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Is Boba Gluten Free?

Originally from Taiwan, Boba tea or bubble tea, with it’s deliciously chewy tapioca pearls, is outrageously popular all over the world! But is boba gluten free? Let’s find out!

Is boba gluten free?

Does Boba Have Gluten?

No, Boba pearls or tapioca pearls are made with tapioca starch which comes from the cassava root. So no gluten in sight!

I love when the answer is no 🙂

Now, of course you have to be mindful of what else goes into your boba tea in addition to the pearls. Usually that is tea and some sort of milk or creamer, which is fine. Just keep it in mind when ordering.

Is Boba Tea Dairy Free?

The tapioca pearls are both gluten free and dairy free.

However, milk is generally added to the tea. Many places offer coconut, almond or another form of milk though.

How to Make Boba at Home

gluten free dairy free boba tea recipe

Just like buying coffee from the coffee shop is more expensive than making it home, buying boba or bubbles teas can really add up too.

The solution is to save some money and make it at home! It’s really easy (’cause you know I wouldn’t make it if it weren’t easy)!

I like to use the boba pearls that are partially cooked. You simply add them to your tea and heat in the microwave for 45 seconds. Can’t mess that up.

Afterward, gently pour the tea with boba into a large glass of ice and add your choice of milk or creamer and sweetener.

Check out this simple recipe below, and try making boba tea at home!

gluten and dairy free boba recipe

Easy Gluten Free, Dairy Free Boba Tea

Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes


  • 8 ounces black tea, brew extra strong
  • 1 packet J-Basket Instant Boba (available at Kroger), or other boba pearls
  • glass ice
  • 1 cup vanilla coconut milk, or to taste
  • sugar or other sweetener , optional


  1. Brew the black tea.
  2. Add in the boba pearls and microwave for 45 seconds.
  3. Pour the tea and pearls over a large glass filled with ice.
  4. Pour the coconut milk and sweetener into the tea and mix well.
  5. Serve with a wide straw and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:
Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Unsaturated Fat: 0g

Want More Boba Tea?

You can’t have too much of a good thing, right? Here are some other delicious gluten free boba or bubble tea recipes to try. Let me know which is your favorite!

PBandJ Strawberry Bubble Tea

Vegan Pumpkin Spice Boba Tea

Oat Milk Bubble Tea Recipe (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Lovin’ all this gluten free talk? This article is part of the “Is it Gluten Free?” series. Read more here.

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