Slow Cooker Tapioca Pudding

This slow cooker tapioca pudding is incredibly tasty and one of the easiest desserts to prepare and cook.

Slow Cooker Tapioca Pudding

By the time this pudding is ready, it will be thick, creamy, and be vanilla in flavor. The pudding goes great with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg over the top.

You will find that this pudding is still delicious cold. It makes the dessert great for leftovers, as you do not need to reheat it. The leftovers are also perfect if you just want a cold breakfast that you can eat on the go.

One great reason why using a slow cooker is better than doing it over the stove is you can leave the pudding to slowly cook while you do other chores. I still recommend stirring the pudding every thirty minutes, but it is not completely necessary. However, not stirring might result in it burning, and the texture might not be as good.

Perfecting the Recipe

You can speed up the cooking of this tapioca pudding by soaking the pearls in milk overnight. I would soak them in about one cup of milk. Otherwise, no pre-soaking is required to get a great tasting pudding. If you decide to soak them, be sure to place them in the fridge.

The type of tapioca that you use in this recipe will significantly alter the final dish’s outcome. If possible, try to use small tapioca pearls. Alternatively, you can use other varieties, but you may find the texture and taste may not be as nice.

Tapioca Pudding made with Milk and Eggs

The egg can be left out of this recipe, but you will notice a difference in the texture of the pudding. If you do use an egg, beat it before adding it to the slow cooker.

You can swap the milk for coconut milk for a completely different flavored pudding. This change is also perfect for anyone who is trying to avoid dairy on their diet.

Tapioca Pudding Serving Ideas

The pudding is incredible by itself, but it also matches perfectly with some additional ingredients. Below are a couple of ideas on what you can do.

Fresh fruit is the perfect accompaniment for this dessert. I love to serve it with a variety of fruit, such as sliced banana, raspberries, and strawberries. Stewed fruit such as poached pears will also work very nicely with this pudding.

Tapioca Pudding Cooked the Slow Cooker

For a bit of variety in textures, you can serve the pudding with biscotti or granola. Both of these will add a lovely crunchy element that will match the creaminess of the pudding nicely.

If you want to see how to make this delicious tapioca pudding in the slow cooker, then be sure to check out the video below. It will take you through all the steps to preparing it.

Slow Cooker Tapioca Pudding Recipe

5/5 (100%) 7 votes
Prep Time10 Minutes
Cook Time4 Hours
Total Time4 Hours & 10 Minutes


  • 4 cups milk
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup small tapioca pearls
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/8 tsp salt


  1. In a slow cooker, mix together the milk, sugar, tapioca, eggs, vanilla, and the salt.
  2. Cook on low for 4 hours. Stir every 30 minutes, if possible.
  3. Serve & Enjoy.

Recipe Tips

  • You do not have to stir the pudding every thirty minutes, but I recommend stirring if you want a creamier pudding. Stirring also helps prevent the mixture from burning on the bottom of the slow cooker.
  • Make sure you cook this on low as you will find high is likely to burn the milk and cause other issues.

Note: I use a 5.5L (6 Quart) slow cooker for all the recipes that I have on this website unless specified. If you have a smaller or larger slow cooker, then you might need to adjust the ingredients.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: 311g (11 oz)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Calories Per Serving: 318
Amount Per Serving
Total Fat: 7.2g
Saturated Fat: 3.7g
Trans Fat: 0g
Total Carbohydrate: 54.2g
Dietary Fiber: 0g
Sugars: 36.9g
Cholesterol: 102mg
Sodium: 220mg
Protein: 10.8g

The information above is an estimate generated by an online nutrition calculator.

More Slow Cooker Desserts

Below are some delicious dessert recipes that are perfect for the slow cooker.

If you love this pudding, you might also be interested in the tasty slow cooker rice pudding. Much like this recipe, it is incredibly easy to prepare and get cooking in no time at all.

Another dessert that I recommend making is blueberry cobbler. It features deliciously juicy blueberries and a fluffy cake topping. I love the combination and highly recommend giving it a try.

I hope that you enjoy this version of a slow cooker tapioca pudding. If you have some feedback that you would like to share, then please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.


  1. Avatar for Beryl Edwards
    Beryl Edwards on

    Should a tea-towel be placed under the lid of the slow cooker to prevent condensation, when cooking these sweets recipes ??
    Looking forward to a prompt reply please. thank you..

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Beryl,

      I don’t use a tea towel and haven’t had any significant problems with any of these sweet recipes. With that said, it won’t hurt to use a tea towel if you wanted to.

  2. Avatar for Debbie
    Debbie on

    Have you ever tried to double this recipe? And if so did you add more time?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Unfortunately, I’ve never tried doubling the recipe. However, if you want to give it a try, I recommend adding another two hours. So cook for roughly six to eight hours.

  3. Avatar for Deana
    Deana on

    Very easy and delicious!! Reminds me of my Grandma Lila’s baked tapioca pudding. I tweaked the recipe a bit, using 3/4 cup sugar, 2 eggs, and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract. My family LOVED it!! Gus, thank you SO much for posting the recipe!! I will definitely be making this again! Have you tried making it with brown sugar?

  4. Avatar for Judy
    Judy on

    I do not use Facebook. Would like to share this recipe through email. What should I do?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Hi Judy,

      At the top of this recipe/article, there is a yellow square with a mail icon. Click it, and it should generate an email with a link to the recipe.

  5. Avatar for Viane E.
    Viane E. on

    Turned out great. Will be making this often!

  6. Avatar for Laura
    Laura on

    Yummy, easy, and didn’t heat up the kitchen.

  7. Avatar for Don
    Don on

    Add crushed pineapple to this recipe while still hot. Awesome flavor and the kids will love it!

  8. Avatar for Tammie
    Tammie on

    Not bad flavor but a little thick and gummy. Will stick with making on the stovetop

  9. Avatar for Shirley
    Shirley on

    Can quick tapioca be used instead of small Pearl tapioca?

    1. Avatar for Gus
      Gus on

      Yes, you can use quick tapioca instead of small pearl tapioca. However, quick tapioca cooks faster than small pearl, so you may need to reduce the cooking time.

  10. Avatar for Joyce
    Joyce on

    Brilliant! The package recipe called for a double boiler, and I don’t have one. I looked and found your recipe. I think it cooked up in about 3 hours, but since slow cooker temps differ, it’s good to watch and have a sense when it’s “done”. I used two eggs, separated, per the package recipe. I’ve added the egg/sugar/vanilla and giving a 15 minute cook. I’ll beat up the egg whites, add to the rest and……oh! I haven’t had homemade tapioca pudding in years! I will share, but will keep most of it for my son and myself. I can’t wait!

  11. Avatar for Lorry
    Lorry on

    Besides a big slow cooker, I have a mini crockpot that can be used for hot dips and even fondue (cheese or chocolate). This simple recipe fits in it perfectly and works really well too. Delicious tapioca pudding with a consistency I like. I always follow the recipe exactly (unusual for me as I like to experiment, lol). So glad I found this recipe. Thank you!

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