Natilla (Colombian Custard)

Natilla is a Colombian custard-like dessert made with milk, cinnamon and coconut. This sweet treat is traditionally served alongside fried Buñuelos at Christmas time.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Colombian
Keyword Colombian Natilla, Colombian Natilla Recipe, Natilla
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 14 servings
Calories 229kcal
Author Shareba |



  • Place the coconut milk and grated coconut in a blender, and puree until smooth. Set aside.
  • Place 2 cups of milk in a medium pot and set over medium-low heat. Add the cinnamon sticks, and warm through for 8-10 minutes, or until the milk is slightly steaming. 
  • Once the milk and cinnamon mixture is steaming, add the condensed milk, sugar, vanilla, clove (if using) and salt. Stir well to combine.
  • Increase heat to medium-high, and cook the mixture for another 8-10 minutes, stirring frequently so the milk doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan. 
  • Meanwhile, combine the remaining 1 cup of milk with cornstarch in a small bowl. Whisk until dissolved. 
  • Remove and discard the cinnamon sticks. 
  • Reduce heat back to medium-low, and stir in the cornstarch mixture. Stir continuously for 2-4 minutes, or until the Natilla thickens. Remove from heat, and pour into a loaf pan or small dessert cups. A plastic spatula is useful for getting all of the Natilla out of the pot. 
  • Allow the Natilla to cool at room temperature for 2 hours before serving. Garnish with ground cinnamon and serve with a spoon. Refrigerate unused portions, tightly wrapped, for up to 1 week. 


Please note that the nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate, and has been calculated using a plugin. 


Calories: 229kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 63mg | Potassium: 237mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 0.9mg