One sip of passion fruit bubble tea and you’ll be blown away by the sweet, tart flavours combined with the chewy tapioca pearls. Add passion fruit popping pearls and you've got yourself an even more refreshing passion fruit boba drink.
Additionally, the natural flavours of passion fruit have been known to have many health benefits. For example, they are rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. These benefits make this beverage ideal for those seeking a nutrient-dense and delicious drink. So, in our guide, we will share our recipe on how to make passion fruit boba.
This beverage has two main versions - a fruit base and a green tea base. You can combine the tangy original with other delicious ingredients like strawberries, mango, and more! Meanwhile, for the green tea version, you would incorporate tea with fruit boba. We will be showing you both versions.
Furthermore, our recipe is extremely easy to make at home, with only three main ingredients and three simple steps. Therefore, you do not need to be an expert or possess advanced cooking equipment. Plus, you can even customise it based on your preference. Do you want to have a passionate strawberry combo or a tea combo? Ultimately, it is all up to you.
What is Passion Fruit Boba Made Of?
Passion fruit boba is made with fresh passion fruit juice and green or black tea. The juice is then mixed with tapioca pearls and other ingredients to create the perfect blend of flavours and textures. These additional ingredients may include sugar, honey, milk, and other flavourings.
The tapioca pearls are usually cooked in a sweet syrup and sugar mixture before being added to the drink. Including milk in this boba drink is not mandatory, but many people prefer to add it for flavour and richness.
What Does Passion Fruit Boba Taste Like?
This beverage has a light and refreshing taste. The passion juice brings in a sweet and tart flavour that compliments the other ingredients. Meanwhile, the tapioca pearls bring in a chewy texture.
How Many Calories Are in Passion Fruit Boba?
A single serving of passion fruit bubble tea contains around 300 calories.
Passion Fruit Bubble Tea Ingredients
The passion fruit boba ingredients are the following:
- Hot water
- Passion Fruit
- Green tea (or another alternative)
- Tapioca pearls or boba
- Milk and cream (optional)
- Additional ingredients (optional)
- Sweetener (optional)
- Ice cubes (optional)
Real fruit, juice, concentrated puree, or frozen all have their pros and cons. For real fruit that is juiced, ½ cup is enough for two servings. Using the real deal is the best option because it provides the most authentic taste. However, it can be difficult to find and requires much prep work.
Alternatively, you can use passion fruit juice and puree (½ cup). These options are much more convenient, and they still taste great. But, they may contain added sugars or preservatives that can affect the overall taste of the passion fruit bubble tea.
Frozen fruit is also a good option, providing a good balance between convenience and taste. However, it may not be as fresh as the other options. Ultimately, the form that you use will depend on personal preference and availability.
First, you want to ensure that your green tea is high quality. Look for loose-leaf tea that is whole and unbroken, as this will ensure that you get the best flavour and aroma possible.
Another important factor to consider is the origin of the tea. Different regions produce different types of green tea, each with its own unique flavour profile. Japanese green tea, for example, tends to be more vegetal and grassy, while Chinese green tea is often more floral and sweet. You may also opt for a lighter, more delicate tea, like the white one. This will allow the flavours of the boba to shine through without being overpowered by the tea.
Furthermore, if you’re looking for a more convenient option to make your green tea-based boba, you can opt for green tea bags. The bags also tend to lend a stronger flavour to the overall beverage.
To avoid making your passion fruit bubble tea too bitter, ensure to steep your bags for 2-3 minutes in 160°F (74 to 85°C) water.
One of the main advantages of using pre-made pearls or store-bought tapioca is that they are convenient and easy to use. If you follow the packet instructions, your pearls will be ready quickly. This is especially helpful for people new to making boba, as making the pearls from scratch can be complex.
However, there are a few downsides to using pre-made tapioca pearls. The main concern that most people have is that they may contain additives or preservatives which are not healthy for you.
Additionally, the texture and taste of pre-made pearls may not be as good as those made from scratch. Some people find that pre-made pearls aren't as chewy or find that they have an artificial flavour, which can detract from the overall boba experience.
Deciding to use pre-made or make tapioca pearls from scratch depends on personal preference. Pre-made pearls can be a good option if you are short on time or need more ingredients. However, if you are a purist and want the authentic boba experience, making your pearls from scratch may be the way to go.
Firstly, you can opt for traditional whole milk, which adds a creamy, sweet flavour. Alternatively, almond milk is a popular choice among those who want to keep their drink dairy-free. It adds a nutty and slightly sweet taste to the mix. Another option is coconut milk, perfect for those who love tropical flavours.
Although milk is optional, adding it will take your passion fruit bubble tea to another level! Whichever type of milk you choose, make sure it complements the main tangy and sweet flavours, creating a delicious and enjoyable drink that will leave you refreshed and satisfied.
If you want to try alternative milk tea recipes, you can start with honeydew milk tea, which is very easy to make.
Mango, honeydew, and lychee (optional)
If you want your passion fruit bubble tea to be more fruit-based, include mango, honeydew, and or lychee. Other great options include sliced strawberries and even chopped kiwi. There are many fun fruit choices to make your perfect passion boba. So don't be afraid to experiment and try different combinations until you find your favourite.
Whether you're a fan of tartness or prefer a more subtle flavour, there's something out there that can help take your drink to the next level. If you want to explore more fruit-based teas, you can try mango boba tea. Aside from that, another boba variation worth trying is lychee bubble tea.
