tapioca pudding

tapioca pudding

No, don’t say erk and run away…I know it sounds like boarding school and bad food, but it is delicious.

I have bad memories of tapioca as a child and after eating this I don’t know why. This pudding is the last word in comfort food.

One day a few weeks back when I was shopping in Fairfield I came across a tapioca, coconut milk fruit dessert tub made by Arlington’s. It was marked vegan and I’m always ready to give a vegan product a go. My expectations were not high, given my previous childhood horror of tapioca, but I was blown away. However at the rate I was scoffing them I was going to be poor very soon.

So I decided to make my own. It is a very easy dessert or breakfast food to make. Cook the tapioca in some sweetened coconut milk and water, add some pureed fruit. Cool and set.

tapioca pudding with fruit

This time I made mine with some apples and quinces from the garden. I ate it for breakfast this morning garnished with some apples cooked with raspberries.


tapioca pudding
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recipe type: dessert, sweet, breakfast
cuisine: Vegan
serves: 4
  • ½ cup tapioca pearls
  • 300 ml coconut cream
  • 280 ml water
  • 5 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 cup pureed fruit of your choice (I used a mix of apples and quinces cooked with cinnamon and cloves)
  1. Put the tapioca, coconut cream and water into a saucepan
  2. Bring to a simmer and cook until the pearls are clear and no longer have a bite
  3. Add the fruit (I made mine partly pureed with the occasional chunk for a contrast)
  4. Add sugar to taste. I needed about 5 teaspoons.


2 thoughts on “tapioca pudding”

  • Not erk at all! Are tapioca and sago the same thing? If not, they are almost identical I think. I always loved sago pudding as a child – my mum would make either a zesty lemon one, or a milky one with golden syrup on top. Now that winter is upon us I really need to make some of this…such a delicious warm dessert on a cold night!

    • Must be just me that thinks erk! I haven’t found any other tapioca haters from this post. 🙂

      Technically they are not the same thing, one is from cassava root and one is from the sago palm, but they seem to be universally confused.
      The packet I bought says Tapioca pearls (Sago).

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