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Delicious Exotic Thai desserts

A simple guide to help you make authentic, exotic Thai desserts with explanations and pictures.

Top Thai Dessert Recipes
For healthy and delicious dessert recipes, look no further than these fantastic Thai desserts! Asian desserts are naturally low in fat and calories while remaining high in flavor, texture, and taste.

Easiest Thai Dessert Recipes - in one place!
Try these easy dessert recipes! Thai desserts are exotic and tropical, plus healthy and lower in fat and calories than most Western-style desserts. Many make use of fresh fruit, and most are also gluten free. ENJOY!

Classic Mango Sticky Rice Dessert (Khao Niaow Ma Muang)
Thai Mango Sticky Rice Dessert (Khao Niaow Ma Muang)is a classic Thai dessert and SO very scrumptious - and here is an easy recipe for it.

Coconut Cake with Fluffy Coconut Icing
This coconut cake is made with coconut milk and shredded coconut for the best possible coconut-ty taste. In Thailand, the top hotels make their coconut cake with freshly-squeezed coconut milk. Here I've replicated the idea using coconut milk and shredded coconut. It's taken me years of trial and error to get this recipe right. Hope you enjoy...

Crunchy Thai Fried Bananas!
Make this dessert and you'll have friends for life! My most popular Thai dessert - and for good reason. This fried banana recipe is yummy and easy to make - just follow the steps! Enjoy fried bananas hot from the pan, or add chocolate sauce and ice cream (or whipped cream) for a special Thai dessert that is to-die-for delicious!

Easy Mango Sorbet
Try this fantastically easy recipe for Mango Sorbet! Quick and simple to make, and there's no stove involved. You'll need only a blender or food processor to make this deliciously-mango tasting mango sorbet! Makes a beautiful dessert to serve company, or scoop it up and put it in an ice cream cone.

Easy Thai Creme Caramel
You won't believe how easy this creme caramel recipe is until you try it! This Thai version of a classic calls for coconut milk instead of cream, making it much lower in fat than regular creme caramel, and also lactose-free. Whip this yummy dessert up in a matter of minutes - your family and guests will love it!

Easy Chocolate Mango Mousse (gluten/lactose free)
Easy chocolate mousse made with a tropical twist! This delightful mousse turns out silky smooth and rich-tasting, but without being too high in calories. It's the Asian touches that give this mousse its depth of taste: fresh mangoes, a touch of cardamom, plus coconut milk all add that special something which serve to enhance the rich taste of...

Mango Pudding (Lactose-free)
This mango pudding is one of the best I've tried. What makes it extra good is the fact that it is made with coconut milk instead of whipping cream or evaporated milk. Unlike dairy products, coconut milk brings out and enhances the taste of the mango, plus adds that touch of richness you're looking for in a pudding.

Baked Mango Custard (Dairy-free/Gluten-free!)
This Mango Custard Dessert is a delicious way to enjoy fresh mangoes, and it's healthy (no heavy cream required!). You'll need two fresh ripe mangoes for this dessert (or if mangoes are not in season, canned mango can also be used). Makes a great dessert any night of the week, and you can whip it up and have it in the oven in just 15 minutes. I like it served warm but if the weather is hot it's also delicious served cold. Excellent as a dessert with coffee or tea, or as an afternoon snack or with coffee at breakfast (the eggs provide lots of protein!). Before buying your mangoes, be sure to see my 'how to know a good mango' tips at the bottom of the recipe. ENJOY!

Sweet Sticky Rice Cakes (gluten-free)
This recipe for glutinous rice cakes (also known as Sweet or Sticky Rice Cakes) is actually really simple to make, and to make it even easier you can leave off the Asian-style 'icing' and enjoy it straight out of the oven. Sticky rice is a true Asian culinary experience, one that shouldn't be missed - so satisfying in its chewy-yummy texture. ...

Homemade Coconut Ice Cream (without an ice cream maker!)
Homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker? That's right! Creamy, smooth, and deliciously coconutty, you'll fall in love with this homemade ice cream with just one lick. Also healthier than most store-bought ice cream. ENJOY!

