Tapioca pudding has always been a favorite of mine! It’s a snack I’ve enjoyed since childhood but taking on my AIP journey means this, and many other snack time favorites, have had to go.
I mean, just LOOK at these Snack Pack pudding ingredients…
Sugar and artificial colors are a just couple of the things gone wrong in this list. A body desperate to heal can do no such thing with toxic chemicals like these compromising progress! So, in an attempt to recreate one of my favorite snacks, the other day I made a compliant version that was actually really, really good. And as an added bonus, a close friend of mine gave me some of her Oui yogurt jars and they made for the most adorable pudding cups. ♥
I’m going to list all the ingredients I used along with some of the healing benefits those ingredients have to offer. In the Snack Pack variety, essentially you’re gaining nothing of true value, it’s consumed strictly to feed your sugar beast. Yet in the homemade version, your body will find important, key nutrition that will benefit the healing process!
AIP Tapioca Pudding Ingredients:
The glycemic index of maple syrup is 54 (sugar is 64) which means blood sugar levels are affected less. Also, maple syrup contains antioxidants, including an inflammation fighting one called polyphenol antioxidant. (1) The sugar used in prepackaged pudding brands offer no health benefits whatsoever and in fact, it literally destroys your body.
**sub applesauce for Whole30**
Tapioca, derived from cassava root, is the perfect starch to help recreate otherwise unhealthy pudding, sauce or soup recipes. If you react to other gluten-free flours, this one may be good for you since it’s also nut free. The pearl form does not contain any extra ingredients.
Coconut milk is the liquid found inside a mature coconut, blended with a bit of the coconut meat, then strained. Coconut cream is essentially the same thing, just with less of the liquid and more of the meat, which creates a paste.
Regardless, coconut milk/cream supports good heart health by lowering blood pressure, it builds muscle and helps lose fat, provides electrolytes and prevents fatigue, helps one lose weight, improves digestion, prevents joint inflammation and much more! (2) It’s practically a miracle food.
This is another antioxidant containing ingredient! (Antioxidants protect your body from damage from harmful components, such as free radicals and toxins. (3)) Vanilla also has anti-inflammation abilities and it might even lower cholesterol.
This spice is considered one of the most delicious! Plus, it has powerful medicinal properties that cuts the risk of heart disease, has a powerful ant-diabetic affect and may have beneficial affects on neurodegenerative diseases. (4)
AIP Tapioca Pudding
Creamy & Sweet
- 2 Cans Coconut Milk
- 1/2 Cup Tapioca Pearls White
- 1 Tsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup (sub with 1/2c. applesauce for Whole30)
- 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
Soak the tapioca pearls in water for 1 hour then strain with fine strainer (doing this ensures the right texture for the pudding).
Put all ingredients in a heavy bottom sauce pan on medium heat. (I used 1 box of the coconut cream and 20 oz. of water because that's what I had on hand but two cans of coconut milk works better)
Stir frequently! Once the mixture begins to bubble, turn the heat down to low.
After about 10 minutes of stirring, with the heat on low, the pearls will turn completely translucent and that's when you know it's done! Then simply pour the pudding into whatever container(s) you wish to store it in.
Store in the refrigerator and serve cold.
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