This Chocolate Rooibos Chia Seed Bubble Tea is super refreshing and so good for you, you’ll want to have a pitcher of it in your refrigerator to pour yourself a glass on a whim.
Today’s recipe for Chocolate Rooibos Chia Seed Bubble Tea was inspired by the popular bubble teas that you might have seen at Asian shops or Bubble Tea shops. Bubble tea is traditionally made with black tapioca pearls which can be found at the Asian grocery store. It’s a fun and refreshing drink when it’s hot out, and comes in all sorts of flavors. Unfortunately, most flavored bubble tea is artificially flavored, so I’m making my own healthier version with whole ingredients.
This healthier bubble tea is just as refreshing and packs in some extra good stuff. In place of black tapioca pearls, I used chia seeds which are nutrient dense – rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, chia seeds are high in fiber and calcium, and a good source of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Just one tablespoon has 5 grams of dietary fiber and 2,375 mg Omega-3 fatty acids.
I chose Numi’s fair trade Organic Chocolate Rooibos tea (a blend of Rooibos tea and cacao) as my tea of choice, and sweetened this bubble tea with raw honey. Rooibos tea or “red bush” tea is naturally caffeine free and high in antioxidants, especially quercetin, which may reduce the risk of heart disease. Rooibos tea may also be anticarcinogenic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral activity. Rooibos is also a source of two comparatively rare antioxidants, aspalathin and nothofagin. Aspalathin may help reduce stress and regulate blood sugar. Both aspalathin and nothofagin may also help to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Today, I’m participating in The Recipe ReDux’s “Cooking with Tea” themed event. There are so many new flavors of tea on the market, and lots of unique ways to incorporate teas into healthy recipe.
The Recipe ReDux is a recipe challenge founded by registered dietitians, which focuses on taking delicious dishes, keeping them delicious, but making them better for you. Similar to my mindset, Dietitians Regan Jones, Serena Ball and Deanna Segrave-Daly founded the group on the belief that healthier eating should always taste delicious. Recipe ReDux aims to inspire the food lover in every healthy eater and inspire the healthy eater in every food lover.
- 1 cup water
- 1 bag Chocolate Rooibos tea or your favorite variety of tea
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon raw honey
- a few splashes of milk (use almond milk or coconut milk for dairy-free options)
- a few ice cubes
- Boil water and steep tea bag in water for 8-10 minutes. Add chia seeds, stir, cover and refrigerate overnight. Stir in honey and add a few splashes of milk before serving. Add ice and shake until you get bubbles on top. Serve.
Source: Fox News: Red Tea: Even Better For You Than Green Tea?