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Vegan Tapioca Pudding

Light and simple 3-ingredient vegan tapioca pudding recipe that is perfect with fresh fruits or fruit puree.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dairy-free, Gluten-free, International
Keyword dairy-free tapioca pudding, easy tapioca pudding, vegan tapioca pudding
Cook Time 15 minutes
Soaking time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 bowls
Calories 117kcal



Soaking tapioca pearls

  • Add tapioca pearls and water to a bowl and let them sit on room temperature for 15 minutes. The pearls will absorb the water so if you leave it for too long, the pearls may disappear.

Cooking tapioca pearls

  • Add the soaked tapioca pearls with the soaking water and the milk to a saucepan and bring to boil.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and stir occasionally until you reach a pudding-like consistency. It takes usually 15-20 minutes. Pay attention to stir more frequently towards the end when the tapioca begins to thicken and the pearls turn translucent to avoid burning.
  • When ready, take it off the heat stir in the sweetener and the vanilla extract. You can devour it while it is sill warm. If you prefer it to be cold, just chill it in the fridge for an hour.

Topping and serving

  • Serve it with fresh fruit, fruit puree, chopped nuts, whipped cream etc.
  • This recipe will give you a tapioca pudding that is closer to panna cotta consistency. This means you can pour the pudding (while hot) into a silicone mold to create a similar serving as you see on the picture.



FAQs and Substitutions

Can I use coconut milk?

Yes, you can. If you use full-fat canned coconut milk, the tapioca pudding will be creamier but heavier as well due to the high fat-content.

Can I use different sweetener to make it low-carb?

Sure you can, although I only tested this recipe with cane sugar and coconut sugar (the same amount is needed). Therefore, I am not familiar with the measurements for other sweeteners like stevia or erythritol. If you do, please let us know in the comments.

Can I use large pearl tapioca?

We haven't tested this recipe with large pearls. For sure, you will need a longer soaking and cooking time. If you do, please let us know in the comments.

How long tapioca pudding lasts?

Keep in the fridge and eat within 3 -4 days.


Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 117kcal | Carbohydrates: 27.8g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 27.3mg | Sugar: 12.5g | Vitamin A: 200IU | Calcium: 80mg | Iron: 0.2mg