Ever wonder how to make boba (bubble tea) at home? This recipe describes how to make boba with coconut milk and vanilla using home-cooked tapioca pearls, making it easy to adjust the flavors and sweetness to your liking.
- 3/4 cup
black tapioca pearls(Note 3)
- 3 tablespoons honey
- Cook Tapioca: Cook tapioca pearls according to package instructions (Note 4). After cooking, let tapioca rest in cold water for half a minute. Drain, then stir tapioca with honey until evenly coated. Set aside.
- Assemble Drink: Stir together brewed black tea, coconut milk, and vanilla extract until well-mixed. Stir in tapioca-honey mixture, and adjust honey for desired sweetness. Serve chilled with ice (Note 5).
|Makes 4 Servings|
|Amount Per Serving (8 oz drink):|
|Calories 210 (23% from fat)|
|Total Fat 6g||8%|
|Saturated Fat 5g||25%|
|Net Carb 39.5g|
|Total Carb 40g||13%|
|Dietary Fiber 0.5g||1%|
can u make this with white tapioca pearls?
Any tapioca pearls will do – their flavours will be different though. Also, it won’t look as ꧁𝕒𝕖𝕤𝕥𝕖𝕥𝕚𝕔꧂
I love the tapioca pearls
Can you make pearls using coconut instead of the tapioca and if so can you buy them instead of making them?
I’m not aware of any way to make the pearls using coconut instead of tapioca. Sorry I can’t be of more help!
What a refreshing drink! I love boba tea, and I make it at home all the time (even from scratch with tapioca powder) I am definitely going to try this Coconut tea recipe next time, which is probably tomorrow =)
Delicious! Will be making again soon.
This looks so cool! I’ve always wanted to try one of these boba bubble teas but for some reason I never did. Also I was intrigued about the little bubbles. I had no idea they were tapioca pearls! Oh and coconut and vanilla combo sounds amazing. I can’t wait to try it! Do you think I can use homemade coconut milk instead of the canned one?
Thanks Joanne! Yes, homemade coconut milk would work as well. 🙂
I’ve had black tapioca pearls in my cupboard forever and have been slow to make Bubble tea, hopefully this year I will get round to it.
Happy New Year to you too.
Did you use canned coconut milk or the more watery version in the carton? Also, what brand black tea do you recommend? Thanks! 😀
Hi Nicole! I used canned coconut milk. As for the black tea, I used a Taiwanese brand that’s hard to find at most stores, but any brand will work nicely for this recipe. Hope that helps!
Followed your directions. The same coconut can you have, I used. It was gritty. Tried straining it but still didn’t work. Didn’t taste good either. Not at all like the store bubble tea
It probably went bad, did you check the expiration date?
I am really curious about this bubble tea as I had never heard of it before! Do the tapioca pearls add some specific flavour to the tea? What do they taste like?
Not so much flavor as texture. The tapioca pearls have a soft, squishy texture that make the drink more interesting. Instead of just drinking a beverage, you occasionally get something to chew on 🙂
Thanks for the clarification! 🙂
The pearls actually don’t have any taste but you can change that by letting them sit and (soak) to absorb what ever flavor you like. such as strawberry syrup, honey etc.
I’ve seen recipes for soaking or cooking them in brown sugar syrup. Yum!
i was wondering if you could use coconut water instead of coconut milk? would that work?
Coconut water would result in a much thinner drink, so I wouldn’t recommend it.
Delicious! ONe question, where did you get those cups, i love them 🙂
Thanks Ashley! Those cups are actually milk jugs. You can get them on Amazon (http://amzn.to/2bREVWf) or at Red Hill General Store: http://www.redhillgeneralstore.com/housewares/kitchen/kitacc/Glass-Milk-Bottles.htm