SAF­FRON TAPI­OCA PEARLS

Healthy Mama - - Bites - By Ambra from Lit­tle Bites of Beauty

250 ml or 1 cup wa­ter

100 grams or 3 ½ ounces tapi­oca pearls

150 ml or ²⁄³ cup co­conut milk 1 ba­nana + 1 med­jool date

Green ste­via, to taste (or sweet­ener of choice)

1 ta­ble­spoon vanilla ex­tract + 1 tea­spoon saf­fron

Zest of ½ lemon

3 figs + 10 straw­ber­ries

2 ta­ble­spoons hazel­nuts, crushed 1 Fill a medium-sized pot half­way with wa­ter and bring it to a boil. When it starts bub­bling, pour in the tapi­oca pearls.

2 Sim­mer over medium heat and stir of­ten. The pearls will start re­leas­ing starch into the wa­ter – this is fine. Turn heat to low and con­tinue to sim­mer and stir for about 20 to 30 min­utes, un­til the tapi­oca is com­pletely translu­cent.

3 In the mean­time, blend ba­nana, co­conut milk and date. Strain the tapi­oca pearls in a colan­der and rinse them with cold wa­ter to re­move the ex­ces­sive starch. Trans­fer the pearls back into the pot over low heat and add in the co­conut mix­ture, vanilla, lemon zest, a bit of ste­via and the saf­fron pow­der.

4 Sim­mer for 5 more min­utes, un­til the liq­uid is ab­sorbed. Pour the pud­ding into glass bowls, top it with pieces of straw­ber­ries and figs, some crushed hazel­nuts and en­joy!

RE­PLACE­MENTS: If you can’t find saf­fron, re­place it with ½ tea­spoon of car­damom and add some more vanilla ex­tract. Al­ter­na­tively you can blend a stick of vanilla in the co­conut mix­ture.

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