How to Make Taro Milk Tea with Real Taro

Have you ever wondered how to make taro milk from real ingredients? The taste is so much better than taro milk tea make from powder and surprisingly, it isn’t hard to do. Keep reading for a simple taro milk tea recipe with real taro.

With its beautiful light purple color and sweet taste, taro milk is one of the most popular beverages in boba tea shops.
You can easily make it using pre-made powder (like most stores do by the way), but have you ever wondered how to make it with real taro?
It turns out, making an authentic taro milk is quite easy to make.
And not only is it much healthier; the taste is also much better!
In this post you’ll learn how to make your own taro milk with natural ingredients.

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What is taro milk?

Taro milk is a sweet beverage that is made with taro root powder and milk. It sometimes has additional flavorings like vanilla.

Since taro root contains purple pigments, taro milk has a beautiful light purple color. In most cases, this delightful color comes from added colors though.

Is taro good for you?

Taro is a starchy root vegetable that is often used in Asian cuisine.
It has a slightly sweet taste and a nutty flavor that may remain of sweet potatoes but with a more mellow flavor.

Some name taro “a healthier potato” because it’s an excellent source of fiber and “good” carbohydrates.
It also contains beneficial nutrients like potassium, magnesium and vitamin C, B and E. Source

However, keep in mind that raw taro contains calcium oxalate, which is a toxin that causes an unpleasant numb, stinging sensation in your mouth, stomach pain and irritation. Luckily, the calcium oxalate in taro root and leaves is neutralized when you cook them through.

How does taro milk tea taste?

Taro milk tea may taste very different depending on where you get it. Most people describe it as sweet, slightly nutty and creamy.
It may also remain of the remaining milk after you eat cereal with milk, cookies and cream, biscuits, coffee creamer, mellow chocolate.

Ingredients to make taro milk

The first time I wanted to make taro milk at home, I could only find pre-made powders that were already sweetened.
As I prefer sweetening my beverages myself so I can use teeth-friendlier options as regular sugar, I decided to make my own taro milk from scratch.

Another advantage of making taro milk tea with real taro is that you can turn it easily vegan (most taro milk powder contain powdered dairy) and keto.

What you’ll need

  • Tarot root, peeled
  • Milk
  • Sugar (or sweetener of choice like erythritol)
  • Purple food coloring (I use sweet potato powder)
  • Vanilla extract (optional – I use this homemade vanilla honey)
  • Boba pearls (optional, to make it a taro milk bubble tea)

How to make taro milk if you don’t have real taro

Fresh taro isn’t exactly easy to find in regular supermarkets (I bought mine in an Asian store) so, if you want to make taro milk but don’t have any taro on hand, there are a few substitutes that you can use:

  • Taro milk tea powder:
    You can find taro powder in Asian stores or online. Be aware that it usually contains lots of sugar and probably little powdered taro.
  • Purple sweet potato powder (natural purple food coloring like this one):
    Even if you use real taro, you will probably want to add some purple powder to intensify the color. However, since the starch in taro make the drink creamier, using only purple powder will result in a different texture.
  • Yams:
    Yams are a type of sweet potato that have a purple color. While they taste slightly different, purple sweet potatoes still work perfectly fine as a substitute for taro root in this recipe.

How to make taro milk tea

How to make taro milk with real taro

  1. Prepare taro root

    Peel the fresh taro root and cut into small pieces.
    Since raw taro is toxic to humans and some people may experience irritation when handling them, some recommend using gloves.

  2. Cook taro

    Boil taro in boiling water until soft (it takes about 15-20 minutes).
    Make sure the pieces are soft.

  3. Blend

    Drain the water and combine cooked taro with the rest of ingredients. Use a hand blender or food processor to blend everything until smooth.

  4. Enjoy

    Serve (optionally with tapioca pearls if you want a taro boba)

Homemade taro milk tea made with real taro
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Taro milk tea recipe with real taro

How to make taro milk with natural ingredients
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Prep Time:20 mins
Cook Time:15 mins

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Peel and cut the taro root. Some people experience sensitivity against taro’s raw flesh, so you may want to use gloves.
    Raw taro cubes before cooking
  • Cook the taro cubes in boiling water for around 15-20 minutes, until the pieces are soft. Make sure it’s well cooked, since raw taro is toxic.
    Cooked taro to make taro milk tea
  • Drain the cooked taro and combine it with milk and sweetener of choice. Optionally add some vanilla extract and purple food coloring. Blend until smooth.
    Purple natural food coloring
  • You may serve it with tapioca balls.
    Homemade taro milk tea made with real taro

Notes

  • Make sure your taro root is soft and cooked: raw taro is toxic, causing an unpleasant stingy feeling in the mouth, stomach pain and even respiratory difficulties.
  • If you use boba, cover them with some simple syrup to prevent them to stick to one another (here is an easy recipe for sugar-free syrup)
 

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal
Course: Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine: American, Taiwanese
Keyword: boba tea, milk tea
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 250kcal

FAQs about taro milk tea

How much caffeine is there in taro milk tea?

Taro milk tea doesn’t have any caffeine, unless it is mixed with some real tea (black tea, green tea, white or oolong tea for example).
But in most cases, it doesn’t actually contain tea from the camellia sinensis plant, so it doesn’t has caffeine.

Is taro milk the same as taro milk tea?

In most cases, yes. Taro milk is a common drink in bubble tea shops, so often you’ll find it under the name of taro milk tea or even taro tea, but usually it’s a mixture of taro root with milk and sugar, so it isn’t real tea.

Is taro milk tea keto?

Taro has carbohydrates, but they are categorized as a resistant starch. This mean, the body doesn’t digest or absorb these carbs, so they keep you fuller for longer and may help stabilize blood sugar. The results is that taro is considered to be beneficial for weight management, keto friendly and suitable for low-carb diets.
To make your taro milk tea keto, use keto friendly sweeteners like xylitol, erythritol or stevia and keto-friendly plant-based milk (like almond milk or coconut milk).

How long does taro milk tea last?

Usually milk tea is best immediately after preparing it, but you can store taro milk tea from real taro for 24 hours in the fridge and it will still taste delicious.

Is taro the same as yam?

No, taro and yam come from different plants. Both belong to the family of sweet potatoes, both are starchy root vegetables and both are used in purple colored desserts, but they look and taste different.
Taro roots aren’t as sweet nor they have the same purple color intensity as ube, but manufacturers of taro milk powder add some sweeteners and coloring to it, so often it’s difficult to tell the difference between taro milk tea and ube milk tea.Taro root vs. yam

Is taro the same as ube?

No, taro is the root from the tropical plan Colocasia Esculenta; ube (Dioscorea Alata) is a yam.
From the outside, taro looks brown with white stripes while ube (or purple yam) may sometimes have a purple hue. Also, taro roots are usually rounder and ube more lengthy. On the inside, taro is pale (sometimes with purple dots), but ube has an intense purple color.

In conclusion, making taro milk tea at home with real taro is easy. When making your taro milk at home you may adjust the sweetness to your liking. You can also make it vegan and/or keto friendly, and it tastes amazing! So, if you’re looking for a refreshing, creamy drink with a nice purple color, give this taro milk tea recipe a try.

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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this interesting article.
    I had never heard of taro, but it looks great.
    A friend gave me BENI IMO Powder from Okinawa and it’s color is pink-purple.
    Is it the same thing?

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment! Beni imo is a type of sweet potato, so it’s different from taro, but I use it for the color, since real taro isn’t as purple.

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