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Banana Milk Recipe – Tea Coffee & Drinks

Banana Milk is a healthy and fresh vanilla-flavored Korean milk drink loaded with nutrients and minerals. It is usually made with fresh ripe banana, milk, vanilla essence, and sweetener. The recipe I have shared here shows you how to make Banana Milk with easy step-by-step recipe instructions for you to try and enjoy at home.

I have also shared a detailed video of this recipe to show the process visually clear. This homemade Korean Banana Milk is one of the filling drinks that can be served with breakfast, snacks, or as a summer drink.

Banana Milk in a serving glass
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What is Banana Milk?

Banana Milk is a rich, healthy, and vanilla flavored milk drink. It is usually made with fresh ripe banana, milk, vanilla essence, and sweetener. This Homemade drink is loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and the energy that you needed for the rest of the day.

This Banana Milk is one of the popular drinks in Korea and it was introduced by the Korean Government to make their citizens drink milk. It also got famous across the globe for its unique fruit flavor. Asian people also enjoy adding this Banana Milk to tea as boba tea.

You may think is there any difference between the banana milkshake and banana milk? According to me, the taste, flavor, and texture of both drinks remain the same but the shakes are usually topped with whipped cream and this Banana Milk is consumed without it.

Ingredients

The ingredients you will need to make this Banana Milk are basic kitchen elements that should be easily available at most grocery stores. Let’s see what they are below.

  • Banana – Loaded with nutrients and antioxidants
  • Milk – I have used full fat cow milk, but you can also use dairy of your choice
  • Sweetener – Honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, coconut sugar, or any other sweetner of your choice
  • Vanilla Essence – Gives nice flavor and taste to your drink and you can aslo use dates for a different flavor

How to make Banana Milk?

The recipe I have shared here is homemade Banana Milk that is popular in Korea and across the globe. Even though I have used regular milk here, it can be easily customized to a vegan-friendly version. I have also shared some ideas to customize them to the vegan-friendly version in the tips section below.

Banana Milk in a serving glass

Following are the high-level instructions to make this drink but for detailed step-by-step instructions with photo and video, please check out the recipe card below.

  • Chop the Banana – Take a medium-sized ripe banana and chop it into small pieces
  • Add the Ingredients In a blender jar, add chopped banana, 1½ cup of milk, vanilla essence, and honey. You can also use almond milk or oat milk as a non-dairy option. And maple syrup instead of honey
  • Blend Close the lid and blend everything until it turns smooth (you can also add more milk or water to thin out the consistency)
  • Pour and Serve – Open the lid and pour it into the serving glasses. Feel free to add ice cubes if you need a chill refreshing drink. And now the delicious Banana Milk is ready for you to taste and enjoy. Serve this Healthy Banana Milk along with breakfast, quick snack, or as a summer drink

Tips

  • Taste and Flavor – Vanilla essence gives a mild sweet taste and vanilla flavor to your drink and you can also use dates for a different flavor
  • Milk Options – Even though I have used full fat cow milk for this recipe, feel free to use almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk for vegan-friendly versions
  • Sweetener – I have used honey here and you can also use maple syrup, coconut sugar to other sweeteners of your choice
  • Serving – You can enjoy this drink as part of your breakfast, quick mid-day snack, or as a summer treat

Calories

This Banana Milk recipe that I have shared here contains 184 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calorie count may change if you change any of the ingredients. You could also find detailed nutritional information in the recipe card below.

Storage Suggestions

You can store this milk drink for 2 to 3 hours in the refrigerator in a closed mason jar. But I would recommend making it fresh and consuming it as fresh as possible.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this drink along with your breakfast, quick snack, or as a refreshing summer drink.

You can also find similar recipes below and more at milk drinks recipes.

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📖 Recipe

Yield: 2 serving

Banana Milk

Banana Milk in a serving glass

Banana Milk is a healthy and fresh vanilla-flavored Korean milk drink loaded with nutrients and minerals. It is usually made with fresh ripe banana, milk, vanilla essence, and sweetener. This homemade Korean Banana Milk is one of the filling drinks that can be served with breakfast, snacks, or as a summer drink.

Prep Time
5 minutes

Total Time
5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Banana

  • 1½ cup Milk (Almond or oat milk for vegan-friendly option)

  • ½ tsp Vanilla Essence

  • 1 tsp Honey or Maple Syrup

Notes

  1. Taste and Flavor – Vanilla essence gives a mild sweet taste and vanilla flavor to your drink and you can also use dates for a different flavor
  2. Milk Options – Even though I have used full fat cow milk for this recipe, feel free to use almond milk, oat milk, or coconut milk for vegan-friendly versions
  3. Sweetener – I have used honey here and you can also use maple syrup, coconut sugar to other sweeteners of your choice
  4. Serving – You can enjoy this drink as part of your breakfast, quick mid-day snack, or as a summer treat

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 184Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 88mgCarbohydrates: 32gFiber: 2gSugar: 26gProtein: 7g

Disclaimer: Nutrition information comes from third-party apps and calculators. The information is purely an estimate and provided for information purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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FAQ

What is Banana Milk?

Banana Milk is a rich, healthy, and vanilla flavored milk drink. It is usually made with fresh ripe banana, milk, vanilla essence, and sweetener. This Homemade drink is loaded with nutrients, vitamins, and the energy that you needed for the rest of the day.