Easy Bananas-Lychee Dessert
This easy dessert only takes 5 minutes to make, but tastes so wonderfully sweet and exotic that it can be addictive! This low fat dessert also happens to be incredibly healthy. A great way to use up leftover bananas, this banana lychee pudding is really more of what they would call a "dessert soup" in Asia. An easy dessert recipe that can be served warm or cold.

Marvelous Mango Cheesecake!
Try this recipe for the smoothest, most scrumptious cheesecake you can imagine, and you can make it easily in your very own kitchen. Mango is the flavor here, but you can easily substitute other fruits of your choice (strawberry and blueberry work are always good). You'll find this basic recipe for cheesecake easy, fun to make, and sooo...

Coconut-Tapioca Pudding (Vegan/gluten-free)
Here's a dessert recipe that's quick & easy, healthy, gluten-free and vegan, and yummy too! When buying tapioca, I like the 'seed' tapioca found in the baking aisle of most regular supermarkets. You can also buy 'pearl tapioca' at any Asian grocery store, which I find even better (holds it sphere-like shape better). Tapioca comes from the...

Easy Mango Custard Recipe
This Thai Mango Custard is simple to make and will be sure to win the hearts of both mango and custard lovers! This custard turns out creamy delicious without a lot of added calories and fat (coconut milk is used instead of the usual dairy cream, and if you want to cut back further still, lite coconut milk can be used without sacrificing...

Fabulous Thai Tapioca Pudding!
This easy dessert is so exotic and scrumptious tasting, you'll want to make it the next time you're entertaining guests. Tapioca is a natural root vegetable that looks like a grain when processed, but is completely gluten-free. Although most tapioca puddings take hours to make, this one is ready in 30 minutes or less. ENJOY!

Fried Bananas with a Crispy Coconut Batter
Fried bananas are a popular dessert and snack food in Thailand and throughout Southeast-Asia. The dish is more often known as 'Goreng Pisang' in Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and surrounding countries. It's difficult to make fried bananas as good as those sold by street food vendors in these countries - that said, I've been working on this...

Mango Cheesecake (gluten-free)
This mango cheesecake is an unexpected surprise for guests at my table. In Bangkok these days, you can find nearly every type of Thai dessert as well as those which are creations of Thai chefs who've been trained abroad, and this creation belongs to the latter category. I'm not a huge cheesecake fan, but this one is delightfully light and...

Easy Coconut Sorbet
This recipe for Coconut Sorbet turns out like a cross between sorbet and granita, but with all the coconut flavor and richness of ice cream. It's super easy and does not require an ice cream maker. Topped off with some toasted coconut, this Coconut Sorbet makes the perfect summertime dessert or afternoon treat. ENJOY!

Coconut Cake with Mango Sauce
This cake has the texture of angel food with the flavor of coconut. Combine it with a mango-coconut sauce, and you have a tropical Thai food treat your friends and family will just love. It's the easy breazy days of summer - any time of year!

Pandan Rice Cake (gluten-free)
Impress your friends and family by making this beautiful Asian rice cake! Made with sticky rice, coconut milk, and a little rice flour, this rice cake is a gluten-free dessert recipe. It's also not as sweet as most Western-style cakes, and much lower in calories and fat.

Sticky Rice Cakes Recipe
These Sticky Rice Cakes (Kanom Thuay) are small glutinous rice balls with a red bean filling. They are easily put together with rice flour (available at Asian/Chinese or health food stores) and then steamed for 10 minutes. Extremely delicious, plus the red bean and gluten free rice flour mean this Thai dessert is also very healthy - low-sugar,...

Thai Iced Coffee
This Thai iced coffee recipe is very easy to make. It's a great way to use up leftover coffee from breakfast, but you can also use fresh coffee - even instant coffee turns out delicious. The key to Thai iced coffee is to use only sweetened condensed milk. ENJOY!

