Banana Milk

Banana Milk, bananas, granola Bananas + water = Banana Milk. Technically this isn’t a “milk”, but it can be used exactly as you would use regular milk but in a non-dairy fashion and with more ease than making your own nut milks– which I’m still a fan of. Banana Milk takes less than 5 minutes to make, which is perfect if you’re on the go and want to add a couple nutrient dense foods to the mix to make it more satiating and calorically dense. Banana Milk is creamy, frothy, refreshing, filling and a great alternative to squeeze a little more nutrient density into your diet or even your little ones diets.

Why use banana milk? To be honest, to switch things up a bit! Homemade nut milks are great, but sometimes you want something a little more sweet and loaded with potassium and natural electrolytes. I love drinking this or pouring it over my Nourishing Muesli for a quick post-workout meal. This isn’t just for post-workout, although I’m a fan of meal timing and carbohydrate timing for specific goals, this can just as easily be enjoyed for a snack, breakfast, or even dessert.

Bananas are not just rich sources of potassium like most of us initially think of, they also contain manganese, copper, vitamin B6, and pectin which is a type of fiber that may help heal some digestive issues like stomach ulcers and overall improve bowel movements/regularity- that’s a plus in my book. Essentially Banana Milk is similar to you eating a banana, but you’re playing with bananas natural creamy characteristics that create a foamy and frothy milk when blended with water and a dash of cinnamon. I love adding cinnamon to the mix, but if cinnamon isn’t your thing you can leave it out. Cinnamon is great to use in conjunction with fruits and other carbohydrate rich foods because of it’s impact on helping control our blood sugars, and it simply tastes great.

Banana Milk, bananas, granola   Banana Milk, bananas, granola

Just because bananas are a whole food, doesn’t mean it’s a free for all. Bananas are amazing fruits, but let’s also be mindful that for most of us, having more than 1 banana in the mix may give you a little more calories and carbohydrates than your body needs- again this is different with all of our metabolisms, digestion, and of course activity level. It also matters in the grand scheme of things in the day and even the week with how many carbohydrates your body needs (p.s. if you’re still unsure what this might be, shoot me an email for a quick consultation. You may be surprised at the amount of clients I have who overeat carbohydrates more than any other macronutrient in the plant-based diet!). Check out a couple of my most recent articles I shared for The Body Book blog on carbohydrates here.

You can easily use Banana Milk poured in cereal, in oatmeal, or enjoy plain; try blending a couple of these suggestions to your Banana Milk to make it a bit more caloric dense or “balanced” if you choose to drink it solo. Here are some other ways to spruce up Banana Milk:

Add-ins //

  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 scoop of your favorite plant-based protein powder
  • 1/4-1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 tablespoon of chia or flax seed, ground
  • 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, honey, or 1-2 dates to sweeten more

Banana Milk, bananas, granola

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Banana Milk
 
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A delicious and simple non-dairy milk using only bananas and water. GF VGN Raw Paleo
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Recipe type: to drink
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 medium banana (may use frozen banana to keep it cold)
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • dash of cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • ice, optional
Instructions
  1. Simply blend in a high speed blender until creamy. You may adjust the water to make this thicker or thinner by using less or more water, respectively.
  2. Enjoy immediately!

Try out Banana Milk the next time you’re already reaching for a banana to enjoy and just add water! Let me know how you’ve been enjoying this recipe by commenting below or tagging me in your photos- I LOVE seeing all of you recreate the recipes so keep them coming! #nutritionstripped

Have a sweet day everyone,

McKel

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  1. Shannon says

    This sounds really delicious! Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best ones. I do have one question. How does this keep in the fridge? My blender is a bit of a pain to clean so it would be nice if I could make more than one serving at a time, but I’m concerned that it would oxidize quickly.

  2. Sara says

    McKel,
    I loved the idea! But bananas oxidate pretty fast, don’t they? Do we have to drink this right away after we made it, or can we keep it in the fridge for a day or something?

  3. Oli says

    Hi,
    First of all, thank you for such a Great Website:)
    What is your opinon on a Perfect pre and post workout meal for fat Loss and also muscle groth.
    I’m an athlete and i’m Not fat but i just wanna get a little Bit More ripped.

    Thank you so much from Germany:)

    • says

      Hi Oli,
      Great question! I love working with athletes and sports nutrition and would be happy to chat with you to come up with a specific plan to help you gain muscle while maintaining your leanness. I also wrote a blog post on pre/post workout ideas, but these are general. Check them out in the nutrition topics category or email me for a consultation.

  4. says

    Ok! I’m going to get up the courage to message you for a consultation soon! I saw a nutritionist this last week, and walked away thinking something was missing, and I told a friend of mine that I feel like YOU speak my language and I have to talk to you. Just had to let you know!!
    PS this is brilliant. I love banana flavor in my oats and this would be perfection with soaked oats.

  5. Parris says

    Love this idea!

    Do you think it would be ok to use it for a chia seed pudding? Meaning it would be in the fridge overnight… I’ve read the comments that it should be used immediately but I think it would be really delicious in a chia seed pudding!

    Let me know.

    Thank you!

  6. Catherine says

    This sounds great! I’ve been making a similar banana shake… I blend a banana, 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, and a few ice cubes, so good! Sometimes I’ll add a bit of cocoa powder or peanut butter for a different taste. I’ll have to try it with cinnamon soon!!

  7. Monique says

    Mmm I actually make this every morning with almond milk instead of water! Just found your blog and I am in love, vongratulations on the cookbook deal, I will be purchasing one when the time comes

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