Is Korean Banana Milk healthy?

Yes, it is one of the healthy drinks loaded with nutrients, antioxidants, and a good source of potassium, which may aid weight loss, improve heart health, etc.

Can I make this Vegan friendly?

Yes, you can swap the regular cow milk with almond milk, oat milk, and honey with maple syrup to enjoy a vegan-friendly version.

What are the calories in Banana Milk?

The recipe I have shared here contains 184 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calorie count may change if you change any of the ingredients. You could also find detailed nutritional information in the recipe card above.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe that I have shared here and I would love to hear from you on how it turned out for you. Please let me know.

If you have any other questions, feel free to post them in the comment section below and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Enjoy!

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Best Almond Milk Brands of 2022

best almond milk brands of 2022

Almond milk is one of the most popular non-dairy alternatives on the market. It’s affordable, has a mild taste and is widely available in most grocery stores. Yet choosing which brand to buy can be confusing. With the help of the Rawkstar Team, we shopped and blind taste-tested so we could bring you the best almond milk brands for 2022.

The results from this review may (or may not) shock you. My goal is to help you find a brand that matches your priorities regarding taste, ingredients and eco-conscious packaging. I suggest checking out our Oat Milk Brands of 2022 and Coconut Milk Brands of 2022 if you’re looking for almond milk alternatives. The main concerns associated with almond milk production are water use and pesticide use.

Almond Milk Rawkstar Report

In our very own rawkstar report, you can see how +20 almond milk brands stack up. We focused on unsweetened as well as unflavored varieties, which I recommend using. We then rated them based on the quality of ingredients, taste (and texture) and sustainable packaging.

Almond Milk Brands: Elmhurst Milked Almonds

So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Thrive Market Organic Almond Beverage

Almond Milk Brands: Thrive Market Organic Almond Beverage

Silk Almond Organic Milk brand

Silk Almond Unsweetened

Owner Organic Almond Brand

365 Organic Original Almondmilk

365 Organic Original Almondmilk

Three Trees Organic Original Almondmilk

Three Trees Organic Original Almondmilk

Almond Milk Brands: Simply Almond Original

Good & Gather Original Almond (refrigerated)

Almond Milk Brands: Good & Gather Original Almond (refrigerated)

Sprouts Organic Almondmilk Original

Almond Milk Brands: Sprouts Organic Almondmilk Original

Great Value Almondmilk Original

Great Value Almondmilk Original

Pacific Foods Organic Almond

Pacific Foods Organic Almond

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original

Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Almondmilk Original

Califia Farms Almondmilk

Friendly Farms Almond Original Almondmilk

Friendly Farms Almond Original Almondmilk

Publix Original Almond Milk

Publix Original Almond Milk

Trader Joe’s Simple Almond Beverage

Trader Joe's Simple Almond Beverage

Trader Joe’s Almond Beverage Original

Trader Joe's Almond Beverage Original

Kirkland's Almond

Good & Gather Original Almond (shelf-stable)

Good & Gather Original Almond (shelf-stable)
Finding the best almond milk brands in stores

Factors to Determine the Best Brands

As you’ll see from the ratings above, almond milk is not the same. Many brands add fillers, gum, fortify with vitamins, and alter taste with “natural flavors” to modify the true flavor.

Always read labels when shopping; you never know what you’ll get if you don’t. The best quality you will ever find is homemade almond milk. Yet if that’s not a possibility for you, then let this list be your guide to getting the very best brand.

High-Quality Ingredients

Just because the branding looks clean, attractive and healthy, it doesn’t mean the ingredients tell the same story. While we know taste and texture are huge buying factors, we also compared to ingredient lists to give our best recommendations:

  1. Elmhurst Milked Almonds
  2. Unsweetened Trader Joe’s Simple Almond Beverage
  3. Organic Almond Owner
  4. Unsweetened Three Trees Organic Almond Milk

Taste + Texture

Blind taste-testing was a game-changer when it came to comparing the taste of a variety of milk. Some were gritty, others were smooth. Some had a bitter taste. Others had a smooth sweetness. We took all this into account when rating each brand.

  1. Silk Almond Unsweetened
  2. So Delicious Organic Almond with Cashew
  3. Friendly Farms Original Unsweetened Almond
  4. Good & Gather Original Almond, refrigerated

Silk Unsweetened Almond was the top-tasting winner hands down (and the only was to get a “green pass” for its taste score). Overall, we realized that every brand of store bought almond beverage isn’t that tasty, especially when you compare it to oat milk or coconut milk.

Eco-Conscious Packaging

Eco-friendly packaging also gave certain brands a boost. If a brand used recyclable materials or had B-Corp status then they got bonus points.

  1. Elmhurst Milked Almonds
  2. Silk Almond Organic + Silk Almond Unsweetened
  3. So Delicious Organic Almond with Cashew
  4. Thrive Market Organic Almond Beverage

Where to Buy The Top Brands

Erin spent a day driving around Tampa Bay, so that she could buy every brand available. She every almond beverage brand available at Costco, Whole Foods purchased, Sprouts, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Target, Aldi, Publix, The Fresh Market, and NutritionSmart. We also online from Thrive Market and Amazon to get everything we could purchased. You can pretty much find it in every grocery store in 2022.

