Banana Milk: The Newest Alternative Milk

No longer do vegans or the dairy intolerant have to suffer! Alternative milks are becoming ever more popular. Sure, you’ve got your classic soy that exists ubiquitously in every cafe in the world, but now many establishments are also serving (sometimes homemade) varieties of almond, hemp, cashew, oat, rice and coconut milks.

But, are you still unsatisfied with these options? Perhaps you’re allergic to nuts, you avoid soy, or simply are bored or the same old alternative milks. Well, did you know there is an incredibly cheap and easy-to-make vegan milk alternative that you can concoct with the ingredients in your kitchen? Meet banana milk.

High in potassium, vitamin B6 and pectin, banana milk is nutritious and full of filling fiber. It has a light, sweet flavor and costs pennies to make. If one banana costs $0.25, then your glass of banana milk shouldn’t cost much more than a quarter.

They are an energizing fruit that is especially great as a pre or post-workout snack. They can reduce muscle fatigue and fight off cramps, and are very gentle on an unsettled stomach, which means they may be great for those who have trouble consuming a traditional breakfast.

Recently picking up in popularity, banana milk may be the cheap, accessible and nutritious milk you’ve been searching for. While making homemade milk substitutes is relatively simpler, cheaper and tastier than buying in the store, alternative milks are by no means cheap. A carton of organic almond milk costs $1.99 at Whole Foods, but has a lot of extraneous additives.

Homemade from organic almonds at Whole Foods, one site estimated that making an equivalent amount of organic almond milk at home would cost around $1.75, but takes at least one day of advanced planning. To make your own nut milks, the nuts must be soaked overnight, whereas you can just pop a few frozen bananas into your blender and have banana milk within 2 minutes. Intriguingly, banana milk is the only fruit-based milk, meaning some people might find it more easily digestible than nut or grain milks.

Gluten-free, raw, vegan and paleo, try making banana milk at home tomorrow morning!

Banana Milk (serves 1)

1 frozen banana
1 cup water
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
pinch sea salt

Combine all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy!

(*add a spoonful of unsweetened cocoa powder  and a dash of vanilla extract for delicious chocolate banana milk!)

(*Soak some oats and add them to the blender and strain for homemade banana-oat milk. It’s like banana bread in a mug!)

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206 comments

Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

Melania Padilla
Melania Padilla5 months ago

Will try tonight!

Sarah Hill
Sarah Hill5 months ago

thanks

Virginia Smith
Virginia Belder5 months ago

ty...

grace c.
grace c.5 months ago

I have been using this in my cereal for a week and I love it. NO - it is not a smoothie! I haven't used milk in 25 years. The thought of drinking pus-laden anything is disgusting. This country is the #1 user of antibiotics. They use it to get rid of diseases in the cow so humans can drink it. But humans - you are drinking cow's milk which is loaded with pus from infections in the cow. Why do you think we have so many antibiotic resistant bugs? It's because you are ingesting antibiotics by the droves and the bugs are becoming immune to them. I normally drink fruit juice in my cereal so this banana "milk" just hits the spot. The fact that the banana is frozen really keeps the milk cold. I love it. Another perk is that my shredded wheat doesn't get soggy so fast, like it does with regular milk or fruit juice. Someone asked about vitamin D. If you think that little bit of vit. D you get in milk is helping, you are mistaken. There are more milk drinkers in this country AND if you do some research you will find out that EVERYONE in this country is Vit. D deficient. So if milk is your answer for Vit. D - it's not working. So to all you milk drinkers out there - Happy pus drinking but remember this - if you have an infection like MRSA, they may not be able to cure you because you have no immunity left to fight it off and the antibiotics will no longer work for you. Good luck with that.

Laurie H.
Laurie H.5 months ago

WOW!!!! Going to try this one tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!~~~ Thanks Very Much Jordyn!!!~

Monica R.
Monica R.5 months ago

Great idea. Thanks.

Sherry Kohn
Sherry Kohn5 months ago

Many thanks to you !

CLAUDE Hennie
CLAUDE Hennie5 months ago

Thanks for the recipe ! I'm fond of bananas ! It could be a good base for a nice fruit cocktail !

Sara S.
Sara S.5 months ago

This sounds good, expect for one issue. People in North America already consume too many tropical foods, depleting resources for poor farmers. It would be better to find an alternative source that grows in North America.