Tembleque ~ Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding

Tembleque - Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding
Tembleque - Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding

This Tembleque or Coconut Pudding is a Puerto Rican recipe that brings back so many memories of the days my family would vacation in Puerto Rico to see my relatives. It was one of my favorite things to eat—I’m sure it will become a much-loved recipe with your family, as well.

In Spanish, the word tembleque is an adjective used to describe something that shakes or a noun, to describe the shakes themselves. The dessert, due to its Jell-O-like, gel texture trembles, shivers, shakes, and that is what the finished dessert does when prepared correctly.

Ingredients to Make Tembleque

365 by Whole Foods Market, Organic Coconut Milk, 13.5 Fl Oz

  • Brought to you by Whole Foods Market.
  • Low Sodium, no sugar added.
  • Certified Organic, Vegan.

Price: $1.89 ($0.14 per Ounce)

365 by Whole Foods Market, Corn Starch, 16 Ounce

  • Fat free.
  • Product of Austria.
  • Certified GMO-Free, Vegan.

Price: $1.99 ($0.12 per Ounce)

365 by Whole Foods Market, Sugar, Cane, 64 Ounce

  • Brought to you by Whole Foods Market.
  • Product of USA.
  • Certified GMO-free, Certified Kosher.

Price: $3.29 ($0.05 per Ounce)

365 by Whole Foods Market, Seasonings, Sea Salt – Fine, 26.5 Ounce

  • Unlike common table salt, which is stripped of all trace minerals and often contains bleaching agents, our sea salt is natural, unrefined and minimally processed.
  • Enhance your food and stimulate your taste buds with its clean, natural texture and flavor.
  • Certified GMO-Free, Certified Kosher, Vegan.

Price: $1.69 ($0.06 per Ounce)

Grand Marnier Liqueur, 375mL, 80 Proof

  • A premium blend of cognacs with wild tropical oranges from the Caribbean
  • Can be enjoyed on the rocks or neat, yet exceptionally delicious in cocktails
  • Tastes of fragrant orange flavors enhanced by cognac with nuances of orange essence and hazelnuts.
  • 80 proof

Price: $19.99

365 Everyday Value, Ground Cinnamon, 2.01 oz

  • With its sweet and mellow flavors, our cinnamon is perfect for sprinkling atop oatmeal, pie crusts or your favorite herbal tea.
  • Product of Indonesia.
  • Certified GMO-Free, Certified Kosher.

Price: $2.99 ($1.49 per Ounce)

Bob’s Red Mill, Shredded Coconut, 12 oz

  • Unsulfured
  • Unsweetened
  • No preservatives

On Sale: $2.96 ($0.25 per Ounce)

Puerto Rican Tembleque Coconut Pudding Recipe

Tembleque Coconut Pudding

Tembleque Coconut Pudding is a holiday dish, served on New Year's Day throughout the island of Puerto Rico.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Caribbean
Servings 8 servings
Calories 286 kcal



  • In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine coconut milk, sugar, cornstarch and salt, stirring to dissolve cornstarch. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and is smooth and thick, about 5 minutes.
  • Pour into six 4-oz. molds, or one 3-cup mold. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate until cold and firm, at least 3 hours, or up to 48 hours.
  • To unmold, run thin knife around edge. Invert mold (or molds) onto serving plate. Top with toasted coconut, if desired. Sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired.
Keyword Coconut


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