May 08

Pineapple Lychee Haupia

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Today’s theme = Coconut! Make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your own recipe as well!

It was an absolutely gorgeous day a couple weekends ago, so my friends and I decided to go outside to study. (Trust me, this is a big deal/super-highlight in our lives. >_>) Our apartment complex has a little playground/park area that we very rarely go to because it’s usually super late by the time any of us get home, and it’s been grey/rainy/depressing for so very long.

But…good riddance, winter!

I holed up in the gazebo on a bench swing to study at first...

I holed up in the gazebo on a bench swing to study at first…

But I eventually left it to lie on the tarp Mike had laid out on the grass (there'd been thunderstorms galore the night before).

But I eventually decided not to be a loner. Mike had laid out a tarp/bedsheet on the grass, so the three of us bunched onto that to avoid the wet grass (yay for thunderstorms galore the night before).


The day was beautiful enough to remind me of summer, which made me miss beaches + tropical everything. (I guess that’s what happens when you grow up near the coast and move to a landlocked state.)

Have you ever heard of haupia? :O I used to have it every year at our annual luau for Na Keiki ‘O Hawai’i. <3 Haupia is a coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert that’s often found at luaus and other gatherings! (I adapted the recipe from here!)

In any case, for our weekly Game of Thrones night, I decided to make a dessert that reminded me of home, at least kindasorta. (I’m not Hawaiian or from Hawai’i, but the UCD Hawai’i Club (Na Keiki ‘O Hawai’i) was part of my life back in California!)

Word of warning: these are a little slippery. Mike picked a couple up with his hand and they slipped and fell on the counter, on top of Isaac’s hospital ID. He picked one up and ate it anyway.

I: Mike, do you know how many thousands of germs are probably sitting on that? You’re gonna die now for sure.
M: Farrah, you should have the other one!
F: Sheesh, what kind of friend are you? I make dessert for you and you want me to die? I see how it is.
M: No, but I want you to die with me. There’s a difference! C’mon, it’ll be fun!
F: How very sweet of you. >:[ (picks it up to throw it away)
M: Put it in your mouth!
F: No!
I: You guys, that sounds so wrong. Farrah, don’t do it! (grabs my elbow and shakes it so most-likely-contaminated-haupia falls in the sink)

(For those of you wondering, Mike is still alive and well.)

Pineapple Lychee Haupia


  • ½ cup arrowroot powder* + ¾ cup water
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp raw honey (use maple syrup if vegan)
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup pineapple, chopped
  • 1/4 cup lychee, chopped

*You can technically use cornstarch to make it (most other recipes do), but I’ve been waging war with cornstarch lately because I can’t ever seem to get it to work right for me. :[


  1. Combine the arrowroot powder + water in a bowl and mix until dissolved. Add it to a saucepan with the coconut milk + honey.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens, then remove from stove and stir in vanilla extract, pineapple + lychee.
  3. Pour mixture into a pan and refrigerate overnight or until firm.
  4. Cut into 1-2-inch squares, and garnish with toasted coconut (if using) before serving.


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  1. Mary Burris

    Glad to hear you all lived to tell us about this!
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    1. Farrah

      hahaha, luckily, I didn’t eat the contaminated pieces, so I am a-okay!

  2. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    Damn….and I ALMOST bought lychees for the first time at Whole Foods yesterday….ALMOST!
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    1. Farrah

      Darn! So close! 😛

      Hope you’re back in NJ safely! :]

  3. Renee @ Bendiful Blog

    Yummmm I’ve never heard of this before! That means I MUST try it!
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, I hope you like it! <3

  4. Annmarie

    If I remember correctly I had some haupia when I was in Hawaii on my honeymoon! That is where I discovered lychee too and it is so good!!!
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    1. Farrah

      Indeed! I need to go to Hawai’i again someday! *-*

  5. Nancy Laws

    I will add my link next Friday, this is awesome…thanks for sharing #bloglove
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    1. Farrah

      Yay! 😀 It’ll be great to have you join in! Hope you have a great weekend!

