Boba (Coconut Milk Black Tea with Tapioca Pearls)


Boba tea, or bubble tea, is a popular drink that originated from Taiwan. I made this coconut variation because I had coconut cream on hand and wanted something different from the regular black milk tea variation. This coconut version tastes just like the one you'll find in a bubble tea cafe.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs 5 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
5 glasses


Tapioca Pearls:

  • 7 cups cold water

  • ½ (8.8 ounce) package tapioca starch balls

  • ½ cup brown sugar

  • ½ cup white sugar


  • 4 cups brewed black tea (such as Lipton®), chilled

  • 1 (14 ounce) can coconut cream

  • 12 ice cubes

  • 1 cup milk

  • cup white sugar


  1. Bring water to a boil in a large stockpot. Pour in tapioca and simmer for 25 minutes. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking. Remove from heat and let balls sit in water for 25 minutes.

  2. Return stockpot to the heat; simmer and stir for 25 minutes more. Remove from heat and let rest again until centers of the balls are no longer powder, another 25 minutes. Drain.

  3. Combine brown sugar and white sugar in a large bowl. Pour tapioca balls into the sugar mixture. Cover with a damp cloth and let rest for 15 minutes while preparing the tea.

  4. Process tea, coconut cream, ice, milk, and sugar together in a blender until combined.

  5. Scoop 1/4 cup of the tapioca into each tall glass and fill with tea. Enjoy with large straws to suck up the tapioca, or use spoons.

Cook's Notes:

For a more pronounced black tea taste, use Hong Kong-style tea bags.

Substitute half-and-half for the milk if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

642 Calories
29g Fat
99g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 5
Calories 642
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 25g 125%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 99g 36%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 71g
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 2mg 12%
Calcium 101mg 8%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 438mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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