I can honestly say that I had never had Bubble Tea (traditionally known as Boba) before. I had seen signs with pictures of it on tea-houses before, but I had no idea how I’d feel about it, so I never ordered it. Recently, though, it became a fixation in my mind and I knew I just had to try it! But, I wanted to make it on my own terms and make it as low calorie as possible.
And…I love it! I love the rich but milky-sweet black tea and the burst of fun pearls that fly up your straw as you drink it. Plus, it’s so easy to make for the hot days that are already upon us. if you prep all of your ingredients the night before, you’ll have a fun drink to share in just a matter of minutes!
Bubble Tea (Boba)
¼- ½ tsp. sweetener (I used 1 packet of PureVia)
2-3 Tbs. milk (I recommend unsweetened almond or coconut milk)
Iced Earl Grey tea*
1 tsp. prepared tapioca pearls*
prepared tapioca pearls and Earl Grey iced tea
*Night Before Prep: Make your Earl Grey tea. I boiled 5 cups of water and steeped 2 large tea bags of Earl Grey for 5 min. I then removed the tea bags and put the tea in the fridge to cool overnight.
For the tapioca pearls, I put a tablespoon of large tapioca pearls in a ramekin and then filled the ramekin with water. I then put the ramekin in the fridge to soak overnight. Just before you make a glass of bubble tea, boil a bit of water in a small saucepan; put the tapioca pearls into the boiling water. Stir the water so they don’t stick to the bottom. After 5-10 min the pearls should be soft and jelly-like. Strain the pearls and rinse them with a bit of cool water. Use the cooked pearls immediately.
Here’s your prep line! Just add your favorite milk!
~In a cup, place 1-2 tsp. of cooked tapioca pearls. Pour in the iced Earl Grey Tea next. Then, stir in the sweetener and milk. Enjoy! Refill your glass over and over or share a glass with a friend!
Strike up a conversation: What’s your favorite summer-time drink?