Man, I love Boba Tea. Also known as bubble tea or TINY BITS of heaven in a cup. I stopped drinking it for a very long time because as I’ve become more health conscious, I had feeling it wasn’t exactly good for me. I hate when I’m right about delicious things. My favorite, the milk based boba teas, are brewed with condensed milk and the boba pearls sweetened with granulated and/or brown sugar. Great news though! The boba (bubbles) are tapioca pearls, and this is particularly awesome because tapioca starch is a grain-free carbohydrate. Sisboombahhh! Some have said tapoica flour fits a grey area and can be considered Paleo. However, tapioca doesn’t have much nutritional value, so you might want to keep it off the short list of carbs to fuel you. Sort of a cheat/not cheat if you’re picking up what I’m putting down.
I recommend buying the giant boba straws and black tapioca pearls from nuts.com. Yes it’s a legit site. No, you don’t have to clear your browser history. Many “Cooks in 5 minutes” bags like this, contain chemicals that are bactericidal/fungicidal but you may not want to consume. Dehydroacertic Acid (DHA) and these LD50 findings wigged me out a bit, so spending a little more time cooking the tapioca pearls didn’t bother me too much. The boba cooking is straight forward because the instructions are on the nuts.com site. To make your life easier, all you need is this printable recipe card below that I based on their preparation instructions. Naturally, with a few personal touches.
Strawberry Snow Boba Tea
- 4.5 cups of water
- 4 green tea bags
- 11 oz. full-fat coconut milk (4/5 of a 13.5 oz. can)
- 4 tbsp. coconut sugar
- 5.5 cups of frozen strawberries (approx. 44 oz.)
- 8 cups of water
- 1 cup of tapioca pearls
- 1/4 cup coconut sugar (dissolved in water)
- 1 cup water
- In one large pot, boil 8 cups of water.
- Then, slowly stir in 1 cup of tapioca pearls.
- Turn heat to medium and boil pearls for 25 minutes without lid, while stirring occasionally.
- While the tapioca pearls are cooking, in another large pot boil 4.5 cups of water.
- When this pot bois add tea bags and decrease to a low boil for 8 minutes.
- Remove green tea pot from heat, let cool for 2 min. Then whisk coconut milk and coconut sugar to the green tea and transfer to glass tupperware to cool further.
- When the larger pot of tapioca pearls has reached 25 minutes on low boil, turn off heat.
- Using a colander in the sink CAREFULLY drain the HOTHOTHOT black tapioca pearls.
- Pour the simple syrup (sugar already dissolved in the water) in a small pot/bowl then add the cooked tapioca pearls. Let them soak for 30 minutes.
- Drain the remaining simple syrup from the pearls.
- When milk tea and tapioca pearls are cool, place 1/4 of the pearls into a cup, blend 1/4 of the milk tea with 1.5 cups of frozen strawberries.
- Pour strawberry snow on top of your tapioca pearls.
- Add a big boba straw and enjoy!
- Add remaining simple syrup you soaked the tapioca pearls to your milk tea to sweeten it!
- Make all 4 servings right away, or refrigerate the milk tea and boba for up to 48-72 hours.
- *Tapioca pearls taste best right after cooled from cooking.
I can say from experience full-fat coconut milk green tea is higher in calories, but tastes exponentially better than unsweetened vanilla almond milk green tea. Also, using frozen fruit eliminates the need to add fruit AND ice. Kill two birds with one stone, I say!