|Nutrition Facts (per serving)|
|Servings: 4 to 6|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 10g||13%|
|Saturated Fat 8g||42%|
|Total Carbohydrate 24g||9%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||4%|
|*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.|
Traditional tapioca pudding is prepared with milk, eggs, and sometimes cream. This vegan variation uses cornstarch as a thickening agent and coconut milk as well as almond milk in place of dairy-based milk or cream. The result is a cleaner taste and texture that's more satisfying over time.
Small pearl tapioca is usually found in the same section of the grocery store as other dry pudding mixes. You might also see flakes, coarse meal, or sticks, but these are to be avoided for this recipe. Also, small pearl tapioca is not the same as "minute" tapioca, which is pre-cooked tapioca combined with soy lecithin.
The key to delicious tapioca pudding is all in the effort. Tapioca pudding is hard work as there is a lot of stirring involved, but it is well worth the muscle. You can expect to stir for 15 to 20 minutes in order to achieve the right consistency for the perfect tapioca. Enlist help if you need it, but it's more about stirring consistently and patiently than it is about stirring hard or fast.
Gather the ingredients.
In a medium-sized bowl combine 1 cup of almond milk and the tapioca and let the mixture soak for 2 hours or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
Whisk the remaining almond milk, along with the coconut milk, sugar, and salt into the tapioca mixture.
Add the mixture to a saucepan. Stirring constantly, bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
After the mixture has reached a full boil (after about 10 to 15 minutes of stirring), turn down the heat. Continuing to stir often, let the mixture simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the water and cornstarch and mix with a spoon until it becomes a slurry. Once the tapioca beads are translucent add the cornstarch mixture, stirring constantly until combined. Turn up the heat to medium, add the vanilla, and cook for just a few minutes more, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens.
Remove from heat and let the pudding cool for at least 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm or cold. If serving cold, place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding before placing in the fridge to prevent a skin from forming.
Be sure to use the canned coconut milk, which is thicker and creamier. Do not use coconut milk that comes in the cartons in the refrigerated section of the grocery store alongside oat, almond, and soy milks.
Tapioca pudding can be served by itself as a simple comfort food dessert.
- Dress it up fresh or canned fruit—mangoes would be delicious, so would berries.
- You can layer it as a compote in a dessert glass and garnish it with a mint leaf for a lovely presentation.
- It goes very well to cap off a dinner of Thai food as tapioca pudding is a traditional Thai dessert.
- Add a little more vanilla extract while making it, or a teaspoon of cinnamon.
- You can use arrowroot starch instead of cornstarch to thicken this pudding.
How to Store and Freeze Vegan Tapioca Pudding
Dairy-free tapioca pudding will keep in the refrigerator in a covered container for up to 5 days. If you would like to freeze this pudding, you can. It's very helpful to freeze it in individual portions so you can defrost as needed; just make sure it's in a freezer-safe container. Frozen tapioca pudding should keep for at least 3 months.