Quantcast
Environmental News for a Healthier Planet and Life

Help Support EcoWatch

Banana Milk: The Newest Alternative to Milk

Popular

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.

You can also add a spoonful of unsweetened cocoa powder and a dash of vanilla extract for delicious chocolate banana milk or soak some oats and add them to the blender and strain for homemade banana-oat milk. It’s like banana bread in a mug.

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE 

Ben & Jerry’s Launches Vegan Ice Cream Line With 4 Non-Dairy Flavors

Dr. Mark Hyman: Why Vegetable Oils Should Not Be Part of Your Diet

11 Reasons Why You Should Eat More Bananas

What Role Does Nutrition Play in ADHD?

EcoWatch Daily Newsletter

During a protest action on May 30 in North Rhine-Westphalia, Datteln in front of the site of the Datteln 4 coal-fired power plant, Greenpeace activists projected the lettering: "Climate crisis - Made in Germany" onto the cooling tower. Guido Kirchner / picture alliance / Getty Images

Around 500 climate activists on Saturday gathered outside the new Datteln 4 coal power plant in Germany's Ruhr region, to protest against its opening.

Read More Show Less
Dr. Mark Brunswick (2R), Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality, walks through the lab at Sorrento Therapeutics in San Diego, California on May 22. ARIANA DREHSLER / AFP / Getty Images

By Julia Ries

Around the world, there have been several cases of people recovering from COVID-19 only to later test positive again and appear to have another infection.

Read More Show Less

By Samantha Hepburn

In the expansion of its iron ore mine in Western Pilbara, Rio Tinto blasted the Juukan Gorge 1 and 2 — Aboriginal rock shelters dating back 46,000 years. These sites had deep historical and cultural significance.

Read More Show Less
Meadow Lake wind farm in Indiana. Anthony / CC BY-ND 2.0

By Tara Lohan

The first official tallies are in: Coronavirus-related shutdowns helped slash daily global emissions of carbon dioxide by 14 percent in April. But the drop won't last, and experts estimate that annual emissions of the greenhouse gas are likely to fall only about 7 percent this year.

Read More Show Less
Andrey Nikitin / iStock / Getty Images Plus

By Adrienne Santos-Longhurst

Plants are awesome. They brighten up your space and give you a living thing you can talk to when there are no humans in sight.

Turns out, having enough of the right plants can also add moisture (aka humidify) indoor air, which can have a ton of health benefits.

Read More Show Less
A bald eagle chick inside a nest in Rutland, Massachusetts. Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
A bald eagle nest with eggs has been discovered in Cape Cod for the first time in 115 years, according to the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife (Mass Wildlife), as Newsweek reported.
Read More Show Less

Trending

The office of Rover.com sits empty with employees working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic on March 12 in Seattle, Washington. John Moore / Getty Images

The office may never look the same again. And the investment it will take to protect employees may force many companies to go completely remote. That's after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new recommendations for how workers can return to the office safely.

Read More Show Less