Try this super easy-to-make Taro Smoothie for a refreshing, healthy, and delicious summer drink! Enjoy a glass of smoothie with a sweet blend of taro, soy milk, vanilla extract, and pearls!
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What is Taro Smoothie?
Taro Smoothie is a quick and easy drink recipe that is made with a sweet and delicious blend of taro root, soy milk, maple syrup, ice, vanilla extract, and tapioca pearls. This easy smoothie recipe only needs a few ingredients and vegan-friendly. It is a healthy treat for loved ones and a perfect refreshing drink on a summer day. Give this a try!
What is taro?
Taro (colocasia esculenta) is a starchy root vegetable that is believed to be one of the world’s oldest cultivated plants. It is a tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms, leaves, and petioles. It has white flesh with purple specks throughout, brown outer skin, a mildly sweet taste, and a texture similar to potato when cooked.
It is originally cultivated in Asia but is now used in a variety of cuisines around the world. Nowadays, it can be enjoyed as taro milk, taro bubble tea or taro boba tea, taro milk tea, taro slush, and taro smoothie.
What is the difference between taro and ube?
Taro and ube (purple yam) both belong to the sweet potatoes family. They are both starchy in texture and soft when cooked like the sweet potato but they look distinctly different from the inside. Taro has a light-colored inside speckled with tiny lavender dots and a nutty flavor when cooked while ube has a vibrant, royal purple hue with a mild vanilla flavor.
Health Benefits of Taro:
- May eliminate free radicals.
- Improves digestive function.
- Reduces the risk of diabetes.
- Aids in healthy weight management.
- Maintains a healthy immune system.
- Helps reduce the risk of heart disease.
Tips and Procedures:
- Feel free to use coconut milk or almond milk if soy milk is unavailable.
- You can use white sugar, condensed milk, or any sweetener of your choice in this drink.
- Boiled and mashed taro root or taro powder can be used in this recipe.
- If you want more taro flavor, just add a little bit more taro root or taro powder.
- Adding tapioca pearls can be optional, taro smoothie is still delicious as it is even without the pearls.
- Storage: Place in the fridge for up to 3-4 days in a jar or airtight bottle. Just add in the pearls before consuming.
How to Make Taro Smoothie:
Listed below are all the ingredients you will need:
- fresh taro
- soy milk
- maple syrup or your choice of liquid sweetener
- vanilla extract
Cook the pearls according to packaging:
In a highspeed blender, add ice, taro, maple syrup, soy milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract, and blend until creamy and smooth:
In a large glass, add 2-3 tablespoon pearls, next pour the taro smoothie until halfway, then add another 2-3 tbsp of pearls and finish pouring until the glass is full:
Best served immediately. Enjoy!
Frequently Asked Questions:
It tastes sweet, milky, creamy, and nutty.
Yes, it is a healthy drink since taro is packed with antioxidants and rich in nutrients that can provide essential health benefits.
It is basically made of taro root or taro powder, creamer, and a sweetener blended until smooth.
Taro Smoothie from Scratch
- 1 cup pearls cooked according to packaging
- 1 cup ice
- 1 small taro peeled and cut into bite sized chunks
- 1 ½ cups soy milk
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup*
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a highspeed blender, add ice, taro, maple syrup, soy milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract and blend until creamy and smooth.
- In a large glass, add 2-3 tablespoon pearls, next pour the taro smoothie until halfway, then add another 2-3 tbsp of pearls and finish pouring until the glass is full.
- Best served immediately.
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