White Chocolate Matcha Tapioca Pudding

White Chocolate Matcha Tapioca Pudding is just like the creamy classic dessert but with a hint of green tea and sweetened with decadent white chocolate.   Make this updated version your family’s new favorite holiday treat!    

White Chocolate Matcha Tapioca Pudding RecipeI wish I could say this is based on an old family recipe and how it was one of my favorite desserts growing up, but it’s not, so I can’t.  My family never ate tapioca pudding, instead we indulged in fresh fruit picked off the trees in our backyard.  What can I say…that’s how we used to roll in tropical south Florida.

Well, it’s time to change all that by updating this classic dessert my way by turning it into a decadent White Chocolate Matcha Tapioca Pudding.  Makes me wish I grew up in a house where we ate tapioca pudding every Sunday night after dinner.  Maybe I need to make it a new tradition in my house.

White Chocolate Matcha Tapioca Pudding Recipe

Health Benefits of Matcha

Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder and it’s one of my favorite ingredients to use in desserts (remember last year when I made these?).  Lately, I’ve been jumping at the change to make a pudding with it and the upcoming Easter holiday got me thinking about tapioca, so I figured that would be an ideal way to highlight the matcha.

Matcha is a green tea powerhouse because the whole leaves are consumed, as opposed to just seeping the dried leaves and drinking the liquid.  It’s loaded with all sorts of antioxidants and other health benefits,  like helping lowering inflammation and blood pressure, alleviates depression, and even aids in weight loss (which is why it’s PERFECT in a dessert!)

White Chocolate Matcha Tapioca Pudding Recipe

Matcha does contain caffeine, so it you may not want to eat this dessert too close to bedtime.  Tapioca pudding is sometimes eaten as a breakfast (no joke).  After all, it does has whole eggs and milk in it and that sounds like a morning meal to me.  I also make mine with organic milk, farm fresh eggs and this organic matcha green tea powder so if that’s not a legit breakfast, then I don’t know what is.
But what about the white chocolate??!!?!  Well, I substituted a small amount of that for the 1/2 to 3/4 cup of white sugar that typically goes into a traditional tapioca pudding.  White chocolate may not have as many health benefits as my favorite dark, but it does have a few, so it’s not a total zero.  Love that this recipe is getting healthier and healthier by the minute!

(DISCLAIMER:  I am not a doctor…obviously) 😃

White Chocolate Matcha Tapioca Pudding RecipeHere’s something about me:  I love tapioca pearls!  I’m pretty addicted to bubble tea with the large pearls, but now I’m obsessed with these small ones.  The interesting thing is I found out bubble tea was created when a woman (YAY!), who worked as a brand manager for a tea house in Taiwan, mixed her Fen Yuan dessert (a Taiwanese tapioca pudding) into her iced tea.  Guess now it’s kind of full circle with adding green tea to this tapioca pudding recipe.

Bob’s Red Mill Small Pearl Tapioca is da bomb and the only ones I use because it’s all natural and has only one ingredient…tapioca starch.

Make this White Chocolate Matcha Tapioca Pudding at your Easter celebration this weekend or whenever the family wants a comforting, homemade dessert.  By the way, this pudding is just as good without the matcha, so feel free to leave it out if green tea is not a favorite.

White Chocolate Matcha Tapioca Pudding Recipe

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White Chocolate Matcha Tapioca Pudding
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Just like the creamy classic tapioca pudding but with a hint of green tea and sweetened with decadent white chocolate.
Serves: 5-6 servings
  • ½ cup small pearl tapioca
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2½ cups whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons organic matcha green tea powder
  • 3 ounces white chocolate, chips or chopped
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • optional toppings: whipped cream and chopped pistachios
  1. Place ½ cup heavy cream, ½ cup whole milk, and the tapioca pearls in a medium saucepan and stir well. Let the pearls soak at room temperature for 1 hour to soften.
  2. Add the remaining 2 cups of milk to the pot and stir until thoroughly combined. Heat over medium heat and cook, while stirring frequently for about 10 minutes, or until mixture starts to simmer. Be careful and don't allow the mixture to boil. Reduce heat to low and whisk in the matcha powder, then stir in the white chocolate, vanilla extract, and salt.
  3. Whisk the egg yolks in a medium sized bowl until smooth, about a minute. Temper the yolks by slowing whisking in a little of the hot milk tapioca mixture. Stir the tempered egg yolk into the tapioca mixture and cook uncovered, stirring frequently for about 15-20 minutes, or until the tapioca pearls have softened and the mixture thickens. Remove pan from the heat.
  4. Whisk the egg whites in a medium bowl until soft peaks form and gently fold them into the pudding while it's still hot. Allow to cool to room temperature (mixture will thicken once cooled), top with whipped cream and chopped pistachios (optional), and serve immediately.
  5. If want chilled pudding, put mixture in a bowl or individual containers, cover, and place in the refrigerator until ready to eat. Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.

White Chocolate Matcha Tapioca Pudding Recipe


  1. says

    Whoa girl…this post is loaded with all kinds of info! Way to kick start the freakin’ day! I actually love tapioca pudding (though, I’ve never made it from scrath ma self). Some people don’t like those little pearls, but I do! I say this is a breakfast. I mean some people eat muffins for b fast and this is so much better, in my opinion. Throw some berries on there and way to go – oh and coffee – lots and lots of coffee. Speaking of which, we have been watching Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee on Crackle again lately – you know, the one with Jerry Seinfeld? And ever since then I’ve been obsessed with drinking coffee. though, I’m usually always pretty obsessed with coffee, but now even more so. Anywho……kick ass dessert – love the matcha and white chocolate and I’m going to make this soon. We’ll see how the hubby like this compared to your triple chocolate one. Stay tuned sweets! XO
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  2. Ben Maclain says

    I’ve never tried tapioca/tapioca pudding in my life, Karrie! Is its texture resembles a chia pudding? And this combo of white chocolate and green tea is quite amazing. I’ve made donuts with both these ingredients, but I have a subtle feeling it’s not as healthy as this pudding:)

  3. says

    No but seriously, I need to figure out a way to have white chocolate! I MUST EAT IT! IT IS SO TASTY!!!!!!! I just dunno how to get it in my face cause I can’t eat sugar or dairy and I feel like, that’s exactly what it is! hahaha!

  4. says

    Tapioca pudding will ALWAYS make me think of my dad. He used to freggin’ LOVE that stuff. I’m talking, he could have made a meal out of just tapioca pudding. 😉 Obviously he would have raved over yours! I mean, this is some FANCY tapioca pudding!! Matcha AND white chocolate?! WHOA now! I could totally eat a few vats of this stuff! Thanks for all the 411 too… are you sure you aren’t a doctor??! <3 Cheers, girl! xo
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  5. says

    I’m not the biggest fan of white chocolate but I still devour it every chance I get, hoping to train my taste buds to love it :) My family never ate tapioca pudding either, I wonder why. Matcha is crazy healthy and delicious when used in desserts. This is a great dessert for Easter, thanks for sharing.

  6. says

    I always ate sago/tapioca as a kid – we ate it a lot when my parents travelled through malaysia and just sort of carried on always with lots of mango and lychees. I Loved this post so much good information on matcha that I had no idea about. Also the flavour in these puds has me drooling into my keyboard again. great post, thanks for sharing lovely x

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