If you’re looking to buy the top winners from the Rawkstar Report, read on:

Elmhurst Milked Almonds: Publix, Amazon, Elmhurst.com, Wegman’s, Thrive Market, Whole Foods, etc.

So Delicious Almond with Cashews: Walmart (yet occasionally discontinued), Amazon

Thrive Market Almond: ThriveMarket.com is the online grocery story loved by many, including myself. They make their products at an affordable price too.

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Is Almond Milk Good for You?

Almond’ milk’ has exploded on the market in recent years. Consumers are buying more plant-based products and grocery stores are listening. Dairy also happens to be one of the most common food sensitivities, which makes this milk, oat milk and coconut milk great options. Whether you choose to buy one of the best brands above or make homemade almond milk, you can enjoy some wonderful health benefits.

Here’s how one cup of almond milk stacks up to one cup of dairy:

Unsweetened Almond Milk (on average)

  • 50 calories
  • 2 grams of carbs
  • 35% daily Vitamin E
  • 35% daily Calcium (manufacturers enrich most almond milks to compete with dairy milk)

Low Fat Dairy Milk (on average)

  • 103 calories
  • 12 grams of carbs (mostly sugar)
  • 28% daily Calcium
Recipes using almond milk

5 Tasty Recipes Using Almond Milk

We love using almond beverages as a recipe base to create a creamy, protein-enriched meal, so here are a few of our favorites:

  1. Chocolate Banana Protein Smoothie
  2. Maple Cauliflower Smoothie Bowl
  3. Spiced Almond Drink
  4. Cherry Almond Cinnamon Green Smoothie
  5. Chocolate Fiber Smoothie Cubes

Leave a comment letting us know if this report was helpful and if there are any refrigerated almond milk brands we can test next! We’re here to do the work for you, and then give you the inside scoop. If your favorite isn’t listed, then we’d love to know which brand you think has the best-tasting milk because we want to try it, too!

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Best Best Oat Milk Brands of 2022

best oat milk

We’re back at it again to give you the best oat milk brands of 2022! We researched, shopped and tested 12 different brands to bring you the widest variety of oat milk we could find (at least in central Florida).

I can’t wait to share the results with you. Oat milk is something I’m reaching for more and more these days due to its creamy texture and mild taste. Let’s see how it stacks up in this growing world of plant-based milk.

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Best Oat Milk Brand

Before I reveal our results, I want to break down a little research into oat milk brands. Unlike almond milk, which is categorized as sweetened or unsweetened and comes in various flavors, oat milk categories are not straightforward. Let’s break down the lingo first.

What ‘Original’ Really Means

The goal of our project was to test all of the ‘original’ oat milk we could find. Brands are not consistent with their labeling, so we had to get a bit creative. Here are all the ways we found ‘original’:

  • Less Sweet
  • Full Fat
  • Less Fat
  • Original
  • Plain
  • Unsweetened
  • Extra Creamy
  • Barista
  • Blended with coconut and cashews

How’s that for clarity? While you can be fairly certain that any almond milk brand has an unsweetened original version, this wasn’t the case with oat milk. We did find the zero sugar plain version of Chobani this year (yay!). But we couldn’t find a fully unsweetened version of Good and Gather. We also had to pick between the original and barista version of Oatly!, which threw us for a loop. We came up with a comprehensive list of what is on the market right now at the national level. Let’s get on to the results!

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Best Oat Milk Brands of 2022

To make the table easy to decode, I used a leaf scoring system (because green is best!):

best oat milk brands

While Califia was the stand-out winner in all categories, most of the milk brands we tested were pretty middle-of-the-road. Only three brands, Califia, Elmhurst, and Forager, boasted a simple ingredient list. Simply Oat has a more straightforward ingredient list yet includes the ever-elusive ‘natural flavors,’ which dethroned its seat from our cleanest list.

Because most of the milk we tested had several additives and gums, they were disqualified from ‘dark green status.’ I recommend checking the calorie and sugar content of any oat beverage you purchase. The sugar content alone ranges from 1g to 10g between brands, so we felt them worth mentioning:

  • Natural by Nature: 120 calories, 10g added sugar
  • Trader Joe’s: 90 calories, 9g added sugar
  • Good + Gather: 90 calories, 9g added sugar
  • Chobani Extra Creamy Original: 120 calories, 8g added sugar
  • Oatly: 120 calories, 7g added sugar
  • Califia: 130 calories, 4g added sugar
  • Planet Oat: 90 calories, 4g added sugar
  • Silk: 80 calories, 4g added sugar
  • Simply Oat Original: 80 calories, 4g added sugar
  • Forager: 45 calories, 2g sugar (no added sugar)
  • Elmhurst: 80 calories, 1g sugar (no added sugar)
  • Chobani Zero Sugar Plain: 80 calories, 0g sugar

I’m still a firm believe that the best plant milk is homemade, so check out my homemade milk recipe and let me know how it compares to your favorite store-bought brand.

