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recipe: matcha baby yoda boba

I'm sharing the CUTEST how I make from scratch matcha boba shaped like Baby Yoda. I’ve been on a boba tea kick! I love snacking but needed something low sugar and with great texture. The boba we are most familiar with are brown or black tapioca balls. But that’s so boring! Boba is vegan, gluten free, low sugar recipe. #babyyoda #boba #matcha

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What pairs well with Boba?

  • Tea and milk tea of course! Also, baby yoda Boba and red bean would be wonderful paired with shaved ice and coconut condensed milk.

Where can this be enjoyed?

· This can be enjoyed all year round!

  • Birthdays (Dare I say it? Some people don’t like cake)

  • Dinner get-together

  • Picnic

  • Baby showers

  • Weddings

  • Christmas (imagine pandas with green and red features – so festive!)


  • 1 cup tapioca flour or cassava (113 grams)

  • ½ cup powdered sugar, then sifted (60 grams)

  • ½ cup firm tofu, set aside extra 2-3 TBS (124 grams)

  • 2 tsp matcha powder

  • 2 tsp charcoal powder

§ Note! If you don’t have these two ingredients, gel food paste works too!


How to make tea (or milk tea)

Step 1 – prep tea. I like green tea with milk for this recipe. I steep the tea according to the side of the box. I like to add a tad of honey while the liquid is warm, so it melts. Then I refrigerate it until it’s cold.

  • Tip: I like to do this in advance so the tea is ready for iced tea but if you want to enjoy boba with warm tea, no need to do this in advance.

How to form baby yoda boba

Step 2 – making boba dough. To make the boba dough you’ll only need 3 ingredients plus food coloring. All of the ingredients will go in a bowl - tapioca or cassava flour, powdered sugar, and tofu. It’s a one bowl recipe! I knead with my hands until the dough becomes smooth. The tofu I use is kind of crumbly but that’s fine – it’s because I’ve chosen to use firm tofu. If the mixture is too dry, add the extra tofu until the dough just comes together. This is what it looks like when it’s just right.

  • Tip: Every brand of tofu is different meaning the moisture level is different. Keep some on hand to add to the dough until it’s just a little tacky in texture.

Step 3 – coloring baby Yoda dough. I split this dough into 2/3 and 1/3 portions. I add matcha to the 2/3 version and charcoal powder to the 1/3 portion. If you don’t have these two ingredients, gel food paste works too! I love gel food paste because it’s concentrated and doesn’t really change the moisture of the dough but matcha tastes so yummy!

Step 4 – forming baby yoda’s boba head. Make circles out of the white dough – this is his head. Make sure your heads are small because we’re going to want to make sure we can drink them from a bubble tea straw.

  • Tip: When it’s too dry, it’s difficult to stick ears to the faces, and we don’t want that! You might want to go back and add a little more tofu to the white circle

  • Tip: Remember to be conservative because it’s easier to add then remove.

Step 5 – forming baby Yoda’s boba eyes. I take a toothpick to get a little bit of the black charcoal dough and press into dough head as eyes. Don’t worry if the Yoda aren’t exactly the same.

Step 6 – forming baby Yoda’s boba ears. For the ears, make tiny tear drops out of dough. Then stick them on. Cover with plastic as you go so they don’t dry.

How to cook the Yoda Boba

Step 7 – cooking! Boil some water and then bring it down to medium. These boba need to be placed gently and one at a time into the water. Cook for about 4-8 minutes to cook or until they float. When boba bubbles float, that means they are ready to be picked up. Drain and almost done!

  • Tip: Be extra gentle! Once they’re in the water the face is less likely to come apart.

  • Just a note – everything gets darker when it’s cooked.

How to serve the Yoda Boba

Step 8. Portion the boba into a glass. This recipe makes about 4 servings (depends on preference). Add tea and ice. Also add milk if desired!

  • Tip: I recommend eating this boba the same day it’s cooked. I’ve experimented with saving these little guys but they expand when kept overnight.

May the fourth be with you success!


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