Banana-licious: A Step By Step Guide To Making Your Own Banana Milk 

 Last Update December 11, 2023

By Jenny Zhang

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Banana milk is a delightful fusion of creamy goodness and tropical sweetness! This enticing beverage combines the luscious flavor of ripe bananas and the velvety smoothness of milk to create a uniquely satisfying and refreshing experience. With its rich and indulgent taste, banana milk offers a delightful alternative to traditional dairy beverages.

Whether enjoyed on its own, used as a base for delectable smoothies, or incorporated into various culinary creations, banana milk is a versatile treat that caters to both your taste buds and your nutritional needs. So, if you want to try banana milk or make Korean banana milk in the comfort of your home, here is what you need to know and how to make it.

Easy Banana Milk Recipe

Prep Time
5 minutes

Cook Time
0 minutes

Rest Time
0 minutes

Total Time
5 minutes

  • Cooking Method: N/A
  • Cuisine: Korean
  • Servings: 1
  • Calories: 105
  • Courses: Drink
  • Best Season: Any

Ingredients

  • 1 Ripe Banana (Medium to Large and peeled)
  • 1 Cup Water (Or nut milk or milk of your choice)
  • Sweetener/spices of your choice (Optional)

Directions

1. Start by selecting ripe bananas. Optimal bananas possess yellow peels adorned with brown speckles, indicating ripeness. These bananas offer heightened sweetness and a distinctly pronounced banana essence, making them a desirable choice.

2. Begin by peeling the bananas and subsequently slicing them into smaller pieces. This approach facilitates a smoother blending process, ensuring ease and efficiency.

3. Place the banana pieces into a high-speed blender or food processor.

4. Add water or milk of your choice into the blender.

5. Optional: If you prefer a sweeter taste, add a sweetener of your choice, such as sugar, honey, or agave syrup. Commence by incorporating a modest quantity and modify according to your preferred level of sweetness. Furthermore, consider enhancing the taste by introducing flavorings such as a hint of vanilla extract, amplifying the overall flavor profile.

6. Secure the blender's lid and blend the mixture on high speed until everything is well combined and you achieve a smooth consistency. Blend the mixture for approximately 30 seconds to 1 minute or until the banana chunks are completely eliminated from sight, ensuring a smooth and well-blended consistency.

7. Once blended, taste the banana milk and adjust the sweetness or thickness by adding more milk or sweetener if desired. Blend again to incorporate any additional ingredients.

8. Pour the banana milk into a glass or container and serve immediately. If you desire a refreshing chilled variant, you can refrigerate the blend for a brief period. This will provide a cool and invigorating touch to your preparation.

9. If you let it sit, be sure to stir the banana milk before serving, as some separation may occur due to the natural sugars in the bananas.

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Banana Milk Tips

Select The Perfect Banana

You have the flexibility to choose between fresh bananas or frozen bananas for this recipe. Ripe bananas are the sweetest, so if you want a sweet flavor without adding anything else, use fresh bananas at the ripeness's peak!

Liquid

Water is the simplest, most versatile way to add liquid to the bananas. However, for ultimate creaminess, try whole milk. For non-dairy milk, try oat milk, coconut milk, or nut milk instead.

Blender Can Heat Things Up

Blenders can really heat things up! If you're not already using frozen bananas, cut up fresh bananas into slices and pop them in the freezer for a bit. This will help keep your milk cool. No time? Simply swap out half the amount of water for ice cubes instead!

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 1


Calories

105


% Daily Value*


Total Fat 0.4g

1%


Saturated Fat 0.1g

1%


Cholesterol 0mg

0%


Sodium 8mg

0%


Total Carbohydrate 27g

10%


Dietary Fiber 3.1g

11%


Total Sugars 14.4g



Protein 1.3g



Vitamin D 0mcg

0%


Calcium 13mg

1%


Iron 0mg

2%


Potassium 425mg

9%


*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Banana Milk Is Not Shelf Stable

Make your banana milk right before you want to drink it. It's not shelf-stable, and it will separate and discolor in pretty short order, so drink up! You can keep banana milk in the fridge for two days, but you'll need to give it a thorough shake before you use it.


What Is Banana Milk?

Flavored milk has been around for a while, but the typical flavors you see are chocolate and strawberry. Banana-flavored milk is most popular in South Korea and other Asian countries. It was first introduced by the company Binggrae in 1974, and Binggrae banana milk was made of milk, water, sugar, banana juice concentrate, carotene, and the artificial flavors of banana and vanilla.

In the United States, you might be able to buy Korean banana milk on the shelves of an Asian market, but it's unlikely. The company Nestle made a "Banana Quik" at one point, which contained sugar, artificial flavors, and emulsifiers - and didn't give that Korean banana milk taste.

