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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
  • ½ 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.

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