Mango Sticky Rice Pudding
Mango Sticky Rice Pudding is THE consummate Thai dessert, and you're going to love love love it. The combination of sticky rice with fresh mango and a sweet coconut sauce is a heady taste experience that can send you straight to heaven. Be sure to get the right rice for this dessert - regular (savory) rice will not work; you need 'sweet rice (see my link in the ingredients list). In Thailand they steam the sticky rice (a colander can be used for this) but here I've come up with an easier and just-as-good alternative made in a pot like regular rice, or you can make it in a rice cooker (see my link below). If you like mangoes and/or sticky rice, you're going to savor this very simple but exotic Thai dessert.

How to Make a Beautiful Exotic Fruit Salad (great for a party!)
This beautiful fruit salad is made with a mouth-watering assortment of tropical fruit for the most divine fruit salad ever. Great for everyday eating as well as serving at a party (see my party tips). And it's really easy to make - just get your fruit together, ask a friend or family family to help you slice, and you'll be enjoying this...

Mango Martini Recipe
This Mango Martini recipe is the real deal - made with fresh ripe mangoes (instead of packaged mango juice) for the absolute best mango flavor. This exotic martini makes a great drink to serve guests at a party (see recipe for how to make up a big batch, plus make-ahead tips). Also the perfect drink to accompany a Thai or Asian-inspired dinner...

Grilled Pineapple Dessert
This gourmet dessert is very tropical tasting, yet also light and healthy, which makes it an excellent dessert to serve after a heavy barbecue. Grilled Pineapple is naturally sweet and tasty, but add my Thai flavorings and dipping sauce, and you have an incredible taste sensation!

Black Sesame Dessert
This scrumptious Thai dessert is low-fat, low-carb., and low-sodium. While black sesame seeds are naturally sweet and have a deliciously unique flavor, they are also very good for your health, being an excellent source of calcium, iron, magnesium, protein, and essential fatty acids (EFA), helping to keep your skin and hair soft.

Best Banana Dessert Recipes from the Thai Kitchen
Got leftover bananas? Use them up in a delicious new way with these wonderful banana recipes. Thai banana desserts are easy to make and wonderfully delicious. As a bonus, these banana dessert recipes are healthy, low-fat, low-calorie and completely guilt-free. Many are gluten free as well. ENJOY!

Thai Tapioca Dessert
This tapioca pudding recipe is SO delicious and very easy to make (cooks in just 15 minutes!). In Thailand as well as throughout Southeast Asia, tapioca is a common dessert. However, it is much different than our Western-style tapioca and SO much yummier (trust me on this one!).

Thai Coconut Pancakes (Gluten-free)
These coconut pancakes are like those sold at the night markets in Thailand. They can be served for dessert warm and topped with a few scoops of ice cream, OR they make a great breakfast or brunch dish on the weekends. Colorful and flavored with coconut, these pancakes are actually closer to crepes in thinness, and they're gluten free. Have fun with them and make several different colors. A grea…

Coconut Pancakes (with Coconut Syrup)
These coconut pancakes are so good, my husband and I were eating them straight out of the pan, plus they're easy to make! Try serving them with my easy coconut syrup (recipe included) for a trip straight to coconut heaven. In Thailand, coconut pancakes are a common street food, and while I enjoy that crepe-like style, I also love thick, fluffy pancakes in the North American style. Here I've c…

Green Tea & Coconut Cake
If you're on the lookout for a healthy dessert, this is it! Low-fat, low-carb, and with a sugar substitute, this cake also offers valuable antioxidants in the form of green tea. For an even healthier dessert, make it with organic ingredients. This cake is great for a pot-luck, a dinner party, or simply as an everyday treat that even your kids will love.

Rainbow Rice Cake
This rice cake recipe is beautiful to look at, and as fun to make as coloring easter eggs. It has a coconut flavor, as well as the subtle taste of pandan leaf.

"White Lotus Flower" Tropical Fruit Drink Recipe
Served at 5-star spas and resorts in Thailand, this tropical drink is called "White Lotus" referring to the flower of enlightenment. This wonderful tropical fruit drink recipe is beautiful to make and to serve, and it tastes incredible. Made with fresh star fruit and honeydew melon, this tropical drink is healthy and wonderfully refreshing. And you don't need a juicer to make it - just a blender or food processor.

