Going back to my Brazilian roots, I was remembering tapioca pearls (these are now more fashionably used in bubble tea), when, my Brazilian friend, Yamily Benigni came over to visit me in Portugal during the summer. We were in the Brazilian section of a Portuguese supermarket when she pointed out the tapioca pearls and said "Let's make a recipe!" Great idea! I have a wonderful lemon tree at home so it made sense to use my organic lemons in this recipe.We decided to make lemon flavour sago dessert. Tapioca pearls are small, dry, opaque balls. When soaked and cooked, they become much larger, translucent, soft and spongy, like this:-This is one of my favorite desserts. Unfortunately You don’t see it that much anymore as most puddings are pre-made and over-sugared. This one requires careful stirring while the tapioca cooks. And you won’t find tapioca on any low-carb diets as it is pure starch, from the same plant as cassava.Yet tapioca pudding is actually really easy to make. Here is the video Yamily and I made:-
1 cup small pearl tapioca (you can usually find it in the baking section of the grocery store, do not use instant tapioca)
3 cups water
3 tbsps honey
2 tbsps stevia
1tbsp coconut oil
zest of 1 lemon
juice of 1 lemon
For the full method, please watch the short video. Any feedback is appreciated. Check out Yamily's Portuguese weight loss blog and recipes here, and also check out her YouTube channel here. She also has a blog and Instagram account in English - if you don't speak Portuguese, follow the links here.
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Love Lou X