A creamy and refreshing taro bubble milk tea just like the ones at boba shops! Perfect for a hot summer day.
If you haven’t tried taro milk tea yet, you are missing out.
This trendy purple drink is the perfect refreshing match to a hot summer day.
Creamy and sweet with chewy boba “bubbles” at the bottom, it’s fun and delicious for all ages!
And once I found out how easy it was to make taro milk tea at home, I never wanted to overpay for it at boba shops again!
What Does Taro Taste Like?
Taro is a starchy root similar to a potato, but the taste is very unique.
Taro has a nuttier and sweeter flavor than a potato.
Taro milk tea is most commonly made using taro powder instead of the whole root.
This powder usually contains non-dairy creamer, and a sweetener so it gives the tea a creamy sweet flavor that is very refreshing!
What is Taro Bubble tea made of?
If you want taro milk tea just like the kind you get from boba shops, then you’ll need 4 main components.
- Taro: Most tea shops use taro powder (usually this brand) but you can also use whole taro root. The taro root will need to be boiled first, and it is lighter in color so milk teas made with the root usually have added food coloring.
- Tea: I used plain black tea which is what they generally use in boba tea shops, but other types of tea can add unique flavors. Chai tea is another great option if you want a more complex flavor.
- Milk: I use almond milk for a plant-based taro bubble tea, but any kind of dairy or non-dairy milk will work.
- Boba: Boba are the little chewy bubbles at the bottom of boba/bubble teas. They are also known as tapioca pearls. Most traditional boba teas use the black tapioca pearls, although the white pearls taste exactly the same. You can find tapioca pearls at most Asian supermarkets, but I used these ones from Amazon.
How To Make taro bubble tea
Add 1/2 cup of tapioca pearls to a pot of boiling water. Once the boba rises to the surface, cover pot and boil for 3-5 minutes until soft and chewy.
*Note: Your boiling instructions might be different depending on the type of tapioca pearls you get. Follow the instructions on your package.
Once the pearls are cooked, drain them and rinse them in cold water.
Stir in agave nectar or your sweetener of choice.
Brew 1 1/2 cups of black tea or your tea of choice.
Mix tea with 2 tbsp of almond milk, or milk of your choice.
In a blender, add 1 1/2 cups ice, 3 tbsp taro powder, and the 1 1/2 cups milk tea. Blend to combine and breakdown ice, about 30 seconds.
I blend my taro milk tea with ice in a blender for a thicker and creamier texture – similar to a taro smoothie!
I have found this to be closest to the way my local tea shop makes it.
For an even easier recipe, just mix together the taro powder and milk tea, then pour in a glass with the ice and boba.
Want more Refreshing Drink Recipes?
Cool off with some of these other delicious and refreshing drink ideas:
- Mango Turmeric Juice
- Blue Mermaid Lemonade
- Aloe Vera Juice
Creamy, sweet, and refreshing. Taro bubble milk tea is perfect for a hot summer day. Why spend money at your local boba shop when it’s so easy to make it at home?
- 1/2 cup Tapioca PearlsÂ (typically black tapioca pearls are used)
- 1 1/2 cups Black Tea (chai tea also works well)
- 2 tbsp Almond Milk (or your milk of choice)
- 3 tbsp Taro Powder (I use this brand)
- 1 tbsp Agave Nectar (or your sweetener of choice)
- 1 1/2 cups Ice
- Bring a pot of water to a boil and add tapioca pearls. Once pearls have floated to the top (30 seconds – 1 minute), cover pot and boil for 3-5 minutes, until soft and chewy. *Note: instructions may vary depending on the type of tapioca pearls. Follow instructions on the package for best results.
- Drain tapioca pearls and rinse with cold water. Stir in agave nectar.
- Brew 1 1/2 cups of black tea or chai tea. Stir milk into the tea to combine.
- In a blender, add ice, milk tea, and taro powder. Blend until ice is broken down and everything has combined, about 30 seconds.
- Add tapioca pearls to a glass and top with taro milk tea. Enjoy!
- Category: tea
Keywords: taro milk tea, taro bubble tea, taro smoothie