by Gemma Hazen

Homemade Boba for Milk Tea (Low Sugar)

3 oz. Tapioca Starch

2 packets Stevia (optional)

1 teaspoon Matcha Powder (optional, but makes it a cool algae green)

Boil some water while mixing the above dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

Begin adding boiling water to the dry ingredients, one Tablespoon at a time, mixing it around to try and get everything touched by hot water. I usually add about 2 oz (4 Tablespoons) of water total. The areas that get wet will get visibly gummy and transparent looking. Just smash the dry mix into the wet areas using a fork (it’s still pretty hot at this point) over and over until it starts to form a shaggy dough. It should be cooler by now and you can start to knead it together by hand. The texture is very similar to Play-Doh once you get it all together. If it seems like dried out Play-Doh, add a teaspoon of warm water and knead it some more. Slightly dry will be easier to work with than sticky. If it becomes sticky, just add some extra Tapioca starch and knead some more until you get where you want. A little water goes a long way 8)

Now that you have a nice green dough, cut it into 6 pieces. Keep the pieces you’re not working on under a cover so they don’t dry out. Grab one piece and roll it into a nice long log about 1 cm thick. Then cut the log into pieces about 1 cm long. You can choose to roll each of those 1 cm cylinders into a ball but I find that takes a while, and I’d rather just make my milk tea now thank you. Cooked Boba doesn’t store well, so if you want to save it for later, put them in a container and store in the fridge at this point. If you’re worried they’ll stick together, just give them a shake in more starch.

Ready for Boba now?

Boil some more water. Add your desired amount of Boba to the boiling water and boil for 5-10 minutes until the texture is where you like it! Now drain your Boba and then Soak the freshly cooked Boba in Brown Sugar, Honey or Syrup…

At least, that’s what most recipes say. I’ve become a fan of just draining them from the boiling water and putting them at the bottom of my cup and adding my milk tea on top! There’s a slight sweetness to them if you’ve added the Stevia at the beginning and it’s really nice in some matcha with some Vanilla Soy Milk (for a touch of sweet and creamy in the tea). Yum! Very little sugar added unless you want to 8)