Barb Hodgens
Barb Hodgens

Barb Hodgens loves to cook with alternative, healthy whole food ingredients, with a focus on gut health. Barb has overcome her own gut health issues through healthy eating. Share your ideas, comments and photos at the end of this post :)

strawberry bubble tea

Refreshing, perfectly sweet, and so much fun!

If you or your kids love bubble tea than this strawberry milk tea might become your new favourite way to drink boba! It’s made with fresh strawberries instead of syrup and has a fraction of the sugar of store-bought versions. It's fresh, fruity, and delicious, with just the right amount of sweetness. With ready-made tapioca pearls it’s very easy to make at home.

For those who haven't tried it, bubble tea is a drink that first originated in Taiwan in the 1980’s. The basic ingredients are black tea, milk, sugar, and the characteristic chewy tapioca pearls, also known as boba. Bubble tea comes in many flavours. When you make it at home you have the added advantage of tailoring every step to your liking. Choose your favourite tea, control the sweetness and consistency. This healthy, fresh strawberry milk version is made in the Vibe Blender and is creamy, fruity, and impeccably smooth.

Strawberry bubble tea

BUBBLE TEA COMPONENTS

TEA: Because the tea gets diluted with strawberry milk and ice, you want to choose a strong tasting tea. Black tea is traditional, but any type of robust flavoured tea can be used. For the best flavour we suggest steeping 2 tea bags in one cup of boiling water. Make sure to not leave the tea bags for too long or it will turn bitter. If you want to make a caffeine-free version, you can use a herbal tea of your choice or skip the tea altogether. Note: This recipe is assembled with cold tea, so prepare and chill the tea several hours or even the night before. 

MILK: Whole milk is traditionally used to make bubble tea, but any plant-based milk such as almond milk, oat milk, or soy milk will work.

STRAWBERRIES: For best results, use the sweetest ripe strawberries you can find. If you can't access fresh strawberries use frozen ones.

TAPIOCA PEARLS: Boba are available online or in Asian grocers. They are made from tapioca flour and are chewy and slightly sweet. We are using brown sugar-flavoured boba, but any flavour will work. The secret to the best bubble tea is to make it with freshly cooked tapioca pearls. Warm tapioca pearls have the most satisfying soft and chewy texture. If you can, try and have all the components ready so that you can assemble and serve the drink while the boba are still warm. While it’s best to make bubble tea with warm boba, they will last for about 4 hours before they get hard and tough.

Follow the cooking instructions on packet for best results but all that’s involved is boiling tapioca pearls in water for approx. 5 minutes. To prevent the cooked boba from sticking together, coat with maple syrup immediately.

BOBA STRAW: Available online or from your local bubble tea shop. 

strawberry bubble tea

strawberry bubble tea

strawberry bubble tea

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strawberry bubble tea