Combining a smoothie and a bubble tea might sound crazy, but it’s delicious! This recipe gives you a dose of fruits and a burst of energy. You can use fresh or frozen berries and customize the toppings to your liking.
Thick and sweet, this mixed berry boba smoothie is easy to make. You’ll need a blender, tea, popping boba, and your favorite berries. Adding sweetener is optional.Print
What Does a Mixed Berry Bubble Tea Smoothie Taste Like?
Mixed berry bubble tea tastes like a fruit smoothie with floral hints from the jasmine tea. Raspberries and strawberries combine to produce a light fruit flavor, slightly tart but refreshing and light. The popping boba adds a bit of additional fruitiness, depending on the flavor of the pearls.
How Much Caffeine Is in This Bubble Tea Recipe?
Made with jasmine tea, this mixed berry bubble tea has between 15 and 60 mg of caffeine per cup.
Tea leaves produce more caffeine when brewed in boiling water, for long periods, and when the leaves are small. To reduce the amount of caffeine per serving, use green tea or fruit tea. Also, finish caffeinated drinks before 2 pm to ensure sleep isn’t interrupted.
Can You Use a Different Type of Tea?
You can use almost any type of tea in this recipe. Green tea, jasmine tea, and fruit tea work well. Matcha and white tea also complement the fruit flavors.
Using a different type of tea will change the amount of caffeine per serving. If you use green tea, expect about 28 mg per serving. Black tea yields about 48 mg per serving. Matcha produces more caffeine, with about 72 mg per serving.
Can You Use Fresh Fruit?
You can use fresh fruit to make mixed berry bubble tea. When raspberries and strawberries are in season, they add juicy, intense flavor to smoothies—there’s nothing like fresh berries! Add the same amount of fresh fruit called for in the recipe, but you may want to add 8-12 ice cubes. Fresh fruit blends into a thinner mixture than frozen, so you’ll need to use ice to compensate.
Is a Mixed Berry Bubble Tea Smoothie Healthy?
Both fresh and frozen fruit offer many health benefits. The health benefits will differ depending on which fruits you use in your boba smoothie.
- Strawberries are filled with vitamins and antioxidants. They have manganese and potassium. One handful of strawberries has more Vitamin C than an orange. They have no fat, cholesterol, or sodium.
- Raspberries provide manganese, which helps regulate blood sugar. They contain less sugar than other fruits, making them an excellent choice for those striving to steady their blood sugar. Raspberries have omega-3 fatty acids, which can aid in the prevention of heart disease. One cup of raspberries provides 8 grams of fiber—more than most other fruits.
- Blueberries provide even more vitamin C and a healthy dose of anthocyanin. They can improve both physical and mental health.
- Jasmine tea has been known to lower the risk of certain cancers and improve your mood.
The other ingredients, honey and popping boba, offer fewer health benefits. Honey contains some carbohydrates—17 grams of net carbs per tablespoon—but offers anti-microbial benefits. Local honey can also help reduce allergies. Popping boba is high in sugar and is the least healthy ingredient in this mixed berry boba.
Which Toppings Are Best in Mixed Berry Bubble Tea?
Mixed berry bubble tea works best with lighter toppings. If you prefer traditional boba, you can use tapioca balls. However, instead of traditional brown sugar tapioca pearls, you may want to soak the chewy pearls in fruit puree.
Other great options include the following: