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One of my favorite memories growing up is going to the boba shop to get a taro smoothie. Boba was actually not nearly as popular when I was young; and my hometown of Austin, TX didn’t have a lot of Asian food options back then. So, boba was actually something that was only enjoyed 1-2 times a year whenever I visited my extended family in California (Quickly, you’ll always have a special place in my heart! 😋).
I still remember the first time my cousin took me to get boba and told me to order the taro milk tea. It was unlike anything I had ever tasted before with its sweet yet subtle flavor that had me instantly craving for more! Sadly, I also learned that day that taro boba is made with large servings of dairy. Sweetened condensed milk is usually used at boba or milk tea shops, and while the taste is to-die-for, all of the lactose results into lots of stomach troubles for my lactose-intolerant tummy… 😔. Luckily I’ve found an amazing lactose free taro smoothie recipe, and I’m so excited to share it with you!
Lactose Free Smoothie Recipe
Over the years, I’ve experimented with various ways of making my own taro milk tea or taro smoothie at home for those times that my craving kicks in. My drinks have been decent, but it always seemed like something was missing. A few weekends ago when the temps hit nearly 100 degrees, I decided to whip up another cool batch of creamy taro smoothie. This time though, I was inspired to tweak it again ever so slightly…
Let’s just say, WE HAVE A WINNER!! I am beyond excited to share this incredibly delicious taro smoothie recipe that tastes just like something you would get from a boba shop, but is completely lactose free. This taro smoothie recipe is also one you’ll feel good putting into your body (and giving to your kids!) as it’s made with all real foods, no preservatives, and no added sugar. Read on for the details!
TARO SMOOTHIE RECIPE
The ingredients for homemade taro smoothie are actually really simple and consist of only four elements:
- 3 T taro powder (I like this one cause it’s not loaded with extra fillers)
- 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1/3 cup Fage BestSelf Yogurt (plain or vanilla)
- 1/3 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or other plant-based milk option)
- 6 large ice cubes
- optional: 1-2 tsp honey or maple syrup for sweetener
Of course, you’ll want to have taro for this recipe. You can find actual taro root usually at the Asian supermarket, but given that the nearest one is a 20-minute drive from our house, I typically opt for this taro root powder instead. It’s tricky to find a taro root powder that’s not loaded with various unrecognizable ingredients, but this particular one is clean.
To get that creamy consistency, I mixed a combination of coconut milk and Fage BestSelf Yogurt in with the taro. I find that coconut milk really brings out the natural sweetness of the taro while the Fage BestSelf Greek Yogurt thickens up the consistency, much like the original condensed milk would but in this case, it’s lactose free! If you’ve never tried Fage brand Greek yogurt, it’s my favorite as the consistency is always thick and creamy with a very subtle tartness. I personally enjoy Fage BestSelf Greek Yogurts on their own for snacks but turns out, it also makes a great thickener for smoothies!
And finally, I did add just a bit of almond milk to this recipe as I love the slightly nutty flavor that it gives and threw in 6 large ice cubes before starting up the blender.
Add all items to blender, just making sure to add the ice last. Blend for a couple minutes to desired consistency. Garnish with strawberry and mint. Enjoy!
Look at that beautiful purple coloring!! 😍 My mouth is already watering just recalling the delicious taro smoothie taste. I love that the Fage BestSelf yogurt really makes this smoothie have the thick and creamy consistency that really lets that taro flavor shine! Plus, the Fage BestSelf Greek yogurt amps the nutritional profile of this smoothie with its 15g protein per serving, with no added sugar and completely lactose free!
Taro is surprisingly healthy for you as well, as the root is rich in fiber, potassium, and magnesium! Even more so, taro is a healthy carb option that may help control blood sugar! This taro smoothie recipe is definitely one that we’ll be making again and again, and I love that I still get the same creamy deliciousness of my favorite taro drink but lactose free!
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Have you tried a taro smoothie recipe? Let me know if you make this smoothie recipe!
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