Fruit on the Bottom Tapioca

There's something about tapioca pudding that seems so kid-like to me. Not that adults don't also love this creamy, coconut flavored pudding, but the act of plunging your spoon deep down into the bottom of the cup and pulling up some sweet, juicy strawberries to accompany the tapioca on top -- all in the same bite -- carries with it an anticipation that I associate almost completely with how excited I used to get as a kid to savor my desserts. This dish irresistable to me. In fact, typing this is making me so hungry I think I need to stop and have some! I guess I'm still just a kid at heart.


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Fruit on the Bottom Tapioca (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 25 mins

egg free

nut free

gluten free


  • 1 Cup Strawberries, stemmed and chopped fine
  • 1 13 oz Can Unsweetened Coconut Milk, about 1 3/4 cups
  • 3/4 Cups water
  • 1/3 Cup Tapioca (not quick cooking)
  • 3 Tbsp sugar


1. Bring the coconut milk, water and tapioca to a boil.
2. Reduce to a low simmer and cook uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Add the sugar and cook for another 5 minutes.
4. Divide the chopped strawberries between 4 glass cups and pour tapioca over the strawberries.
5. Chill for one hour and serve.
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  • Beverly

    Yum, that looks so good. I have some freshly picked strawberries at home, I think I will make this for dessert tonight!

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  • Venessa

    Catherine I think there might be a typo and/or ingredient missing on the list of ingredients (unless it's too early in the morning and my eyes are playing tricks).

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    • Kristi

      What seems missing? I have never made tapioca before. Maybe you are noticing something I don't. I want to make it right though.

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  • Elain Ponce De Leon

    i LOVE tapioca pudding and didn't realize that tapioca pudding was this easy to make!! definitely going to be making this. thank you!!!

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  • Sheri

    I usually make tapioca with milk and an egg, but this recipe sound so delicious!! I'm going to makebit today!

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  • Kevin

    OK. Now that my girlfriend has seen the photos in this post, I've been officially requested to make this dessert. I'm not a huge Tapioca fan, but she LOVES it!

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  • Kitty

    I have never had cold tapioca before! My mum always used to give it to me hot, and I'm sure she never used coconut milk...
    I'm excited to try this for my children, thank you.

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  • Liz


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  • Judith

    LOVE that this is dairy free! And there is no need for egg in it?

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    • Krissy

      Tapioca is suprisingly egg free. The powder is actually quite often used as an egg subsitute.

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  • Christine

    YUM! I am making this after I go buy strawberries! Soooo... how come the pic shows the strawberries in a syrup versus fresh strawberries? Catherine - did you macerate (is that the word?) the berries in sugar? Or did it get syrupy after an hour in the fridge with the pudding on top?

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    • Catherine

      My strawberries were really juicy, so I just chopped them fine and put them in the glasses. Nothing better then a sweet, fresh strawberry!

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  • Sherry W

    How delicious...I love Tapioca! Thanks again Catherine for such great recipes. My kids have never eaten Tapioca (sad, I have tried with no success) but with the strawberries they may change their minds about it.

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  • Coleene

    I made this last night - I love tapioca!! My kids did not like it........
    But I did
    I have 2 questions
    when I poured the warm tapioca over the berries it went down around the berries and I did not get the beautiful \"look\" you had. How did you get the tapioca to sit on top of the berries like that?

    did you presoak your tapioca before cooking it?? My mom always soaked tapioca overnight before cooking it..........

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  • Lisa

    My kids loved this----I made it one night last week. I loved it, too. Can't wait to make it again.

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  • Whitney

    Question! I can't find the pearls...can I use tapioca flour?

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    • Carly

      I wouldn't use the flour, i would use the pearls. I couldn't find them anywhere either so i went straight to Bob's Red Mill website and bought a bag online

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  • Chrissyjoy

    I've had tapioca in my pantry, perfect! ... I can't wait to try this. probably with peaches, though. our farmer's market hasn't had strawberries for over a month :(

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  • Maruchi

    I love Tapioca!
    I'm definite trying this! Love it!

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  • Alana

    Thank you so much for this recipe! I just started on a 4 day rotation diet due to food intolerances. Tapioca is the only starch I can have on day one and I was clueless as what to do with it. Luckily coconut was on my list for day one as well. Unfortunately strawberries were not :( I had it for breakfast and topped it with some sliced banana and some cashews. It was delicious! This is definitely going to be a staple for me ;)

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  • Aya

    Did this with fresh ripe mango. My family won't eat it, but I loved it, and I passed this on to my brother, who always complains that desserts are too sweet.

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  • Juliana

    Could i use brown sugar? Same measurement?

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