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Banana Milk (vegan, dairy-free)

Banana milk is a delicious nut-free, dairy-free milk alternative. With only two-ingredients it’s quick and easy to whip up at home. All you need is bananas, water and a blender.

(dairy-free) Banana milk is a delicious nut-free, dairy-free milk alternative. With only two-ingredients it's quick and easy to whip up at home.

When it comes to non-dairy milks there are lots of options available. But most, including the ever-popular almond milk, are made from nuts.

If you’ve been following Downshiftology for any length of time you know that my favorite nut milk is cashew milk. Especially as it’s so easy to make at home and there’s no need to strain it. But still, there’s nuts.

(dairy-free) Banana milk is a delicious nut-free, dairy-free milk alternative. With only two-ingredients it's quick and easy to whip up at home.

So what’s someone with a nut allergy or sensitivity to do? Well, you could drink coconut milk, flax milk, hemp milk, quinoa milk or oat milk. Of course, there’s also soy milk, but I don’t recommend soy milk due to it’s GMO and pesticide-laden base, along with high estrogenic qualities. There are also some newer plant-based milks on the market, made from pea protein, though I’ve yet to give those a try.

But good news – I have a new option for you and one you can make at home (that’s super cheap) and takes 30 seconds – banana milk.

(dairy-free) Banana milk is a delicious nut-free, dairy-free milk alternative. With only two-ingredients it's quick and easy to whip up at home.

(dairy-free) Banana milk is a delicious nut-free, dairy-free milk alternative. With only two-ingredients it's quick and easy to whip up at home.

I remember drinking banana milk as a kid as I was obsessed with all things banana flavor. Unfortunately, back then it was dairy milk with a few heaping tablespoons of Nestle Quik Banana Flavor. This banana-flavoring wasn’t readily available in the US (chocolate and strawberry were the main flavors here), so on every family trip to visit relatives in New Zealand we’d stash a few cartons of it in our suitcase to bring home.

Out of curiosity, I just looked up the ingredients for that old Nestle Banana Quik product and it’s literally sugar, chemicals and emulsifiers (ugh, no surprise, eh?).

(dairy-free) Banana milk is a delicious nut-free, dairy-free milk alternative. With only two-ingredients it's quick and easy to whip up at home.

So today I have a far more natural banana milk for you, because it’s literally two ingredients – bananas and water. It’s delicious, banana-y and perfect for those who are looking for an alternative to nut milks.

It’s also healthy as bananas are full of potassium, electrolytes and other nutrients. But remember that if you do use banana milk, don’t top your cereal with banana slices. Bananas are naturally sweet for a reason, they’re full of sugar and carbs (not a bad thing, but something you don’t want to go overboard on), so opt for a variety of other toppings.

(dairy-free) Banana milk is a delicious nut-free, dairy-free milk alternative. With only two-ingredients it's quick and easy to whip up at home.

Banana Milk Tips

If you’ve never made homemade banana milk before, here are a few tips:

  • Slice your bananas and freeze them before blending. A high-powered blender (like my Vitamix Ascent 3500) heats things up pretty fast, so frozen bananas will keep your milk cool.
  • If you forgot to freeze your bananas, add 1/2 cup of water and 1/2 cup of ice.
  • Banana milk is not a shelf-stable milk, meaning it will separate and discolor quite quickly. So only make it right before you plan to drink it or top it on your cereal.
  • Remember that banana milk is not a banana smoothie, so don’t expect it to be thick. It’s definitely a more watery, milky consistency.
  • Use ripe bananas for natural sweetness. I find you don’t need to add much else, but you could certainly add a smidge of maple syrup, 1-2 dates or a splash of vanilla extract. You could also add a sprinkle of chia or flax seeds and/or cinnamon or nutmeg spices as well.

So here’s what I do with my banana milk. Because I don’t have a nut sensitivity, I’ll usually add a tablespoon of almond butter or cashew butter along with a sprinkle of chia seeds and top it on cereal and oatmeal. Alternatively, I’ll keep it plain and top it on my Macadamia Muesli or Paleo Porridge for a lovely banana flavor that’s reminiscent of my childhood…but with a healthy new approach.

Enjoy!

(dairy-free) Banana milk is a delicious nut-free, dairy-free milk alternative. With only two-ingredients it's quick and easy to whip up at home.

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Banana Milk

Banana milk is a great dairy-free and nut-free milk alternative. All you need are bananas and water, but you can get creative with optional flavorings as well.

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup water

Optional Ingredients

  • maple syrup
  • dates
  • vanilla extract
  • chia or flax seeds
  • nut butter
  • cinnamon or nutmeg
  • sea salt

Directions

  1. Add bananas, water and any optional ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend for one minute. Serve immediately and enjoy.

Lisa's Tips

I prefer to drink banana milk right away, but you can store it in the fridge for up to two days. Just remember that it will separate and discolor slightly. Give it a shake before you use it.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 1 1/2 cups, Serving Size: 1 recipe

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 105
  • Total Fat: 0.4g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1g
  • Sodium: 1.2mg
  • Carbohydrates: 27g
  • Fiber: 3.1g
  • Sugar: 14.4g
  • Protein: 1.3g
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28 comments on “Banana Milk (vegan, dairy-free)”

  1. If slightly green bananas are used does it cut down on sugar? I prefer my bananas slightly green. I am not such a sweets person.

  2. I made some last night to put in my overnight oats because I ran out of almond milk. I just finished breakfast and I will be making this all the time! No need to add sweetener to my oats now.

    Rating: 5
  3. I have several bananas on the counter, so I’m ready for this!

    Rating: 5
  4. Yum!! This banana milk looks so delicious! I’ll be putting some of the extras that you suggested. The more the merrier!

    Rating: 5
  5. I have never even heard of banana milk before much less made it! What a great idea!

    Rating: 5
  6. We love Banana Milk and it’s a great way to get kids to eat their banana in our house. My aadi loves fruits but not so fond of eating bananas. I make him a banana milk with maple syrup before he leaves for basket ball every day. Great source of energy.

    Rating: 5
  7. YUM! What a delicious idea! Can’t wait to try it♥

    Rating: 5
  8. How about you just move to my town and be our personal chef?! Even a crash course period…to get us detoxed and learn all these secrets! Kinda kidding…I will freeze up some banana slices soon. Happy travels

  9. Surely I am going to make this banana milk, so easy and perfect for my breakfast :)

  10. I have a few banana left on the counter and was wondering what I should make with them. This sounds perfect!

  11. I’ve never had banana milk before but it sounds delicious . Just like a shake and I must make this recipe!

  12. Love this! Bananas make everything so deliciously sweet!

  13. What a great idea for people with allergies. I love the idea of a potassium filled banana milk!

  14. Wow, intriguing “milk” recipe!