Blend up the most delicious homemade Banana Milk with super simple ingredients and low added sugar. This kids drink is fast, delicious, and nutritious!

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Banana Milk

As a fun and easy way to change up regular milk, I sometimes make yummy Banana Milk for the kids. It’s so easy, has potassium and fiber, and tastes so good—even with just a small amount of sweetener. It’s a healthy toddler drink that you can make at home to serve with breakfast, as a stand alone snack, or as a simple bedtime snack.

This version is made with fresh banana, rather than artificial flavors like you might see in some store bought banana milks. Which means that it really just tastes like a creamy very ripe banana drink.

Learn more about toddlers and milk in that post for more comprehensive information about milk needs. It will answer any questions you may have about how much milk kids need each day—and what to keep an eye on if you have a kiddo who’s not into milk.

And you can find all of my Flavored Milks for more fun options.

(You may also like Banana Smoothie with Milk, Banana Yogurt Smoothie, and Yogurt Drinks.)

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Ingredients You Need

To make this banana milk, you’ll need the following ingredients on hand.

  • Milk: I use whole milk, but any variety will work. You can also use nondairy milk if needed.
  • A medium ripe banana: The riper, the better here as it will be more flavorful. Look for brown bananas, or a bright yellow banana with some brown spots.
  • Maple syrup: Depending on the sweetness of the banana, you can add a little additional sweetener. I usually use maple syrup, but honey also works for kids older than 1 year of age if that’s what you have on hand.
  • Vanilla extract: This adds a little flavor to the milk that’s really nice in the mix with the other ingredients.
banana milk ingredients in blender.

Step-by-Step Instructions

I’m giving you a little look at the step-by-step instructions to make banana milk, but be sure to scroll down to the bottom of the page for the full, complete recipe.

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend, starting on low and moving to high.
  3. Serve. (There may be some bubbles after blending, but they will pop if you let the banana milk sit for a minute or two.)

Frequently Asked Questions

What is banana milk?

Banana Milk is simply a quickly blended drink made from milk and ripe bananas. (It’s also a popular as Korean banana milk as a drink product that was introduced when the Korean government wanted its citizens to drink more milk.)

Is banana milk good for you?

Banana milk contains calcium, vitamin D, potassium, and plenty of carbohydrates for energy. It’s a nice drink option for kids and adults.

What does banana milk taste like?

Banana Milk tastes like a simple banana smoothie with a thinner consistency than a classic smoothie. It tastes like creamy ripe bananas.

Can I make this dairy-free?

Yes, you can definitely make this banana milk dairy-free. Simply sub your favorite nondairy milk—whether oat milk, almond milk, soy milk, or another type—and enjoy. If using anything but plain and unsweetened milk, leave the sweetener and vanilla out as it will likely be sweet enough.

You can taste and adjust it as needed.

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How to Store

You can make this flavored milk up to 24 hours ahead and store it in the fridge in an airtight container. I would recommend stirring in a few drops of fresh lemon juice to help reduce any browning (as bananas naturally brown when exposed to air).

Best Tips for Success

  • To store, stir in ½ teaspoon (or a few drops) of fresh lemon juice to help reduce browning and store in an airtight container for up to 24 hours.
  • Dairy-Free: Use your favorite nondairy milk. Omit the sweetener and vanilla if using another other than plain unsweetened.
  • Added-Sugar-Free: Make this without added sugars by just using the milk and banana. (It will taste best with a very ripe banana!) Feel free to add a dash of cinnamon for more flavor.
  • Do half milk and half yogurt to make drinkable banana yogurt.
  • Add ice to make it more of a Banana Smoothie consistency.
  • You may also like Strawberry Milk, Vanilla Milk, and Easy Chocolate Milk.

I’d love to hear what your kids think if you try this recipe so please comment below to share!

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Best Banana Milk (So Easy!)

Use a very ripe banana with a lot of brown spots in this recipe for the best flavor.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Drink
Calories 120kcal
Servings 2

Ingredients

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Instructions

  • Add the ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend, starting on low and working up to high.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

  • To store, stir in ½ teaspoon (or a few drops) of fresh lemon juice to help reduce browning and store in an airtight container for up to 24 hours.
  • Dairy-Free: Use your favorite nondairy milk. Omit the sweetener and vanilla if using another other than plain unsweetened.
  • Added-Sugar-Free: Make this without added sugars by just using the milk and banana. (It will taste best with a very ripe banana!)
  • Do half milk and half yogurt to make drinkable banana yogurt.
  • Add ice to make it more of a smoothie consistency.

Nutrition

Calories: 120kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 53mg, Potassium: 305mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 13g, Vitamin A: 222IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 144mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was first published August 2020.

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  1. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for your flavored milk recipes! My toddler won’t touch plain milk, but he loves this and your chocolate milk recipe, and so do I. Thank you!!

  2. 5 stars
    So simple and my 15 month old loves it so much! We find it’s great as is without any added sugars. Thanks!

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for the gift of such wonderful information. RD Milk Company has also been selling the banana milk market for a long time. You can drink it.

  4. 5 stars
    I didn’t find it needed any extra sweetness, next time I’ll leave out the maple syrup. The kids enjoyed it 🙂