This sugar free and low carb strawberry bubble smoothie recipe is a super refreshing drink!
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Have you ever had a bubble tea or bubble smoothie? Or, like me, it is just one of those joys that you gave up when you started low carbing? There are many kinds but the common ingredient is boba: chewy tapioca balls that add a pop of texture to the drink. Here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
Bubble teas are typically of two distinct types: fruit-flavored teas and milk teas. Most milk teas include powdered dairy or non-dairy creamers, but some shops offer fresh milk as an alternative. Many American bubble tea vendors sell milk smoothies, which are similar to bubble tea but do not contain any tea ingredients.
Well it’s that latter kind that I used to drink, and that I wanted to recreate. So basically it is a fruit smoothie, but with boba – or at least a boba equivalent.
This is where Miracle Boba comes in. It’s made from konjac flour and is super low in carbohydrates. You may remember that I have posted a lot about shirataki noodles, and my favorite brand of noodles is now making these boba! They work perfectly in bubble smoothies but unfortunately not available (yet!) through Amazon or other main retailers. I bought mine via a sampler pack through Miracle Noodle direct. But I will keep checking and let you know when it is on sale anywhere else.
To make the smoothie, place frozen strawberries, unsweetened almond milk (vanilla or regular) and water into a blender (I have a Ninja which is fantastic for frozen fruit or ice!). Blend until smooth. Do a quick taste test and add a few drops of strawberry flavor water enhancer until the drink tastes strong enough. I used Mio Strawberry Watermelon flavor which was ideal. Although this ingredient is optional, I highly recommend it (or something similar) because it stops the smoothie being too watery, and it keeps the carbs down.
Rinse the Miracle Noodle Boba in cold water and drain. Pour the smoothie into two glasses and then divide the boba between them. Add a straw or two (you’ll need the wide straws, not the regular ones that I tried to use!) and serve.