Today, there are loads of plant based alternatives to cow’s milk, (almond, soy, cashew, coconut, rice, hemp, oat, etc.). There are almost too many to count. When going to the grocery store, a lot of people bypass the super cool alternatives and head right for the dairy section to grab that ice cold, gallon of cow’s milk. Stop right there, people! What if you are allergic to dairy, nuts, gluten intolerant, or avoid soy? Even though these are amazing alternatives, (amazing for those able to drink them without having an allergic reaction), did we ever stop to think of what would happen if we chose a different option and tried making a super-nutritious, plant-based alternative ourselves right at home for a lot cheaper?
Let me tell you of an alternative that isn’t available in stores and is so easy to make at home it’ll have you jumping for joy, (or moaning in ecstasy when you drink it, but we won’t go there!). Say a big hello to banana milk, the new alternative to cow’s milk! I was first introduced to this nutritious alternative when scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed. EcoWatch.com had an article introducing banana milk and even sharing a simple recipe to make it right in your own home. It was so easy to make, I actually started to try my own variations. I switched up the recipe to make it fit my family’s taste buds. Below is a quick, easy, delicious, recipe to make your own banana milk! Give it a try today! After tasting it, you just might never rush to get that cow’s milk ever again.
Banana Oat Milk
3 whole, frozen organic bananas
2 cups cold water
½ cup of organic, rolled oats
¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
**Want an extra boost? Try adding some chia seeds to the mix!
- Combine water and oats in blender and let them soak for roughly 2-5 minutes
- Add bananas, vanilla extract, and cinnamon to the blender
- Blend until mixture is liquid or smooth
- Strain mixture, (so blended oats are caught in the strainer and all that you have left is liquid)
- Pour strained liquid into glass
- Consume lovingly!
**Banana milk inspiration came fromhttp://ecowatch.com/2016/02/04/banana-milk/.
***This article was also featured and published in Planting Seeds in South Carolina magazine. Besides following Elephant Mum, please check out the magazine’s site for more sustainable tips, tricks, and interviews!