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Coconut Mousse.  This fluffy coconut mousse comes together quick and easy and is loaded with a cold, creamy coconut flavor! Top with your favorite toppings and it’s the perfect summer dessert!Coconut Mousse in a glass.

Hi there everyone! Serene from House of Yumm back with you today and I’m sharing what is possibly my all time favorite summer treat EVERRRRR.

This coconut mousse is the fluffy, creamy, smooth coconut perfection. I have a deep love affair with coconut. As we can see with other recipes on my site for Coconut Sorbet, and this Coconut Smoothie. And when I started working on this coconut mousse I already knew in my mind exactly what I wanted it to taste like. I have to say..I nailed it. It’s pure coconut. Not too sweet. Not too faint or watered down tasting. Just pure coconut flavor.

Coconut Mousse in glass jars on a white plate.

This recipe drove me slightly nuts for a few days while I worked it out. But I was determined. The coconut flavor comes from the coconut milk and cream of coconut that are used. The texture comes from both the whipped cream and the gelatin. Make sure you snag unflavored gelatin so we don’t have any other flavors messing with our coconut love we have going on.

Coconut Mousse in glass jars.

The best part? This is such a simple recipe and it creates a beautiful, simple, and slightly elegant dessert. You can leave the coconut mousse as is in the jars and serve that way. Or top with some extra whipped cream. Or you could be like me and go all out and toss everything you have on hand on top of them. Strawberries, chocolate, some sugared lime zest?? Oh yea. I can’t stop myself. Pineapple would also be good on these little beauties.

Basically, these little jars are full of coconut heaven and all die hard coconut lovers like myself can finally rejoice at the pure perfection.

Coconut Mousse scooped in a spoon.


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Coconut Mousse

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Coconut Mousse. This fluffy coconut mousse comes together quick and easy and is loaded with cold coconut flavor! Top with your favorite toppings and it's the perfect summer dessert!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4



  • Pour the cold water into a small bowl. Sprinkle the gelatin into the cold water. Set aside, let sit for about 5 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan heat the coconut milk, cream of coconut and pinch of salt. Heat until just warm, not bubbling.
  • Add the gelatin to the warmed coconut milk and stir until all the gelatin is dissolved. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.
  • In a medium size mixing bowl pour the heavy whipping cream and add the white sugar. Mix over medium speed until whipped cream is light and fluffy and soft peaks are forming.
  • Carefully add the cooled coconut mixture to the whipped cream and stir until combined.
  • Pour the mixture into small containers or jars. Seal and place in refrigerator. Allow to cool and set for at least 4 hours.
  • Top with additional whipped cream and any other toppings desired. Pictured is chocolate, strawberries, and sugared lime zest (lime zest coated in white sugar).


Calories: 664kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 5gFat: 51gSaturated Fat: 37gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 73mgPotassium: 160mgFiber: 2gSugar: 43gVitamin A: 1312IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 66mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Serene Herrera

Home cook, photographer, mother and lover of food. I love taking simple ingredients and creating delicious meals or sweet treats that the entire family will love, all with a hint of Texas charm.

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  1. in step 5, do you fold the coconut mixture into the whipped cream, or actually stir it in? thanks…I’m planning on making this this weekend and want to make sure I do it right.

  2. I had my first coconut mousse at my own birthday party in Milan in the early 80s and I never forgot it. Coconut mousse with carmel sauce in the garden of a restaurant called Don Lisander. Going to try to replicate it now that I’ve found your recipe.

  3. How long does this last in the fridge ?
    And the gelatin is just sprinkled over the water and the clump of gelatin gets whisked into the coconut?

    1. Hello! The gelatin has to “bloom” in cold water before it’s added to a recipe. So you add the bloomed gelatin to the warmed coconut mixture until all the gelatin is dissolved.

  4. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe for a holiday meal and it was an instant success. I followed the recipe exactly and was wondering if it would have been softer if I had not “mixed” the gelatin and just sprinkle it on to the cold water and whether I should have used one package per 1/4 cup of water instead of the 1 1/2 packets I used to the 1/4 cup of cold water.

  5. Hi Alyssa!

    I’m planing to use this as filling in middle of a chocolate cake….approximately how many cups does this make?

  6. Hi, wondering whether the canned coconut milk can be substituted with regular fresh coconut milk or whether it has to be high fat coconut milk.

    Some of the canned coconut milk i found is just like regular and others have a high fat content (creamier). Which one is best to use?

    1. Yes, there is a difference. I like to use Coco Lopez. It can be found by the drink mixers at your grocery store. Hope that helps! XOXO

    1. I have not tried it that way. You may not have as thick of Mousse but you can always try it. Let me know how it turns out!! XOXO

  7. Hi Serene, this dessert looked so yummy I decided to give it a try. My challenge came with the recipe directions. I must be a coconut nerd. First the coconut milk, is it sweetened or unsweetened? There are so many variations out there would you narrow it down for me? Next is the cream of coconut. What is it and where do I find it? (Told you I was a coconut nerd) If you send me the answers to make this coconut delight I am going to make it immediately. I love coconut too! Any chance to use or eat coconut and I am your girl! Thank you for the recipe. I am excited to make this dessert. Regards, Barb K.

    1. Oh, I LOVE coconut too! I use sweetened coconut milk but if that is too strong you are welcome to use unsweetened. Cream of coconut comes in a can and usually found down the Asian isle in most grocery stores. Hope that helps!! Best of luck and happy cooking! XOXO