Easy-Peasy Homemade Mango Bubble Tea
by Mona Fe on Nov 17, 2022
Are you a fan of boba teas, too?
Over at the WMBT HQ, we love the happy surprise tapioca pearls bring to any drink. That’s why we’re super excited to share this easy-peasy Homemade Mango Bubble Tea recipe!
Because let’s face it, for busy mums, the faster we can have this on the table and in our tummies, the better.
We’ve checked all those boxes and more with this refreshing treat that packs quite a nutritional punch. In fact, it turned out to be a fast favourite for both adults and munchkins alike!
This is the perfect cooler to enjoy solo, with company, and even to go.
And guess what, mums, if you like this recipe, you will enjoy the other nine included in WMBT’s soon-to-be-released booklet, "Drinks for Mum". There you’ll find a range of recipes – from hearty hot chocolate to a power smoothie to an ice-cold gin and tonic. It’s always a great idea to have season-spanning, all-occasion beverages on standby! So be sure to check that one out, too.
The Buzz On Bubble Tea
Bubble tea has already been a favourite drink in Asia, especially for teens, since the 80s. And recently, it’s gained massive popularity all over the world.
This tasty treat is a feast for the eyes and the taste buds. A cross between a fancy beverage and a snack, its variety of colours, flavours, and textures has captured the hearts of many. There’s really nothing quite like it!
The original blend consists of a hot or cold tea base with your choice of milk, fruit, and fruit juices. The finishing touch is the soft and chewy tapioca pearls, aka “bubbles.”
Tapioca is a gluten-free, bland-tasting starch extracted from the cassava root. When cooked, it adds a wonderful texture to drinks and desserts.
But Is It Good For You?
The truth is, commercially made boba tea usually comes with high levels of empty calories and sugar. That’s not good - unless you make sure to choose the right ingredients.
That’s why we’ve worked day and night over at the WMBT HQ to come up with a modified bubble tea recipe that is healthy and just as exciting.
Feeling intimidated by this impressive drink? Don’t be! It’s actually so incredibly easy to put together that even your kids can learn how to make bubble tea from scratch.
This Mango Bubble Tea is made up of only five ingredients that you might already have in your pantry. Plus, it contains way less sugar and loads more nutrients than store-bought alternatives.
- Fruit – We opted to make use of juicy ripe mangoes and fresh strawberries, but this versatile drink works perfectly with any fruit you have on hand. Fruits are loaded with natural sugar and fibre for a healthy boost of energy to be enjoyed throughout your day.
- Milk - Traditional bubble tea is made with cow’s milk, but this Mango Bubble Tea recipe can also be delicious with non-dairy and vegan alternatives like oat milk, almond milk, and soy milk.
- Boba / Tapioca Pearls – Tapioca pearls can be found online or at any Asian grocery store. Have fun with it and try varieties like black boba, mini boba, clear boba, rainbow or pastel-coloured boba, or even popping boba!
- Sweetener – You can use any sweetener you prefer, like brown sugar, stevia drops, honey, or maple syrup.
- Tea (optional) - To add a caffeine kick to your cup, substitute ¾ cup milk with your choice of black or green tea.
The best way to serve up this beverage is with a reusable silicone straw. Our pick is the WMBT Bendie Straw. Yup, your tiny tot’s favourite is great for mum, too!
This eco-friendly straw has an angled tip and a stem that’s wide enough to fit the boba pearls. So you can sip, slurp and lip-smack your way through every last drop.
Bonus Tip: Save even more time making this easy-peasy homemade Mango Bubble Tea by freezing portions in WMBT Freeze & Bake Poddies. These silicone moulds make this already simple recipe even more efficient.
We only need to pop out four to five poddies, add your milk and blend. Voilá!
Now that’s good for mum and the environment, too.
Makes 2 Bubble Teas | Prep 15 minutes
- 50 g (1/3 cup) tapioca pearls
- 220 g (1 ½ cup) mango, cut into chunks
- 100 g (1/2 cup) strawberries, halved
- 375 ml (1½ cups) milk of choice
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- Fill a large saucepan with water and bring to a boil.
- Add uncooked tapioca pearls to the boiling water.
- Stir gently until pearls begin to float, then cover and boil for 3 minutes.
- Remove pan from heat and carefully drain pearls before transferring them to a bowl and covering them with water until ready to use. This prevents the pearls from sticking together.
- Add mango, strawberries, milk, and maple syrup to a high-speed food processor and blitz until smooth.
- Add tapioca pearls to a cup or glass of choice, pour in mango milk tea and serve with a We Might Be Tiny Bubble Tea Straw. Enjoy!
Other Delightful Versions:
- Peach Passion: Peaches and passion fruit make a bright and refreshing combo. Definitely a must-try!
- Totally Taro: Skip the fruit with this purple concoction and use jasmine tea, milk, and taro powder instead. We love this with tapioca pearls, but grass jelly is also a great sinker.
- Coco-Loco: Combine black tea, coconut milk, cinnamon, and honey. Swap out the tapioca pearls, or just add in a scoop of coffee jelly to go with it.
Ready to make your own Mango Bubble Tea? Be sure to tag us at @wemightbetiny on social media. We’d love to see it!
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