I noticed a small bag of tapioca pearls at my local health food store for under $3, so I decided to pick some up and make a bubble tea smoothie using frozen fruit and non-caffeinated green tea. I didn't have a wide enough glass straw, so that didn't really work, but it was still tasty! The closest bubble tea place charges $5 + tax and i'm pretty sure it is full of refined sugars and possibly corn syrup, so no more of that for me.
I eyeballed the ingredients as I went and just adjusted it to my sweetness preference. Have you had bubble tea before? There is something fun about it. I just need to find a wide glass straw! (Boo to plastic straws!)
- Tapioca Pearls (I used a 1/3 cup) - (not the small pearls - the white, black or green larger pearls used for bubble tea!)
- 1/4 cup Unsweetened Almond Milk
- Strongly brewed Green Tea (or black tea)
- 1/3 cup Frozen Mangos (I tossed in a couple slices of frozen peaches too)
- 1/2 Frozen Banana
- Ice Cubes
- A Blender
- Prepare the bubble tea tapioca pearls using the directions given for whichever ones you have. Mine called for a water/tapioca pearls ratio of 7:1 and I boiled them for around 30 minutes and then took off the heat and left them for about 20 minutes and then drained and rinsed them under warm water.
- While you're preparing the tapioca pearls, you may want to brew your tea so it has time to cool down.
- Get out your blender and add in the almond milk, about 1/4-1/2 cup of the tea, xylitol to taste (you may want to omit this until you taste it with the frozen fruit, in case it is already sweet enough) and the frozen fruit and then blend until smooth and creamy.
- Finally, get out a mason jar or cup, add in some of the prepared tapioca pearls (they should be larger and squishy and a bit translucent - if they are hard / really chewy, they aren't cooked enough) to the bottom of the cup and then pour in the smoothie/tea. Stick in a bubble tea straw, add in a couple of ice cubes and enjoy!