Banana Milk Is the Latest Dairy-Free Milk Alternative You Need to Try
Made primarily with bananas and water, it’s a great dairy-free alternative if you’re allergic to nut milks.
It might be time for almond milk to finally give up the spotlight. While there are lots of dairy-free milk alternatives out there, including cashew milk, soy milk, and oat milk, there’s another non-dairy, nut-free milk alternative that’s starting to gain in popularity. While banana milk has been around for a few years, this trendy drink has become easier to find lately as more companies begin selling it.
Like oat milk, banana milk can be a great dairy-free alternative for people who have nut or soy allergies. You can make it at home, similar to most nut milks, because the only ingredients you need are a banana and a cup or so of water. Blend those together, and you’ve got homemade banana milk.
Where to Buy Banana Milk
Of course, as it gains popularity, it’s moving into more and more stores. Mooala and Banana Wave are two of the main companies making and selling banana milk right now, and you should be able to find them in stores across the country. It looks like Banana Wave is available nationwide, primarily at smaller grocery stores and health food markets (here’s where you can find it), and you can also order it online.
Mooala has a few other products besides banana milk, including almond milk and oat milk, but it also sells a few different flavors of banana milk (like chocolate and strawberry). You can also find Moola’s products nationwide, but it’s made its way into a few larger retailers, like Costco, Albertsons, and Jewel-Osco.
And while it’s not “pure” banana milk, Blue Diamond has added a banana milk-inspired flavor to their line-up of cashew and almond milks. Their latest Almond Breeze flavor is still technically almond milk, but it’s blended with real bananas, making it a mash-up of banana milk and almond milk. Since Blue Diamond is an even more established brand, this might be your best bet if you want to try a carton of banana milk for yourself.
How to Use Banana Milk
You can use banana milk in a lot of the same ways you’d use regular milk, or other non-dairy milks. Of course, since it’s mostly bananas and water, it does still have a banana flavor, so keep that in mind when you’re trying it out (you might want to leave it out of your coffee, for example). Still, banana milk does have a slightly thicker texture, which makes it great for adding to smoothies and oatmeal or pouring over cereal.
Banana milk is also slightly sweet, so it would definitely be a great addition to desserts. In particular, you might want to try using it for vegan ice cream or banana ice cream—the main ingredients for our recipe for homemade banana ice cream are bananas and coconut milk, so if you blended up a few bananas with banana milk to make it thicker and then froze it, you’d probably have a pretty tasty, easy frozen treat.
Why Drink Banana Milk?
Aside from its delicious taste, one of the main arguments in favor of banana milk is that it’s a tasty non-dairy option for those with nut allergies. And depending on which brand you buy, it can be a healthy choice, too. Mooala’s organic banana milk has just 60 calories in a cup, with 3 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbs, 3 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein. Banana Wave’s version is a little different—it has 150 calories per cup, with 5 grams of fat, 22 grams of carbs, 18 grams of sugar, and 4 grams of protein.
But keep in mind, while bananas are healthy and have lots of nutrients and vitamins that are great for you, you’ll lose some of the benefits of cow’s milk if you switch to a non-dairy alternative. Dairy milks usually have around 8 grams of protein, so that’s one main area where you’ll lose out. And if you choose an organic banana milk, like Mooala, you’ll lose out on calcium, too—a regular cup of milk usually has around 30% of your recommended calcium for the day, while Mooala’s banana milk has none. Banana Wave’s version does still have 30% of your calcium per serving, so if you’re looking for a nutritional match for dairy milk, Banana Wave is closer than Mooala.
So while depending on which kind you drink, your banana milk will probably have different nutrients than dairy milk, it’s still a great option for anyone looking to try dairy-free milk options. Rather than reaching for almond milk the next time you’re at the store, keep an eye out for a fresh carton of yummy banana milk.