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Dark Chocolate Espresso Tapioca Pudding

Total Time

Prep: 15 min. + standing Cook: 20 min. + cooling


12 servings

I've been experimenting with espresso powder in different dishes. I really enjoy this chocolate tapioca pudding, and I hope you do, too! —Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, Oregon
Dark Chocolate Espresso Tapioca Pudding Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 2 cups water
  • 2/3 cup pearl tapioca
  • 1 carton (32 ounces) unsweetened almond milk
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup dark baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Chopped chocolate covered espresso beans, optional


  1. In a large saucepan, combine water and tapioca; let stand 30 minutes. Whisk in almond milk, egg yolks, 1/2 cup sugar, espresso powder and salt. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, until slightly thickened, 10-15 minutes, stirring frequently. Combine 1/4 cup sugar and baking cocoa; stir into pan. Cook and stir 2 minutes longer.
  2. In a large bowl, beat egg whites on medium speed until foamy. Gradually add remaining 1/2 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high after each addition until sugar is dissolved. Continue beating until soft glossy peaks form.
  3. Gently fold a small amount of tapioca mixture into egg whites; return all to pan, whisking constantly. Cook and stir 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Cool 15 minutes; stir in vanilla. Transfer to dessert dishes. Press plastic wrap onto surface of pudding. Refrigerate until cold (pudding will thicken upon cooling).

Nutrition Facts

3/4 cup: 156 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 182mg sodium, 31g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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