Boba Tea Recipe

Tall Glass with Boba Tea and a Jug of Plant-Based Creamer Pouring into it

If you have been intrigued by seeing people walking around with large glasses of what appears to be a drink with large colored bubbles floating inside, we are happy to reveal the mystery. Or, if you are one of those walking around with said cup, you’ll be thrilled to know how to prepare your mystery drink at home and save you some money. Boba tea is so fun to make and (even more) to drink! Who doesn’t want pearly bubbles floating around your daily drink? Let’s learn more about this fun preparation and how to make it in the comfort of your home.

Marble Surface with Tapioca Pearls, Water, Plant-Based Creamer, Black Tea Bags and Agave on top


Tall Glass with Boba Tea

What is Boba Tea?

Originating in Taiwan, the Boba Tea mania has spread all over the world, and we completely understand why. Boba refers to any drink with chunks in it but it also refers to the pearly bubbles inside. The pearls are made of tapioca starch and the drink is prepared with brewed black tea and milk or half and half, mixed together they create this inventive and delicious drink we call Bubble Tea or Boba Tea.

The color and texture display is beautiful, with the tea mixture at the top, the milky and more creamy mixture in the middle and the round tapioca pearls at the bottom. It tastes sweet and creamy, so delicious. It is usually drunk using thick straws (make sure you invest in reusable options like this one!) to allow for the bubbles to go up. The taste and consistency of the pearls feel like sweet chewing gum or jelly.

How Do You Serve Boba Tea?

If you’re a tea fan, the combinations are endless. You can use any type of tea you like and flavor it with syrups, or herbs and customize it as many times as you like. Make sure you use a transparent glass to display the beautiful pearls at the bottom and the mix of colors.

Are you excited to try this fun drink at home? Make it as a family activity and start a Boba Tea party!

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Tall Glass with Boba Tea and a Jug of Plant-Based Creamer Pouring into it

Boba Tea

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  • Author: Toni Okamoto
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 60 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: Asian
  • Diet: Vegan


This Boba Tea recipe is easy and super fun to make! Try skipping your daily tea run and trying this one out!


  • 6 cups of water
  • 3 black tea bags
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of uncooked tapioca pearls, depending on preference
  • Plant-based creamer
  • Agave nectar, to taste (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring the water to a boil. Remove from heat, add the three tea bags and allow them to steep until the water has completely cooled.
  2. In a large pot, cook tapioca pearls according to package instructions. My package instructed me to cook tapioca pearls in 6 times the amount of water. I used 1 cup tapioca pearls, 6 cups water, and cooked on medium-heat for 20 minutes, stirring regularly. Then I turned off the heat, covered, and let sit for 25 minutes.
  3. When the tea has cooled and the tapioca pearls are cooked, scoop in the tapioca pearls into two large glasses. Then, fill the cups ¾ of the way with black tea, and top off the rest of the way with plant-based creamer. 
  4. Give it a taste, and if your preference requires more sweetness, optionally add agave nectar.

Keywords: boba, tea, boba tea, vegan boba tea, vegan drink, vegan tea, ice tea, tapioca , tapioca pearls

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