Valavala/Valawa (Fijian) or Fa’apapa (Samoan) is a cassava (tapioca) based island dessert that is common among the islands.
2 cups flour
800g grated cassava
1 cup grated coconut
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups coconut milk
Banana leaves (you can buy frozen ones from Asian supermarkets)
Preheat oven to 180º
In a mixing bowl, add flour, cassava, coconut, baking powder, salt, sugar and 1 cup of coconut milk.
Gently mix the ingredients
Add 1 cup coconut milk and mix to form a wet sticky dough, making sure not to over mix.
Add 1 cup of the mixture to the banana leaves and foil and fold firmly.
Bake for 20 minutes in each side. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes.
Can be served with vakalolo (Caramel) sauce
For GF option use Coconut flour, by doing this you will need to add more coconut milk.