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Low Fat Coconut Pudding with Ginger

A lot of coconut desserts, like coconut & ginger rice pudding for example, are high in fat because of the coconut milk or the coconut itself. In the following recipe for low fat coconut pudding, the dessert is flavored with coconut extract. This gives the right flavor whilst keeping the fat down. If you are not too worried about the fat though, you can switch coconut cream for the evaporated milk. This will also make the dessert white rather than pale yellow.

If you have tried coconut & ginger rice pudding, you will enjoy the flavors in this one because coconut, ginger, lemon, and vanilla are combined to make this low fat coconut pudding what it is. The lemon gelatin is used both for flavor and for consistency. It firms the pudding up and adds a tangy citrus flavor, which is nice with the coconut. The ginger adds a subtle spicy flavor but you will only need a little pinch of it.

If you cannot find vanilla beans, do not worry because they are mainly for decoration anyway. You can add a little vanilla extract instead of using the inside of the bean for flavoring. The vanilla is a good flavor to use in this fluffy gelatin dessert recipe but it is optional so feel free to completely omit the vanilla if you prefer. This tasty dessert is great after any kind of entree. It is light, refreshing and satisfying, all at the same time. Coconut fans will enjoy the tropical taste and if you have a lot of things to make at once, you will love the fact that this is a make ahead dish.

Ginger and Coconut Pudding
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves or Makes: 8
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  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 package lemon gelatin
  • 2 egg whites
  • 5 oz evaporated milk
  • Pinch ground ginger
  • 1 ⅜ cups boiling water
  • 2 vanilla beans
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 cup whipped cream, to garnish (optional)
  1. Cut each vanilla bean in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds.
  2. Cut them in half again, across, so you have 8 pieces of vanilla bean in total.
  3. Dissolve the gelatin in the boiling water.
  4. Stir in the sugar, ginger, coconut extract, vanilla seeds, and evaporated milk.
  5. Let the mixture cool to room temperature.
  6. Whip the egg whites until they are foamy.
  7. Fold them into the gelatin mixture and divide it between 8 parfait glasses.
  8. Leave the coconut puddings in the refrigerator to set.
  9. Top them with whipped cream if you like.
  10. Decorate each one with a piece of vanilla bean and serve.

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As you can see from the picture, this low fat coconut pudding is appetizing. It will be off-white because of the evaporated milk. If you want a white dessert (for the sake of appearance), you can use creamed coconut instead of evaporated milk and leave out the coconut extract. Serve this fluffy coconut pudding whenever you want to impress your family or dinner guests. If you savor this with your eyes closed, you could almost be on a tropical beach with the sun overhead. The scent of coconut is one that many people love and, if you are one of them, you will really enjoy this delicious low fat coconut pudding recipe.

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