Let’s talk about tapioca! This flour or starch is derived from the cassava root, not to be confused with it… we’ll get into that later. It’s actually a staple food for many people as it provides loads of starchy energy, much like many carbohydrate foods. Compared to food competitors like potatoes, it grows more abundantly and it has twice the fibre and potassium.
We don’t generally eat tapioca like we would a potato, either. Instead, we use it as a flour for baking, a coating to replace bread crumbs and wheat flour, or a thickening agent in stews and gravies. It provides a grain-free alternative that works brilliantly in a huge variety of dishes.
Oh, and if you’ve ever had pudding, you are probably familiar with tapioca pearls or boba. Have you ever had bubble tea?
Now, let’s talk about the difference in cassava flour – an entirely different species in the cooking and baking world! It’s a super versatile flour, and it’s known for being incredibly easy to replace wheat flour with in baking. In fact, you can often go 1:1 making calculations and substitutions for making recipes paleo super simple.
Cassava is also gluten- and grain-free, making it suitable for most allergies and the paleo diet. Unlike tapioca, cassava is the whole root. It’s simply dried and ground to create flour, making it even MORE fibrous! It’s a winner! Both are relatively high in carbohydrates, but cassava certainly beats wheat in terms of overall nutrition.
I’ve got recipes for both today, from baked goods, tasty puddings, breaded and fried “meats,” tortillas and more.
Sweet treats & pudding recipes with tapioca
Samoa Donut Ice Cream Sandwiches from The Urban Poser
Do you like Girl Scout cookies? What about ice cream sandwiches? Imagine if you could have two in one… and you can. Plus, it’s made of real food ingredients, and it’s totally paleo-friendly. Believe it! The ingredient list isn’t too intimidating either.
Banana coconut puddings from I Heart Umami
If you’ve had Thai food, you may very well be familiar with this variation. Banana pudding is a classic. With tapioca, there’s so much creamy goodness packed into this paleo coconut pudding!
Coconut tapioca pudding from Paleo Leap
This classic tapioca pudding gone paleo from is awesome, even when you take out the primary ingredients – sugar and milk! It’s got that custard texture and melt-in-your-mouth potential with every bite.
Coconut mango tapioca pudding from Unconventional Baker
A little bit tropical and somewhat inspired by Thai food, this mango treat from is not only easy to make, but it’s paleo-friendly, gluten-free, vegan-friendly, refined sugar-free and all that good stuff. It’s full of healthy fats from coconut milk.
Tapioca pudding porridge from Sweet Treats Baking
If you dig hot cereal but want to switch it up with a grain-free variation, this is the way to go! A blend between plain, classic tapioca pudding and oats, baked apples come in to make it a morning win you can easily make the night before.
Chocolate hazelnut pudding from Unconventional Baker
It’s like if Nutella and pudding cups had a baby, except there’s no junk in this cup of joy. Just real food!
Mango sago pudding from Radiant Rachels
You probably already have the ingredients handy for this dish. Just pick up some fresh mangos and work hard at your fruit art skills.
Edible chocolate chip cookie dough from Wicked Spatula
The best part of making cookies is eating the dough. Skip the baking with this dangerously good dessert.
For a quick snack, these muffins are a go-to of mine! I love fresh, ripe berries to bite into while banana lends both flavour I love and natural sweetness, reducing the need for sugar overall.
Breakfast tapioca recipes
Fluffy paleo pancakes from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Almond flour and tapioca flour pair up to make breakfast extra special with these cloud-like berry pancakes. Don’t forget a healthy glug of maple syrup.
Tapioca pancake from Primal Palate
Sometimes, you just want a real pancake. Turns out, tapioca might just be the answer to replicating that whole fluffy, wheat flour flapjack goodness.
These might be one of my favourite things to pair up with eggs. They’re lower in carbs than your average potato hash browns, while the tapioca starch comes in just to keep them together – something it’s exceptionally good at!
Paleo crepes from My Natural Family
Maybe you’re more of a crepes person than a pancake person. Sweet or savoury, tapioca is here to save the day with the most delectable grain-free crepes you’ll ever make!
Blackberry & apple Dutch baby from A Saucy Kitchen
If you haven’t had a Dutch baby, you’re missing out. This one-pan breakfast is the perfect way to indulge healthily, considering this one boasts a grain-free and dairy-free base with tapioca, almond meal and coconut milk. The powdered sugar shake is optional but highly recommended.
Bread recipes with tapioca
Three-ingredient Naan Indian bread from My Heart Beets
Naan is known for being fluffy and slightly chewy all throughout with a slight crisp on the outside. Well, tapioca lends its baking properties well to that exact texture. What’s chicken tikka masala without a hot slice of bread?
Paleo dinner rolls from Paleo Spirit
This recipe is nut- and grain-free, but it works out brilliantly. Puffing up perfectly with a soft inside, these dinner rolls are going to disappear if you put them out too soon before the main course.
Rosemary garlic flatbread from The Savory Lotus
Flatbread makes a great savoury treat, and a perfect canvas for that glorious marriage of flavour between garlic, fresh herbs and quality EVOO.
Grain-free flatbread from The Domestic Man
This bread is paleo, AIP and vegan-friendly, so eat up. This is a great recipe to keep handy for entertaining guests with lots of dietary restrictions (and tasty, too!). Flatbread is tapioca’s speciality.
Crusty bread from Cook It Up Paleo
You know… the crusty outsides (and don’t you dare peel it off) and the moist, chewy centre? It’s the kind of bread you spread the butter on thick.
Jalapeno coconut paleo bread with chipotle butter
Inspired by cornbread, this spicy recipe is just a little bit fancy with a gorgeous chipotle butter you don’t want to miss out on. Tapioca and coconut come together for that cornbread texture without the grain.
