Did you know that tapioca is not just for pudding? It comes from the root of a cassava plant. I didn't know this before, but cassava and tapioca are actually the same thing! I was introduced to this gluten-free treat by my Brazilian friend I stayed with recently. These crepe-like wraps are a common staple in Brazil, and are often paired with acai bowls for brekky in most cafes and hotels you will visit down there, as cassava grows so abundantly there!
These wraps are simple and easy to make, and they can be used with a variety of fillings for use at any time of the day.
What you'll need:
- Tapicoa / Cassava Flour
- Connect Food Chia Seeds
- Filtered or spring water
That's it! Simply pour flour into a large mixing bowl. The trick to these is in how much water you use / add to create the 'dough'. Use just enough water to make the mixture stick to itself, but can still crumble when you apply pressure to it in your hands. If it crumbles very easily when stirred without touching it with your hands, add a little bit more water. If the dough has a shiny sheen to it, then add a little bit more flour.
Mould a bit of dough into a ball in your palm, and using a sieve, scrape the ball against the mesh, allowing the dough to crumble into another bowl. Keep repeating this until you have put all of the dough through the sieve. This soaked flour can be stored in the refrigerator for weeks, and is ready to be used in a flash.
Heat a small frypan on low. Sprinkle the flour and a small amount of Connect Foods Chia Seeds into the pan. The thinner the wrap, the more crispy it will be. Press down a little bit with a spatula or your hands, and you will notice the mixture will gelatinise and sponge up as it cooks. When it starts to become dry like a pancake, give it a flip and cook until desired crispiness is reached. Careful not to make them too thin or crispy! They should be able to bend and stretch a little bit.
You can make them sweet or savoury. Try it with an egg and some avocado, or fill with honey and jam for a sweeter twist.
This is a fun one to do with the kids, as not only is it fascinating, but so easy.
Fill them with what you love and enjoy them with who you love!
*Connect Foods Organic Chia Seeds can be found at your nearest Woolworths