Vegan Spiced Almond Banana Milk

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Almond Milk

Breakfast is my main chick. My main steeze. My main squeeze. My major.

But so many times I skip breakfast, decide to eat a cup of coffee instead, sit at my computer and next thing I know it it’s noon and I’m so angry. I’m hangry.

So, in 2013 I didn’t have any major resolutions. I’m not good at those. But I did decide to eat breakfast more regularly. And I to travel to far away places.

One of my main problems in the morning is that I’m not that hungry. I don’t wake up ravenous; I wake up wanting water and coffee. And Instagram. I have to force myself to consume something at 8am. This banana milk a good option. It’s nutritious, tasty, and super easy to make.

I love making homemade nut milks. Sure, you can buy almond milk for $2 at most grocery stores. But I spiced this one up a bit with star anise, a vanilla bean and cardamom. It was extra delicious and extra special.

The almonds soak overnight in water with the spices and in the morning they’re drained and take a trip to the blender to get pulsed with even more water.

After the last straining, you have a bunch of almond milk you can grab out of the fridge whenever you’re feeling it.

In this instance, I used it to make banana milk.

Almond Milk

Ohhh bananas, I luv u, like, a lot. Recently I’ve been a little obsessed with banana, and honestly have no idea why.

I got the idea for banana milk from an old Marion Cunningham cookbook I have on my shelf. Her recipe used real milk and since I don’t drink cow’s milk (I don’t love the flavor), I decided to change it up.

While I was doing some banana milk research, I learned that it’s crazy popular in Korea. A childhood staple, for some. Who knew! Cool! This commercial is all about a grown up dude drinking banana milk. And then his mother (?) or grandmother (?) starts booty dancing. If that commercial doesn’t sell you on banana milk, then I don’t know what will. I mean, banana milk is just that good!

My wish is that you make this almond banana milk and it makes you dance like grandma.

Almond Milk

Vegan Almond Banana Milk

Print this recipe!

1 cup raw almonds
1/2 vanilla bean, scraped
1 star anise
2 cardamom pods
3 bananas
Salt

1. In a bowl, add 3 cups of water, raw almonds, vanilla bean, star anise, cardamom pods and stir. Cover with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator overnight.

2. Strain the almonds, discarding the water, vanilla bean, star anise and cardamom pods. Transfer the almonds to a blender and add 3 cups of water. Blend until very smooth, 2-3 minutes. Strain the almond and water mixture using a cheesecloth and strainer. Transfer the almond milk to a glass container and keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.

3. To make the almond banana milk, add 1 1/2 cups of almond milk to the well of a blender. Throw in 2 bananas and a pinch of salt; blend until nearly smooth. Divide between two glasses and serve immediately.

Yields 3 cups Almond Milk; Yields 2 glasses of Vegan Almond Banana Milk.

{ 37 comments… read them below or add one }

this is lemonade January 16, 2013 at 12:43 am

Sounds deliciously refreshing! I’ve got to be honest, I’ve never tried almond milk before, let alone banana almond milk… I’m going to watch the vid after I’ve pinned this, just so I find out what it’s all about ;)

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this is lemonade January 16, 2013 at 12:46 am

Woah, this is the day when I realised that gangnam style is a Korean way of life lol! And it’s all down to the almond banana milk… :P

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Bianca January 16, 2013 at 12:50 am

Looks so pretty and delicious!

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Averie @ Averie Cooks January 16, 2013 at 2:19 am

cardamom and a vanilla bean – oh wow, talk about an awesome homemade nut milk!

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Abby @The Frosted Vegan January 16, 2013 at 3:49 am

Whoa, I can’t wait to get this up in my blender!

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Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar January 16, 2013 at 4:45 am

I need to get on this! Looks awesome!

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Kay January 16, 2013 at 8:23 am

Looks like a great solution to your breakfast dilemma. Easy enough to suck down while perusing Instagram and healthy to boot. Beautiful.

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Sarah January 16, 2013 at 8:47 am

good idea! it’s true, banana milk is a childhood staple. they package them in juice boxes w/cute bananas drawn on them. love it :)

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Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) January 16, 2013 at 9:26 am

This is super lovely. Is there anything I can replace the almonds with? I have a nut allergy.