Meat & poultry recipes
Chicken nuggets from The Domestic Man
Indulge your deep-fried cravings with this fast food staple the paleo way. It’s like Chick-Fil-A for those of you who know… and yeah, they really look that good!
Paleo battered fish from Tastes of Lizzy T
Raise your hand if you have a fried food weakness! Fish and chips are delicious. Why not switch things up for a grain-free “batter” with tapioca instead? With a light fry in healthy olive oil, this recipe is on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Guilt-free cashew chicken from A Saucy Kitchen
Takeout is notoriously covered in wheat, sugar and soy. Do it up healthy with this Whole30-compliant cashew chicken which is nearly as quick and twice as tasty, with a gorgeously crisp tapioca coating.
Peking duck pancakes with homemade hoisin sauce
My recipe for Peking duck pancakes encompasses all the classic elements of one of my all-time favourite foods including the sweet and salty hoisin. The pancakes are perfect with tapioca!
Chinese style lemon chicken from Comfort Bites
Facts: Chinese chicken is good. Lemon chicken is good. Why not blend the two? Tapioca brings in that classic, crusty outside to soak up the sauce with.
Chicken Kiev from The Domestic Man
Chicken Kiev is a Ukrainian dish made with rolled butter in chicken cutlets. It’s simple and rewarding with tons of flavour. I mean, who doesn’t love butter? The tapioca lends that crusty outside that you’ll love!
Golden coconut prawns with honey lemon glaze
If you like fried coconut shrimp, you’ll love my take on it! They’re crispy, golden and crunchy on the outside and the honey-lemon glaze is to die for. No refined sugar, no grains and no junk – just real food, including tapioca coming in the clutch for awesome texture.
Fried chicken meatballs with collard greens
Fried chicken can be an intimidating dinner to make. Turn it into meatballs, though, and skip out on the deep frying altogether with this simpler (and healthier) dish, encompassing comforting Southern flavour.
Other savoury dishes
My pizza crusts may be unconventional, but they really work! The crisp, thin crust hits the spot for that craving, plus they’re not only grain-free… they’re nut-free! Perfect for packing up the kiddos’ lunches. More paleo pizza crust recipes here.
Inspired by knödel which is usually made of flour or potato, this healthier-for-you version is a fun way to get in more veggies. They’re usually a side with meat or stews. I pan-fry them for that crispy crust.
Thai vegetable dumplings from Greens of the Stone Age
This recipe is a super fun way to use tapioca pearls! These authentic-tasting Thai dumplings are loaded with colourful veggies, and they’re both paleo- and vegan-friendly.
Paleo zucchini muffins with sun-dried tomatoes (nut-free)
I love mixing up traditional muffins and breads with savoury recipes like this take on zucchini bread using tapioca flour. It’s a great way to embrace summer produce, and these muffins are packed with flavour from ground pumpkin seeds in the batter!
Crack cauliflower with spicy red sauce
Yeah, it’s addictive, but you can feel good about munching hard on these veggie bites! These will be a hit if you have to make up an appetiser for a party or event.
Cassava flour recipes
Grain-free chocolate banana muffins from Recipes to Nourish
Bananas and chocolate go hand in hand. Why not make the combination compact and portable? These grain-free cassava flour beauties are perfectly decadent and fluffy.
Cowboy cookies from The Castaway Kitchen
So, there’s bacon in these cookies. Need I say more? Paired up with coconut and carob, the granola is a must in these cookies – no grains required!
Mini plum & raspberry galettes from Delicious Obsessions
Galettes are like the perfect marriage between pie and tart with a rustic spin. Plums and raspberries bring in that tart, sweet, fresh fruit filling in these little cassava crusts – perfect for popping!
Grain-free berry crumble from Carrie On Living
There’s nothing much better to do than to make crumble with your fresh summer berries. This quaint recipe is incredibly easy to make, and cassava flour gets that crumb on top perfectly crisp… just like “real” flour!
Heirloom tomato galette from A Calculated Whisk
This bed of cassava which crisps up perfectly is the perfect canvas for a slew of rainbow heirloom tomatoes in all of their colourful glory. This one is a winner.
Cassava flour breakfast cookies from Recipes to Nourish
I think I can speak for us all when I say we’ve been waiting for an excuse to eat cookies for breakfast, and a better one than just, “Because I can.” These cassava flour cookies are the answer.
King Ranch chicken flautas from The Urban Poser
Just to get you up to speed if you don’t know, King Ranch casserole contains shredded chicken, smothered in a lovely creamy sauce, with pico, tomatoes, cilantro, chiles, cheese and all the things. Flautas bring tortillas into the mix which is always a good thing in Mexican food – better against the grain!
Cranberry galette from A Calculated Whisk
Cranberries are simply meant for galettes, and clearly, cassava flour makes a mean galette considering how many recipes there are for them! If you’re going to experiment with this grain-free miracle, you’ve just gotta make one.
Cassava flour buttermilk biscuits from The Family That Heals Together
Some days just call for a luscious buttermilk biscuit… with gravy and chicken, of course. The simple things in life are worth celebrating, so having a go-to grain-free recipe for one of life’s most comforting food pleasures is important!
Gluten-free cassava flour tortillas from Anya’s Eats
With just five ingredients – one being water and another being salt – these have to be the easiest grain-free tortillas in all of the land.
Grilled pound cake with lemon curd from A Calculated Whisk
Pound cake is good. Grilled pound cake is better. Grilled pound cake served with fresh lemon curd is the best. I mean, it’s astoundingly good! This cassava flour recipe is going to be a Sunday brunch special.
Sweet or savoury, I’ve got a grain-free recipe for you today! Hopefully, you’ve learnt a bit about the difference between these flours and how to use them. Which recipes are you excited to try? Share on Pinterest from here.