Tapioca boba takes black tea to another level in this Vegan Boba Tea. Boba soaks up brown sugar syrup to make this drink sweet and rich!
After trying this Vegan Boba Tea, you won't want plain old black tea again! Boba tea, also known as bubble tea, is a fun way to have your tea.
Made with chewy tapioca pearls (or other toppings) and tea, it comes in a variety of flavors. The boba have the texture of a gummy candy.
The oldest known bubble tea originated in Taiwan.
You drink the tea through an oversized straw so that you can chew the tapioca balls as you drink as the tea. The taste is sweet and rich from the tapioca boba soaking up a brown sugar simple syrup.
I made Vegan Boba Tea, because I figured making a boba milk tea would be a good starting point on my boba journey.
This is an overview of the ingredients. To see the full list of ingredients with measurements and instructions, see the recipe card at the bottom of this post.
- Dark brown sugar: For its sweetness and rich flavor. You could also use white sugar.
- Tapioca boba: Tapioca balls are the common type of topping for boba tea. You could use another type.
- Black tea: I wanted to make the traditionally used tea first, so I used black tea.
- Soy milk: I used soy milk because that's what I happened to have on hand, but you could use any non-dairy milk you like.
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Simple syrup: Heat brown sugar in water until it is dissolved.
Turn off heat and drain the liquid. Add boba to simple syrup. Let sit to soak up the flavors.
Serving: Scoop boba into two glasses. Pour tea over boba. Top it off with soy milk.
This bubble tea recipe should be enjoyed within eight hours of making it. Do not store the tapioca balls in the fridge or they will harden.
Can I Freeze Tapioca Balls?
Yes, according to Bubble Tea Supply, you can freeze the balls in a zip lock bag, laid flat. When you're ready to use them, place the boba in boiling water for a few minutes.
📖 Variations / Additions
- Vanilla Simple Syrup
- Lavender Simple Syrup
- Another type of sweetener
- Another type of tea, such as chai tea, green tea or a flavored herbal tea
- Fruit such as strawberry, mango or raspberry
- Coconut milk, almond milk, oat milk or another non-dairy milk
Black tea is the most popular.
Black tea, which is why I posted this recipe first. Since it's the most popular, it's a good starting recipe.
☕️ Other Vegan Drinks
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Vegan Boba Tea
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 1 black tea bag
- 1 cup water
- ¼ cup tapioca boba
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 cup soy milk or other non-dairy milk
- Pour water into a small saucepan. Add brown sugar and heat on medium until sugar is dissolved.
- Pour water in a small saucepan. Bring water to a boil. Shut off heat and steep tea bag for 5-7 minutes. Remove tea bag.
- Bring water to a boil. Add tapioca boba and cook 30 minutes on medium heat, stirring every few minutes. (Cooking time will vary depending on the type of boba you get - check directions on package.)
- Turn off the heat. Pour boba through a strainer. Add to the simple syrup mixture. Let marinate 15-20 minutes.
- Scoop boba into two glasses. Pour tea over boba.
- Pour soy milk into glasses with tea and boba.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.
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