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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.


Fruit on the Bottom Tapioca

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Servings: 4
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 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 tablespoon sugar


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


Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 20g | Sodium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Hereโ€™s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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 ๐Ÿ™ 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. 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 ๐Ÿ™

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