Vegan Coconut Raisin Rum Tapioca Pudding

Vegan Coconut Raisin Rum Tapioca Pudding

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.

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Vegan Tapioca Pudding

  • Author: Kenden Alfond
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 3 servings 1x


This coconut rum raisin tapioca pudding makes a delicious and exciting treat anytime, but is extra special on Passover! The texture from the tapioca paired with raisins is truly what makes this pudding stand out from the crowd. Enjoy!


  • ½ cup of small tapioca pearls
  • 3 ½ cups of good mineral water
  • ½ cup of coconut milk cream
  • ¼ cup of natural cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • ½ cup of raisins
  • 2 teaspoon of dark rum (or brandy)
  • ¼ teaspoon of kosher salt


  1. In a small bowl, combine the raisins and rum and set aside.
  2. Rinse the tapioca pearls in a strainer and place in a medium saucepan with 3 cups of water. Soak the tapioca for 30 minutes. Do not drain after soaking.
  3. Add the coconut cream, sugar, rum soaked raisins and rum (it may be all soaked into the raisins) and kosher salt. 
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently until mixture comes to a gentle boil. 
  5. Simmer uncovered over very low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture is thick (it if becomes too thick add a bit more water). Stir well.
  6. Pour into a bowl and either serve immediately or place a piece of plastic wrap on top of the bowls so that the pudding does not develop a crust. Serve warm or chilled.

Keywords: coconut, dairy-free, passover, pudding, rum, tapioca, vegan pudding

The Terrific Texture of Tapioca

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! 

Passover Party Pudding

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!

More Plant-Based Passover Recipes:

Recipe shared with permission from Jewish Food Hero. Cover photo from Recipe photo by Kenden Alfond. Article edited by Amanda Meth.

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  1. Amanda · Edit

    I love love LOVE this recipe!! The raisins with the coconut and rum is such a fantastic flavor with the texture of the tapioca pudding. One of my favorites for sure 🙂

  2. I love Jewish Food Hero, such a great resource and I’m excited for Kenden’s new cookbook! This recipe is a delight 🙂

  3. Marie H. · Edit

    What a great pudding recipe! I didn’t think I would like the combination of coconut and raisins, but I was so wrong. It’s delicious! If you don’t like to use alcohol in your food, you can always try a glycerin-based rum flavoring. Works just as well and has the same flavor. The texture is perfect, too.

  4. Janaye · Edit

    I’ve never had this before, I am definitely going to try it this upcoming passover 🙂

  5. Beatriz Buono-Core · Edit

    What a delicate and gorgeous dessert! I need to try this tapioca pudding 🙂


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