Red bean boba topping is traditionally made with adzuki beans, sometimes called aduki beans or azuki beans. These beans are red but should not be confused with red kidney beans. Adzuki beans are small red beans, about half the size of kidney beans.
This recipe needs just a few ingredients. You can use dry adzuki beans or canned beans. Adding a few pinches of salt and mashing the beans will bring out their slightly sweet, earthy flavor and complement the milk tea. You can use red kidney beans in this boba tea recipe if you can’t find adzuki beans at your local Asian grocery store.Print
What Does Red Bean Bubble Tea Taste Like?
Red bean bubble tea tastes like creamy, sweetened milk tea. The red beans create a grainy texture while adding sweetness to the drink. This tea isn’t as sweet as traditional boba tea because the only sweetness comes from the beans.
The flavor of tea you use will change the exact flavor slightly. Green tea can be more bitter, while black tea creates a stronger tea taste.
Can You Make Red Bean Milk Tea With Bean Paste?
Yes, you can make red bean milk tea with bean paste. Check your local Asian supermarket for sweet red bean paste. You can also order bean paste online.
Because the red bean paste will blend with the tea, make sure it is smooth before adding it to your boba tea. You can push it through a strainer once or twice to create a smooth, fine texture. Add the red bean paste at the bottom of the serving glass or use it as a topper. You may even consider shaking the milk tea together with the paste to further incorporate it.
Are Red Beans Healthier Than Tapioca Pearls?
Health Benefits of Red Bean Boba Tea
Most bubble teas use sugar syrup, which can make them high in sugar. However, red bean boba tends to have less overall sugar, making it a healthier option. Additionally:
- Red beans are high in fiber, which aids digestion and helps balance blood sugar levels, reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- They are high in protein. Foods high in protein and fiber can aid in weight loss since they make you feel full for extended periods.
- Tea is high in antioxidants, which help skin health and overall body health.
Which Milk Tea Recipes Are Best With Red Bean Topping?
Matcha, green, and black tea make great milk tea bases for red bean topping. Their flavors compliment the sweet earthiness of the red beans. However, avoid fruit teas—the flavor combination doesn’t quite work.
Red beans are used in most Asian countries as toppings for desserts like ice cream, shaved ice, waffles, and, of course, boba tea.