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Colorful Homemade Boba (Tapioca Pearls)


Boba (also known as tapioca pearls) are literally just that: pearls made of tapioca flour and water.

raw boba pearls

So why not embark on a playful culinary adventure and make your own?


Use natural colorants like our activated charcoal or beet powder to punch up the saturation of these chewy treats and drown them in the suggested lattes below. 


Colorful Homemade Boba (Tapioca Pearls)


  • ½ cup Anthony’s Goods Organic Tapioca Flour
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • ¼ tsp Anthony’s Goods activated charcoal (if making black)
  • ¼ tsp matcha tea powder (if making green)
  • ¼ tsp Anthony’s Goods Beet Juice Powder (if making pink)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup or honey 

Directions to make the boba:

  1. Fill a medium bowl with the flour and your colorant of your choice. Boil the water and, little by little, pour it onto the flour and mix quickly with your fingers. This is a tricky step, as you need to work fast but be careful not to burn your fingers. Stop kneading when you reach a play-dough like consistency. (This might take less than ¼ cup of water. Be careful not to use too much water or to let the water cool, as this can result in a slimy mess.)
  2. Roll the dough into a snake and cut it into small pieces. Roll each piece into a ball. If the dough feels dry and begins to crumble, use a few drops of water to wet your palms and to bring it back together into the desired shape.
  3. In a pot, bring 1 cup of water to boil. Drop in the boba dough balls and let them cook for 15 minutes. Drain and place in a container filled with ¼ cup honey or maple syrup to slightly sweeten them. Give them a little stir to ensure they are all well-coated.
  4. Let the boba soak for 30 minutes on the counter before adding to your beverage of choice. Do not store leftovers in the fridge as the boba will harden. 

Makes: ¾ cup boba pearls of each flavor 

Prep time: 1 hour (if making all 3 flavors)

Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes 

Suggested Lattes 

Ingredients for Earl Grey latte:

  • ½ tbsp Anthony’s Goods Earl Grey tea
  • 1 cup almond or soy milk
  • Honey or maple syrup to taste

Ingredients for matcha latte:

  • 1 ½ tsp matcha powder
  • 1 cup almond or soy milk
  • Honey or maple syrup to taste

Ingredients for ginger-beet latte:

  • 1 tsp Anthony’s Goods Beet Juice Powder
  • ½ tsp Anthony’s Goods Powdered Ginger Root
  • 1 cup almond or soy milk
  • Honey or maple syrup to taste

Directions to make the lattes:

  1. Warm up milk and whisk in or steep the flavoring (matcha, ginger-beet or Earl Grey) for your latte. 
  2. Add in the sweetener and pour the mixture in a cup over ice. 
  3. Drop in your boba pearls and enjoy!

Makes: 1 latte

Prep time: 5 minutes

Total time: 5 minutes  

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