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Mango Sago (Coconut Tapioca Pudding)

Mango sago, an Asian-inspired tropical chilled treat, combines creamy coconut tapioca pudding and sweet and tangy mango chunks in an irresistible paleo and vegan-friendly dessert!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Chilling time2 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Dairy-free, dessert, gluten-free, nom nom paleo, nomnompaleo, paleo, paleo dessert, Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 333kcal
Author: Michelle Tam


  • 6 cups water
  • cup small pearl tapioca
  • 13.5 ounces full-fat coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup (for vegan)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt 
  • 1 mango peeled and diced
  • ¼ cup unsweetened toasted coconut flakes optional


  • Bring 6 cups of water in a large saucepan to a rolling boil over high heat.
  • Once the water is boiling, pour in the tapioca.
  • Lower the heat and maintain a simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until the tapioca is translucent, stirring frequently to avoid sticking.
  • Pour the tapioca into a fine mesh sieve and run cold water over it to keep the balls from sticking.
  • Pour the coconut milk into the empty saucepan. Add the honey, vanilla and salt.
  • Bring the coconut milk to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally to dissolve the honey and salt.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the cooked tapioca.
  • Transfer the contents to a sealed storage container. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours.
  • When you’re ready to serve, take the coconut sago out of the fridge and give it a stir in case there’s a thin layer of hardened fat on the top and cut up a mango.
  • Grab some glasses and layer the coconut sago and diced mango. Top with toasted coconut flakes and dig in!



  • You can make the coconut tapioca pudding up to 4 days in advance and keep it in a sealed container in the fridge.
  • Although mangos are my favorite fruit to eat with sago, I also like to serve it with fresh berries or sliced stone fruit. And when I’m too lazy to wash and cut up fruit, I top the sago with frozen fruit!
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Calories: 333kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 24g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g