Classic Tapioca Pudding

A dessert that doesn’t need to be a guilty pleasure

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Tapioca is not exactly famous, and that is a shame because let us tell you, the classic tapioca pudding is so delicious you’ll never have enough.  First of all, this is a great base ingredient for your gluten-free deserts. Secondly, it’s actually quite rich from a nutritional point of view, without being a calorie bomb: it has good cholesterol, proteins and a lot of fibers. 

You are probably more familiar with tapioca from bubble tea, but it’s also absolutely delicious as pudding. Best of all, if you want to go the vegan route, our vegan tapioca pudding recipe is just as finger-licking good. 

We forgot to mention the number one quality of this amazing healthy dessert – it’s super quick and easy to make. You can make it for breakfast, or you can mix it with some chocolate ganache and transform it into a really fancy dessert.


Classic Tapioca Pudding Ingredients


You can choose milk, goat, almond or soy milk. It’s all up to preference.


Well, it is the main ingredient, isn’t it?


We used coconut sugar, but you can use anything, including healthier alternatives like stevia. 


You need one egg to add to the overall creaminess and texture of the pudding


One vanilla bean or a teaspoon of concentrated essence


A pinch of salt brings out the sweetness in any desert


For cocoa flavored tapioca pudding that acts as your second layer.

White or dark chocolate

For garnish. You can combine this with fruits for a fancier look.

How to make classic tapioca pudding

Step 1

Soak the tapioca in your milk of choice for 1 hour. Move to a pan, add the rest of the milk and boil on low heat.

Step 2

Add vanilla and sugar and keep stirring, the pudding will thicken rather fast and it can burn easily. 

Step 3

This egg and some salt. Add some of the tapioca and milk into your egg mixture to equalize temperature before you add it to the pot. Whisk slowly until it’s completely mixed in.

Step 4

You know your pudding is ready when the tapioca balls start looking transparent. This shouldn’t take longer than 20 minutes. 

Step 5

Remove from heat, split your pudding and add two table spoons of cocoa to one of the parts. Serve in transparent cups or bowls with a thicker layer of classic pudding, followed by one of cocoa pudding and garnish with shaved chocolate and fruit. 

Classic Tapioca Pudding

A dessert that doesn’t need to be a guilty pleasure

Time: 20 min| Difficulty: Easy |


  • 1/2 cup tapioca
  • 1/2 cup sugar or sweetner of choice (adjust quantities accordingly)
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbs cocoa
  • vanilla bean or essence
  • pinch of salt
  • chocolate and fresh fruits for garnish

1. After soaking tapioca balls for 1 hour in milk, add the tapioca and the rest of the milk in a pot over low heat.

2. Add sugar and vanilla, mix continuously.

3. Whisk egg with salt and some milk from the pot to equalize temperature. Add it to your tapioca and mix until incorporated.

4. When your tapioca starts looking transparent, the pudding is done.

5. Separate pudding and add two table spoons of cocoa to one part to obtain your cocoa pudding. Serve in layers ( classic and cocoa) and garnish with chocolate, fresh fruits or jams. 


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