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Oh Boba tea…it’s one of the most satisfying, delicious treats. The perfectly cooked, chewy Boba pearls and sweet drink combo are Heaven on Earth. But, at $4+ per drink, satisfying your cravings can get quite expensive.
In this post, I will give you 5 of my favorite Boba drink recipes that are super easy and budget-friendly to make.
For all recipes, except the honeydew slush, add ice to cool drink down and make it more refreshing.
Thai Cocoa Boba
When my husband and I visited Thailand in November 2018, we quickly became obsessed with what we like to call Thai Cocoa. All over the streets, you can find carts that sell various kinds of drinks that can be served cold or hot for $1 or less. I’ll have to admit that we stopped by these carts at least once, but sometimes twice a day! Cold Thai Cocoa with Boba pearls was our signature drink, and I knew that we would be craving it once we were back in the states. I took note of how the Thai people made it and here is my version:
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 1/2 tbsp cacao powder ($0.20)
- 8 tbsp evaporated milk ($0.20)
- 1 1/2 tbsp sweetened condensed milk ($0.11)
- 5 tbsp Boba pearls ($0.40)
When making this drink, the workers at the Thai drink carts always started with hot water because it is more budget friendly. I think some would add some sort of milk powder, but it still tastes amazing without. If you are looking for a more creamy flavor however, use any kind of milk as your base. I find that the sweetened condensed and evaporated milks give the drink enough creaminess for me.
- Heat water in microwave for 1 1/2 minutes
- Mix in cacao powder until there are no clumps
- Add in evaporated and sweetened condensed milks
- In a separate, larger cup, add Boba pearls and ice
- Pour mixture over ice and Boba
All prices listed are approximates. Depending on where you live, prices will vary, but all of these drink recipes should be around $2 or less.
I purchase my Boba pearls from my local Asian market at around $6 for 2.2 pounds. If you do not have one accessible to you, check out this Amazon link to purchase a more bulk size. Simply follow the instructions on the package for how to cook your Boba.
Popping Boba Honeydew Slush
If you decide to try any of these recipes, try this one! This recipe came to me one day while I was grocery shopping with my mom. Honeydew has always been one of my favorite healthy snacks. Every time that I have gotten a melon flavored Boba drink however, it always seems to be sickeningly sweet with an artificial flavor. With just 2 ingredients, this recipe is extremely simple and, is a mostly healthy treat!
- 2 cups frozen honeydew($0.73)
- 4 tbsp passion fruit popping Boba($0.85)
- Cut up and place your honeydew in a freezer safe container or bag. I like to freeze the honeydew for about 2-4 hours, so that it is almost frozen all the way through. This will make it easier to blend, and will also give it a more slushy-like texture. If you would like your drink to be creamy like the one in the pictures below, freeze overnight and allow to thaw for 10-15 minutes before blending.
- Blend until smooth
- Place popping Boba in cup
- Pour honeydew slush on top
You can find popping Boba at your local Asian Market, but if you do not have one near you, follow this link to purchase 3 different flavors on Amazon. Passion Fruit is my favorite, however, I bet all 3 would taste delicious in this recipe.
Lavender Milk Tea Boba
Lavender is the latest obsession in my household. My husband and I cannot get enough of it! Go to your closest health foods store to pick up some dried lavender, or simply purchase some organic chamomile lavender tea bags here. If you are a fan of lavender, this recipe will definitely not disappoint!
- 1 Chamomile Lavender tea bag ($0.25)
- 1 tsp fennel seed ($0.17)
- 2 cups almond milk ($0.76)
- 5 tbsp Boba pearls ($0.40)
- Heat almond milk on stove–high heat
- Add in tea bag and fennel in a tea diffuser
- Bring to a boil then immediately take off heat (keep an eye on this because the milk will bubble over when too hot)
- Allow to cool
- Remove tea bag and diffuser
- Pour milk tea over Boba pearls (add ice to serve extra cold)
For a more rich, flavorful drink, make your own tea blend and experiment with the concentrations of each herb to your personal preference. My favorite blend is 1 tbsp. Lavender, 1 tsp Chamomile, and 1 tsp Fennel. Place your herbs into a diffuser and steep with your almond milk. I use the diffuser to occasionally stir the tea to get more of the flavors out and it is DELICIOUS!
Mango Milk Boba
If you love mango, this mango milk Boba is perfect for you. It is extremely simple to make and will absolutely satisfy your sweet cravings.
- 1 fully ripe mango, or 1 cup thawed frozen mango ($0.99)
- 1 cup almond milk($0.38)
- 5 tbsp Boba($0.40)
- Sweetener (optional)
- Puree 1 fully ripe mango or 1 cup thawed frozen mango
- Add milk and blend until there are no lumps (strain if you want a super smooth texture)
- Pour into cup with Boba pearls
- Add extra sweetener if desired
I was being a little lazy today, so I just blended up frozen mango, a little bit of 100% maple syrup, and milk until I obtained a desired consistency. I recommend that you use fresh, very ripe mango, or thawed frozen mango and puree until smooth. Then, blend in any milk of your choice. This will give your mango puree a more pure and strong mango flavor and a smoother texture. However you decide to make this, it will be delicious!
Dalgona Pero Boba
If you haven’t read my Dalgona Pero blog post, click here. The only difference between that recipe and this one is the addition of Boba pearls. They add extra flavor to the drink and make it even more tasty.
- 1 1/2 cup almond milk ($0.56)
- 5 tbsp. Boba pearls ($0.40)
- 2 tbsp. Pero ($0.38)
- 2 tbsp. hot water
- 2 tbsp. sugar ($0.02)
- Combine Pero, hot water, and sugar
- Mix with electric mixer until thick and fluffy (5-10 minutes)
- Place Boba pearls into glass
- Add almond milk, or milk of choice
- Top with Dalgona mixture.
- Mix, & enjoy!
Let me know if you try any of these recipes out! Which is your favorite? Which sounds and looks the best to you?
I would have to say that the honeydew slush and lavender tea recipes are the favorites in my household, but they are all absolutely delicious!
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