Vegan Spiced Almond Banana Milk


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 Spiced Almond Banana Milk

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Serving Size: 3 cups Almond Milk; 2 glasses of Vegan Almond Banana Milk.


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


  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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! πŸ™‚

  • Reply 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.

  • Reply 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!!!

    • Reply Adrianna January 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

      Oh awesome. LOVE!

  • Reply Jackie January 17, 2013 at 4:02 pm

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

  • Reply 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… πŸ™‚

  • Reply Chloe Moon January 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    This must taste absolutely delicious!!!

  • Reply 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.

    • Reply 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.

  • Reply Heidi January 17, 2013 at 7:55 am

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

    • Reply Adrianna January 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

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

  • Reply Amber January 16, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    That commercial made my night. oxo.

    • Reply Adrianna January 17, 2013 at 10:12 am


  • Reply Michelle January 16, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Sounds delicious and refreshing!

  • Reply 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’!

  • Reply tina January 16, 2013 at 1:18 pm

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

  • Reply 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 πŸ˜›

  • Reply 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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