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Taro milk tea.

Easy Taro Milk Tea (With Boba)

Mitch and Justine
Taro milk tea is a vibrant purple boba made with jasmine tea, taro root, milk, and tapioca pearls. Each sip is sweet, creamy, and full of unique and exciting flavors!
5 from 43 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rest time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Drinks
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Taiwanese, Vegan
Servings 3 servings
Calories 314 kcal

Equipment

  • Teapot
  • Medium saucepan
  • Small saucepan
  • Blender
  • Boba straws

Ingredients
 

Boba

Jasmine tea

Taro mix

  • 3 tablespoons vegan-friendly taro powder ($2.00)
  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk* ($0.45)
  • ½ cup water
  • 3-4 tablespoons extra simple syrup ($0.02)
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt ($0.01)
  • Ice to serve optional

Instructions
 

Boba

  • Bring the water for the tapioca pearls to boil in a medium-large saucepan. Once boiling, add in the tapioca pearls and lower the heat to just under medium.
  • Simmer for 15-30 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent sticking. Cook time will depend on your specific pearls (check the package for instructions — ours take 30 minutes).
  • In the meantime, prepare the simple syrup. Add cane sugar and water to a small saucepan and whisk together. Bring to a simmer for about 3-5 minutes, or until the sugar has fully dissolved. Remove from heat and reserve ¼ cup, then add the rest to a medium mixing bowl.
  • Strain the tapioca pearls through a fine-mesh strainer, rinsing them lightly. Transfer the pearls to the mixing bowl with the simple syrup and stir to combine. Set aside for ~30-40 minutes to soak.

Jasmine tea

  • While the tapioca pearls are soaking, bring water for the tea to boil, then let it cool for a few minutes (it should be ~175-180°F). Brew the jasmine tea for 2-3 minutes, then remove the tea leaves and let the tea cool down to room temperature.

Taro milk tea

  • When the tapioca pearls and jasmine tea are ready, add the jasmine tea, taro powder, coconut milk, water, 3 tablespoons of simple syrup, and salt to a blender. Mix for 30-60 seconds, or until smooth. Taste and adjust the cane sugar to your liking.
  • Using a slotted spoon, transfer 3-4 tablespoons of tapioca pearls to a glass or cup. Fill it ½ - ¾ full with ice, then fill the rest with the taro mixture. Happy drinking!

Notes

  • Use fresh pearls — Make sure to use the cooked pearls right away for the softest and chewiest boba.
  • Bubble tea straws — For a better drinking experience, make sure you use wide-mouth straws designed for bubble tea.
  • Use good quality tea — Opt for a high-quality jasmine tea to ensure the best flavors in your taro milk tea.
  • Steep time — Max steep time for jasmine green tea is 3 minutes. If you over steep it, you run the risk of your drink turning bitter.
  • If you don’t have full-fat coconut milk, you can also use regular coconut milk, soy milk, or oat milk.
  • We calculate nutritional information for our recipes with Cronometer.
  • Recipe cost calculations are based on ingredients local to us and may vary from recipe to recipe. All prices are in USD.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 314kcal | Carbohydrates: 61.8g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 8.2g | Saturated Fat: 7.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 235.7mg | Potassium: 182.1mg | Fiber: 0.9g | Sugar: 35.1g | Vitamin A: 11.2IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 39.8mg | Iron: 1.7mg
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