cream pudding packets, whole milk, and coconut extract for about 2 minutes until the pudding is soft set.
  4. Add Whipped Topping: Fold half of the thawed extra creamy Cool Whip whipped topping (4 ounces) into the coconut cream pudding mixture until well combined.
  5. Assemble the Pie: Transfer the creamy coconut mixture into the pre-made graham cracker crust, smoothing out the top evenly.
  6. Top with Whipped Topping: Spread the remaining 4 ounces of extra creamy whipped topping over the entire surface of the coconut cream pie filling, creating a smooth layer.
  7. Garnish: Sprinkle the cooled toasted sweetened shredded coconut over the whipped topping layer, adding a delightful crunch and extra coconut flavor.
  8. Chill and Serve: Refrigerate the pie for a minimum of 6 hours, or overnight, to allow the flavors to meld and the filling to set perfectly. Once chilled, slice and serve this indulgent treat to your eager guests.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: Not applicable
Total Time: 6 hours and 10 minutes
Servings: 9

Serving and Storage Tips:

  1. Serving Suggestions:
    • For an elegant presentation, garnish each slice of No Bake Coconut Cream Pie with a sprinkle of additional toasted coconut and a dollop of whipped topping.
    • Serve chilled for the best texture and flavor experience.
    • Pair slices of coconut cream pie with a hot cup of coffee or a refreshing tropical fruit salad for a delightful contrast of flavors.
  2. Storage Guidelines:
    • Store any leftover coconut cream pie covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Ensure it is tightly wrapped or placed in an airtight container to maintain freshness.
    • To prevent the pie from drying out, place a layer of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pie before covering it with the lid or wrapping it.
    • If you anticipate having leftovers for an extended period, consider freezing individual slices in airtight containers. Thaw slices in the refrigerator before serving for the best taste and texture.


  1. Fruit Infusion: Incorporate diced tropical fruits like pineapple, mango, or banana into the coconut cream filling for an extra burst of flavor and freshness. Simply fold the fruits into the pudding mixture before transferring it into the pie crust.
  2. Chocolate Drizzle: Elevate the indulgence by drizzling melted chocolate over the chilled coconut cream pie just before serving. The combination of rich chocolate and creamy coconut is sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.
  3. Nutty Crunch: Enhance the texture of the pie by adding chopped nuts such as toasted almonds, pecans, or macadamia nuts to the filling or sprinkling them on top along with the toasted coconut for a delightful crunch.
  4. Coconut Crust: Swap the traditional graham cracker crust for a coconut cookie crust to amplify the coconut flavor profile. Simply pulse coconut cookies in a food processor until finely ground, then mix with melted butter and press into the pie dish before adding the filling.
  5. Layered Parfait: Create individual coconut cream pie parfaits by layering the coconut cream filling with crushed graham crackers or coconut cookies and whipped topping in tall glasses. Repeat the layers for a visually stunning dessert perfect for parties or gatherings.
  6. Vegan Option: Make a vegan version of this pie by using dairy-free coconut milk, coconut cream, and whipped topping alternatives. Ensure the pudding mix and graham cracker crust are also free from animal-derived ingredients for a delicious plant-based dessert everyone can enjoy.
  7. Lemon Twist: Add a zesty twist to the classic coconut cream pie by incorporating lemon zest or a splash of lemon juice into the filling. The citrusy flavor complements the coconut beautifully and adds a refreshing touch to each bite.


  1. Can I use homemade coconut pudding instead of instant pudding packets?
    • Yes, you can substitute homemade coconut pudding if desired. Simply prepare the pudding according to your favorite recipe and use it as directed in the pie filling.
  2. Can I use reduced-fat or skim milk instead of whole milk?
    • While whole milk provides a creamier texture, you can use reduced-fat or skim milk as a lighter alternative. However, keep in mind that the pie filling may not be as rich and creamy.
  3. How do I prevent the whipped topping from becoming watery?
    • Ensure the whipped topping is fully thawed before using it in the recipe. Additionally, avoid overmixing when folding the whipped topping into the pudding mixture to prevent it from becoming too watery.
  4. Can I make this pie ahead of time?
    • Yes, you can prepare the pie in advance and refrigerate it for up to 24 hours before serving. Just be sure to cover it tightly to prevent any odors from the refrigerator affecting the flavor.
  5. Can I toast the coconut in advance?
    • Absolutely! Toasted coconut can be prepared ahead of time and stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. This makes it convenient to sprinkle over the pie just before serving.
  6. Can I make this pie gluten-free?
    • Yes, you can make this pie gluten-free by using a gluten-free graham cracker crust or making your own gluten-free crust using almond flour or gluten-free cookie crumbs.
  7. How can I add more coconut flavor to the pie?
    • You can intensify the coconut flavor by adding coconut flakes or shredded coconut to the pie filling or sprinkling more toasted coconut on top as a garnish.
  8. Can I use fresh coconut instead of sweetened shredded coconut?
    • Fresh coconut can be used, but keep in mind that it may have a different texture and moisture content compared to sweetened shredded coconut. Ensure it’s finely grated and adjust sweetness accordingly.

Experience the joy of paradise with each heavenly spoonful of this No Bake Coconut Cream Pie. Whether it’s a family gathering, a potluck, or simply a craving for something sweet, this easy-to-make dessert promises to be a crowd-pleaser every time.