Paleo Chocolate Haupia Pie Squares

For everyone that does not follow me via the various social media networks and have not seen my recipe for Paleo Chocolate Haupia Pie Squares that was featured as a guest post on the Civilized Caveman Cooking website, here it is! I hope you enjoy it and I’d love to hear your thoughts! Make sure to also check out my guest post at and follow George and his incredible blog full of healthy Paleo recipes.


If you haven’t heard of Haupia before, you are in for a real treat! Haupia is a tradition Hawaiian dessert often eaten on its own or as a topping for chocolate mousse pies or wedding cakes. Haupia is traditionally made from coconut milk, sugar, coconut extract and a starch to thicken it. The consistency is similar to a gelatin or thick pudding. Some recipes also add additional fresh or dried shredded coconut to enhance that incredible coconut flavor.

Hawaii really is an amazing place to live, especially because I absolutely love fresh coconut and there is plenty of it here year around. If you ever come visit the islands, you can find Haupia served at most local restaurants and at traditional Hawaiian lu’aus.


How about the combination of coconut and chocolate? For this recipe I decided to mix my two favorite treats into one delectable dessert. To accomplish this I created a sweet chocolate crust to complement my coconut Haupia. The crust is made of raw almonds, pecans and cocoa, and sweetened with dates. This chocolate crust is then topped with my Haupia and drizzled with melted chocolate on top. The Haupia has a very smooth consistency. It also has a rich coconut flavor and a very subtle sweetness. To me, the less sweetener you add to the Haupia mixture, the more you will be able to taste the natural sweetness of the coconut. It is magical!

The last thing I would like to add is that you MUST serve this dessert along with some type of berry. I personally love this with fresh blueberries or strawberries.

For sure this traditional Hawaiian dessert will be a big hit with your friends and family, paleo or not. Enjoy!

Paleo Chocolate Haupia Squares

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Paleo Chocolate Haupia Pie Squares (grain free, gluten free, refined sugar free)
Chocolate Crust:
  • ⅔ cup raw almonds
  • ⅔ cup raw pecans
  • 10 large medjool dates (about 1 cup)
  • 6 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • ½ cup arrowroot powder
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate, chopped or chocolate chips
Chocolate Crust:
  1. Line the bottom and sides of a square 8x8-inch pan with parchment paper.
  2. Grind the almonds and pecans separately in a food processor until coarse ground.
  3. Process dates in the food processor until creamy.
  4. Using your hands, mix all crust ingredients until well combined, then press evenly onto the bottom of the prepared pan.
  1. Combine the arrowroot powder and water in a saucepan and mix until the arrowroot is dissolved.
  2. Whisk in the coconut milk and raw honey.
  3. Slowly cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until it thickens.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Pour mixture over the crust and refrigerate overnight or until the coconut layer is firm.
  6. Cut into squares, and drizzle top with melted dark chocolate before serving.

Recipe serves 10+ people.


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  1. Terri December 9, 2013 at 5:52 am Reply

    I tried this recipe on the weekend. Can you give some guideline for how long the topping needs to be cooked? Or how thick? After refrigerating overnight and to the next afternoon, when I cut the squares, it was still very sloppy and loose. Thanks.

    • adriana December 11, 2013 at 11:43 am Reply

      What brand of coconut milk and honey did you use?

      In order for this recipe to work you need to use full fat coconut milk. One thing I have noticed when using coconut milk is that different cans of coconut milk, even if they are from the same brand, vary in consistency a little. I haven’t figured out why this is, but I have definitely noticed the difference. One thing I do when picking a can at the supermarket is gently mixing the can and if I hear the water slosh around in the can I pick a different one. I always try to pick one that has a solid coconut milk inside and no water moving around. Maybe this happens over time if one can is older than the other, I am really not sure, but this will for sure affect the overall result when making this and other custard type desserts.

      Also, they type of honey you use is very important because the honey adds moisture to the recipe. They honey I use is very solid and has a very thick consistency. If you use a honey that is runny and easily pours off the spoon you will be adding moisture to the haupia which will affect also how it firms up. The brand of raw honey I use is by YS Organic Bee Farms.
      For easy removable from the pan, line the pan with a large piece of parchment paper covering the bottom and all four sides.

      I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any other questions. Adriana

  2. Terri December 12, 2013 at 12:39 pm Reply

    ooops, it ate my comment! Thanks for replying. I used Thai Kitchen premium coconut milk which I assumed was full-fat because the label didn’t state otherwise. The honey I used is a local organic honey and it’s very thick, not pourable at all. I guess I was wondering if you could confirm about how long timewise the haupia should be cooked and maybe more info about -how- thick it should be (i.e. like greek yogurt or?) Thanks!

  3. Ame January 8, 2014 at 6:21 pm Reply

    Adriana you are extremely talented! Every dish I made here is so delish! My goal is to make one everyday! The pudding was tricky bc I didn’t expect it to be really thick so fast. It was easy to make once I figured that I had the right consistency of the haupia. My hubby loved it so much. Since we are paleo he said it reminded him of mochi. Bravo!!!

    • adriana January 9, 2014 at 9:26 am Reply

      🙂 Thank you!

  4. Clare January 8, 2014 at 7:04 pm Reply

    Made these for a Christmas party, and they were a hit! Really yummy, not too sweet, and certainly one of the healthier options available at that particular shindig. They were super easy to make. Only thing I found was that the base was very crumbly and didn’t stay together – I probably needed more dates 🙂 Thanks Adriana, this one I’ll make again!

    • adriana January 9, 2014 at 9:25 am Reply

      Thanks for your feedback Clare. Yes, regarding the crust, you can either add more dates or chop the nuts into smaller pieces.

  5. kelsey May 19, 2014 at 9:45 pm Reply

    As a Paleo/SCD newbie, I loved this recipe . . . until I got to the arrowroot! But fear not, I remembered that previous Haupia recipes I’ve seen use gelatin – which is SCD approved. Have you experimented with the recipe using gelatin? I thought I’d ask before trying to reinvent the wheel 🙂

    • adriana May 20, 2014 at 11:21 am Reply

      Great question Kelsey. I have not personally made this recipe using gelatin, but for sure it can be done. Maybe 2 tbsp of unflavored gelatin is enough, but I am not completely sure how much to use without testing it first. If you try it, please let me know how much you used and how it turned out.

  6. Korey December 1, 2014 at 5:40 pm Reply

    I have made a ton of your recipes & some multiple times. I haven’t found a recipe I did not like…. Until I made these. I’ve been baking gf and paleo for awhile now. I’ve even started creating my own recipes so I know how to work with these recipes & I don’t think I did anything wrong. Once it was made, both my sister and I tried it, and we both had to spit it out. Though we really liked the chocolate crust part so I scraped everything else off & just offered that part to the kids as brownies. I also melted chocolate chips & coconut oil together & with a knife smoothed it across the top of the chocolate crust part.

    • adriana December 2, 2014 at 9:35 am Reply

      I understand you didn’t like the coconut layer Korey, and I’m happy you and your kids like the chocolate crust. Thank you for your feedback.

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