Bodacious Bubble Tea Recipe

Combine boba tapioca pearls with milk and your favorite flavors like matcha powder to create homemade bubble tea.

| September 2019

Make plenty for everyone!

Bubble tea is a well-known drink that has been popular for years. Make your own version of this delicious drink by cooking up some boba to add to your favorite tea or smoothie.

Challenge level: 2
Allergen alerts: dairy
Time: 30 minutes
Yield: around 2 cups (475 ml) smoothie or matcha tea


  • Boba
  • 2 cups (475 ml) water
  • 1/4 cup (56 g) boba tapioca pearls
  • Simple Syrup
  • 2 cups (300 g) brown sugar
  • 1 cup (235 ml) water

Fruit Smoothie Bubble Tea

  • 1 cup (255 g) frozen fruit
  • 1 cup (235 ml) milk
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (26 g) or honey (40 g)

Matcha Bubble Tea

  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 cup (235 ml) milk
  • 1 cup (140 g) ice
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (26 g) or honey (40 g)


  • 2 medium saucepans
  • Blender
  • Mixing spoon
  • Stove


Begin by cooking the boba pearls. Boil 2 cups (475 ml) water in a medium saucepan.

Add the boba pearls and stir until the tapioca begins to float to the top.

Cook the boba over medium heat for 15 minutes, then turn heat off and let them sit for another 15 minutes to keep absorbing water. While the boba sit, make simple syrup.

Make a simple syrup to sweeten the boba pearls. Add 2 cups (300 g) brown sugar to 1 cup (235 ml) water in a medium saucepan.

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