Rich and creamy eggnog tapioca pudding made dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and paleo-friendly. This decadent dessert is perfect for sharing during the holidays!

Eggnog Tapioca Pudding (Paleo) - a refined sugar-free, dairy-free dessert that is rich and decadent for the holidays

Let’s talk about two of my favorite things!: Eggnog and Tapioca Pudding.

When my siblings and I were children, we were obsessed with “frog egg pudding.” Did you call tapioca pudding, “frog egg pudding,” too??

Did you have a different name for it?

Of course, my older brother and sister were aware of the fact there are no actual frog eggs in tapioca pudding (tapioca, in actual reality, comes from yuca root), but as the game of telephone goes in life, that little piece of information didn’t trickle down to me.

So I thought I was consuming actual frog eggs, and I didn’t even give a care because it was so delicious.

Moving right along.

When I posted my Coconut Tapioca Pudding  recipe a couple years back,, you all went wild.

I was actually quite shocked, as tapioca pudding is one of those love-it-or-hate it situations. It turns out, there are plenty of folks who love it, and not a plethora of recipes to fuel your passion.

So we agree, tapioca pudding = worthy of praise.

Lettuce discuss eggnog meow.

Eggnog Tapioca Pudding (Paleo) - a refined sugar-free, dairy-free dessert that is rich and decadent for the holidays

Right around this time last year and in previous years, I’ve confessed my undying love for eggnog.

This probably has to do with the fact that my very first eggnog experience was nothing but positive, so I have always equated the holiday beverage to be cheerful and joyous.

The first time I drank eggnog, it was homemade by my uncle during a visit over the holidays.

Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine any beverage would be so incredibly sultry. It gave my daily Nestle’s Chocolate Quick  a run for its money.

Okay, so tapioca pudding = worthy of praise, eggnog = elixir of the Gods…therefore, tapioca pudding + eggnog = paradise. Can we agree?

This is one of those recipes you’d think would be complicated, but is actually super simple.

First off, tapioca pudding is ridiculously easy to make, and all we’re doing is adding classic eggnog ingredients to it: lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, and egg yolks. I sweeten with pure maple syrup to keep it naturally sweetened.

You can omit the egg yolks to make the pudding vegan…the pudding will still taste super flavorful and warmly-spiced, but the yolks do lend a super comforting richness to the dessert.

Eggnog Tapioca Pudding (Paleo) - a refined sugar-free, dairy-free dessert that is rich and decadent for sharing during the holidays

From start-to-finish, this pudding only takes about 40 minutes to prepare, and it can be served either hot or cold.

You can serve it with all sorts of toppings like chopped nuts, coconut milk whipped cream, fresh fruit, a drizzle of almond butter, caramel, or pure maple syrup, you name it!

I’m thinking this is one of those crowd-pleasing desserts you can whip up for entertaining guests at home, and it also makes for a show-stopping holiday party number.

If you want to be real badass, you can add a shot of whisky, brandy, or rum to make it a spiked treat.

Eggnog Tapioca Pudding (Paleo) - a refined sugar-free, dairy-free dessert that is rich and decadent for the holidays

Eggnog Tapioca Pudding

5 from 2 votes
Combining creamy tapioca pudding with your favorite holiday beverage makes for a fun, festive, delicious dessert perfect for sharing!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings: 2 to 4 people



  • Add small pearl tapioca and water to a saucepan and soak for 30 minutes. Do not drain after soaking.
  • Add the coconut milk and pure maple syrup and and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until mixture comes to a gentle bubble. Reduce the heat to low.
  • Whisk the egg yolks in a small bowl. Add a small amount of the hot tapioca mixture to the bowl with the yolks to temper the yolks and whisk well. Transfer the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan and whisk well. Add the remaining ingredients. 
  • Simmer uncovered over very low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thick. Taste pudding for flavor and add more pure maple syrup and/or nutmeg to taste. 
  • Serve tapioca pudding warm or chilled. 


Serving: 1of 4 · Calories: 310kcal · Carbohydrates: 26g · Protein: 4g · Fat: 20g · Sugar: 19g
Author: Julia
Course: Lifestyle
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas desserts, dairy free, eegnog tapioca pudding, gluten free, holiday desserts, tapioca pudding recipe, vegan
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living,, etc.

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Questions and Reviews

  1. I’ve loved tapioca pudding all my life and rarely ever make it (I do occasionally buy Whole Foods’ coconut tapioca however!). 🙂 Using eggnog in tapioca is genius — this is the perfect creamy holiday dessert!

    1. Hi Scarlet! You can use honey, coconut palm syrup, or agave. If you’re fine with cane sugar, you could use regular granulated sugar or brown sugar as well 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

  2. Lol! Frog egg pudding?! That would have deterred for me for sure but I’m glad you were still able to enjoy it. 🙂

    I haven’t had tapioca pudding in way too long but this version is speaking to my Christmas soul. I want some right meow!

  3. I know this is late August, but I am transitioning from Whole60 to Paleo and came across this tapioca pudding recipe recently. I made it today since I love pudding and here are my comments: it is absolutely heavenly in taste but in looks? not so much. I don’t know what you did to get a white product at the end, but my pudding is decidedly not white. What with the brown maple syrup, the brown nutmeg and cinnamon, and the brown vanilla I have a not-appealing color of brown. I followed the recipe exactly, but next time I will use no nutmeg and cinnamon, and a more lightly colored sweetener like honey. I don’t have clear vanilla but if I did, I’d definitely use it. I think for the Holidays, I’ll use fresh cranberries and chopped nuts and have a pink tapioca pudding to serve.

  4. Excellent recipe, sooo good! I loved tapioca pudding as a kid – the eggnog flavor really elevated this dessert for an adult 🙂