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Coconut and Tapioca Pudding with Pineapple Flowers Recipe

Coconut and Tapioca Pudding with Pineapple Flowers Recipe

Credit: Georgia Harding

Traditionally, tapioca pudding in Sri Lanka is made with condensed milk and quite a lot of sugar. This is my low-sugar take on the traditional pudding. It’s such a quick and easy dessert to make and one of my personal favourites.

Serves: 4



  • 1cm slice fresh pineapple, skin & core removed
  • 200g tapioca pearls
  • 400mL water
  • 270mL coconut milk
  • ½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 tbsp coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp extra coconut milk (optional to serve)
  1. Preheat oven to 160°C.
  2. Cut round of pineapple in half so one side is flat, enabling you to very finely slice pineapple into flowers. Place slices on baking tray lined with parchment paper and bake for 20–30 mins (or until edges start to brown and curl).
  3. 10 mins before pineapple is ready, begin preparing tapioca pudding.
  4. Heat small pot over moderate heat and add tapioca to dry roast, stirring constantly, for 2 mins.
  5. Add water and bring to low simmer for about 8–10 mins (or until tapioca is transparent).
  6. Add coconut milk, cardamom and coconut sugar and stir well to combine and thicken (approx. 2 mins).
  7. Divide between 4 small glasses or bowls.
  8. Enjoy immediately with pineapple flowers and extra drizzle of coconut milk (optional).


Georgia Harding

Georgia Harding is a naturopath with almost 20 years experience, a mother and a passionate health educator. After many years consulting in a busy practice, lecturing in natural medicine and sharing her knowledge on talkback radio, Georgia decided to reach out and share her passion for holistic health by developing her blog, Well Nourished.
On her website, she shares fad-free health advice and intolerance/allergy-friendly recipes to inspire people to live happy, healthy lives and create delicious food memories.

Georgia’s ebook Rise and Shine: A Well Nourished Breakfast will inspire and guide you to prepare the most important meal of the day in just minutes. Her latest ebook The Well Nourished Lunch Box contains over 50 nut-free, allergy-friendly wholefood sweet and savoury snacks, lunches and meals to inspire you to pack a nourishing lunch box that your kids will love to eat and you will love to make.