My friend is a private chef and caterer, so when she made me dinner at her house last week, I was of course giddy to attend. Despite being stuffed after the gourmet meal, I could not help but indulge in the delicious Coconut Tapioca Pudding with fresh coconut slices and taro chunks. It was exotic, refreshing, and comforting all at the same time. I just made my own scaled-down version and think I’ll be making this more often as it is so simple!
Coconut Tapioca Pudding is a delicious and refreshing dessert made with tapioca, coconut milk, and sugar. It is a popular dish in many Asian countries, and it is also becoming increasingly popular in the United States.
Tapioca is a starch that is made from cassava root. It is a white, starchy substance that can be used to make a variety of dishes, including puddings, cakes, and bread. Tapioca is not only gluten-free, but it is a good source of carbohydrates and fiber, and it is also low in calories.
To make Coconut Tapioca Pudding, you will need:
(makes approximately 4 servings)
- 1/3 cup small tapioca pearls – I purchased mine online
- 2 1/2 cups coconut milk
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Sliced fresh fruit – tropical fruits make this to tasty – think mango, melon, pineapple, papaya
- Soak the tapioca pearls in water for 30 minutes.
- In a medium saucepan, combine the tapioca pearls, coconut milk, sugar, salt, and vanilla extract.
- Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, or until the tapioca pearls are transparent and the mixture has thickened.
- Stir frequently to prevent the tapioca pearls from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Pour into cups or bowls and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, or until completely chilled.
- Serve with sliced fresh fruit and coconut chips, if desired.
Coconut Tapioca Pudding is a great option for a make-ahead dessert if you have company coming over. I used cute jars for individual servings and added fresh fruit before serving. Enjoy!