Bubble Tea

By April 8, 2011 December 3rd, 2020 Drinks, Vegetarian, Weight Loss

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bubble tea
I love this little tea shop called The Tea Garden. They serve something called “Bubble Tea.” The unique ingredient of Bubble Tea is tapioca pearls, but in this case, I used Miracle Rice.

Tapioca pearls are about the size of pearls and they have a consistency like gummy candy, but Miracle Rice creates the same gummy texture. The big difference is in the nutritional value. The carbohydrates in tapioca pearls are starch where Miracle Rice is made from fiber.

A typical “Bubble Tea” drink at The Tea Garden uses between 25 and 75 of these tapioca pearls, and each pearl contains 14 calories of pure starch. So that means that just the tapioca in the drink is hundreds of calories. And that’s without the sugar! Most “Bubble Teas” range from 400 – 1000 calories, depending on the size and the ingredients.

bubble tea

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup Miracle Rice
1 cup brewed  tea (blueberry, strawberry, coconut chai)
1 tsp stevia glycerite
1/2 tsp flavor extract of your choice (blueberry, pineapple, strawberry)
1 cup crushed ice cubes

In a large bowl, add almond milk, Miracle Rice, tea, natural sweeteners and extract. Stir until the mixture is well combined. Add the ice cubes, and shake so the whole drink can get cold. Pour into a glass. Makes 1 serving.

Traditional Bubble Tea = 280 calories, 67.9 carbs, 0.5g fiber
“Healthified” Bubble Tea = 30 calories, 3 carbs, 1g fiber

Maria Emmerich

About Maria Emmerich

Maria is a wellness expert who has helped clients follow a Ketogenic lifestyle to heal and lose weight for over 20 years. She has helped thousands of clients get healthy, get off medications and heal their bodies; losing weight is just a bonus. She is the international best selling author of several books including "Keto: The Complete Guide to Success on the Ketogenic Diet.".


  • This is great! I love bubble tea but I got a really bad stomach ache after the first time I tried it because it was SOO sweet. I am defintely going to try this!

  • Thanks! I hope you like it!;)

  • Anonymous says:

    Hey – sorry to say, because I love the concept of chia seeds, but I too got a real bad stomach ache after consuming chia seeds. any thoughts on this? i know most people do fine with them, wondering if my digestion tract is faulty.

  • The amount of fiber may have been too high from your typical diet. I would try slowly increasing fiber into your diet AND make sure you drink extra water as you increase fiber or you will get bound up.

    Happy eating!

  • Mary says:

    It’s actually really important to soak the chia seeds for a few hours before you consume them, because they are highly absorbant and will absorb all of the liquid in your stomach if you don’t. This can give people stomach cramps.

  • Thanks Mary! I’m new to chia seeds;)

  • Linda says:

    I read the recipe and the comments. I noticed people talking about Chia seeds in the comments and I don’t see them in the recipe. Am I missing something here?

  • What is miracle rice?

  • Claudette Melanson says:

    You’re amazing! I was missing bubble tea 🙂

  • Valerie Pergolizzi says:

    Are chia seeds interchangeable with Miracle Rice in this recipe? I’m confused about where chia seeds come into this recipe.

    • cemmerich says:

      You probably could use them, but they will add to the carbs. 🙂

      • Sara says:

        But chia seed carbs would be mostly fiber and net out, right?

        • cemmerich says:

          When I talk about keto and macros (5% or less carbs) it is always total carbs. Even fiber carbs can add up and kick you out of ketosis. 🙂

          • Sara says:

            That’s really interesting!! I don’t eat keto, but…if fiber is really indigestible and doesn’t affect blood sugar, how could it affect you in ketosis?

          • cemmerich says:

            I know that is the conventional wisdom with fiber, but I have seen many clients get kicked out of ketosis with too much fiber. Also, too much fiber elongates and irritates the bowels.

          • cemmerich says:

            Also, causes water retention. When you have water retention you don’t digest fats as efficiently.

          • Sara says:

            Wow…who knew? Really helpful stuff Maria, thanks for taking the time to answer my question!!

  • Amy says:

    I have yet to be inspired to buy any of the miracle noodles as pasta isn’t something I really miss. But this did it. I have always wanted to try the bubble tea – and I love rice pudding too, so I ordered some miracle rice. Thanks for being an inspiration!

  • Michelle says:

    I really love coconut bubble tea. What would you recommend to make it? Should I use unsweetened coconut, or coconut milk, or something else? I’m so glad I found this recipe – I’ve just ordered some miracle rice so I can give it a try! I also have chia seeds, so I’ll have to see which one I like better as a replacement for the tapioca.

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