Ever wanted to make your own vegan tapioca pudding? This delicious recipe for Coconut Raisin Rum Tapioca Pudding from Kenden Alfond at Jewish Food Hero isn’t just any old dish! There’s raisins and rum and plenty of cause for celebration during one of the biggest Jewish holidays of the year.
Tapioca is a Jewish Food Hero comeback Passover food, as it is considered kosher for Passover. I asked my parents and aunts and uncle and they all agree that they enjoyed tapioca pudding in their youth. This “old-fashioned” food is perfect for Passover breakfast or dessert because it is comforting and versatile.
Tapioca is a lifelong food that can be enjoyed by everyone—from babyhood to old age. Made from cassava (yucca) root vegetable, it’s a gooey, creamy mouth food that is eaten by the spoonful. The added rum soaked raisins make the dessert fancy and may remind you of the favorite ice cream flavor: rum raisin.
Tapioca pudding is a classic comfort dessert. The sweetness of the pudding paired with the chewy texture of tapioca is a winning combination. While tapioca may seem like it’s a close relative to gelatin, it’s simply a starchy substance derived from the cassava plant! Tapioca is a common ingredient in vegan cooking and baking as it’s a natural thickening agent that doesn’t affect the flavor of a dish. If you’ve ever had boba tea, then you know first-hand how fun tapioca can be to eat!
This pudding makes the perfect food to serve at a Passover party. Whether you’re gathering in-person or doing a virtual Sedar, this vegan tapioca pudding makes a great recipe to share with your loved ones. You could even make some boba tea with the leftover tapioca balls!