Mango Coconut Bubble Tea

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Disclaimer: This recipe was originally posted as a separate pageI changed it to reflect the direction that this blog is headed in. Thank you for understanding! 

This recipe is a remake of the Taro recipe I posted on Yummly years ago. Unfortunately, I was unable to locate that recipe and it wasn’t exactly healthy. Taro bubble tea mix often comes in instant creamer-like packets. If you think about what is in these packets, it’s pretty unappetizing. Can we do better than that? Yes, we can, and I will show you how 💁‍♀️

At this time, I plan to make a collection of flat belly-friendly recipes for you all. However, bubble tea generally isn’t healthy, to begin with, plus it is often laden with calories. The horror! 😱 Yes, tea is good for you and should be consumed in your diet but the added refined sugar, tapioca pearls, and saturated fat in the drink outweigh the benefits of consuming the drink in the first place. I am here to give you a healthier version of this beloved beverage. You can sub any fruit out for the mango. I chose mango because it nicely complements the coconut. I added coconut milk for the healthy fats and extra vitamins.

ₓ˚. ୭ ˚○◦˚Mango Coconut Bubble Tea˚◦○˚ ୧ .˚ₓ

Servings: 2                          Time: 30 minutes                          Difficulty: medium

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/3 package of uncooked tapioca pearls
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • chilled brewed green tea
  • 1 cup of diced frozen mango
  • 1/2 can of coconut milk
  • ice cubes
  • milkshake straws (optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Brew some green tea and chill it in the fridge. 2 cups is more than enough for 2 servings.
  2. Using a pot, fill the pot with 4 cups of water and bring to a rolling boil. Next, add ~1/3 of the package (approx. 1 cup) of tapioca pearls to the water and 1/4 cup of brown sugar – half of the brown sugar you are using. Following the instructions on the package, cook the tapioca pearls. This step takes a while and it’s easy to mess up. It won’t cook properly if you cook it at the wrong temperature, hence the recipe being medium difficulty. Occasionally, stir the tapioca pearls so that they don’t stick together.
  3. Once tapioca pearls have risen to the top of the pot and they have the desired chewy consistency (I taste them to make sure), strain pearls under cold water and make a sugar syrup for the pearls using the rest of the brown sugar. Set aside.
  4. Using a personal blender or my personal favorite, being the Vitamix, add the brewed tea, mango chunks, coconut milk, and ice cubes. You will need to scrape the sides of the blender depending on the consistency you want. I recommend working in batches since a cheaper blender may get jammed. The Vitamix however, can handle it like a champ.
  5. Divide the cooked tapioca pearls and add them to the bottom of 2 tall glasses. Add the blended mango coconut slush to the glass along with a wide milkshake straw for pearl slurping. Enjoy!

I encourage you to give this recipe a try. Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments section below ↓ I love reading your comments 🥭💕

Thanks for stopping by!

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24 thoughts on “Mango Coconut Bubble Tea

    • Hilary Tan says:

      Haha yep! Now you know 😊 I highly recommend buying bubble tea from a local Bubble tea shop to see if you like tapioca pearls. People seem to either love or hate tapioca pearls, likely due to the chewy texture. Personally, I think they’re delicious and love bubble tea, especially milk teas. Mango bubble tea pairs very nicely with green tea whereas milk tea goes really well with black tea. The options are endless! 😋💕

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      • Hilary Tan says:

        It’s similar yet different. Chia seeds thicken the drink – there’s an Asian drink you can buy with chia-like seeds in it which tastes amazing. It’s hard to find around here.

        Tapioca pearls are bigger and you have to chew them. There’s special straws for boba. Boba (tapioca pearls) are really hard to describe. They have more of a gummy texture than anything, because they are made from tapioca. It’s like chewing bubble gum but not quite that chewy, and they don’t thicken the drink like chia seeds do!🧋

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      I still think it’s crazy that DIY kits exist now. Back in the day, the closest bubble tea shop was an hour away! Now there’s a bubble tea shop on every corner and it’s popular all around the world.

      The bubble tea you got the other day looked delightful! 😋

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      • Karalee says:

        The closet bubble tea shop was in Copenhagen (30 min away) but the same bubble tea shop opened a location in my city! That’s where I get the grinch bubble tea haha. It was delicious!

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  1. mckennajh says:

    I love that you call it “bubble tea”; I’ve heard others call it this but I know it as “boba”! Haha. This looks delicious, I’m going to try it when the weather warms up. 🙂

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    • Hilary Tan says:

      Haha yep, we call it bubble tea here 🙂 We refer to “boba” as tapioca pearls. When I first tried bubble tea, it wasn’t popular and the closest place was 1.5h away! Now, there’s a tea shop on every corner.

      This drink is surprisingly easy to make and you can get the majority of the ingredients at an Asian market incl. the boba!🧋

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      • mckennajh says:

        Love it! At first I thought maybe it was an East Coast/West Coast thing (I’m not sure what coast you’re on, lol). But that makes sense to call them boba pearls 🙂 I love how popular they’ve become!

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