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



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  • 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.


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Step 1

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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