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With this article we would like to open your eyes to a tasty, he althy and filling alternative in the kitchen. The product presented here is called tapioca and it may be that some of you already know this. Especially those who have traveled to South America might have tried some delicious recipes there. Tapioca can be used as a flour substitute. In itself, this is a type of starch that has a rather neutral taste. It is made from cassava roots, which are also very popular in South America. They are used there as a substitute for potatoes, especially as an accompaniment to meat.

This is what Taoioka powder looks like

Where and in what form can you buy tapioca?

Here in Europe, the cassava roots are almost non-existent. The reason is certainly that their taste is really nothing special. Our potatoes are much tastier on their own. However, the situation is different with the starch from cassava roots. There are some super delicious recipes that are absolutely addictive.

You can buy tapioca here in the form of powder or pearls.

This is what the cassava roots look like

A good alternative for vegans and people with gluten intolerance

The most important argument for buying tapioca is the wonderful taste of the dishes! Especially the speci alty Pão de Queijo from the Brazilian province of Minas Gerais is delicious! Once you've tried it, you'll keep trying to imitate it. In addition, the tapioca is gluten-free. So this is a way to change people with this problem.

Here are our recipes too! There's a soup, gluten-free muffins, and pão de queijo - a whole menu of tapioca! Incidentally, cassava roots are also pretty he althy in and of themselves. That is why they are used in medicine.

This is what the tapioca pearls look like


Banana soup with coconut

The required products:

  • 2 cups of water,
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar,
  • 400 g coconut milk,
  • 1/4 cup Tapioca Flour,
  • 2 bananas, cut into slices,
  • 1/2 tablespoon s alt.

Boil the water and coconut milk together. Then reduce the flame and let the mixture cook for 30 minutes. While stirring all the time, slowly add first the sugar and then the tapioca flour. Remove from the hotplate and let cool for 15 minutes. Then add the bananas again and stir a little more until a uniform consistency has formed.

Sliced cassava roots

Tapioca and coconut muffins

  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour,
  • 1/4 cup grated coconut or coconut chips,
  • Brown sugar.

Soak the tapioca flour in lukewarm water for 5 minutes. Then pull through a sieve. Spray some water on it and let it cook on steam for 10 minutes. Then put in muffin tins and bake for 20 minutes at 200 degrees.

Cassava roots are very popular in South America

Pao de Queijo

We left the best for last. Here are the products for Pão de Queijo!

  • One kilogram of tapioca flour,
  • 4 cups of milk (can also be substituted with a gluten-free alternative),
  • 1 cup of oil,
  • 5 eggs,
  • 450 grams of Parmesan or Gouda cheese (both can also be mixed).

In a saucepan, add the milk and water and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and slowly add the tapioca flour while stirring well with a spoon. The mixture should form a dough-like mass. Mix the eggs with the cheese and add them to the finished dough. Bake at 200 degrees for 20 minutes.

Try these recipes! After that you will surely come up with many recipe ideas of your own!

You can enjoy tapioca in pearls with some milk and cinnamon for dessert

Here is a delicious version with chia

Tapioca is very he althy and gluten-free

This is what the delicious pao de queijo looks like

Here are several delicious pieces - a real temptation

The banana soup is he althy and delicious

You can prepare various dishes with tapioca

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