  6. Susie @ SuzLyfe

    Look at you making us all cultured and stuff! Though I will admit–I despise Lychee. It is one of the few foods that I reeeeally don’t care for. But other than that, yum!
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    1. Farrah

      hahaha, I try, I try! 😛

      Whatwhat!?!? Lychee in general? Or just from a can?! :O

  7. Autumn

    Dang, those look sooo good! I have everything but the lychee! Im totally going to make this, it looks delicious!
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    1. Farrah

      Yay! I hope you like it! <3 If you can't find any lychee (I usually scout it out at Asian supermarkets!), you can always sub in with different diced fruit! :]

  8. Erin@BeetsPerMinute

    This sounds so tropical and delicious. YUMMM!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Erin! <3

  9. Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    You had me at pineapple lychee! Anything tropical is game in my book!
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    1. Farrah

      I love anything tropical as well! 😀 So glad the weather’s warming up again!!

  10. Maureen

    I need to try and make this during the summer!
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    1. Farrah

      I hope you’ll like it! <3!

  11. Smitha @ Running with SD Mom

    this looks incredible. I love pineapple and lychee!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks, Smitha! I love em’ too! I can’t pick a single favorite fruit, but those are at the top somewhere! :]

  12. Elsie @ Sharing Healthiness

    Mmmm I am sure I am not pronouncing this deliciousness right but I know how good it must taste! I definitely fell hard on the coconut train so I am loving this recipe.
    By the way those decorative flowers are just too cute! 😉
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    1. Farrah

      (It’s kindasorta pronounced like “how-PEE-ah,” if that helps!) I adore coconut too, so I couldn’t not jump at the chance to try making this! 😛

      Thanks! 😀 I usually use those for hair accessories, but I figured they’d be perfect for this! 😛

  13. Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    What an interesting recipe – I have never heard of this before – lychee is still a fruit I haven’t tried!
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    1. Farrah

      I love when I can get it fresh, but that isn’t entirely possible here, so I make do with canned! :O

  14. Earl-Leigh

    I don’t think I’ve ever tried lychee. The recipe includes two of my favorites (coconut and pineapple) so I’ll give it a try. *googling lychee* ;0
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    1. Farrah

      hehehe, I hope you like it! <3!

  15. Channing

    The landlocked struggle is real lol! I feel like I’m an island girl at heart 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      I feel like I may be as well! 😛

  16. Ariana

    Those look good! I had never heard of haupia before. I’m going to Maui next week though and will be hitting up a luau, so I hope I get to try one there! 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      Oooo, I hope you have a ton of fun over there! Enjoy the beautiful weather + beaches! 😀 (+ try the lomi lomi salmon + kahlua chicken if they have it! <3!)

  17. Angela Tolsma

    This dessert looks yummy, but I have never heard of arrowroot powder or lychee. So I am going to have to do some research. Also that gazebo sounds/looks awesome!
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    1. Farrah

      Thanks! I’ve only ever found lychee in Asian supermarkets in the U.S., so that might be why you haven’t seen it around(?)! Arrowroot powder works pretty much like cornstarch, and helps to thicken mixtures! :]

  18. Eva

    I have never tried lychees or even heard of them, so I think I should definitely give it a try for the pleasure of expanding my horizons 🙂
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    1. Farrah

      I hope you like it! :D!

  19. Jess @hellotofit

    This looks so good. I love almond flavored agar, it’s like Asian jello hehe. Have you had it?
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    1. Farrah

      Yes indeed! <3 I love that stuff! We used to have it all the time at family-friend potlucks! :]

  20. crissy

    I’ve never been to Hawaii, but hope to go someday! Maybe I can make these and pretend like I am there! They look wonderful, coconut milk is my favorite!

    1. Farrah

      Thanks! I hope you get to go there someday too! :] I’d love to go back there someday! :]

      Hope you like these if you get a chance to try em’ out! 😀

  21. Sarah @ BucketListTummy

    I’ve never heard of haupia, but I am coconut’s biggest fan, so I’m sure I would love it!
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    1. Farrah

      I didn’t know about it until I joined my college’s Hawai’i club! I hope you like it! 😀

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