Vegan Tapioca Pudding

Traditional homey goodness. Tapioca pudding is an age old favorite of many people. It is easy to enjoy as a vegan treat also. We used home made soy milk.

Vegan Tapioca Pudding

Serving Size: 4


  • 1/2 cup tapioca pearls
  • 2 cups water for soaking
  • 3 cups soy milk (vanilla flavored if possible)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • optional 1 tablespoon cornstarch to make the pudding thicker

Tapioca Pearls


  1. The night before, place 1/2 cup tapioca pearls in a bowl with 2 cups of water and place a lid or plate over the top.
  2. The next day, put the soy milk, sugar and salt in a heavy bottom pot and mix.
  3. Drain the water from the tapioca and add to the soy milk.
  4. Heat the mixture on a low heat stirring all the time.
  5. It will take about 15-20 minutes to boil and the tapioca balls to become translucent.
  6. It is very important to stir the entire time, otherwise the soy milk will scorch and dis-flavor the pudding.
  7. You need to cook the tapioca until the little balls are completely transparent. Otherwise, they are still hard.
  8. If you are using vanilla soy milk then you only need to add 1 teaspoon of vanilla flavoring. Do so now, as the tapioca is thickening.
  9. If you are using plain soy milk, then you may want to add a 2nd teaspoon of vanilla flavoring.
  10. If you want a very thick tapioca, you may want to dissolve a tablespoon of cornstarch in a bit of water and add to the cooking tapioca once the balls have become transparent. Then add the cornstarch and stir until thickened.
  11. Pour the cooked tapioca into individual serving dishes and cool or serve warm.
  12. We put a small dollop of vegan whipped cream (e.g. Soyatoo) on top and a cherry as decoration.

Vegan Tapioca Pudding

10 responses to “Vegan Tapioca Pudding”

  1. Heli says:

    Hmm, I have some potato pearls sitting in the cupboard, I wonder if they would work in this recipe. I’ll have to test that next week πŸ™‚

  2. Chris says:

    Hi Heli…Hmmm..I don’t think s…I am not sooo familiar with potato earls- but I think they would turn out more like mashed potatoes when cooked- Yes?
    This s definitely a sweet dessert- It’s of course up to you if you want to try something- but I hate wasting ingredients. In any case good luck.

  3. Heli says:

    Oh, potato pearls also cook to look like tapioca when cooked. Little, translucent little balls. I’m not sure if they can be soaked but otherwise the outcome could be similar.

    OK. I did some googling, seems like potato pearls mean a different thing in English. πŸ™‚ In Finland they’re little balls of potato starch used to make porridge. Like this :

  4. Chris says:

    Hi Heli,
    Oh…interesting…well…maybe… give it a try and see. That porridge does look like a thick version of the tapioca. Interesting.
    God luck, I hope it turns out yummy. Thanks for getting back to me with this information.

  5. Monica says:

    You know, I haven’t had tapioca pudding in years, but the memory is so strong – that smell of vanilla, the oddly pleasing gelatinous texture. And what about a bit of cinnamon sprinkled on top? Thank you for introducing us to a way to make a vegan version. I wonder if I can find tapioca pearls here in the UK…

  6. Chris says:

    Hi Monica,
    πŸ™‚ thank you for your comment. Yes, it’s been years for me too..and this was a first for my husband. I found he tapioca pearls at the Asian import store (here in the Netherlands)..I would suggest checking there first- especially an Indonesian store if possible. Hmm, yes, cinnamon is nice, but at times I am a “purist” just the vanilla flavor and those funny little balls… πŸ™‚ I hope you have luck finding them.

  7. Meli says:

    Excellent recipe to a childhood favorite! My kids loved it. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Ivette says:

    Hi Chris,

    You think I can substitute the soy milk for coconut or almond milk? Today was my first encounter with tapioca, and I have to say, I’m in love! 😍

    Please let me know

    Thank you

  9. fay says:

    Can I make it using tapioca flour

  10. Chris says:

    Hi Fay,
    Thank you for your question.
    I’m sorry…no. It would be totally different. Regular tapioca consists of little round balls (can be gotten in various sizes). So you have a sweet vanilla pudding type dessert with little round balls in it. Using tapioca flour would result in almost making a type of cake or bread. For this one you really need the regular tapioca ba;lls. Sincerely, Chris the cook at Vegalicious

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