Iâ€™m so excited about this vegan Strawberry Rose Bubble Tea recipe because itâ€™s completely caffeine free and combines two of my favourite flavours. Traditionally, bubble tea is made with a base of tea and then milk and sugar are added (along with the bubbles of course). Iâ€™ve shared a more traditional recipe, a matcha version, and even tried to make a bubble tea inspired pancake recipe, but today weâ€™re using rose tea which is free of caffeine, and has a beautiful floral flavour. Rose tea is also very calming, and paired with strawberry, makes the perfect pink hue.
Perhaps even more exciting, is that this recipe is one of many to come as part of my partnership with Silkâ€”yes, Silk! Youâ€™re probably very familiar with Silk because they offer such a wide variety of plant based milks ranging from soy, to almond, to cashew (even cashew mixed with coconut) and beyond. When I first transitioned into a vegan diet, dairy was the first thing to go, and my Grandpa, also lactose intolerant, introduced me to Silk soymilk.
If youâ€™ve ever been veg-curious or interested in trying out a plant based or vegan diet, I recommend taking small steps, instead of going cold turkey. #ProgressIsPerfection, meaning making small changes to start is already an incredible feat. I think dairy is always an easy step to start and Silk offers such a wide range of plant based milks that are available almost everywhere. Needless to say, I am over the moon to be partnering with Silk this year!
In this recipe I used the brand new Silk Oat Yeah oatmilk plain flavour, in place of regular dairy milk to make it vegan. The oatmilk has a really creamy texture and a subtle sweetness to it, making it a perfect substitute PLUS it’s a little more allergen friendly, as it’s free of nuts and soy. I’ve been really enjoying it in my matcha lattes and golden cacao lattes because it’s not too thick, like other oatmilk varieties I’ve tried. It also has a great consistency and doesn’t clump or become gritty, which is important especially when making a textural drink like bubble tea. The only texture we want is the chewiness from the tapioca! ðŸ˜‰
I opted not to sweeten this drink, because the oatmilk has a subtle sweetness to it already, but you can add additional sweetness as you see fit or use the Vanilla Oat Yeah variety. I offer 2 strawberry options, because freeze dried strawberries will give you more of an intense, strawberry flavour plus a really vibrant pink, but the fresh strawberries add a little texture and are usually easier to find than freeze dried.
If this is your first time making bubble tea at home, I recommend checking out this standard bubble tea recipe first, in which I go into more detail about how to prepare and where to source ingredients. Enjoy!
P.S. You can also make this recipe sans bubbles, and it just makes for a delicious, dairy free pink drink.Print
A strawberry rose, caffeine free bubble tea. Sweet, floral, and a delightful shade of pink. Enjoy this better for you, homemade version!
- 1/2 cup dry tapioca pearls
- 2 tablespoons liquid sweetener such as maple syrup or coconut nectar (for the bubbles)
- 2 rose teabags or dried rose buds
- 3 cups vegan milk (I used Silk Oat Yeah oatmilk in the Plain flavour)
- 2/3 cups fresh or freeze dried strawberries
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- additional sweetener
- Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a saucepan and cook dry tapioca pearls on low heat for about 5-8 minutes, or according to package. Stir occasionally to avoid bubbles sticking together. Tapioca pearls are ready when they become a translucent black colour, and you can try one to make sure it’s cooked through.
- Once tapioca is cooked through, strain and set aside in a bowl with just enough water to cover. Add sweetener and allow to sit while you prepare your tea.
- To make rose milk tea, heat your milk and steep tea bags, allowing to sit until desired rosy-ness is achieved. Give it a taste, and when ready, transfer to a blender.
- Blend rose milk tea with strawberries (fresh or freeze dried) until completely smooth.
- To assemble, strain and divide bubbles between 2 glasses to serve, and pour strawberry rose milk tea on top. Add additional sweetener if desired.
Love & roses,