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Make your own taro milk tea at home from scratch! Prepared from taro roots, this creamy and nutty drink is 100% natural, with no artificial coloring or flavoring! Nutty, refreshing, and vegan!

Vegan taro milk tea with tapioca pearls in a glass.

📘 What Is Taro Milk Tea

Taro milk tea is a type of bubble tea that is prepared with taro root, tapioca pearls, milk, and jasmine tea.

It has a subtle nutty flavor with notes of toasted cereals! It’s actually quite hard to describe its flavor, but I would say it tastes like milk infused with cornflakes, vanilla, and nuts, with a floral aroma coming from the green jasmine tea. It’s unique and so delicious!

Ingredients like taro, jasmine tea, almond milk, sugar, and boba.

🥣 How to Make It

Preparing this milk tea is very easy, and we are only using natural ingredients here. You will need the following:

  • Taro – This root vegetable makes the base of the drink. I highly recommend using the larger roots for a slightly sweeter flavor. You can find fresh taro roots in produce markets or frozen in some Asian stores.
  • Boba – Also called tapioca pearls, these add some chewiness and make the tea more exciting to drink! Boba has a gummy-like texture. It is totally optional, so feel free to omit if you want a lighter drink.
  • Taro powder – Also sold under the name “ube powder” or “purple potato powder.” Actually, this purple powder is not made from taro but from purple yam, which is the sister of taro root. It is sweet, has a deep purple color, and has a subtle nutty, almost fruity flavor. Purple sweet potato powder is essential to add color and flavor to this taro milk tea. Make sure you are using 100% sweet potato powder, not artificial taro powder that contains sugar, creamer, and flavorings.
  • Jasmine tea – You can also use regular green tea. Jasmine tea has more floral notes, though.
  • Almond milk – Or your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Sugar – To sweeten, you can also use agave syrup, maple syrup, or coconut sugar for a naturally-sweetened version.

Cooking the Taro

It starts with the taro roots that must be boiled for about 10 minutes or until fork tender. Once the taro is soft, drain and mash it into a paste using a spoon or potato masher.

Brewing the Tea

While the taro is cooking, prepare the tea. This way, it will have time to cool down.

To make the Jasmine tea, bring the water to a boil. Let it cool down for 1-2 minutes and transfer to a large mug. Add 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of loose jasmine tea and let it steep for about 3 minutes. Finally, strain the tea leaves.

Tip: Do not let the tea steep for more than 3 minutes. Otherwise, it will become bitter.

Blending

Finally comes the fun part, combining everything! Add the mashed taro, brewed jasmine tea, almond milk, purple sweet potato powder, and sugar to a blender.

Blend for a few seconds or until smooth. You want the consistency to be creamy but not too thick. It should have the same consistency as whole milk. If it’s too thick, add a little bit more almond milk.

Boba

Boba is totally optional, but it makes this drink more fun! Who doesn’t like something to chew on with their drink?

To cook boba, or tapioca pearls, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, add the boba and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. Let it rest for another 30 minutes before draining. If you are impatient, feel free to use quick-cooking tapioca pearls.

Not into boba? Why not try this aloe vera jelly? It’s healthier and adds freshness as well as chewiness!

💬 FAQ

Is sweet potato powder vegan?

If using 100% purple sweet potato powder, yes.

What can I substitute for the purple sweet potato powder?

You can use half taro root and half purple sweet potato. Both must be boiled together for about the same amount of time.

How long does this taro milk tea keep?

It will keep for up to 2 days in the refrigerator. Store it without the boba.

Can I use small taro roots for this recipe?

I would not recommend it for two reasons: first, it will be a little bit more slimy, and secondly, it won’t have the same natural sweetness.

Close up of vegan taro milk tea with boba.

I hope you are going to love this taro milk tea! It’s incredibly creamy, nutty, and has a very unique toasty flavor! Plus, it’s healthier than the ones from bubble tea shops!

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Recipe

Creamy Taro Milk Tea

5 from 2 votes
Author: Thomas Pagot
Learn how to make delicious taro milk tea at home! Prepared from scratch with just 5 ingredients, this nutty and creamy drink is vegan and 100% natural!
Prep Time : 15 minutes
Cook Time : 10 minutes
Total Time : 25 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 161 kcal

Ingredients
 

Taro Milk Tea

  • 4.5 ounces raw taro root
  • 1 and 1/2 cup brewed jasmine tea
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or other plant-based milk
  • 3-4 tbsp sugar to taste
  • 1 tbsp purple sweet potato powder

Boba (optional)

  • 1/3 cup dried boba (tapioca pearls)
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup

Instructions
 

Taro Milk Tea

  • If you are planning to serve this drink with boba, start by preparing the boba.
  • Peel the taro root and dice it into 1-inch cubes. Add the diced taro to a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for about 10 minutes or until the taro is fork-tender.
  • Drain the taro and transfer it to a bowl. Let it cool for a few minutes before mashing it with a spoon or a potato masher. You should end up with about 1/2 cup of mashed taro.
  • To a blender, add the mashed taro, brewed jasmine tea, almond milk, sugar, and purple sweet potato powder. Blend on high speed for 30-40 seconds or until fully smooth.
  • Divide between two glasses, add the boba and a handful of ice cubes. Serve immediately!

Boba

  • Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Once boiling, add the boba (tapioca pearls) and lower the heat to a simmer. Let simmer for about 30 minutes uncovered.
  • Next, remove from heat and cover with a lid. Let it rest for another 30 minutes.
  • Drain the boba and quickly rinse them under water. Transfer the cooked boba to a bowl and add the maple syrup. Stir to coat.
  • Your boba is now ready to use. Boba is best served the same day, as it tends to harden if stored in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 serving (without boba) | Calories: 161 kcal | Carbohydrates: 37.2 g | Protein: 1.3 g | Fat: 1.8 g | Fiber: 2.7 g | Sugar: 20.7 g
Course : Drinks
Cuisine : Asian
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Thomas Pagot is the founder, photographer, and recipe developer behind Full of Plants. He created the blog in 2016 as a personal cookbook for vegan recipes. Through years of recipe development, Thomas has successfully grown Full of Plants into a trusted resource for plant-based recipes.

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Cant wait to make this soon for me btw where did you buy taro and purple sweet potato powder as will try to find in Singapore i never had creamy taro milk tea before perfect for hot days in Singapore love your recipes and food as always brightens up my day everyday after work

How much water do you use to brew the tea with the listed amount (1 ½ tablespoon of loose jasmine) ?

5 stars
This recipe made my day. I’m so into milk tea. But it’s not easy to find a good vegan one nearby. Can’t wait to try your recipe. Thanks a lot!!!

5 stars
A good solution for hot days. Thank you Thomas!