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Where to Buy Oat Milk

All the oat milk brands in this review were purchased around the Tampa Bay area. Obviously, there are regional grocery stores and brands not available here. Comment below with your favorite oat milk brand and store where it can be found so we can try to include it next year! My friend Erin shopped at the following stores to get as many oat milk brands as possible:

  • Trader Joe’s
  • Walmart
  • Whole Foods
  • Sprouts
  • Publix
  • Target

Oat milk brands are steadily gaining momentum here in the Southeastern United States. For this year’s update, we were able to find two additional brands to try: Chobani Zero Sugar Plain and Simply Oat Original.

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Oat Milk Nutrition Facts

Like many types of plant milk (and even varieties of dairy milk), oat milk is commonly fortified with vitamins and minerals. Brands do this to compete in the ‘milk’ category. Oats are a healthy grain in their own right, as you’ll see below:

  • Lowers cholesterol: According to a study conducted by the US National Library of Medicine, regular consumption of oat milk for 5 weeks showed lower cholesterol levels.
  • Loaded with fiber: 1 cup of oat milk contains 3.3 grams of fiber, 13.2% of the recommended daily intake. If you use this as a base for a green smoothie, then your gut will be thanking you for helping to keep it regular.
  • heart healthy: The soluble fiber in oat milk is also excellent (and necessary) to keep hearts healthy.
  • Reduced greenhouse gas emissions: not only does oat milk promote human health, it also promotes environmental health. It takes up hundreds of fewer square miles to produce than dairy milk, and uses ⅛th of the water consumption expended in the production of almond milk.
  • Fortified with B vitamins: Most commercially available oat milk is fortified (as are other dairy and non-dairy milk products). This plant milk specifically is loaded with B vitamins, which helps the body stay energized and also promotes heart health.

Is Oat Milk Gluten Free?

I love that oat milk isn’t only a healthy choice for our bodies and an environmentally friendly choice for our planet. If you’re sensitive to gluten, make sure to read the labels and ingredient list closely. Some brands specify gluten-free oats were used, yet most don’t. If you’re looking for a gluten-free brand, these are ones we found that say “gluten-free” on them:

  • Planet Oats
  • Simply Oat
  • Elmhurst
  • Calafia
  • Chobani (both kinds)
  • Forager: states they use “gluten-free oats”

9 Recipes with Oats

homemade oat milk

DIY Oat Milk

While there were some super great grocery oat milk brands, I still think nothing beats homemade. This oat milk recipe is simple, quick and delicious. Try it and see how it stacks up against the store-bought competition.

Steel Cut Oats

This recipe will bring you nourishing breakfasts for the week. Make once and enjoy for days! Feel free to add whatever toppings you like best.

plant milk latte

Cinnamon Dolce Latte

Why wait in a drive-thru when you can make this coffee shop quality treat at home. Sweet, creamy and oh so delicious, this plant-based latte hits all the comfort factors needed to start the day.

Apple Cinnamon Baked Oatmeal

Whether you’re making breakfast for a crowd or you want to batch cook breakfast for the week, this is the recipe for you. It’s incredibly delicious and filling, which I need first thing in the morning.

oat milk smoothie

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

This heart-healthy smoothie is loaded with fiber and just the right amount of sweetness. This is the perfect post-workout snack or even a quick breakfast on the go.

Overnight Oats

I love having a few jars of overnight oats on hand as a snack or on-the-go breakfast. Each container can have different toppings, which is a must in my household. You can use your favorite oat milk brand as the base too!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie

A protein-packed smoothie that tastes like dessert is my go-to for a workout day. This is a great way to fuel up before a workout or a creamy dessert for that chocolate craving.

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Homemade Granola Bars

These granola bars will keep the family happy all day long. They pack nicely in a daypack or cooler as well—a burst of energy to keep the adventures going.

Jen’s Coconut Granola

Use this incredibly balanced granola as a breakfast with your favorite oat milk or as a nutritious snack on the go. It can be paired with fresh berries, yogurt or munched on its own. It’s seriously good and can be found in the Fresh Start Autumn 21-Day Cleanse.

One of the many great things about green smoothies is that they’re so customizable. Next time you make one, try swapping the liquid base for oat milk to produce a creamier, thicker smoothie. Oat milk can be a great added protein, as well as a thickener for that delicious smoothie bowl.

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Best Coconut Milk Brands of 2022

coconut milk brands

Coconut milk is a popular plant-based beverage used in baking, cooking, smoothies and more. Its creamy texture and healthy fat content make it super useful! Yet coconut milk (especially canned) varies wildly in taste and fat content. So my team and I taste-tested all that we could find to bring you the best coconut milk brands to buy and which ones to leave at the store.

We’ve done these Rawkstar Reports annually for almond milk and oat milk, and now we’re adding coconut milk to the list too! The results always surprise us, so I can’t wait to share them with you!

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Coconut Milk Rawkstar Report

We ranked brands on taste, texture, ingredients (gums, organic or not, types of additives) and the kind of packaging (B-corp, level of recyclability). Some brands had very few ingredients yet got bonus points if they were organic. Many had gums and therefore got better ratings for fewer gums and organic gums. We only tested unsweetened original versions to make this test as equal as possible. No added sugars or flavors in any of these!

Best Carton Coconut Beverages

We weren’t the biggest fans of the taste of any of the cartons we tried. Yet who drinks a giant glass of straight coconut ‘milk’ anyways? So the taste test didn’t carry as much weight as the ingredients and packaging.

