What Is Banana Milk?
Find out if this non-dairy drink is worth going bananas over.
Everyone is clambering for a glass of this trending non-dairy milk. We asked a registered dietitian to explain if the hype is warranted.
What Is Banana Milk?
Banana milk (sometimes spelled as one word, bananamilk) is of course made from bananas and water, but beyond these essential ingredients, things can get a little crazy. There’s no one-size-fits-all recipe for banana milk: some varieties add other base ingredients like almonds or soy and some are flavored with vanilla, cinnamon or even chocolate. You could also make your own by blending frozen banana and water — then flavor as desired.
Is Banana Milk Healthy?
Using bananas allows for a beverage with some natural sweetness instead of piling in added sugar or artificial sweeteners. Bananamilk can also be an allergen-friendly option that is free of gluten, soy, nuts and dairy — but check ingredient lists to be sure!
Since there are vast options in terms of ingredients, there’s a lot of variation in the nutrition info. One cup of banana milk can average 60 to 150 calories, 2 to 5 grams of fat, 7 to 20 grams of carbohydrate and 1 to 4 grams of protein.
Where Can I Find Banana Milk?
Look for bananamilk on grocery stores, it’s most often in the refrigerator section; many brands are sold via online retailers like Amazon and Instacart. Check out a few of our favorites below.
BUY IT: Insta Cart, $6.99
Mooala is all about banana milk (they also make yummy almond milk), offering it up in 3 flavors — original, chocolate and strawberry — all with simple ingredient lists. The original variety is made with organic ingredients and flavored with cinnamon, sea salt and sunflower seed butter so it’s allergen-friendly. It contains only 3 grams of sugar per serving and is not fortified with calcium or vitamin D, so if using as a replacement for milk, source those nutrients elsewhere.
BUY IT: Amazon, $9.99
Banana Wave is made from bananas, soybeans, gluten free oat flour and flax oil. It has 4 grams of protein per serving and is fortified with several vitamins and minerals including vitamin D, vitamin B12, calcium and iron. This brand contains 5g of added sugar per serving from cane sugar so the calories and carbs are higher than some other brands.
BUY IT: Amazon, $4.19
Another honorable mention is Almond Breeze. The popular almond milk brand has recently come out with an almond milk blended with banana puree and seasoned with sea salt — a great way to add some natural sweetness for almond milk fans. This brand is also fortified with calcium and vitamin D.