5 dairy-free, refined sugar-free, and completely delicious fruit “boba” recipes you can make at home using our plant-based collagen boost blends.* We rounded up our top 5 favorite vegan “boba” alternatives that are sure to make your taste buds sing.
Have you ever tried bubble tea? This drink originated in Taiwan in the 1980s and has been very popular in East and Southeast Asia since the 1990s, but recently the love for this sweet tea drink has begun to sweep the globe.
Traditionally bubble tea is prepared by combining a tea base with milk, flavored syrup, or fruit and fruit juice, and then adding the signature “bubbles” that sit at the bottom of the drink. These bubbles are actually tapioca pearls, a jelly-like ball that bursts in the mouth.
Typical boba tea prepared in the traditional method can be high in sugar and lack nutritional benefits, which is why we love experimenting with using frozen fruit in place of boba and our favorite plant-based milk in place of dairy milk. Our fruity “boba” lattes get an extra beauty boost from our Collagen-Boost Beauty Blends, which combine powerful plant botanicals like organic tremella mushroom and bamboo extract that promote natural collagen production to support healthy hair, skin, nails, and joints.*
Read on for five of our favorite ways to use frozen fruit as a refreshing Boba alternative!
Iced Mango “Boba” Matcha Latte
Matcha and mango are a match made in heaven, combining into one refreshing latte that’s as gorgeous as it is delicious.
Our Matcha Beauty powder combines with creamy plant milk and is poured over fresh or frozen mango, creating a latte that has all the sweetness and texture of traditional bubble tea, but with no refined sugar and far more beauty-boosting ingredients.* The tangy, buttery texture of the mango mixes with the earthy, slightly-sweet flavor of Matcha Beauty to create a drink that dreams are made of. Matcha is also a great way to get in a caffeine boost without the crash, thanks to the presence of L-Theanine, an amino acid that can promote concentration and a sense of calmness.
Iced Watermelon “Boba” Matcha Latte
This iced drink reminds us of warm sunny days spent poolside, the warmth of the sun on our skin and the scent of sunscreen floating on the breeze. Juicy watermelon at the bottom of a beauty-boosting matcha latte made with our collagen-boosting Matcha Beauty is everything you never knew you needed. There are two approaches to making this watermelon matcha latte: pureeing the melon or cutting it into small pieces. Cutting the watermelon will result in a more “boba” experience with the pieces of melon replacing the traditional tapioca pearls, but pureeing the watermelon creates a slushy texture that reminds us of a classic summer slurpee. Thanks to our collagen-boosting Matcha Beauty, your hair, skin, and nails will be just as happy as you are!*
Raspberry Cacao “Boba” Tea Latte
Tangy raspberry and chocolatey cacao come together with creamy oat milk in this iced latte. Our Cacao Calm beauty blend is a mix of sweet cacao, spicy cinnamon, and calming ashwagandha combined with collagen-boosting plant botanicals for ultimate beauty-boosting bliss.* Tremella mushroom, hyaluronic acid, amla berry, and bamboo extract are the powerhouse plants inside our Beauty Blends, leaving your hair, skin, and nails stronger and your tastebuds asking for more!*
Blueberry Matcha “Boba” Tea Latte
This one might be one of our favorite recipes ever. Frozen blueberries are one of the best alternatives to tapioca pearls, their sweet and chewy texture very reminiscent of traditional tapioca pearls found in bubble tea. However, this latte does one better by also combining our collagen-boosting Matcha Beauty with creamy oat milk, creating an insanely delicious tea latte that you can consider an extension of your skincare routine.* Whip this drink up for yourself and you’re in for a beautifying blueberry “boba” beverage (say that five times fast!)
Matcha Strawberry “Boba” Tea Latte
Just one sip and you might ask this latte to be your valentine. This gorgeous drink goes above and beyond, combining layers of sweet strawberry and vibrant matcha for your sipping pleasure. Our Matcha Beauty Blend gives this iced latte a beauty-boost, thanks to matcha’s abundant antioxidants (up to 137 times more antioxidants than steeped green tea) and major anti-inflammatory properties. Each serving of our Matcha Beauty Blend works to promote collagen synthesis and skin hydration for healthy hair, skin, nails, and joints, but without the use of animal products.* Berry nice.
We hope you’re just as obsessed with this Boba trend as we are! Finding plant-based alternatives to some of our favorites keeps us creative in the kitchen, and we love the added beauty boost from sipping these delicious creations. If you’re looking for even more boba alternatives, we think blackberries, cherries, peaches, kiwi, or even pineapple would all be delicious in an iced latte made with any of our Plant-Based Collagen Boost Beauty Blends. Make sure to follow us @copinaco on Instagram and tag us in your recreations!