Good & Gather Unsweetened Organic Coconut


Vita Coco Coconut Milk Original Organic


So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Coconut Unsweetened

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Pacific Foods Organic Coconut Original Unsweetened

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

365 Organic Unsweetened Coconut Original

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Califia Farms Coconut Milk Coconut Water Blend

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew
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All Around Winners

  1. Good & Gather Unsweetened Organic Coconut
  2. Vita Coco Coconut Milk Original Unsweetened*
  3. So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Coconut Unsweetened

*Vita Coco was the only brand with limited ingredients (not fortified with vitamins/minerals). They also only had gellan gum, while all the other brands had two or more gums.

Taste Test Winners

  1. Silk Unsweetened Coconut
  2. Good & Gather Unsweetened Organic Coconut
  3. Pacific Foods Organic Coconut Original Unsweetened

Organic Brands

Most of the carton milk brands we tried were organic:

  • Good & Gather Unsweetened Organic Coconut
  • Pacific Foods Organic Coconut Original Unsweetened
  • So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Coconut Unsweetened
  • Vita Coco Coconut Original Organic
  • 365 Organic Unsweetened Coconut Original
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Best Canned Coconut Milk Brands

Unlike carton milk, full-fat canned had a few gum-free brands (woohoo!). We also found the tastes more appealing overall. If you want/need to up your fat content, use one of these great brands. They are great for super thick smoothies and smoothie bowls and cooking creamy sauces.

Almond Milk Brands: Elmhurst Milked Almonds

Almond Milk Brands: Elmhurst Milked Almonds

So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Almond Milk Brands: So Delicious Organic Almondmilk w/ Cashew

Best All Around Full Fat

  1. Thai Kitchen 2 Simple Ingredients Coconut Unsweetened
  2. Field Day Organic Classic Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  3. Thrive Market Organic Coconut Regular

Best Tasting Full Fat

  1. Field Day Organic Classic Coconut Unsweetened
  2. Native Forest Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk Classic
  3. Thai Kitchen 2 Simple Ingredients Coconut Unsweetened

Organic Full Fat

Half of the full-fat canned milk we tested had organic ingredients. Bonus!

  1. Field Day Organic Classic Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  2. Native Forest Unsweetened Organic Coconut Classic
  3. Thai Kitchen Organic Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  4. Sprouts Organic Coconut Unsweetened
  5. Thrive Market Organic Coconut Milk Regular
  6. Good and Gather Organic Unsweetened Coconut Milk
  7. Native Forest Unsweetened Organic Coconut Simple
  8. Cadia Organic Coconut Milk
best canned light coconut milk

Best All Around Light Canned

  1. Sprouts Organic Lite Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  2. Thai Kitchen 2 Simple Ingredients Lite Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  3. Thrive Market Organic Coconut Lite Milk

Best Tasting Light

  1. Sprouts Lite Coconut Unsweetened Milk
  2. Sprouts Organic Lite Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  3. 365 Organic Light Coconut Milk

Organic Light

Only 2 of the light canned brands weren’t organic. So if that’s important to you, then the below list gives you lots of great options!

  1. Sprouts Organic Lite Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  2. 365 Organic Light Coconut
  3. Field Day Organic Lite Coconut Milk Unsweetened
  4. KaMe Coconut Lite Organic
  5. Thrive Market Organic Coconut Milk Lite
  6. Cadia Organic Light Coconut Milk
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How to Buy the Best Brand

READ YOUR LABELS. No matter what kind of milk you are buying, look for one with the fewest ingredients, no gums (if possible), and no sulfites (found in a few canned versions we tested). If you want to know your ingredients, read on for a breakdown.

Calcium: Calcium Carbonate VS. Tricalcium Phosphate

Many plant beverage manufacturers fortify their milk with calcium because they compete with dairy milk. The two main kinds of calcium added are calcium carbonate and tricalcium phosphate.

They have roughly the same amount of elemental (real) calcium per unit. However, calcium carbonate is more easily digested, as it is more naturally occurring than tricalcium phosphate. Companies choose the more processed, less natural form of calcium, tricalcium phosphate because it’s cheaper. We docked them in our report if they did this.

Sunflower Lecithin

A few of the carton brands have sunflower lecithin. We have lecithin naturally in our bodies. It’s made up of fatty acids. Sunflower lecithin, in particular, is non-GMO, which makes us happy. This supplement is added to food as an emulsifier. It keeps fat and oils from mixing with other substances in our bodies.

There are several health benefits to sunflower lecithin, such as:

  • Improves Heart Health through breaking down fat
  • Lowers Cholesterol
  • Promotes liver health
  • Helps breastfeeding mothers avoid clogged ducts
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves digestion
  • Fights dementia symptoms

Sulfites

I’m sure you’ve heard this word tossed around the health food arena just like I have. Yet what are sulfites, and why do we run from them?!

The Mayo Clinic explains it as sulfite sensitivity. Sulfites are used in food as a preservative. You’ll often find them in wine, but they were banned from fresh fruit and veggies in the 1980s due to several severe documented reactions. If you don’t have asthma, you will probably not be affected by sulfites. Yet if you have asthma, it’s better to steer clear when you can.

