Dark Chocolate Haupia Pie with a Macadamia Nut Oat Crust

Chocolate Haupia Pie…Chocolate Haupia Pie…Chocolate Haupia Pie! You just caught me in a typical daydream. See this pie is one of my favorite desserts in the world, and it’s one of the foods that takes me back to Hawaii. In fact, my last day living in Hawaii I bought a chocolate haupia pie by Ted’s Bakery and took it to watch the sun set at (where else?) Sunset Beach! I ate the entire pie, right out of the pan. Needless to say I did not need my airline meal on the flight that night!

This was one of the first Hawaii foods I craved after moving to Washington, and so for almost three years now I’ve been perfecting the recipe. I bring it to potlucks, serve it for dessert when friends are over for dinner, and gladly take any opportunity to work on it. Sometimes I’m lazy and make it in a pre-made graham cracker or shortbread crust. Sometimes I use milk chocolate, sometimes a frozen pie crust. But after much experimentation, I’ve come up with the perfect recipe!

The crust is crunchy and rich with Macadamia Nuts and Quaker Oats. The chocolate haupia layer is absolutely decadent made with quality dark chocolate. Oh, what is haupia you ask? Here’s part of the wikipedia definition:

Haupia is a traditional coconut milk-based Hawaiian dessert often found at luaus in Hawaiʻi and other local gatherings. Since World War II, it has become popular as a topping for white cake, especially at weddings. Although technically considered a pudding, the consistency of haupia closely approximates gelatin dessert and is usually served in blocks like gelatin.

Me, I just say haupia is a dreamy creamy coconut dessert that goes great with chocolate. So if you like chocolate and coconut, you will LOVE this! One very important thing with this crust is to make sure you butter the pie pan, otherwise it’s a pain to try and get the pieces out. If you get a chance to try this, let me know what you think!

Macadamia Nut Crusted Dark Chocolate Haupia Pie
serves 8

3/4 cup flour
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1/8 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 stick cold butter (6 TBS)
1/2 cup uncooked Quaker Oats
1/4 cup chopped Macadamia Nuts

6 ounces good quality dark chocolate
1 13.5 oz can coconut milk (or a little over 1.5 cups)
1 cup 2% milk
1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup water

whipped cream:
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter a 9 inch pie pan. Mix flour, granulated sugar and brown sugar in medium bowl; cut in butter with a fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in oats and nuts. Press the mixture into bottom and sides of prepared pie pan. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

While crust is baking, make haupia by whisking coconut milk, milk and sugar together in a saucepan. While bringing coconut mixture to a boil, whisk cornstarch and water together in a separate bowl. Reduce coconut mixture to a simmer and pour in cornstarch mixture. Continue whisking until mixture is thick.

Remove crust from oven when done and put in fridge to cool slightly.

In a medium microwave safe bowl, microwave for 1- 1 1/2 minutes and stir with a fork to melt. Pour half of haupia into the chocolate and mix well. Pour chocolate haupia into pie crust. Pour remaining white haupia in a layer on top of chocolate haupia. Place pie in refrigerator to cool at least 1 hour.

Whip heavy cream, sugar and vanilla until stiff peaks form. Pipe or spread onto pie and top with shaved chocolate. Cool another hour in fridge.

Update: I’ve entered this in 1 Family Friendly Food’s Cake Collection!

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37 Responses to “Dark Chocolate Haupia Pie with a Macadamia Nut Oat Crust”

  1. Mama Chicken
    February 23, 2009 at 8:52 am #

    I love that it’s from whole ingredients. My dad (macadamia nut freak) would go nuts for this… I’ll let you know how it turns out!

  2. Cakespy
    February 23, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    Serious yum!! I Love macadamia and this looks like the perfect way to use it and make them even more delicious!

  3. Jen
    February 23, 2009 at 10:36 am #

    I’m drooling! A pie that seems to have both the salty and sweet going on – perfect!

  4. Mommy Gourmet
    February 23, 2009 at 10:43 am #

    Oh my goodness. OH MY GOODNESS! I am seriously hungry and craving this thing I have never had, but am certain is every bit as wonderful as it looks. What is a girl to do?

  5. ValleyWriter
    February 23, 2009 at 11:12 am #

    Mmmm – looks decadent & delish!

  6. buckaloha
    February 23, 2009 at 11:26 am #

    Oh, yes, Ted’s Bakery! Thanks for the recipe–my hips especially thank you.

    Just to let you know that Wanda Adams came out with a second cookbook. (She’s the food editor for the Honolulu Advertiser.) The first one is my favorite, but this has those local favorites you don’t think about until you read the recipe and say, Yes!

    Dorothea Buckingham

  7. Rowena
    February 23, 2009 at 11:54 am #

    A dessert after my own heart. I ate some the last time I went back home in October! Awesome stuff!

  8. Debinhawaii
    February 23, 2009 at 11:57 am #

    Beautiful–it looks just like the one at Ted’s–only better! Great job in recreating something you love!

