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Boba, commonly known as bubble tea, is one of my favorite drinks. It’s the perfect compliment to any meal and with the variety of tea, fruit, or milk-based beverages, it’s never dull. And also let’s not forget about the 101 toppings – everything from boba to pudding and rainbow jelly are all yummy additions. 😊
Originating in Taiwan in the 1980s, boba has since taken the world by storm. There are at least 20 boba shops within the immediate 5-mile radius of my home, so luckily for me, there’s no shortage of bubble tea. However, as avid boba fanatics, regular trips to boba shops can really eat a hole into your wallet. A simple way to save money and still continue to enjoy boba is to make it yourself at home. Here are 12 easy bubble tea recipes to satisfy all your boba cravings.
Coconut Vanilla Boba
Courtesy Savory Tooth
Black tea, coconut, and vanilla combine to make this flavorful bubble tea concoction you can whip up in no time. Don’t forget the tapioca balls and straws!
Thai Tea Recipe
Courtesy Best Recipe Box
Thai tea is a boba house favorite and it’s surprisingly easy to recreate at home. To make this refreshing drink, simply boil Thai tea mix, strain, then add half and half, sugar, and ice.
Courtesy Love and Olive Oil
Who knew making your own horchata can be so satisfying? Add tapioca balls or popping boba for a flavor explosion you’ll want to experience again and again.
Jasmine Milk Tea
Courtesy Thirsty for Tea
Aromatic jasmine is the perfect drink for relaxation and unwinding. This recipe, although simple, definitely hits the spot.
Vietnamese Iced Coffee Smoothie
Courtesy The Little Kitchen
Little else can beat good Vietnamese coffee. This recipe is just what you need for a midday pick-me-up. Julie even has a video to help you prepare boba just like they do at the boba houses!
Courtesy Bossen Store
Classic Milk Tea
Courtesy The Woks of Life
This classic boba drink is a breeze to make at home. The secret? High-quality black tea leaves.
Courtesy Culinary Cents
Avocado smoothies go hand in hand with chewy tapioca balls. Make it at home with just 3 simple ingredients!
Red Bean Bubble Tea
Courtesy Contemplating Sweets
Red bean is an Asian dessert staple. Get your protein on with this nutrient-dense recipe.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie
Courtesy Dinner at the Zoo
If fruit’s more your style, add boba to this strawberry banana smoothie for a refreshing drink any time of the day.
Courtesy Pinch of Yum
A great alternative to coffee is matcha. While Lindsay’s recipe doesn’t have tea, you can steep a bag of green tea with a bit of water for an extra boost of caffeine.
Cheese Cream Tea
Courtesy Hellthy Junk Food
Last, but not least is cheese cream tea. I know what you’re thinking, “cheese tea?” But before you knock it, cheese tea is actually made with cream cheese (blended with a bit of sugar and salt), like that in yummy cheesecakes! I was hesitant when I tried it at one of my local boba houses, but I’m so glad I did. It’s been one of my go-to drinks ever since!