How To Make Taro Bubble Tea (Taro Milk Tea)

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Taro bubble tea, or taro milk tea, is a variety of bubble tea that is commonly consumed for its health benefits and delicious flavor. It has caught the fancy of many after a high-end coffee chain marketed it as the first-ever “unicorn” frappe!

What is Taro Bubble Tea?

This is a particular kind of bubble tea, broadly known as boba tea, that uses taro, a starchy plant in a powdered form. It is also known as taro milk tea. While pure taro bubble tea can provide many of the nutrients found in the taro plant, overly processed taro loses much of its nutritional value. The root of the taro is the portion of the plant that is used, which gives this tea a unique nutritional profile that may not be ideal if you are dieting.

In terms of taste, taro bubble tea has a natural nutty aroma and quality, with hints of vanilla, which provide much of the taste profile for this beverage. The unusual color of this bubble tea, purple, comes from the source of the taro. Depending on where it is grown, the taro root can be white, purple or pink, which will change the base color of the drink. Purple just happens to be the most common color of the root.

Homemade taro milk bubble tea with tapioca pearls

Homemade taro milk bubble tea with tapioca pearls Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Taro Bubble Tea Nutrition

Taro bubble tea, or taro milk tea, is high in calories, most of which come from sugar as well as a high level of fat. An 18-ounce serving of this tea provides nearly 500 calories, along with 23 grams of fat, 19 of which are of the saturated fat variety. Although many people consume taro root for its protein content, a serving of taro root in this tea will only provide 6 grams of protein. While many people think of tea as an inherently healthy drink, this type of bubble tea should not be consumed by anyone who wants to lose weight or is on a strict diet to cut down on fat intake.

How to Make Taro Bubble Tea?

If you wish to make your own taro milk tea at home, it is relatively easy, although a bit more complicated than most “teas”. Let’s take a look at the recipe below.

A glass of sweet taro milk on old wood

How To Make Taro Bubble Tea: Easy Recipe

Taro milk tea is a powerhouse of nutrients, such as potassium, fiber, iron, and vitamins. Although it is known for its vibrant purple color, sometimes it can be white or pink too. 
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Asian
Keyword: Taro Bubble Tea, Taro Milk Tea
Appliance: Blender
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup taro powder
  • 2 tbsp creamer
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1/3 cup tapioca pearls
  • 8 ounces hot water

Instructions

  • To make taro bubble tea, mix 1/3 cup of taro powder with 8 ounces of hot water and allow the powder to dissolve. If you are using the actual taro root, cut 1-inch cubes, and add a pinch of baking soda. Boil it until it becomes soft. Once it is done, put it separately and allow it to cool. 
  • Add 2 tablespoons of creamer and blend it well until it becomes smooth.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of sugar.
  • Add 1 cup of ice and shake/stir well.
  • Cook the tapioca pearls as per the package instructions. 
  • Spoon the boba or tapioca pearls into the drink and enjoy it! 

Notes

You can soak the tapioca pearls in honey for an hour if you want to sweeten them. 

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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