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Matcha Bubble Tea (Iced or Hot!)

An easy recipe for homemade vegan matcha bubble tea in less than 20 minutes! Naturally gluten-free, a little better for you, and just as delicious as the original. It’s also budget-friendly, creates less waste, and is customizable to your taste buds! 
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Keyword: dairy free, homemade, matcha boba tea, matcha bubble tea, matcha milk tea, vegan
Servings: 2
Author: Remy


  • 1/2 cup dry tapioca pearls I used one from nuts.com, but amazon sells many
  • 3 cups of water
  • 2 tablespoons liquid sweetener of choice I use coconut sugar, but recommend liquid like coconut nectar
  • 2 servings of matcha
  • 2 cups of vegan milk of choice
  • optional
  • additional sweetener to taste
  • vanilla


  • In a saucepan bring 3 cups of water to a boil, add dry tapioca pearls and continue to boil on low heat for about 5-8 min, or according to package directions. Make sure you stir occasionally so the tapioca pearls don't stick together. You'll know when the tapioca is ready when it becomes a translucent black. You can also try one pearl to make sure it's cooked through.
  • While this is cooking, prepare your matcha. Whisk with a splash of hot water until smooth with no clumps remaining. Make this quite strong as you'll be adding vegan milk later on.
  • Once tapioca pearls are cooked through, remove from heat and strain. Transfer to a bowl and cover with just enough water so it doesn't dry out, and add 2 tablespoons of sweetener.
  • To assemble, strain and divide the cooked tapioca between 2 cups. Add ice if desired, pour whisked matcha into each glass, and finish with non-dairy milk.
  • Add additional sweetener as needed, and enjoy! Don't forget to use a re-usable metal bubble tea straw :-)


Expert Tips

  • Homemade Matcha: If you’re interested in reading more about matcha, how to source high quality matcha, the health benefits, and how to make it at home, check out this blog post!
  • Make Ahead: You can make this matcha milk tea ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours, without the bubbles. For iced matcha, add the bubbles, ice, and the refrigerated matcha mixture when you’re ready to serve! For hot, heat the mixture up, and serve over the boba pearls. 
Serving Tips
  • Serve over ice with additional sweetener to taste and enjoy!
  • Make these cookies if you’re feeling extra matcha-y.