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Kokolaisa (Cocoa Rice)

Posted by Courtney Schupp | March 2, 2022

Prep time: 5 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 10


  • 3 cups uncooked rice
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 cups coconut cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder

Live Well Tips

  • Kokolaisa is from the island country of Samoa and is typically eaten for breakfast or dessert.
  • Add orange or lemon peel to add a zesty kick to this dish.
  • Use any rice you prefer, but if using brown rice increase amount of water used by 1 cup.


  1. Wash hands with soap and water.
  2. Add rice and water to large pot and bring to boil over medium-high heat. Boil until cooked (about 20 minutes).
  3. Mix sugar and cocoa into coconut cream well until there are no clumps and sugar has been dissolved.
  4. Add coconut/sugar mixture to rice and bring to simmer.
  5. Simmer for 5 minutes until thickened and serve warm.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size 1 cup: Calories–280; Protein–5g; Carbohydrate–57g; Total Fat–4g; Saturated Fat–2g; Cholesterol–0mg; Fiber–4g; Sodium–30mg; Iron–6%; Calcium–2%

Adapted from American Samoa Community College