Thai Mango Sticky Rice Dessert - a Thai Classic!
Thai Mango Sticky Sweet Rice Dessert is an absolute must-try! The most famous of all Thai desserts, this Thai version of rice pudding is super-delicious. And this classic Thai recipe is foolproof - even budding chefs with two left hands come off smelling mango sweet!

Dragon Fruit Martini Recipe
This Dragon Fruit Martini is easy to make and beautiful to serve. Your guests will be surprised and delighted by this refreshing tropical cocktail, and the marvelous-looking dragon fruit itself makes a great conversation starter! Dragon fruit is native to Thailand, but is now available throughout North America due to the fact that it is being...

Halloween Treat: Scary Eyeballs
These "Scary Eyeballs" are fun to make and delicious to eat. And unlike most treats, this Halloween recipe is also healthy and gluten-free. Black sesame seed is the key ingredient, which is valued for its vitamins and minerals. Your kids will love the sensation of making and/or holding these eyeballs, which feel terrifyingly realistic. ENJOY!

Thai Mango-Coconut Bubble Tea
Bubble Tea, also known as boba tea, is a common drink in Southeast-Asia, and is also now popular here in North America. Try making bubble tea at home with this simple Thai Mango-Coconut Bubble Tea Recipe. This bubble tea recipe features mango combined with coconut milk and red or black tea, plus black or colorful tapioca pearls (gluten free). Homemade bubble tea is much healthier than the bubble teas you get in restaurants, which can be high in fat and calories. ENJOY!

Sticky Rice Balls
Sticky rice balls are fun and easy to make, plus extremely yummy! These have a sugar filling, and are dusted in coconut. Although it sounds sweet, this Thai dessert is actually low in sugar, plus it's a low fat dessert, and gluten free!

Coconut Ice Cream Cake
This recipe shows you how to make your coconut ice cream into an ice cream cake. Just follow the easy steps (with pictures), and then enjoy the taste of a tropical paradise with every spoonful!

Tropical Tapioca Pudding
This easy dessert recipe is perfect for hot summer nights, or times when you want to serve something exotic. Tapioca pearls are boiled for 10 minutes and then cooled in the refrigerator. Accompanying the tapioca is a sweet mango nectar made from fresh mangos. Add a stream of coconut milk and a topping of fresh fruit, and you have a tropical Thai treat that is truly unforgettable!

Thai-style Banana Cake
This banana cake reminds me of a traditional British pudding in that it is a warm, moist cake combined with a sweet, butterscotch-like sauce. A great way to use up leftover bananans, plus it makes a scrumptiously-good dessert! While in Thailand it would be steamed, I find it easier to bake this banana cake in the oven. It's simple to make and healthy too - a gluten free cake everyone can enjoy. ENJOY!

Sticky Rice Layer Cake
I'm particularly proud of this cake, since it has literally taken me years to get the recipe right! It's made of sticky rice and tapioca flours, and is both gluten and lactose free (it's also vegan). A truly asian dessert, this layer cake has a slightly sticky texture and tastes faintly of coconut. It pairs beautifully with tea or coffee, which makes it a nice dessert or snack with afternoon tea. Or make it for a potluck party where it will be eaten up in no time! ENJOY!

Sticky Rice Balls with Black Sesame Seed Filling
These sticky rice balls involve some black magic! If you like sticky rice, and/or black sesame seed, you're going to love these sticky rice balls. Bite into one of these delicious balls, and your taste-buds will come alive with the fantastic flavor of black sesame seed. Topped off with a sprinkling of crushed peanuts, this sticky rice dessert is chewy-goody goodness at its best. Hard to believe it's a healthy, low-fat dessert - and gluten free too!

Star Fruit in Mango-Orange Sauce
This beautiful dessert recipe is easy to make and healthy too! It starts with slices of fresh star fruit (instructions on how to buy and prepare star fruit included). While star fruit can be eaten fresh, in this recipe it is lightly cooked and then given a tropical-tasting mango-orange sauce. Topped with a drizzle of coconut milk and a...

