Almond milk tea is a creamy, sweet, and refreshing bubble tea that tastes just as good as what you can buy. It’s a perfect drink for any time of the year and can be enjoyed both hot and cold.
Love bubble tea but are looking for a dairy free alternative? Then this almond milk tea recipe is for you.
Even if you aren’t lactose intolerant or looking for a dairy free bubble tea recipe, you can also enjoy this quick and easy drink.
Almond milk tea can be enjoyed both hot and cold, making it perfect to drink any time of the year.
What’s more, this dairy free almond boba tea recipe tastes just as good as boba you can buy.
Best Tea To Use
For this almond milk tea recipe, it is best to use a black tea. Types of black tea you could use include:
- English breakfast
- Earl Grey
- Ceylon Black Tea
For this recipe, you could use either tea bags or loose-leaf tea.
The longer you brew your tea, the stronger the flavor it will have when you add it to the almond milk tea. Usually, it is best to brew your tea for 3 to 5 minutes.
If you don’t have black tea on hand, you could try this recipe using green tea with almond milk.
Why You'll Love This Recipe
- Almond milk tea is a perfect dairy free alternative to traditional dairy milk bubble teas.
- It’s a quick and easy drink you can make at home.
- Almond milk bubble tea can be enjoyed both hot and cold.
- Only 5 ingredients are used for this almond milk boba tea recipe.
- Use as much or as little tea, sweetener, and creamer that you want. This recipe is customizable to suit you and your tastes.
- A perfect refreshing after school or after work drink.
Please note that below is a guide for some of the ingredients we used in the recipe. The printable recipe further down the page has the complete list of ingredients, including quantities and step-by-step instructions.
- Black tea of choice, e.g. Assam, English breakfast, earl grey
- Tapioca (boba) pearls: Use quick cooking boba pearls.
- Dark brown sugar: Or sweetener of choice. If you don’t have dark brown sugar, you can use light brown sugar. Alternatively, you can use a brown sugar syrup to sweeten your drink.
- Unsweetened almond milk: If you use sweetened almond milk, you will need to adjust the overall sweetness of the drink.
Step One: Brew the tea to your liking. The longer you brew your tea, the stronger the tea flavor you will have. I recommend brewing your tea for 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.
Step Two: In a medium saucepan, cook the tapioca (boba) pearls according to packet instructions. Once cooked, drain and rinse the tapioca. Then mix through the sugar.
Step Three: In a tall serving glass, add half the tapioca pearls. Then add half of the brewed tea and then ½ of almond milk. If desired, add ice cubes. Stir.
Step Four: Repeat step 3 for the remaining ingredients. Serve.
Tips for Success
If you use sweetened almond milk, you may need to reduce the amount of sugar you add to the drink.
Cost To Make
Estimated cost = $1.28 for 2 serves, or $0.66 per serve.
Substitutions / Variations
- Experiment with different types of tea if you don’t want to use black tea. You could try chai or even matcha green tea.
- If you don’t have dark brown sugar, you can substitute for a sweetener of your choice. For example, you could use maple syrup, artificial sweetener, or even honey.
- This recipe can be made with any kind of milk, both dairy or non-dairy.
- You can leave out the tapioca pearls if preferred.
- To sweeten your boba tea, you could use a brown sugar syrup for boba instead.
You can make this almond milk tea in advance; however, it is best to make the tapioca pearls on the day you want to drink it.
When you store almond milk tea, it is best to strain the tapioca pearls from the tea and store the almond milk tea in a bottle or sealed jar in the fridge for up to 7 days.
When you want to drink the tea, make fresh tapioca pearls. This is because the tapioca pearls become hard when not consumed straight away.
Likewise, if you keep them in the liquid, they can still become hard and swell up.
If you use black tea that contains caffeine then yes, the almond milk tea will contain caffeine.
There are decaffeinated black teas that you can use instead of caffeinated black teas if you want to make this almond milk tea without caffeine.
Yes, of course you can. You can make cold milk tea or hot almond milk tea.
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Almond Milk Tea
- 2 teabags of black tea of choice e.g. assam, English breakfast, early grey
- 400 ml boiling hot water to brew your tea
- ¼ cup (45 grams, 1.58 ounces) tapioca (boba) pearls quick cooking
- 2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar (or dark muscovado sugar), or to taste
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- Brew the tea to your liking. The longer you brew your tea, the stronger the tea flavor you will have. I recommend your brew your tea for 3 to 5 minutes. Set aside and allow to cool.
- In a medium saucepan, cook the tapioca (boba) pearls according to packet instructions. Once cooked, drain and rinse the tapioca. Then mix through the sugar.
- In a tall serving glass, add half the tapioca pearls. Then add half of the brewed tea and then ½ of almond milk. If desired, add ice cubes. Stir.
- Repeat step 3 for the remaining ingredients. Serve.