2.21.2010

"I'm Totally Alive" Vanilla Tapioca Pudding

I know I totally deserted you this week. That's why I made you a dessert recipe. Get it? My sincerest apologies. I had my business trip, and then when I got back, the pain in my stomach I've been dealing with for the last few weeks (or years, depending on how you look at it), got worse, and so Wednesday I went to the doctor, who ordered an ultrasound, which came back normal, who then ordered a HIDA (a gallbladder scan), which I am currently waiting the results of. I've just been feeling off. Do you ever get like that? Pain in my belly, no energy, nauseous. I know a lot of my readers also deal with IBS related issues, so you know what I mean when I say my tummy hurts and all I want to eat is pudding and Cocoa Krispies for days on end, you're not gonna hate me, right? Because you get it. Thanks for getting it. I love you for that.

Very Vanilla Tapioca Pudding
Serves 4

Ingredients:

2 Cups Almond Milk or milk of choice (Not pictured, I used Almond Breeze Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk)
1 Cup Coconut Milk (regular or light)
1/3 C. Small Pearl Tapioca
1/4 Tsp. Sea Salt
1 Vanilla Bean
1/2 Tsp. Vanilla Extract
2 Tbs. Kuzu Root Starch*
1/3 C. Sugar of choice

*Kuzu, or Kudzu, Root is a starch thickener that has healing properties for your stomach and intestines. I've been using it a lot for my sensitive tummy lately, having a serving of various puddings (promise I'll share the other recipes soon) every night to help sooth my upset stomach. I honestly believe this has been helping some of my symptoms, and lately these puddings are one of the only things that I have been wanting to eat. Kuzu is expensive (about $7 for the little bag) but a little goes a long way and will make several recipes. For the healing properties alone, I think it's well worth it.

Directions

Soak the tapioca pearls in 1 C. of the Almond Milk for 2 hours in your heaviest bottomed pan. (Just skip this if you don't have time, it's okay.)

Add the Kuzu root to the remaining 1 C. of Almond Milk and stir until dissolved. Pour into the pot with all of the remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly with a whisk.

Do not walk away. Don't worry, you only have to stand here stirring for the next 15 minutes, maybe a little longer if you didn't soak first. Once the pudding has thickened, taste it to make sure the tapioca is soft and cooked through. After it's done cooking, allow to cool, then separate into 4 individual containers and put in the fridge. If it makes it that far. Just look at those little vanilla bean specks! Yummers.

Promise Meatless Monday is coming first thing tomorrow morning, and promise I'll be here this week. Promise I'll never leave you ever again.

XOXO,


6 comments :

  1. Yummmmm This looks delicious. I hope you feel better soon Love, and that the pain goes away for good!

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  2. Sorry to hear that you are having tummy issues. I don't have IBS, but sometimes I get these horrible pangs in my stomach if I eat breakfast too late, that has me doubled over. I can only imagine what it feels like to have something similar to that every single day. This pudding looks awesome. How do you come up with these recipes?

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  3. Looks delicious and not at all like "crappy-oca," which is of course what I always call that scrumptious pudding. Hope your tummy is better and that you found that dead rat!!!

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  4. Hope you are feeling a bit better. I'm sure the tapioca helped a little :)

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  5. Yum I love tapioca pudding! I've only ever had the storebought stuff, that looks amazing!
    I hope you feel better!

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  6. Yum!!!!!!! Hope you are feeling better girl. I hear you...have had the tummy problem for years now. :( no fun. And for the past few days it got worse. :(

    have a great Monday though.

    xoxo

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