Boba Smoothie

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This refreshing Boba Smoothie combines frozen fruit, creamy coconut milk, and chewy tapioca pearls. Try this trendy drink out for yourself!

Three honeydew boba smoothies in mason jar mugs with boba straws

Boba Smoothie Recipe

Drinks featuring boba, like boba tea and boba smoothies, originated in Taiwan, but have spread in popularity all over the world. They are eye-catching because of their bright colors and little boba tapioca pearls at the bottom. I love boba smoothies, and I always wanted to know if I could make them at home. Now that I know how easy it is I make them for my family all the time. They are a great, refreshing treat any day of the year!

Ingredients for a Boba Smoothie

  • Tapioca Pearls – In the recipe card below I explain how to cook dehydrated tapioca pearls (pictured below). You can find these at most Asian grocery stores. You can also use pre-cooked frozen boba, in which case you would prepare the boba according to package directions.
  • Sweetener – I use a few different sweeteners in this recipe. I use brown sugar and honey to sweeten the boba pearls, and I use white sugar to sweeten the smoothie. You can use any combination of these, or other sweeteners like agave, stevia, and maple syrup.
  • Frozen Fruit – For this recipe, I chose honeydew. Honeydew is my favorite boba smoothie flavor. However, you can use any frozen fruit or combinations of fruits! Some of my other favorites are banana and mango. Sometimes I make a strawberry banana smoothie with boba and that is quite good as well.
  • Milk – I used coconut milk in this recipe because I like how it tastes with the honeydew. However, you can use any dairy or non dairy milk for your smoothie. I have tried oat milk, almond milk, and whole milk all with great results.
  • Serving Glass and Straw – To serve this boba smoothie, you will need a tall glass and a wide-opening straw. The boba spheres are larger than a normal straw. I have found reusable large straws in some grocery stores and online. We take our reusable straws when we buy boba to reduce waste.
Uncooked tapioca pearls in a measuring cup

How to Freeze Boba and Reheat Frozen Boba

Since the process of cooking tapioca pearls is fairly involved, and boba doesn’t keep well in the fridge, I like to make up a bigger batch of boba and freeze it. You will need a large stock pot, as you will need 6 cups of water for every 1 cup of tapioca pearls. Prepare the boba as directed below, and then place it in a ziplock bag. Squeeze all the air out of the bag and lay flat in the freezer. When you are ready to make a boba smoothie or tea, bring a few cups of water to a boil and place the desired amount of boba into the water. Boil for 5 minutes, then remove from heat, cover, and let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water and add brown sugar and honey if desired. Add to your drink and enjoy!

Recipe Tip

Tapioca pearls in a pot of boiling water

While boiling the boba, be sure to stir every 2-3 minutes. If you do not stir the pearls, then you will end up with clumps of boba pearls.


What is the difference between a boba smoothie and bubble tea?

Bubble tea is black tea with boba pearls, often with milk and flavorings added. A boba smoothie is a fruit smoothie with boba pearls. It can have tea, but this recipe doesn’t.

Can you put popping boba in a smoothie?

Yes! Popping boba is a different kind of boba that pops and releases liquid when you bite down on it. You can definitely add it to a smoothie! You can even use it as a topping for a regular boba smoothie.

Is boba gluten free?

Yes! Boba is made of tapioca pearls which are naturally gluten free!

Three honeydew boba smoothies in mason jar mugs with boba straws

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How to Make a Boba Smoothie

Three honeydew boba smoothies in mason jar mugs with boba straws

Boba Smoothie

5 from 3 votes
This refreshing Boba Smoothie combines frozen fruit, creamy coconut milk, and chewy tapioca pearls. Try this trendy drink out for yourself!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Drink
Cuisine taiwanese
Servings 4


  • 1 cup tapioca pearls
  • 6 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 4 cups frozen honeydew
  • 2 cups coconut milk You may need to add more depending on the strength of your blender and the size of your honeydew pieces.
  • 2 tablespoons sugar


  • Bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add tapioca pearls and stir until all the pearls float to the top. Turn down the heat and cook for 20 minutes, stirring every 2-3 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat and cover. Let the pearls sit, covered, for 25 minutes. Do not open the lid.
    Tapioca pearls in a pot of boiling water
  • Pour the pearls into a strainer and rinse with cold water until the pearls are cool to the touch.
    Boba pearls in a strainer
  • Place pearls in a bowl and add brown sugar and honey. Stir to combine.
    A bowl of boba pearls with a scoop of brown sugar on top
  • Blend the honeydew, coconut milk, and sugar in a blender until smooth.
    Honeydew and coconut milk mixed in a blender
  • Evenly distribute the sweet boba mixture between 4 glasses. Pour smoothie over the top.
    Three honeydew boba smoothies in mason jar mugs with boba straws

Nutrition Information

Calories: 358kcalCarbohydrates: 73gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 134mgPotassium: 405mgFiber: 2gSugar: 36gVitamin A: 85IUVitamin C: 31mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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  1. 5 stars
    This is such a great recipe! It made a boba smoothie as delicious as any I’ve ever ordered in a shop!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious! I never thought to try making these at home, but now that I have we’ll be snacking on boba smoothies all summer!

  3. 5 stars
    We love boba drinks! I can’t believe how easy it was to make at home. It tasted so light and refreshing, too. Will definitely be making more of this!