Thai Iced Tea – Paleo Style

I don’t know if anyone is as in love with Bubble tea as I am. Bubble tea or Milk tea or iced tea has become a bit of a craze in New Zealand. Originating in Taiwan, it is brewed by using black tea, green tea, oolong tea or european flavours like chocolate, caramel or grape. Milk is added along with ice and then the piece de resistance is the little honey soaked tapioca pearls at the bottom.

When I went on a Paleo lifestyle shift, I did not know how I was going to be able to give up this sweet delight. However luckily for me, the internet had the answer. I found this recipe on a Paleo website, and made a few adjustments.

This is a Thai inspired Iced Tea, the tea bags are soaked with cardamom pods and star anise to give extra flavour. Then topped with coconut milk and tapioca pearls soaked in honey (technically not paleo so don’t add them if you are a strict Paleoister).


Thai Iced Tea 


3 Tea Bags
3 cups of water
1 cardamom pod
1 star anise
1 can of coconut milk (I used light)
6 Handfuls of Tapioca pearls
3/4 cup of honey
Lots of Ice


  1. Soak the tapioca in cold water overnight.
  2. Bring a pot to a rolling boil and then add the tapioca – cook for around 5 – 10 minutes or until you cannot taste any flour.
  3. Drain and then place in a flat dish with 1/2 cup of honey. Try to make sure that the pearls are not touching each other.
  4. Leave to cool
  5. Boil a kettle and then seep the tea bags with the star anise, 1/4 cup of honey and cardamom for 10 minutes.
  6. Wait for these to cool.
  7. Split the coconut milk evenly amongst three glasses.
  8. Top with the tea and stir.
  9. Add some ice cubes and the pearls
  10. ENJOY !

I hope you like it as much as I did!

3 Comments Add yours

  1. tokyonome85 says:

    I recently discovered bubble tea and I’m in love! This recipe seems nice and I’d like to try it, but I’m not sure if I’ll ever find tapioca pearls.

    1. gingamusings says:

      Yeah, I thought the same thing. Then I went to my local Asian supermarket and found them there! I also found them at the normal supermarket yesterday, they are white small balls and are sometimes just called Tapioca. I’m in New Zealand so I am not sure where you could find them?

      1. tokyonome85 says:

        I’m in Italy at the moment, so not really sure I’ll find them now, but I’ll be back in the UK in December, maybe I can find something there.

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