This Coconut Chocolate Pie is inspired by my favorite candy bar – an Almond Joy! It’s a homemade pudding pie with a chocolate cookie crust that’s so cool, creamy and decadent everyone will fight over the last piece! The pie filling is made with homemade coconut and chocolate pudding that takes less than ten minutes to make – plus you can make and assemble the pie ahead so it’s ready to slice and serve later!
Awhile back, I asked on Facebook which pies I should make this month and French Silk and Coconut Cream were the top two requests. So, of course, I thought – how about making one outrageous dessert out of two?
I took those two requests and turned them into one ultimate pudding pie that I’m calling Coconut French Silk Pie and, let me tell you, this pie is FABULOUS. Think of it as an Almond Joy candy bar (also known as the best candy bar ever!) in chocolate pudding pie form.
Homemade coconut pudding layered with chocolate pudding in a chocolate cookie crust. Need I say more? Well, there is more! Add some whipped topping, sliced almonds and toasted coconut nut and you get a decadent chocolate coconut pie that’s part French Silk, part Coconut Cream and is best described as dessert bliss. Don’t we all deserve a little dessert bliss?
This pudding pie recipe has three parts: the Oreo cookie crust, the homemade pudding pie filling, and the topping. It’s a great pie for entertaining because it needs to be made a day ahead in order for it to chill and set. Don’t you love a make-ahead dessert? It makes the holidays and other celebrations so much easier!
Chocolate Cookie Crust
Since we’re going for an Almond Joy/French Silk/Coconut Cream pie mash-up with this pudding pie, I opted to make an Oreo Crust with some coconut and almonds mixed in. To make it, you’ll need:
- Oreo cookies
- Sliced almonds
- Melted butter
Combine all of the crust ingredients in a food processor and pulse until they break down into fine crumbs. Transfer them to a bowl, add the melted butter and mix to combine.
Pour the mixture into a pie plate and gently press it into an even layer along the sides and bottom of the pie plate. Bake the crust for 20 minutes at 350 degrees or until it’s set.
How to Make Homemade Pudding for Pie
Once the crust is ready, make the pudding. I know it’s tempting to use the instant pudding you can buy in those little boxes at the store, but let me just say – homemade is so much better! Yes, you need a few more ingredients and a few more minutes to make it, but it only takes about 10 minutes. So worth it.
We’re basically making a homemade vanilla pudding and turning it into chocolate pudding and coconut pudding. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- Whole milk
- Egg yolks
- Vanilla extract
- Melted unsweetened baking chocolate
- Sweetened shredded coconut
First, whisk the milk, egg yolks, cornstarch, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a saucepan. At it heats up, whisk continuously for about five minutes. Once the mixture has thickened it’s ready!
We’re making two pudding flavors so at this point, divided the pudding base into two separate bowls. Stir the melted chocolate into one to make chocolate pudding and stir the coconut into the other to make the coconut pudding.
How to Assemble the Pudding Pie
Once you have the cookie crust and the pudding filling, you’re ready to assemble the pie.
- Pour the coconut pudding into the pie dish first.
- Pour the chocolate pudding over the top of the coconut pudding.
- Cover the pie with plastic wrap and chill it in the refrigerator for at least two hours, but I recommend chilling it overnight for best results.
Pudding Pie Topping
When you’re ready to serve the pie, uncover it and top it with:
- Cool Whip
- Sliced toasted almonds
- Toasted coconut
You can toast your coconut and almond on a baking sheet in the oven. Toast them at 350 degrees until they turn lightly golden. It only takes a few minutes so be sure to keep an eye on them otherwise they go from toasty to burnt pretty quick!
How do you store homemade pudding pie?
In the unlikely event there are leftovers, store homemade pudding pie in an airtight container (or wrap the pie plate in plastic). Pudding pie will keep in the refrigerator for two days.
What kind of crust goes well with pudding pie?
For this Coconut French Silk Pie, I like to use a chocolate cookie crust. You could also use a graham cracker crust, vanilla wafer crust, or a regular pastry pie crust. Whatever kind of crust you use, just be sure to bake it first since the filling is a no-bake pudding pie filling.
Other pies that you’ll love:
- No Bake Peanut Butter Pie
- Chocolate Cream Pie
- Coconut Pudding Pie
- Peanut Butter Cup Pie
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie
- Eggless French Silk Pie
Serve this pie after a holiday dinner!
Coconut Chocolate Pudding Pie
For the Crust
- 30 Oreo cookies (don't remove the cream)
- ½ cup sliced almonds
- ⅓ cup shredded sweeteened coconut
- 6 tablespoons unsatled butter , melted
For the Filling
- 2 2/3 cups whole milk
- 4 large egg yolks
- ½ cup sugar
- ⅓ cup cornstarch
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate , melted
- 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
For the Topping
- Cool Whip
- Toasted sliced almonds
- Toasted Coconut
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine cookies, almonds, and coconut in a food processor and process until fine crumbs form. Mix in a medium sized bowl with the melted butter. Pour into a pie plate and press to along the sides and bottom. Bake for 20 minutes, until set.
- In a medium saucepan, whisk milk, egg yolks, cornstarch, sugar, vanilla, and salt. Whisk constantly for about 5 minutes, until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Pour half the mixture into a medium bowl. Stir melted chocolate into one half of the custard. Stir the coconut into the other half.
- Pour coconut custard over the bottom of the crust. Top with chocolate custard. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and chill until completely set, at least two hours, but overnight is preferable.
- Before serving, cover the top with Cool Whip and sprinkle with sliced almonds and toasted coconut.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Make homemade chocolate pudding and from scratch coconut pudding to put into this cream pie with an Oreo crust that has almonds in it! This pie is like an almond joy candy bar!
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Published on: November 14, 2019