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Puerto Rican Tembleque – Coconut Pudding

Tembleque - Puerto Rican Coconut Pudding

Puerto Rican Tembleque – Coconut Pudding is a coconut dessert pudding from Puerto Rico. This creamy dessert is one of the most popular desserts in Puerto Rican cuisine.

The traditional tembleque recipe is naturally vegan friendly. Tembleque, is mostly served during the holidays. Although, you can find it around restaurants year around. There’s a few variations of tembleque flavors. But my favorite is the traditional recipe.

Other Puerto Rican desserts you will love are Vegan Quesitos and Coconut Candy .

About Puerto Rican Tembleque – Coconut Pudding

  • The recipe originated in Puerto Rico but there’s a few variants around Latin America.
  • In Spanish the word “Tembleque” is an advective to describe something that shakes. Due to the Jell-O, like texture this dessert shakes when is prepared correctly. That’s why they called it tembleque.
  • This recipe is made with simple ingredients. You only need, coconut milk, sugar, salt, vanilla, corn starch and cinnamon.
  • Also, you can top your tembleque with a caramel sauce, fruits or any other sauce.
  • Replace your ingredients with other flavors for a delicious variation. In addition, you can add extracts and even dried fruits inside the tembleque.

Here’s a Tutorial for my Tembleque recipe:


My abuela used to make the best tembleque. Furthermore she loved making Christmas desserts for friends and family. I hope you give this recipe a try and let me know.

Tips to Make Tembleque:

  • Use regular canned coconut milk. Make sure to shake well before using. Also strain the milk using a fine mesh strainer.
  • The Trader Joe brand is great but it’s not the best for making tembleque.
  • Do not leave unattended.
  • Mix the corn starch with a few tablespoons of milk inside a small container. Whisk until is fully incorporated. Then add it to your coconut milk. This process will avoid a lumpy mixture.

In conclusion, If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think! Leave a comment below. Also, don’t forget to take a picture and share it on my Facebook page or tag it #thehungrydragonfly on Instagram! I love seeing your creations!


Hey there! Welcome to The Hungry Dragonfly! I’m Mariela, the writer, photographer and recipe developer behind The Hungry Dragonfly!

I share vegetarian and vegan recipes that are simple to follow and require friendly ingredients that are easy to find. Because life is about having a balance. I create healthy recipes and also some comforting dishes, as well. What else can you find here on my blog? I share seasonal baking recipes and tips, lifestyle ideas, pet friendly road trips and coffee shops.

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1 Comment

  1. Lee says:

    This looks dreamy! Wow, thank you for sharing all these awesome Puerto Rican recipes. It’s not a cuisine I’m very familiar with and I’m learning so much! Now I want to visit… and eat this pudding!

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