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Coconut Tapioca

August 4, 2016

A light and refreshing dessert that’s perfect with any meal or summer entertainment.

Coconut Tapioca (vegan)

I’ve started making coconut tapioca recently for my vegan friends, and have quickly found out that everyone goes crazy for it, including me (although that doesn’t really count because I go crazy for almost anything with sugar in it). It’s the perfect treat after a heavy meal and wonderfully refreshing on a hot summer day.

Coconut Tapioca (vegan)

Tapioca is made of little pearls that give a nice texture to desserts and other foods and drinks. It isn’t popular in some parts of the world, but it definitely should be!

A common way to use tapioca in dessert is combining it with coconut milk and topping with exotic fruit, caramelized bananas, or berries. Some recipes use a lot of liquid to make it more like a soup, and some (like my recipe) use less to make it thicker and creamier.

Coconut Tapioca (vegan)

There are many different ways to cook tapioca, but this recipe is really simple to make if you just follow the instructions. It yields an utterly delicious result that’s not too sweet and has a thick pudding-like consistency.

Coconut Tapioca (vegan)

5.0 from 4 reviews
Coconut Tapioca (vegan)
Yields: about 6 servings (540 ml of pudding)
A light and refreshing dessert that’s perfect with any meal or summer entertainment.
  • ⅓ cup (60 g/2 oz) small pearl tapioca
  • 2⅔ cups (640 ml) coconut milk (or substitute some of it with whole milk or coconut cream)
  • ⅓ cup (60 g/2 oz) granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Sliced fresh fruit such as mango, melon, pineapple, lychee
  • Coconut chips, optional
  1. Place tapioca and coconut milk in a medium saucepan and let soak for 30 minutes.
  2. Add sugar and salt to the tapioca mixture, and heat over medium heat until it reaches a simmer. Reduce heat to low and let simmer very gently for 15 minutes until tapioca pearls are transparent and the mixture has thickened. Be sure to stir frequently so that the tapioca doesn’t stick to the bottom. Once done, remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Pour into cups and place in the refrigerator until completely chilled, at least 3 hours. The pudding will thicken after refrigeration.
  4. Serve with sliced fresh fruit/fruit puree and coconut chips if desired.
  5. Tapioca is best the same day it’s made, but will keep for up to 3 days in the fridge.

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  • Reply
    March 17, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Thank you – that sounds delicious, question about the tapioaca please- is the canned one okay to use?

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      March 20, 2017 at 5:48 am

      Hi Ema, for this recipe you’ll need small pearl tapioca, such as this.

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    July 9, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Came across this recipe and had to try it out. I wanted as close as possible of one I tried before. I added chia seeds and didn’t know if it should soak with the tapioca or not, so hit or miss, I added it while cooking. I’ve learned a quality vanilla is a must and really brings out so many memories when adding after cooking. Even though I was cooking on simmer, took less than 15 minutes and it’s thick, it doesn’t need the refrigeration to get thicker. My plan is to top with fresh blueberries when chilled. Shouldn’t I wait for it too cool down before putting in the fridge. I used 1 can of coconut milk and it came to roughly 1 3/4 cups, so I added almond milk to make the 2 2/3 cups recipe called for. I know I’ll be making this again and again.

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    August 7, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    Can I us coonut sugar ormok fruit sugar?

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      August 8, 2017 at 1:02 pm

      Hi Nancy, since the sugar only adds sweetness in this recipe, you can use another type of sugar that you like and familiar with.

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    October 28, 2017 at 12:13 am

    This is SOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will be making this often.

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    November 29, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Hi, quick question, can you store those desserts in the freezer ? If yes, for how long ?
    Thank you

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      November 30, 2017 at 4:41 am

      It’s possible, but I wouldn’t recommend it because it can ruin the texture. If you need to make it ahead or have leftovers, you can store it in the fridge.

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    December 16, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    I made this during the week. It was the first time I made a successful tapioca pudding without burning them! I think soaking them first may have helped. Thanks for the recipe!
    I made an extra coconut cream topping sweetened with agave sugar to add extra moisture to the pudding when I served it.
    Will be using it again and sharing it with my friends!

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      December 17, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Thank you so much Jane!

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    January 30, 2018 at 12:40 am

    Delicious even though I forgot to add the vanilla. I have to try again to add all ingredients. Very simple and thanks for doing the recipe also in grams.

    Sunny greetings from Mauritius

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