How to Make Banana Milk

Two Parts:Making Banana MilkVariations

Why wouldn't you add a banana to everything you drink? Okay, even if you're not quite that bananas, you'll enjoy the frothy, smooth taste of this drink. Because the banana adds a creamy texture, you can use almond milk and still end up with a thick, vegan "milkshake."

Ingredients

Serve one:

  • 1 medium, ripe banana
  • About 2 cups (480mL) milk, milk substitute, or water
  • ½–¾ cup (120–180mL) crushed ice
  • 1–3 tsp (5–15mL) sugar, honey, syrup, or sugar substitute

See below for variations.

Part 1
Making Banana Milk

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    Chop the banana. Select one medium, ripe banana, yellow or specked with brown. The stronger your blender, the less you have to chop:
    • For a weak blender, chop the banana into small pieces, or mash it into a paste with a fork.
    • For a strong blender, slice the bananas.
    • For a food processor, break the banana into thirds.
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    Freeze the banana (optional). If you have time, freeze the chopped banana to make a creamier, colder drink. Otherwise, just move on to the next step.
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    Combine banana and ice in a blender. Add the banana to a blender. Pour in about ½–¾ cup (120–180mL) crushed ice.
    • You can skip the ice if you're using a frozen banana, or if the weather is cool.
    • Ice cubes will take much longer to blend, and may break a weak blender.
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    Pour in milk, milk substitute, or water. Pour milk or your favorite milk substitute into the blender until it reaches about ¾ the height of your solid ingredients. Even regular tap water will end up creamy after blending.
    • If you prefer precise measurements, start with 2 cups (240mL) of liquid. After blending, add more in ½ cup (120mL) increments until you reach the desired consistency.
    • You can use any type of milk.
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    Blend until smooth. Blend until all ingredients are combined and smooth. This will take 1–3 minutes, depending on the power of your blender.
    • Blend in more liquid for a thinner drink.
    • Blend in more ice for a thicker drink.
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    Add sweetener (optional). Most people enjoy adding a little sugar, honey, or another sweetener. Add a small spoonful, blend, and taste. Repeat until the drink is as sweet as you like it.
    • If you are serving the banana milk to vegans, keep in mind that some vegans do not eat honey.
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    Serve. Serve in a tall glass with a thick straw. You can also pour banana milk over cereal, porridge, or fruit.

Part 2
Variations

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    Make a dessert drink. Add any or all of the following to make a richer, sweeter drink:
    • ½ tsp (1.25mL) vanilla extract for a more intense flavor
    • A splash of cream for a richer taste
    • A scoop of vanilla ice cream to make a banana milkshake
    • A squeeze of chocolate syrup
    • Several dates instead of sugar for a rich, natural sweetness
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    Thicken the drink with oats. On the healthier side of the spectrum, a handful of raw oats creates a thicker, creamier texture.
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    Top with spices. Dust the top of the drink with powdered cardamom, cinnamon, and/or nutmeg.
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    Combine with a healthy smoothie. If you enjoy green smoothies, combine the two ideas. The banana will keep the smoothie thick and creamy, while the leafy greens provide vitamins and nutrients.
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    Chop up fresh fruit. Banana milk is basically a fruit smoothie already. Expand on the tropical theme with fresh mango, pineapple, or cantaloupe. Add more milk or a dollop of yogurt to keep it smooth.

Things You'll Need

  • Blender
  • Knife

Tips

  • Store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Drink within eight hours for best taste and color. If it separate slightly, stir or shake to make it smooth again.
  • Experiment with different amounts to find your perfect banana milk. Some people prefer an extra-thick version with lots of banana.

Warnings

  • Green bananas are less flavorful and less creamy.
  • Do not try to use banana milk in a recipe that calls for regular milk.

Article Info

Categories: Smoothies Shakes and Milk