Apple Cider Pudding

This is one of my absolute favorite sweet treats during cold weather - not super sweet, but it hits the spot. With only four ingredients and less than 3 minutes to prepare, I love this warming and nourishing recipe for breakfast or when I'm winding down after dinner. Kuzu root starch, referred to as kudzu in Japan, is known to help ease belly aches and cold symptoms.  Find kuzu in the global aisle of your grocery store, near the packaged seaweeds.

Serves 2

1 ¼ cup apple cider, divided
2 tablespoon kuzu root starch
1 ½ teaspoons tahini 

½ teaspoons vanilla extract

In a small bowl, combine kuzu with 1/4 cup apple cider, mixing and mashing the kuzu with a fork until the kuzu dissolves.

In a small pot, bring the remaining 1 cup of apple cider to a boil then reduce the heat to low.

Add the kuzu mixture and simmer until the cider thickens, stirring constantly to prevent the kudzu from clumping together, until the milky white color turns clear. For a thicker pudding, mix together more kuzu with cold water (or more cold apple cider) and stir it into the hot cider. 

Once thickened, stir in the tahini and vanilla, then pour into two mugs and serve.


  • Stir in a dash of cinnamon, cardamom, or any wintery spice when adding the tahini.
  • Add a slice of fresh ginger to the pot with the cold cider and remove it before serving.
  • Use almond butter, peanut butter or your favorite nut or seed butter in place of tahini.