Banana milk is a beverage that captures the essence of ripe bananas in a creamy, smooth blend. With its lustrous yellow shade and silky-smooth texture, this delightful concoction delivers a symphony of flavors that gracefully entwines and delights your taste buds. Whether you're seeking a nourishing and energizing drink or a delightful treat to satisfy your sweet tooth, banana milk presents itself as a delightful solution.

What are the benefits of drinking banana milk

Bananas Are Nutritious 

Banana milk provides a combination of essential nutrients from both bananas and milk. Bananas are renowned for being rich in essential vitamins, notably vitamin C and vitamin B6, along with vital minerals such as potassium and magnesium. And the riper the banana, the more nutrient-dense it is! Milk, whether dairy or plant-based, contains protein, calcium, and other vitamins and minerals that contribute to a well-rounded diet.

Energy boost

Bananas boast a natural abundance of carbohydrates, encompassing a variety of natural sugars such as fructose, glucose, and sucrose. These sugars provide a quick source of energy, making banana milk an excellent choice for a pre-or post-workout drink or a refreshing pick-me-up during the day.

Digestive Health

Bananas are packed with dietary fiber, which plays a vital role in supporting digestion and facilitating regular bowel movements. Banana milk can help support a healthy digestive system and prevent constipation.

Natural sweetness

Bananas add natural sweetness to the milk without the need for additional refined sugars, and this makes banana milk a healthier alternative to artificially flavored or sweetened beverages.

Dairy-Free And Nut Free

People might need to cut dairy out of their diet for many reasons. There are many alternative kinds of milk out there nowadays, but it's always nice to have another one to try! As an added bonus, many nut milk options are expensive to buy or time-consuming to make. Banana milk uses cheap ingredients and comes together in less than two minutes!

Regular milk isn't off the table if you have a nut allergy. However, if you are dairy-free AND nut-free, many milk options exist! There is oat milk and hemp milk, but banana milk is an even easier nut-free option.

Wholesome

Banana milk uses only wholesome and healthy ingredients, so you can drink banana milk regularly with no guilt! Unlike store-bought beverages loaded with sugar and flavoring, you can benefit from drinking homemade banana milk.

Versatility

Banana milk serves as a versatile foundation for an array of culinary creations, ranging from smoothies and milkshakes to various delectable recipes. It can be combined with various fruits, vegetables, or other ingredients to create delicious and nutritious beverages.

Ways To Elevate Korean Banana Milk Recipe

You can add different ingredients to the mix to enhance the flavor or add some sweetness!

Sweetener

Bananas have a natural sweetness, so adding more sugars is a matter of personal preference. Give this banana milk recipe a taste as is first, and then add a drizzle of pure maple syrup or date syrup and give it another blitz in the blender!

Milk 

Instead of using water, you can blend your bananas into the milk of your choice. Nut milk (such as almond milk or cashew milk) or soy milk enhances the creaminess of the banana milk while keeping the recipe dairy-free. Or, if you need to avoid nuts, try using whole milk! To avoid nuts, soy, and dairy but still bump up the creamy texture, swap in oat milk instead.

Vanilla Extract 

The vanilla extract, oddly enough, helps get your banana milk to have that trademark artificial banana flavor! Use pure vanilla extract, so your drink won't be artificial.

Spices 

Cinnamon and nutmeg naturally pair well with the banana flavor. They're frequently in banana bread recipes for a reason!

Seeds 

You're not making a banana smoothie with this recipe, but banana milk. If you want to thicken it up, look for chia seeds or flax seeds to do the job!

Nut Butter 

This is another way to add flavor and thicken the texture. A spoonful of any nut butter will do.

How long does banana milk stay fresh?

When freshly prepared at home, banana milk is best consumed immediately or within a few hours. Over time, the texture may change, and the banana flavor may become less pronounced. It is recommended to refrigerate the banana milk if you plan to consume it later the same day.

If you happen to have any leftover banana milk or prefer to make it ahead of time, you can safely store it in the refrigerator for a duration of 1-2 days. However, it's important to note that the banana milk may separate, with some sediment settling at the bottom. Give it a good stir before consuming or using it in recipes.

Prolonging the shelf life of banana milk, freezing it is an effective method. Pour the banana milk into an airtight container, leaving some space for expansion, as liquids expand when frozen. Frozen banana milk can typically be stored for up to 1-2 months. For optimal results, thaw the frozen banana milk in the refrigerator overnight or gently heat it before usage. Ensure thorough stirring to blend any separated layers back together.


Jenny passionately advocates a holistic and natural approach to health and well-being. She has a Bachelor of Science degree and years of working in food sciences, specializing in organic & natural products. She is committed to helping others embrace a balanced, natural lifestyle that fosters well-being. Jenny believes that a harmonious balance between nutrition, fitness, and mindfulness is the key to unlocking the full potential of one’s well-being.