For me, the creamy decadence and velvety smoothness of Korean banana milk is the sweet, sweet nostalgia of growing up on glasses of banana shakes. For those new to Korean milk, the recipe for banana milk will leave you irresistibly tempted and yearning for more!
This banana milk recipe has become my go-to because my kids never have the time to sit down and have breakfast, especially my gym-going son. But while a quick, filling drink is a great reason to try this recipe for banana milk, it’s not the only one.
From the very first sip, the drink is a burst of pure, unadulterated banana flavor that engulfs you and takes you back to carefree days spent running wild, where all it took to banish frowns was a drink.
WHAT IS KOREAN BANANA MILK?
I, and I bet most households in India, grew up drinking banana milk. We just called it a banana shake. When we were too rushed to have a proper breakfast before school or college, quick banana shakes sufficed.
It’s the same beverage, just with a different moniker: banana milk or banana uyu. A beloved culinary treasure in South Korea, it was launched way back in the mid-1970s by a Korean beverage company – Binggrae.
Today, it’s found everywhere in the country and, of course, elsewhere, and is instantly recognizable by the iconic and eye-catching packaging it’s sold in.
WHY IS KOREAN BANANA MILK SO POPULAR?
Essentially banana-flavored milk, the drink became popular after the South Korean government pushed more people to consume milk. Since the beverage has a rich, sweet, and creamy taste, it appealed to both adults and kids alike, gaining popularity. Now, banana milk holds nostalgia for many.
IS KOREAN BANANA MILK HEALTHY?
Made from real, ripe bananas—nature's gift of potassium, vitamin C, and dietary fiber—Korean banana milk is a great way for some guilt-free indulgence. So, with each sip, you not only nourish your body but also throw a party for your taste buds, as long as you don’t go too heavy-handed on the sweetener.
WHY TRY KOREAN BANANA MILK RECIPE?
This is a super simple and easy recipe.
The ingredient list is short (and always in your home).
It’s a staple at our home throughout the year, but more so during the summer. And it’ll become one of yours too!
HOW TO MAKE KOREAN BANANA MILK
Step 1: Blitz banana, milk, vanilla extract, and sweetener of your choice in a blender.
Step 2: Taste test, adjust, and blend some more till you have nice, smooth, creamy banana milk.
Final step: Pour and enjoy!
MY TIPS FOR BANANA MILK
- For the best Korean banana milk, use ripe bananas. The more spotted and blacker they are, the better it is.
- If you love the creamy feel of banana flavor, I strongly suggest freezing the banana. Peel your ripest one, slice it, and stick it in the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight.
SUBSTITUTES FOR BANANA MILK INGREDIENTS
Milk: Want to know how to make banana milk creamier? Try whole milk. While any milk will give you delicious, delicious results, more fat content helps make the drink richer.
Sugar: Cane or raw sugar; maple syrup or honey – everything works like a charm in a banana milk Korean recipe. You can add as much or as little as you want. If your bananas are at the tail end of ripeness, you might not even need any sweetener.
Add-ons: I’ve taken to adding peanut butter to Korean banana milk to up the protein content for my son. Cocoa powder would give the milk a chocolaty turn, and instant coffee powder would give it that full-bodied mouthfeel.
Vanilla extract is absolutely optional, but trust me, you don’t want to miss the oomph.
EASY SUMMER DRINK RECIPE
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Easy Korean Banana Milk
- 1 cup / 236 ml Milk
- 1 Banana, preferably frozen
- 1/2-1 tsp Sugar/ maple syrup/honey
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract Optional
- Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
- Blitz until smooth and creamy.
- Pour in a glass and serve immediately. Enjoy!