Another reason to check those labels we found sulfites in 2 of the full-fat canned brands we tested: Iberia and Goya.

Gums in Coconut Beverages

Almost every brand we tried had gums of one kind or another in it. Here’s the breakdown to help you understand your gums better:

  • Xanthan Gum (not so good): added to food as a thickener/preservative. It’s created when sugar is fermented by a certain kind of bacteria. It’s an insoluble fiber, so our bodies can’t break it down, therefore it has no real nutritional value. Xanthan gum comes from sugar found in wheat, corn, soy and dairy. You should avoid it if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
  • Gellan Gum (better): Added to food to thicken, stabilize/texturize. It’s a plant-based alternative to gelatin. Studies are inconclusive so far in determining the safety/benefit vs the risk of adding gellan gum to food. Some studies show that it can reduce constipation, while other studies link it to abnormalities in stomach lining.
  • Locust Bean Gum (better): added to food as a natural thickener. It is made from the seeds of a carob tree. It’s health benefits include lowering blood sugar, high in fiber and able to reduce reflux in infants (added to infant formula). While it is more naturally occurring mentioned than the other gums we, there also isn’t a whole lot of research yet on how good or bad it can be for our bodies to ingest in the long run.
  • Guar Gum (better): added to food as a binder/thickener. It’s made from guar beans and is high in fiber. It may aid in digestion as well as help lower cholesterol and blood sugar. If consumed in high quantities, it can obstruct the esophagus and small bowel, so the FDA has maximum usage levels. Coconut milk is only allowed to have 1% guar gum in it, or up to 2.4 grams per serving.
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Plant Milk FAQs

What brand of coconut milk is the best?

Per our taste test, the best all-around brand in the carton is Vita Coco Coconut Milk Original Organic. The best in full-fat is Thai Kitchen 2 Simple Ingredients Coconut Milk Unsweetened, and the best in light is Thrive Market Organic Coconut Milk Lite.

Is coconut milk bad for you?

It doesn’t have to be. Look for brands with the fewest ingredients, avoid sulfites (especially if you have asthma), and know that coconut is naturally high in healthy fat.

What coconut milk is best for curry?

I recommend using a full-fat canned version for curry since you want a creamy sauce-like texture. The best all-around full-fat coconut milk is Thai Kitchen 2 Simple Ingredients Coconut Milk Unsweetened. No gums and super creamy!

Recipes that Use Coconut Milk

Now that you’re armed with the best coconut milk brands let’s make something! Most of the recipes below let you choose which type of milk you want. Yet know that using carton milk when the recipe calls for canned will cause you to lose out on a lot of healthy fat + creamy consistency.

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Bubble Tea Recipe (Boba Milk Tea)

Bubble Tea also called Boba Milk Tea is a sweet, chewy, and authentic Taiwanese Tea. It is usually prepared with tapioca pearls, black tea powder, milk, and sweetener. The recipe I have shared here shows you how to make bubble tea with easy step-by-step instructions for you to try at home.

I have also shared a detailed video of this recipe to make the process visually clear. This Boba Milk Tea tastes great similar to your favorite fast-food chain. And it can be a perfect warm drink to enjoy on cold winter days or enjoy the iced version on hot summer days.

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What is Boba Milk Tea?

Bubble Tea which is also called Boba Milk Tea is a Taiwanese drink that is sweet, chewy, and packed with delicious flavors. It is usually made with tapioca pearls, milk tea, and a sweetener. This drink also got so many variations from milk tea to fruit flavors.

This Boba Tea is one of the staples of Taiwanese street stalls, especially in the night markets. You can different boba teas like plain, strawberry, honeydew, lychee, taro, mango, and the options are endless.

This Bubble Tea also got its popularity in the United States for its unique chewy and delicious flavor. And it became one of the most trending drinks in fast food chains. The best part is you can enjoy it as warm or iced according to your preferences.

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Ingredients

The ingredients you will need to make this popular Bubble Tea also called Boba Milk Tea are minimal. And it can be easily available in most Asian stores around.

Bubble Tea Ingredients on a table
  • Black Boba Pearls – I have use instant black tapioca pearls which has already had a good amount of sugar coating on it
  • Black Tea Powder – You can use most asian black tea powders and I have used my regualr orange pekode black tea powder here
  • Milk – I have used whole milk that gives thick tea and feel free to use milk of your choice. You can also use almond milk, oat milkcoconut milk or other non dairy milks also
  • Sweetener – As the boba pearls are already sweet, I have used only minimal amount of brown sugar here and you can feel free to adjust your sweet as per your taste

How to make Boba Tea?

The I have shared here is a super simple Boba Milk Tea or Bubble Tea that is usually recipe found in most fast-food chains. But this version is not super sweet and sugary compared to store ones. I have made the simple recipe for you to easily try and enjoy at home.

Bubble Tea in a glass

Following are the high-level instructions to make this tea but for detailed step-by-step instructions with photo and video, please check out the recipe card below.

