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Easy to Make Christmas Coconut Pots

Christmas Coconut Pots:

(makes 10)

So, you’ve got a heap of kids coming to your place this Christmas or you’ve been asked to provide a plate at daycare or school?  And you want to make it healthy, yummy and easy?  Well, these yummy little desserts are just the thing for you!  These Christmas coconut pots are perfect for sharing, as you can double or triple the recipe to suit your numbers.  Plus being dairy free and gluten free, they are perfect when catering to allergies and intolerance.

Using strawberries mean these have a Christmassy feel to them with the red and white. However, you could swap the strawberries for another fruit of your choice. Just be sure not to use pineapple or kiwi as they both contain enzymes which stop the gelatin from working!

There are lots of health benefits to eating gelatin, when you use real gelatin rather than jelly.  It is good for bone and joint health and helps digestion among other benefits. 

Now, there is sugar in this recipe.  If that’s something you aren’t using, substitute for honey, rice malt syrup or maple syrup.

Serving your Christmas Coconut Pots

There are small plastic shot glasses available from Kmart and party shops that would serve well to make these more kid-friendly. Plus, you can also get mini plastic icecream spoons that would be perfect for eating them with.

They will need to be kept refrigerated but can tolerate being out of the fridge for about an hour. Although, they are best eaten cold.  The setting time for these means they should be made the night before for morning events. The great news is they can be made up to 2 days before if kept in a sealed container in the fridge.

These are kid-tested and make a great afternoon or morning tea snack as well.  They would be perfect for a play date too.  Make them bigger if you like, as they would make a great summery dessert for the whole family.

This recipe is so easy to make you can even make it with the kids! It’s a good maths activity working out how much mixture needs to go in each shot glass for older kids. For the younger ones, it’s good fun watching and being sure that they are all level.   If your kids are used to helping out in the kitchen the measurements for the other ingredients should be easy for them too.


  • Use 1 punnet of strawberries (chop the tops off ten small ones, slice the rest)
  • Plus 1 400ml tin of coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tbsps raw sugar
  • 1 tbsp gelatine (I use Great Lakes)


1. Pour 200mls of the coconut milk into a small saucepan and add the raw sugar. Heat gently, whisking until all the sugar is dissolved.  Remove from the heat.

2. Add the rest of the coconut milk, the vanilla and the gelatin to the saucepan and whisk together.

Christmas Coconut Pots (4)

3. Put 3-4 sliced strawberries in the bottom of each shot glass.

Christmas Coconut Pots (1)
Christmas Coconut Pots (2)

4. Fill to about 2/3 with the coconut milk mixture.

Christmas Coconut Pots (3)

5. Set in the fridge for 3 hours.

6. Top each one with a strawberry.

7. Serve chilled.

Kylie is a Mum and Kids Food Blogger.  You can find her blog Kidgredients.  She blogs about healthy and fun homemade foods from wholefood ingredients.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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