Coconut Milk Bubble Tea

coconut milk bubble tea

Often times, Hawaii is slow to catch up on trends. But one thing they’ve totally got the rest of y’all beat on is bubble tea.

It seems like there are a million bubble tea shops in Hawaii, and they serve all kinds of flavor combinations and all types of “bubbles,” or boba. Boba is essentially a tasteless, chewy tapioca-style jelly. They are pretty unappealing on their own, but paired with a sweet, refreshing beverage – and a large straw – and it becomes a super tasty treat. Plus, let’s be honest. Chewing AND drinking at the same time? So fun.

coconut milk bubble tea

coconut milk bubble tea

In my excitement over moving home and re-discovering Hawaii, I spent my first month here going a little boba-crazy. So in the interest of not going bankrupt over bubble tea (THAT would be embarrassing), I decided to buy the ingredients and give bubble tea making a shot. And guess what? Not hard at all!

Don’t believe me? My tried-and-true favorite make-at-home flavor – Coconut Milk Bubble Tea – contains literally 4 ingredients. And 3 of the 4 are items you likely have in your kitchen already. The 4th ingredient?  The boba, naturally. Unless you already own some, in which case, I’m totally impressed. If not, you can likely buy a bag of dried boba at your favorite asian market or online (I bought mine from Amazon.com).

C’mon, jump on the bubble tea at-home train with me! You won’t regret it.

coconut milk bubble tea


Coconut Milk Bubble Tea
Serves 1

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1/2 cup boiling water
1 bag of black tea
1/4 cup dried boba
1 tsp honey (or sub in your favorite sweetener, like agave)
2 T coconut milk

Start by brewing the tea bag in hot water for about 15 minutes. The goal is to have a strong cup of tea, which will be balanced out with the coconut milk and sweetener. Once the tea is brewed, let chill in the refrigerator.
Next, cook the boba according to package directions. The brand I’m using involved boiling 1/4 cup dried boba with 2 cups of water for 5 minutes, covered; removing from heat; and let covered for 5-10 minutes. Remove boba and liquid from pot and let sit in a bowl until your tea is chilled and ready to serve.
To assemble, add your boba, coconut milk, honey and chilled black tea to a cup, and stir to mix. Enjoy with a wide straw, or with a spoon.

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  1. Marlene


    Where do you find the time! Looks refreshing. Brianna loves Boba, will pass on the recipe, thanks. Miss you!


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