Three cheers for homemade bubble tea! My sister gifted us with a do-it-yourself bubble tea kit, including these awesome reusable metal straws. Having just had bing soo at a local Asian desserts spot, I washed the cups out with hot soapy water like a NERD so our homemade bubble tea would look just like the shops. For some weird reason, Rich, Teddy and I ALL LOVE a banana-flavoured thing. Real banana, faux banana, any old banana flavour – we are fans! This banana milk bubble tea is so simple to make, it’s really just a banana milkshake smoothie type thing, and you can control the consistency by adding ice, or adding more ice cream, or more milk. Plus, you can even easily make this vegan by using oat milk and plant based ice cream! So yes, blending up a bunch of ingredients in a smoothie is very simple. Making the “bubbles” aka pearls aka tapioca PARTY BALLS is also very easy! The dried brown tapioca pearls kind of look like little rabbit turds. BUT FEAR NOT! Once you cook them, they will look like… glutinous black tadpoles. BUT FEAR NOT AGAIN! Once you soak them in a simple syrup, and then spoon them into the bottom of your cup, then fill with delicious icy creamy banana milk, they become those chewy-sweet satisfying bubbles once again. Hehe.
Banana Milk Bubble Tea
For the pearls
- 3 tablespoons of dried tapioca pearls, for each serving
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
For the banana milk
- 3 medium bananas, ripe, unpeeled and frozen
- 3 cups + of whole milk, or plant based milk
- 3 generous scoops of vanilla ice cream, or plant based ice cream
- Ice cubes, if desired
Make the pearls
- In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and the water to a boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar.
- Remove from heat and allow to thicken and cool.
- In a small saucepan, boil water. Add the dried tapioca pearls, and cook on medium heat for 40 minutes, stirring occasionally so pearls don’t stick to the pot.
- Drain the pearls in a colander over the sink; let cool slightly.
- Add the cooked pearls to the simple syrup, allowing them to soak up the syrup, about twenty minutes. I put mine in the fridge for this time period.
Make the banana milk
- Place the ripe, frozen bananas, milk, ice cream and ice, if using, in a high powered blender and… BLEND!
- Add more milk if you want a looser consistency, or more ice if you want a more slush-like consistency.
- Spoon syrup-soaked pearls into the bottoms of three large cups.
- Pour the banana milk on top, plunk in a reusable bubble tea straw and enjoy immediately!