  • Cook the Boba – In a saucepan, pour water and bring it to boil. Add in the boba pearls and give a good mix. Boil it for 3 to 5 minutes
  • Simmer Heat – Close the lid of the pan and reduce the heat to low. Cook the boba until it doubles in it size
  • Remove the boba pearls – Now remove the boba pearls from water and reserve it for later use
  • Make Tea Decoction – In a saucepan with medium heat, pour water and add black tea powder. Allow it to brew for 5 to 7 minutes and remove from heat
  • Make Boba Milk Tea – In a serving glass, add 3 tsp of boba pearls cooked, brown sugar and filter the tea decoction to ¼ th of the cup. And now add the milk and give it a mix. Now the delicious and chewy Boba Tea is ready for you to tatse and enjoy

Tips

  • Cooking Bob – Always make sure to follow the package instructions to cook the boba pearls to achieve best results
  • Instant Boba – I have used instant boba pearls here, which cooks sooner than the regular pearls. Also instant pearls should be consumed as soon as it is prepared to enjoy the real freshness
  • Tea decoction – I have prepared the tea decoction using my regular orange pekoe black tea powder, but you can also use other black tea powders or jasmine black tea powder
  • Sugar – As the boba pearls used here already have a good amount of sweetness, I have used only minimal amount of brown sugar here. But feel free to adjust as per your preferences
  • Ice – You can also make this tea iced by adding the cool tea decoction, cold milk and lot of ice cubes to enjoy on hot summer days
  • Condensed Milk – For Vietnamese version, you can add the condensed milk which delivers a super sweet Boba Milk Tea

Bubble Tea Flavors

When it comes to bubble tea, you can find different types of flavors based on the tea powder, boba, flavoring syrup, or other add-ins. The most famous flavors are Taro, cocoa, mango, lychee, banana, strawberry, and so on. There are also different boba made with tapioca, sweet potato, jelly, and much more.

Boba Vs Bubble Tea

Both the terms refer to the same Taiwanese tea. The drink also got another term called pearl milk tea. So it is just a different name for the same drink. And it usually differs based on the location, people, and the term they would like to name it.

Calories

This Bubble or Boba Milk Tea that I have shared here contains 85 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calories may vary if you change or swap any of the ingredients. You could also check the detailed nutritional information in the recipe card below.

Storage Suggestions

As I have used the instant black boba pearls here they may not be fresh for long hours, so I suggest you drink the tea immediately as soon as it is prepared.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this Bubble Tea warm on cold winter days or iced to quench your thirst on hot summer days.

You can also find similar drinks below and more at Tea Recipes.

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Boba Milk Tea Recipe video

I have also shared a detailed video of this Boba Milk Tea below that I hope will help you to make a chewy and milky tea at home. And you could also find this recipe in story format.

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Yield: 2 cups

Bubble Tea (Boba Milk Tea)

Bubble Tea in a glass

Bubble Tea also called Boba Milk Tea is a sweet, chewy, and authentic Taiwanese Tea. It is usually prepared with tapioca pearls, black tea powder, milk, and sweetener. This Boba Milk Tea tastes great similar to your favorite fast-food chain. And it can be a perfect warm drink to enjoy on cold winter days or the iced version on hot summer days.

Prep Time
5 minutes

Cook Time
15 minutes

Total Time
20 minutes

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Black Boba Pearls, instant

  • 3 + 2 cup Water

  • 2 tsp Black Tea Powder

  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar

  • 1 cup Milk

Notes

  1. Cooking Bob – Always make sure to follow the package instructions to cook the boba pearls to achieve the best results
  2. Instant Boba – I have used instant boba pearls here, which cooks sooner than the regular pearls. Also, instant pearls should be consumed as soon as it is prepared to enjoy the real freshness
  3. Tea decoction – I have prepared the tea decoction using my regular orange pekoe black tea powder, but you can also use other black tea powders or jasmine black tea powder
  4. Sugar – As the boba pearls used here already have a good amount of sweetness, I have used only a minimal amount of brown sugar here. But feel free to adjust as per your preferences
  5. Ice – You can also make this iced tea by adding the cool tea decoction, cold milk, and a lot of ice cubes to enjoy for summer days
  6. Condensed Milk – For the Vietnamese version, you can add the condensed milk which delivers a super sweet Boba Milk Tea

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1 cup

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 85Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 9gProtein: 4g

Disclaimer: Nutrition information comes from third-party apps and calculators. The information is purely an estimate and provided for information purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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FAQ

What is Bubble Tea?

Bubble Tea or Boba tea is a popular Taiwanese drink made with tapioca pearls, milk tea, and sweetener. It is one of the staple drinks of Taiwan and is usually served in the night stalls of the country. This Taiwanese tea is usually made both iced and warm to quench the thirst.

What is Boba Milk Tea taste like?

It is sweet, chewy, and has a balanced flavor of tea, milk, and tapioca pearls. It is not too sweet or too bitter but tastes perfectly delicious to enjoy with those chunky bites in.

How many calories are in Bubble Tea?

This Bubble or Boba Milk Tea that I have shared here contains 85 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calories may vary if you change or swap any of the ingredients. You could also check the detailed nutritional information in the recipe card above.

What are the balls in Boba Tea?

It is nothing but the tapioca starch kneaded into a dough and rolled like small balls, which is then boiled and coated with sugar syrup.

What is Boba Tea made of?

Boba tea is made with tapioca pearls, milk, black tea, and sweeteners. It is also made with a variety of fruit syrups and other flavoring agents.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe that I have shared here and I would love to hear from you on how it turned out for you. Please let me know.

