Pumpkin Tapioca Pudding

Are you tired of pumpkin recipes? Not yet? Good! Because I have an insanely easy recipe for you today. I almost didn’t share it because it is so easy and tapioca pudding isn’t anything new, but my family enjoys this so much that I decided to type up a little post for it.

I meant to share this earlier in the week, but I got wrapped up in the WORLD SERIES!!!! What an amazing Game 7! We are over the moon that the Cubs did it!!!

But back to this recipe…

When I created this, I thought it looked a little naked. Like it needed something to go with it. I brainstormed AIP friendly sauces and toppings, but none of them seemed exciting. Then my friend, Natalie, over at Feasting on Fruit, posted her recipe for a Date Caramel Sauce and I knew instantly that I found what I was looking for! PERFECT match! If you’re not following an AIP diet, you could top it with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, and/or chocolate chips. You’ll see a photo below with some chocolate chips sprinkled on top…that would be Willow’s handy work 😉

My family and I prefer eating this pudding warm, right off the stove with a little caramel sauce swirled in.

Pumpkin Tapioca Pudding

{AIP, oil-free, vegan}

Serves 4

What you need:

  • 1/3 cup small tapioca pearls
  • 1 cup filtered water*
  • 1 can coconut milk (13.5 oz)*
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin purée
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon Ceylon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • Dash of ginger powder
  • Pinch of Himalayan salt
  • Optional: vanilla bean powder (or extract) or ground cardamom.

* For an even creamier option, use coconut milk instead of water. I use Trader Joe’s organic canned coconut as it doesn’t contain any gums/thickeners. I don’t recommend using lite coconut milk.

How to:

  1. In a small pot, combine the tapioca pearls and water. Allow to soak for at least an hour.
  2. Do not drain the water – add the remaining ingredients (except if you’re using vanilla extract) to the pot and heat over medium, stirring frequently.
  3. Once the mixture begins to lightly boil, reduce the heat to low-med and continue to cook until the pearls are translucent, stirring often. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Once the pearls are translucent and the mixture has thickened, remove from heat. At this time, you can add in vanilla extract.
  5. You can eat this warm or cold. It will thicken even more once chilled in the fridge.
  6. Top it with extra cinnamon, a sprinkle of coconut sugar, chocolate chips, cardamom, coconut whipped cream, or our favorite…Natalie’s Caramel Sauce!!

Pumpkin Tapioca Pudding
Pumpkin Tapioca Pudding
Thanks for stopping by!


10 thoughts

    1. Thank you so much for sending me a pic! I’m so happy that you enjoyed it – thanks for giving it a try! And with that delicious caramel 🙂 Love YOU! ❤


    1. Yes, you do! I loved tapioca pudding in my pre vegan days, but for some reason never had it after I ditched dairy and eggs. It’s SO good! And eating it fresh off the stove is way better ❤ xo


  1. I have been trying to imagine what you had in store to pair with the caramel but this beats all my guesses!!!! Ahh I am so excited to try this!! And I already have all the ingredients woohoo! Definitely not tired of pumpkin, especially when it comes in aip approved form🤗 It looks gorgeous so witht the caramel, thank you so much for including that. And the coconut whipped cream on top option sounds pretty amazing too! I haven’t ever eaten the tapioca pudding warm so I’m curious to try that too. Making very soon!❤️


    1. Haha! I had hopes to add in another layer of goodness here (an AIP brownie), but that recipe was a fail…still working on it. I hope to get the hang of this grain-free baking soon! I don’t think I’ve ever consumed so much pumpkin before – it’s been a lifesaver this season!
      We can’t get enough of that caramel! And my Mom made this recipe recently with your caramel sauce and loved it! It’s funny because I had never tried warm tapioca pudding before, but a couple of months ago I took a taste while I was cooking it to check the sweetness level and I was blown away at how much better it tasted! You’ll have to let me know if you try it! ❤ xo


    1. Up until a couple of months ago I forgot how good it was! Haha!! Such a simple, quick treat 🙂 Right?!?! So stressful to watch, but amazing!


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