Coconut Flan (Flan de Coco)

by Erica Dinho on May 26, 2009

Flan de Coco or Coconut Flan

Flan de Coco or Coconut Flan

Coconut Flan or Flan de Coco is very popular on the Coast of Colombia. Flan de Leche is the traditional flan and is the base for many other variations. Flan de Coco is one of my favorites.



(6 Servings)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • FLAN
  • 5 Whole eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sweet flaked coconut, chopped in the food processor


  1. To prepare the caramel, put 1 cup of sugar in a small pot with ¼ cup of water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Stir once and reduce the heat to medium and cook about 5 minutes or until the syrup turns a caramel color.
  2. Immediately pour an equal amount of the caramel into each ramekin or any oven proof mold you want to use. Swirl each dish to coat the base with the caramel, work fast as the caramel will harden quickly as it cools. Place all the ramekins in a large roasting pan and set aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  4. In a medium bowl, using an electric mixer. Mix the eggs and egg yolks for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the condensed milk, heavy cream, coconut milk, flaked coconut and vanilla extract and mix for 1 more minute.
  5. Carefully pour an equal amount of the flan mixture into the caramelized ramekins in the roasting pan. Then add hot water to the roasting pan, not to the ramekins, until the water comes half way up the sides of the ramekins.
  6. Place the roasting pan in the oven and bake for 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the center of the flan comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the roasting pan and cool for at least 30 minutes. Then cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  8. To serve, carefully run a knife around the edge of the ramekin, cover with a serving plate, flip it over and gently remove the ramekin allowing the caramel run over the sides. Add some flaked coconut on top if desired.
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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 rebecca subbiah May 26, 2009 at 8:22 AM

wow looks great and very high in calories he he portion control


2 Teanna May 26, 2009 at 11:22 AM

I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE flan and coconut flan is my favorite!


3 Debbie May 26, 2009 at 1:24 PM

I have always enjoyed flan, but have never had coconut flan, coconut being one of my favorite flavors. It looks yummy – and simple enough. What a great ending to a spicy meal!


4 Soma May 26, 2009 at 2:58 PM

I love any kind of flan. this is just such a great burst of flavor!

I missed quite a few of your posts.. was out for a vacation.


5 Anna May 26, 2009 at 8:10 PM

I love everything with coconut, my husband saw your flan and now he is behind me like a shadow asking me to make one. It looks easier to make than I thought.


6 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie May 26, 2009 at 10:38 PM

Coconut flan sounds amazing! I would love to try some right now! Yum!


7 Erica May 27, 2009 at 2:50 PM

Thank you all for the comments!


8 Marta May 27, 2009 at 3:19 PM

Hola Erica! Acabo de encontrar tu blog y me encanta!!! La comida Colombiana es muy parecida a la Venezolana, y muchos de tus platillos me recuerdan a mi infancia, ya que nuestra nany era colombiana y siempre nos soprendia con deliciosas comidas. Especialmente lo bunnuelos… ayyy que delicia, como los extrano!
Este flan se parece mucho al quesillo venezolano pero, tengo que decir, que me interesa mucho esta version con coco, ya que soy amante del coco y nunca se me habia ocurrido combinarlo en un flan!
Continuare visitandote :)


9 Erica May 27, 2009 at 4:11 PM

Marta, Muchas Gracias por visitar el blog y me alegra mucho que te guste.


10 Gera @ SweetsFoods May 27, 2009 at 7:00 PM

Coconut flan is one of my favorite desserts a big problem I can eat dozens of that, so yummy :)




11 Pocky May 27, 2009 at 7:10 PM

Oh wow!!!! I love flan but have never made it from scratch before (only from the box mix like Jello). Keep these great recipes coming, sister!!! :)


12 Sophie May 28, 2009 at 12:48 AM

What an excellent recipe, this is!! Lovely, rich & decadent!! Yum all the way,…


13 kiss my spatula May 28, 2009 at 3:10 PM

flan is one of my favorites! can’t wait to try this. thanks for sharing!


14 lisa (dandysugar) May 29, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Ooh, I love coconut flan, this is on my list! You have so many delicious things on your blog, by the way….everything looks and sounds amazing!


15 Cynthia May 30, 2009 at 6:15 PM

This is sooooo good!


16 Alice W. February 11, 2012 at 12:09 PM

This looks delicious!
How much is a can of condensed milk/ coconut milk? As is how many ounces,ml…


17 Shaylee April 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

This dish is amazing! I give a thumbs up and five stars! Delishous!!


18 Aida January 27, 2014 at 9:48 AM

Coincidentally, I had all the ingredients and made it as soon as I saw this recipe. The coconut taste is more like a hint instead of prevalent. You can taste the custard flavor more than the coconut flavor. It easily detached from the ramekin and looks very pretty on a plate.


19 Monica February 6, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Great success everywhere. Delicious !!! Everybody asks for the recipe.


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