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Adrianna January 16, 2013 at 9:52 am

Oh! I’d say cow’s milk or coconut milk. You can just mix it with the banana and add a few pinches of cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg, if you like!

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Crafty Vegan January 18, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Oat or rice milk is yummy too =]

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Valerie @ Pursuit of Sweetness January 16, 2013 at 9:34 am

I’m the same way with cow’s milk. It just SMELLS like an utter to me. I’m totally an almond milk chick…and a banana lover. Soon to be almond banana milk lover.

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cindy January 16, 2013 at 10:02 am

I’m Korean and have never had banana milk, I love almonds AND bananas though…and, I’m totes going to try to get my mom to dance like that.

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Caroline January 16, 2013 at 10:06 am

This sounds great! Sometimes I have a hard time making myself eat breakfast. This sounds quick and delish. Can’t wait to try.
~Caroline

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Mary @ The Kitchen Paper January 16, 2013 at 10:23 am

Mmm! That sounds delicoius! I have the same problem when I get up (although that most certainly is not at 8 am… oops!), but KNOW it’ll catch up with me if I don’t shove something down. Ugh. I’ll give this a go – thanks!

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Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe January 16, 2013 at 10:30 am

Yum, I love the addition of banana! And the little jars of milk look so cute! I like cute food. :)

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joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 16, 2013 at 10:58 am

LOVE, love this, and I want to make a chai latte with it asap.

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Sarah Beth January 16, 2013 at 11:21 am

Wow, this looks amazing!!

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Katie @ Blonde Ambition January 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm

OK, you had me at spiced almond milk…But banana is toootally welcome too.

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Christina @ The Beautiful Balance January 16, 2013 at 12:25 pm

Holy YUM this sounds absolutely amazing!! I’m going to try this tomorrow morning, I just need to pick up vanilla beans :P

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tina January 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

I loveeeee banana milk ones from Korea! I grew up drinking it during my childhood :) so so amazing! I’m sooo going to try this~~ sounds delish as always!

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Little Kitchie January 16, 2013 at 1:23 pm

Sounds like a perfect breakfast! It also looks so darling, which is important too – puts you in a good mood first thing in the mornin’!

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Michelle January 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

Sounds delicious and refreshing!

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Amber January 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

That commercial made my night. oxo.

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Adrianna January 17, 2013 at 10:12 am

NICE!

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Heidi January 17, 2013 at 7:55 am

When you say raw almonds are they with or without skin?

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Adrianna January 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

You can use either. I used almonds with the skin.

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agnes January 17, 2013 at 11:55 am

Looks delicious! What is the salt for? I’ve seen a “pinch of salt” in other smoothie type recipes and wondered if it actually added flavor.

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Adrianna January 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm

I always add a pinch of salt to sweet things because I like how it enhances sugar. It’s just a flavor thang.

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Chloe Moon January 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

This must taste absolutely delicious!!!

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Bernadette @ Now Stir It Up January 17, 2013 at 1:39 pm

This looks great! Would be perfect for those mornings when breakfast seems like a chore. I have a bunch of almonds in my pantry right now. I think I will try this for tomorrow. Pinnin… :-)

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Jackie January 17, 2013 at 4:02 pm

Sharing recipe with my daughter who’s obsessed with almond milk!

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sarah January 23, 2013 at 7:14 am

This was amazing. Just what I needed this morning to get my day going nicely.
That almond milk is also calling my name for some iced coffee later in the day! That is if I don’t whip up another banan milk later.
Thank you!!!

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Adrianna January 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

Oh awesome. LOVE!

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Clifford Sanders January 29, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Banana Almond Milk Recipe is made with blending bananas and soaked almonds with milk. Banana Almond flavoured milk is healthy milk as it is two of 5 a day.

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Kristie February 26, 2013 at 9:41 am

I found this on Pinterest, just made it, and it’s amazing! I like your idea for adding the whole spices to soak the almonds. This is officially the first time I have really liked almond milk–now I can stop buying soy milk! :)

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Catherine June 2, 2013 at 11:22 am

I made something similar this morning. I used about a cup and a half of almond milk, a frozen banana, some instant coffee and vanilla powder and I blended this in the small container of my blender. This was delicious, a refreshing way to have a cup of coffee. I will try your recipe. Btw, nice web site.

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