One popular option is honey. Honey is a delicious natural sweetener that is rich in antioxidants and has antibacterial properties. In addition, it has a distinct taste that pairs well with the tangy flavour of the passion base. You can use raw or regular honey, depending on your preference. However, we like to use raw honey as it's unprocessed and contains more nutrients. Meanwhile, while regular honey is more widely available and has a milder taste.
Another sweetener option is agave nectar. Agave nectar is a natural sweetener that's derived from the agave plant. It also has a mild taste that won't overpower the flavour of the passion fruit bubble tea.
You can certainly use regular granulated sugar to sweeten this drink. However, to avoid just pouring the rough granules into the drink, we recommend making a simple syrup. You can easily do this by dissolving sugar in water in a 1:1 ratio in a small pot under low heat until it becomes a thick slurry.
Alternatively, if you're looking for a zero-calorie sweetener option, use stevia. Stevia is a natural sweetener that's made from the leaves of the stevia plant. It's much sweeter than sugar, so you only need to use a small amount. However, stevia has a slightly bitter aftertaste, so it's best used in small quantities to avoid overpowering the flavour of the passion fruit.
How to Make Passion Fruit Green Tea Boba
To start, you'll need 40 ml of passion fruit boba syrup. You can buy this pre-made or make your own. To make your own passion fruit syrup, simmer 1 cup of passion fruit pulp with 1 cup of sugar and water until it thickens for 5 minutes. For this section, we are going to use pre-made syrup.
Next, brew 3 to 4 bags of a strong batch of green tea and let it cool. Once your passion fruit syrup and green tea are ready, it's time to make the boba.
To make the boba, you'll need ½ cup of tapioca pearls. The exact amount depends on your preference. These can be found at most Asian grocery stores or online. First, cook the tapioca pearls based on the instructions, then rinse them under cold water to cool them down. Once your boba is ready, it's time to assemble your drink.
Add a layer of passion fruit syrup to the bottom of your glass to assemble your passion fruit green tea boba. Then, add your cooked tapioca pearls on top. Next, pour in your cooled green tea, leaving some room at the top for ice. If you like, you can also add some milk or creamer to give your drink a creamier, more indulgent taste.
Green Tea-Based vs Passion Fruit-Based Drinks
The only difference between green tea-based boba and a fruit-based passion fruit bubble tea is the concentration of green tea. In fruit-tea based, you just need one bag of green tea for one serving. Meanwhile, for your green-tea base drink, you will need around 2 to three bags.
How to Make Passion Fruit Boba Pearls
To make fruit-infused pearls, you'll need passion juice, sugar, water, and tapioca starch. First, mix the sugar and water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Then, add the juice and stir until it's well combined.
Next, add the tapioca starch and stir until it forms a dough-like consistency. Roll the dough into small balls and boil until they float to the top. Drain the boba pearls and rinse them with cold water before adding them to your boba tea. These will have the same chewiness but a hint of sweetness.
Popping Boba Pearls
Passion fruit popping pearls are a great boba topping alternative to black tapioca pearls for a few reasons. Firstly, they add a burst of flavour to your boba tea. The pre-made popping pearls are filled with juice, and when you bite into them, they release a burst of flavour that complements the tea.
Secondly, they're a more visually appealing topping than black tapioca pearls. The bright orange colour of the passion fruit popping pearls adds a pop of colour to your drink, making it more Instagram-worthy. And finally, they're a healthier alternative to black tapioca pearls.
Passion fruit boba pearls are made with real fruit juice and contain less sugar than traditional boba pearls. Ultimately, these pearls are a great way to switch up your popping boba game and add some tropical flair to your passion fruit bubble tea.
Passion Fruit Boba Recipe
- Bring the water to a boil, then pour it into a bowl with the tea bags. Remove them after five minutes of steeping. Put the tea into the refrigerator and let it cool fully.
- Pour the juice from the fresh pulp into a bowl after straining it through a fine-mesh sieve.
- Boil a pot of water, then add the tapioca pearls. Cover the pot once the pearls float on the surface. Cook it for three minutes and let it cool for another three minutes. Drain the water, then separate the tapioca balls.
- Divide the tapioca balls among tall glasses before adding the cold green tea and ¾ cup of passion juice to make your passion fruit boba. You can also serve it with ice cubes for a more refreshing finish.
- In the final step, you can add a milk of your choice. This milk adds flavour and sweetness to the boba.
- The milk may curdle since the passion fruit purée is so acidic. Add the milk to the glass first to avoid this. After that, while stirring, slowly pour in the purée to gradually blend the two.
- Cooked boba will last 4 to 6 hours. After that, they don't keep well in storage and will become harder as they cool.
- If you are going for a fruit-based boba, you may add mango, strawberry, lychee, and more.
- You can also use additional ingredients like sugar, honey, and syrup for extra sweetness.
Calories have been calculated using an online calculator. Nutritional information offered on Honest Food Talks is for general information purposes and are only rough estimations.
Passion fruit bubble tea is a delicious and refreshing way to enjoy your cup of tea. However, you can customise your boba by adding mango or strawberry. You can add these flavours to the tea base or as toppings, making either a mango passion fruit boba or strawberry-passion fruit boba. This is a great way to customise your drink and add flavour.
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