  9. Abigail (aka Mamatouille)
    February 23, 2009 at 2:19 pm #

    Bookmarking this! Can’t wait to try it SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON!

  10. Cate
    February 23, 2009 at 5:01 pm #

    oh, diana. this sounds like perfection. i love that crust, just for starters-and please, chocolate AND coconut milk? major drool.

    it’s good that i have a family to share this with when i make it because otherwise i might be eating the whole thing myself, too. thank you for sharing this recipe.


  11. nutritiontokitchen
    February 23, 2009 at 10:30 pm #

    Diana, this looks way ono :) I love haupia, and adding chocolate to it seems like the best combo ever. I’m definitely going to try this and let you know how it goes! Hawaii would be so proud of you :)

  12. recipes2share
    February 24, 2009 at 12:53 am #

    You are right, this looks fantastic!!

  13. foodwanderlust
    February 24, 2009 at 4:26 am #

    Thank you for this recipe! I love haupia and have wanted to try to make a pie with it… Cheers!

  14. eldivenlerim
    February 24, 2009 at 7:28 am #

    wowwww, fantastic photo;) looks very very yummy. thanks for sharing…..

  15. Kristy
    February 24, 2009 at 8:27 am #

    Oh my! This is going on my to-be-made-as-soon-as-possible list, and I just might have to make an extra trip to store just to buy the ingredients I need!

  16. Nicole
    February 24, 2009 at 11:34 am #

    This looks amazing..so glad that you shared the recipe with us, and especially the crust, because it is so very like a crust that is My Dad’s favorite on a key lime pie that is served at a local restaurant…I’m almost sure that it is almost exactly like your crust recipe, so not only am I going to try this pie, but I may also try your crust for a key lime pie…I am following your blog now, and you are invited to visit mine and follow if you like..
    Mine is some recipes, and posts on other things as well…Check it out..

  17. My New 30
    February 24, 2009 at 1:23 pm #

    Gosh that looks incredible!!

  18. chou
    February 24, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    Oooh, this sounds wonderful. I especially like the crust combo. :)

  19. Gail
    February 26, 2009 at 1:39 pm #

    I am loving the sound of this! Coconut, chocolate and macadamias – what a fabulous combination!

  20. Nurit - 1 family. friendly. food.
    February 26, 2009 at 5:02 pm #

    Can you bring some to our Foodbuzz dinner? ;-). It sounds soooo good.

  21. cakelava
    February 27, 2009 at 12:29 pm #

    Thanks for sending this to us. I’m drooling already …

  22. jules
    February 27, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

    I have been eyeing this for DAYS! I think I will be making it this wkend!

  23. kk
    February 27, 2009 at 4:26 pm #

    I LOVE the chocolate haupia pie from ted’s bakery!! I can’t wait to make this for myself!! Thank you soooo much for sharing the recipe!! -kk

  24. jules
    March 1, 2009 at 7:10 pm #

    I made this pie today….its was great!

  25. Talita
    March 3, 2009 at 10:57 am #

    Oh, My! Diana this looks gorgeous!! I can’t leave this recipe goes away! I’m going to copy it.

  26. Kelly
    March 12, 2009 at 6:54 am #

    I love the crust! The textures alone are appleaing to me, but the richness of the nuts would really be good! Looks tasty!!

  27. Kevin
    March 15, 2009 at 10:19 am #

    That look so good!

  28. val
    April 17, 2009 at 10:56 am #

    mmmm!!! this one must be so delicious !!

  29. Annette
    August 14, 2009 at 7:48 am #

    I have made this pie 2 times now (well, 3 if you consider the fact that I made 2 pies the 2nd time). IT’s a HUGE hit, extremely delicious! When I eat it, I remember sitting on the lanai in the evenings sharing a pie from Ted’s! YUM!

  30. Shawn
    May 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm #

    This recipe is great. Served at a Hawaiian themed dinner, everyone loved it. Thanks for posting!

    • diana
      May 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

      I’m so glad Shawn! It’s my favorite dessert ever. Thanks for letting me know it was a hit!

  31. Colleen
    August 28, 2011 at 2:14 pm #

    This sounds so insanely good. I love chocolate pie and this is like chocolate pie to the tenth power! I have got to try this for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  32. yiotta
    September 7, 2011 at 12:57 pm #

    i have this in the fridge i hope everyone likes it tomorrow!!!!

    • diana
      September 13, 2011 at 9:06 am #

      How was it yiotta? I find it’s always a huge hit!

      • yiotta
        September 13, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

        it was really nice!!! IBut next time i said i will put some coconut flakes just to give it that extra coconut taste!! other than that it was gorgeous the biscuit crust was unbelievable!!!

  33. Shirl
    December 30, 2011 at 9:06 pm #

    Thank you. We’ve moved to Kauai and I’ve been looking for some of my favorite recipes from Oahu. :)

  34. Leena
    January 16, 2012 at 6:08 am #

    Can I use biscuits instead of oats? if not what else can I use.. this pie looks yummy

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