Red Bean Pastries
These Chinese-inspired pastries are like a kind of Asian tart - flaky pastry surrounds a soft, sweet red bean filling for a scrumptious dessert or snack. These red bean pastries are especially delicious when eaten warm - either directly out of the oven, or warmed up in a toaster (like Western-style "pop tarts"!), oven, or microwave. Easy to make and pleasing to every taste, these pocket-like pastries are sure to be a hit with your friends and family. Make up a batch today!

Thai Mangosteen Clafouti
Mangosteen is a beautiful Thai fruit that has just been made available for the first time in the US. And because it contains so many antioxidants, mangosteen offers numerous health benefits. Although a tad expensive, you need only 5 mangosteens to make this clafouti recipe. Clafouti is a very old-style dessert from France - a cloud-like type of custard made with fresh fruit. ENJOY!

Coconut Banana Cream Custard
This easy and healthy dessert recipe can be made with banana leaves or without. In Thailand, this custard would be steamed, but I find baking it in the oven is just as good and less messy. A terrific way to use leftover bananas, and you can put this easy dessert together in less than 10 minutes - just put everything in a blender and then pour...

Coconut Pancakes
These coconut pancakes can be served for dessert warm and topped with a few scoops of ice cream. OR they make a great breakfast or brunch dish on the weekends. Colorful and flavored with coconut, these pancakes are actually closer to crepes in thinness (and they're gluten free). Have fun with them and make several different colors (pandan essence provides the bright green color). A great brunch dish to make for Easter, or anytime you're feeling young and happy!

Thai Ice Cream Sundae - "Butterscotch with a Kick!"
Thai food has always seemed magical to me - but nothing has astounded me more than the magic of this simple ice cream sauce. Entirely a product of my own invention, this easy dessert recipe turned out entirely different than I expected - and much more wonderful! Who would have thought a combination of Thai ingredients like chilli sauce, lime juice, and fish sauce could taste like butterscotch?! You have to try this easy dessert recipe to believe it. I call it "Butterscotch Sauce with a Kick!"

Coconut Pudding Cake
This deliciously moist Thai dessert can either be served as a pudding or a cake. For coconut pudding, serve warm with a dollop of coconut milk and a sprinkling of toasted coconut. For coconut cake, bake the batter in a loaf pan, then simply cool and slice. Either way, this coconut dessert is extremely delicious, super-easy to make, and healthy too - low in fat and sugar, plus gluten free. Best of all, you can have this easy dessert recipe whipped up and in the oven in just 10 minutes!

Thai Rice Pudding
This rice pudding recipe is scrumptious, plus healthy and nourishing. It starts with Thai sweet rice which is flavored with coconut milk, brown sugar, plus warm spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and star anise. An optional step includes adding red adzuki beans or red bean paste (this gives the pudding extra texture, vitamins, natural color, and flavor). Top with your choice of cream, milk (or condensed milk), soy or rice milk, or more coconut milk/cream. Mmmmm....

Thai Pumpkin Custard
This custard is spectaclar to look at, and wonderful to eat. Makes a great Halloween or Thanksgiving dessert recipe, and a nice alternative to pumpkin pie. A small pumpkin (or squash) is hollowed out and then filled with an easy Thai custard (a healthier and lower calorie version than traditional custard, plus it's gluten-free). It is then baked...

Thai Tapioca Coconut Pudding
This Thai tapioca pudding recipe is an exotic-tasting, low-fat dessert you can whip up in minutes. It can be served hot in winter, and cold in summer. Buy the Asian-style pearl tapioca by the bag at Asian stores - it's much cheaper than regular "minute" tapioca, and easier to cook too!

