Coconut-Banana Tapioca Pudding


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Preparation Time: 2 minutes
Cooking Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4 (yields about 3 cups of pudding)
Calories: 265 per serving
Percent from Fat: 30%
Cusine: American, Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Course: Dessert
Diet: Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Food as MedicineSM Ingredient: Banana

Food as MedicineSM Tip

Bananas are rich in potassium, magnesium and fiber, can help lower blood pressure. They also help cut the risk of stroke by up to 40 percent. For women, more bananas means less risk of colon cancer.

Culinary Taste Tip

Let this pudding sit for a few minutes in your serving cups, after you've made it. It will thicken, while still retaining the mouth-filling warmth you can't wait for.

Culinary Technique Tip

Desserts should be special, and this one definitely fits the bill. A sprinkle of dark rum gives this classic just a hint of the exotic. You won't believe how easily tapioca pudding can be improved upon with this recipe, which is nearly instant!


1 can (14 ounces) light unsweetened coconut milk, such as A Taste of Thai brand
Three-quarter cup fat free or light soymilk
One-quarter cup quick cooking tapioca
One-eighth teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
2 ripe bananas, sliced lengthwise in half and crosswise into one-half-inch chunks
One-quarter cup slivered almonds, toasted
One and one-half tablespoons dark rum, such as Myer's
2 tablespoons chopped mint leaves (optional)


In a medium saucepan, combine coconut milk, soymilk, tapioca and salt. Slowly bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Simmer, stirring constantly until mixture just begins to thicken, about 3 minutes (mixture will be thin). Remove from heat; stir in sugar until melted. Let stand in saucepan uncovered 12 minutes or until thickened, stirring once. Stir in bananas; transfer to serving cups. Top with almonds and rum. Garnish with mint, if desired.


Fat free milk may replace the soymilk.

Nutritional Analysis

Calories, 265; Calories from fat, 81; Total fat, 9.0 g; Saturated fat, 3.2 g; Polyunsaturated fat 1.0 g; Monounsaturated fat, 2.8 g; Cholesterol, 8 mg; Sodium, 40 mg; Calcium, 57 mg; Magnesium, 86 mg; Zinc, 1.1 mg; Selenium, 1 mcg; Potassium, 653 mg; Vitamin A, 10 RE; Beta Carotene, 36 RE; Vitamin C, 8 mg; Vitamin E 2.58 mg; Thiamin B1, 0.15 mg; Riboflavin B2, 0.16 mg; Fiber, 2.6 g; Carbohydrates, 29.7 g; Sugar, 16.3 g; Protein, 6.1 g; Nuts, 0.2 oz; Niacin B3 1.4 mg; Vitamin B6, 0.39 mg; Folic Acid, 33 mcg.

Comments on Coconut-Banana Tapioca Pudding

From: healthygirl1

Isn't coconut high in cholestrial?

From: fiorilla

Only animals make cholesterol. So plants like coconuts and peanuts may be high in fat but do not have cholesterol.

From: nhn421026

Very good with toasted cashews too.

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