Banana Tapioca Pudding

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banana tapioca pudding

Photo courtesy of Brian Sheehan.


  • 4 Cups water
  • 4.5 Ounces small tapioca pearls
  • 5 to 6 bananas
  • 11 Ounces milk
  • Zest of one lime
  • 1.8 Ounces sugar
  • Salt, to taste


Bring the water to a roaring boil in a medium size pot. Add tapioca pearls, stir occasionally.

To make the banana puree – with the skin on, slice the banana in half, lengthways.

With a small teaspoon, gently scrape down the middles of each side, removing the seeds, but leaving the flesh ( this will keep the banana from turning brown ) Discard the skin, and blend the flesh in a food processor until smooth.

Bring banana puree, milk, and sugar to a boil in a separate pot.

Once tapioca is almost cook, strain into a fine sieve. Rinse well with cold water to remove the starch and stop the pearls sticking together and becoming stodgy.

Add to pot with puree mixture and finish cooking. Pour into plastic container, cover, refrigerate and let cool overnight.

Add lime zest and salt to taste.

Serve in a small bowl or glass, like a martini or whiskey glass.

Banana Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Banana Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.