Tropical Thai Fruit Salad - Served in a Pineapple
This Thai fruit salad will be the hit of your party - especially when served in a pineapple "boat" (a carved out pineapple). Create your own assortment of tropical and local fruit - whatever is fresh and in season. Serve with ice cream, whipped cream, or on its own for a fresh fruit feast. Makes a terrific addition to a potluck, BBQ, or dinner party. Carving instructions for the pineapple are included with the recipe - just follow the steps (with pictures).

Easy Thai Banana-Coconut Custard
This easy dessert is the Thai equivalent of bread pudding - but without the bread/gluten. Instead, glass noodles (made from bean flour) are used, together with slices of banana and dry shredded coconut. You'll enjoy this light and delicious dessert, especially when served warm with vanilla ice cream, or frozen vanilla yogurt or soy milk topped with a sprinkling of toasted coconut. It's a delicious, comforting, low-fat and gluten-free dessert recipe that's also incredibly easy to make.

Thai Coconut Pudding Red Bean Dessert
Red Beans are the healthiest dried beans available, rich in antioxidants and loaded with fiber. Enjoy them in this coconut-based dessert.

Pandan Rice Cake
This Thai dessert is delicious and healthy - light in sugar, high in protein, and low in saturated fat. Like most Thai desserts, Pandan cake calls for sticky rice (also called "sweet rice") and heart-healthy coconut milk. "Panadan" is a naturally green paste made from pandan leaves (a herb). Enjoy this Thai cake with a little coconut cream or...

Thai Baked Rice Pudding (with Black Glutinous Rice)
Black glutinous rice is a naturally sweet, dark rice (dark purple more than black) that has both fiber and loads of antioxidants. Make this Thai dessert recipe using your slow cooker - you'll be amazing at the unique taste of the rice in combination with the coconut milk. Add a dab of coconut cream on top (instead of whipped cream), and you have a no-guilt dessert that's to die for!

Banana Sticky Rice Cakes
A common, naturally low-fat dessert and snack in southern Thailand, these banana rice cakes are wrapped in banana leaves and then baked in the oven (or barbequed, if you have the right weather!). Just pick up some banana leaves (fresh or frozen) and some sweet rice at your local Asian food store. The rest you should already have in your kitchen. It makes a great potluck or party food!

Sticky Rice Squares with Coconut & Essence of Pandan
This sticky rice dessert is super-easy to make, yet looks and tastes gourmet! A great make-ahead dessert to serve guests, this sticky rice treat is also a healthy low-fat dessert recipe (both gluten and lactose free).

Refreshing Limeade
If you like lemonade, try limeade! In Southeast Asia, limeade is a popular drink due to the fact that limes are so readily available. Limeade makes for a fresh twist on lemonade, and is very refreshing. Its light green color also makes it a beautiful drink to serve.

Pineapple-Mango Upside Down Cake
This moist Pineapple Upside Down Cake is picture perfect and delicious with a caramel topping plus optional caramel side sauce. With both pineapple and mango flavors, plus the subtle taste of coconut milk, it's the ultimate summer cake. You'll want to make it the next time you're entertaining - makes a sweet ending to a summer cookout, picnic,...

Easy Mango Cake
This mango cake recipe is so fresh, fluffy and delicious, plus it's simple and fun to make. Great for serving guests, this cake is a little like strawberry shortbread except with the exotic taste of mango. The mango can be purchased fresh or you can use canned mango (see the Asian section or canned fruit section of your local supermarket), depending on what is ripe and sweet in your area. This is the perfect summer cake for a picnic, potluck or any kind of get-together, and everyone will be sure to love you for making it. ENJOY!

Thai Rice Pudding with Mango
This Rice pudding is creamy and exotic tasting, and the best part is that it's easy to make. The addition of a fresh mango sauce makes it even more special, and yet if you don't have the time or access to fresh mangoes, the pudding is equally lovely on its own. Rice puddings are a traditional dessert throughout much of Asia, with each country adding its own particular flavor and serving style. This Thai version features the flavor of coconut and mango - two key tastes in the tantalizing world of Thai food. A spoonful of this heady combination is enough to satisfy any dessert lover the world over. And being able to make it ahead of time makes it perfect for serving guests. I hope you enjoy it!

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