Auntie Lisa's suafa'i (Samoan tapioca pudding w/bananas and coconut cream)

dessert
Photo by Deb A.
Adapted from bing.com

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Adapted from bing.com

Ingredients

  • 8

    bananas

  • 4

    cups water

  • 1/2

    cup tapioca

  • 1

    cup coconut milk

  • 1/4

    cup sugar

  • The sugar is optional but I do recommend it. Make sure you pull the inner strings off the bananas before boiling! The riper the banana the stronger the banana flavor.

  • Our family's personal taste is to use an entire can of purchased coconut milk and reduce the water accordingly. Or if using homemade coconut milk to reduce the water by a half a cup and increase the coconut milk a half a cup.

Directions

Peel the bananas and place in a medium saucepan. Add the water and then bring to the boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for about 20 minutes. Break the bananas up with a wooden spoon, fork or masher. Sprinkle the tapioca into the saucepan while stirring. Add the coconut milk and then simmer over low/medium heat until the tapioca is cooked, about 15 minutes. Stir frequently. Finally, taste the suafa’i. If you like a little more sweetness, then add sugar to taste. Remove from the heat, leave for about 30 minutes to cool and then serve in a bowl or cup. You can also cool suafa’i completely, and refrigerate it. Once cooled, serve it as a snack or dessert.

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