If you have any other questions, feel free to post them in the comment section below and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Enjoy!

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Taro Milk Tea Recipe (Taro Bubble Tea)

Taro Milk Tea also called Taro Bubble Tea is a sweet, chewy, and creamy purple-colored Taiwanese drink. It is prepared with Taro Root Powder, milkblack or green tea, and black Boba pearls. This Taro Milk tea is one of the versions of Bubble Tea that I have already shared in this blog.

The recipe I have shared here shows you how to make Taro Milk Tea with easy step-by-step instructions for you to try and enjoy at home. I have also shared a detailed video of this recipe to make the cooking process simple and clear. This Taro Bubble Tea is a perfect drink to enjoy on cold winter days or as iced on hot summer days.

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What is Taro Milk Tea?

Taro Milk Tea also called Taro Bubble tea is a sweet, creamy, and purple-colored drink loaded with flavors of Taro Root. It is usually prepared with Taro root powder, tapioca pearls, milk, and brewed green or black tea.

This Taro Bubble Tea tastes delicious similar to other variations of boba tea. And it has a thick and creamy texture due to the taro root’s starchy property. You can feel the starchiness in the drink only if you are using a fresh taro root but not in the powder version.

This Taro Boba Milk Tea is one of the must-try drinks and can be customized as per individual preferences. You can serve this warm tea on winter days or iced during hot summer days.

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Ingredients

The main ingredients you will need to make this Taro Milk Tea is Taro Root and the Boba for that bubbly look. Usually, fresh Taro roots are available in most Asian stores, and you can also use Taro Root Powder that is easily available in online stores.

Taro Milk Tea Ingredients
  • Taro Root Powder – I have used Taro root powder to make this bubble tea, but you can also use fresh taro root. But if you are using the root, then I have suggested how to use it in the below tips section
  • Boba Pearls – Here I have used instant black sugar Boba that cook usually in under 10 minutes
  • Black Tea or Green Tea – Classic Taro Milk Tea is usually consumed without tea but adding brewed black tea or green tea balance the sweetness of taro root. Here I have used loose leaf of black tea, but feel free to use green tea if thats handy to you
  • Milk – Full fat milk or half and half gives the reich and creamy texture to your boba drink
  • Sweetener – I have used minimal amount of brown sugar here and you can use sweetner of your choice. Note that store brought Taro powder usyally has good amount of sweet already in it, so make sure to add the sweetner accordingly

How to make Taro Milk Tea?

The recipe I have shared here is Taro Milk Tea which is also popularly known as Taro Bubble Tea. Here I have infused black tea decoction along with Taro Milk and the chewy tapioca boba pearls to enjoy the flavor of Taro, tea, and boba.

Taro Milk Tea in a Glass

Following are the high-level instructions to make this tea but for detailed step-by-step instructions with photo and video, please check out the recipe card below.

  • Cook the Boba – In a pan with medium heat, pour water and bring it to slight boil. Now add the black sugar Boba and allow it to boil for 2 minutes.
  • Simmer heat – Close the pan with lid and cook the Boba until it doubles in its size. Now remove the Boba pearls from the water and reserve it for later use. You can also keep the Boba in the water until you add them in the tea and this avoid turning them sticky
  • Brew the Tea – In a saucepan, with medium heat, pour water and add black tea leaves and brew it for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the tea and reserve it for later use. You can also use Jasmine green tea leaves. If you prefer not to use tea in this recipe, you can also skip adding the brewed tea
  • Making Taro Milk Tea – In a mug or glass, add 3 tsp of Taro Powder into warm milk and mix until it incorporates well. Now in a serving glass, Add in the Boba pearls, brown sugar, and filter the Brewed tea. Finally pour the prepared Taro milk and give a good mix
  • Serving – Serve this sweet and creamy Taro Milk Tea warm or you can also serve it cold by adding lot of ice cubes to your tea

Tips

  • For Creamy Texture – Adding full fat milk or half and half gives the rich and creamy texture to your drink but feel free to use milk of choice
  • Tea – Even though I have used black brewed tea to make this drink, you can also use green tea leaves to achieve simialr results
  • Caffeine-Free Version – You can also enjoy this drink just without the tea, and just adding Taro Milk and boba for a caffeine-free version
  • Without Taro Root Powder – This recipe is made using store brought Taro Root Powder but you can also use fresh Taro Root
  • Fresh Taro Root Process – If you are using the fresh Taro root, then I recommend you peel and cook the root thoroughly until it turns fork tender. Then mash and mix them well into the milk. Then add the sweetener of your choice and boba to enjoy the authentic taste and flavor of the drink
  • Sweetner – I have only used minimal amount of brown sugar, as the boba, taro powder are already sweetened but you can use sweetner of your choice. You can also use condensed milk to enjoy it as a sweet treat

Calories

The Taro Bubble or Milk Tea that I have shared here contains 108 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the calculator nutrition. The calorie count may vary if you change or alter any of the ingredients. You could also find the detailed nutritional information in the recipe card below.

Storage Suggestions

This Tea tastes great when served immediately hot or iced. But you can store it in the refrigerator if you are planning to enjoy it as iced. But I suggest not to store it for more than 4 hours as the taro powder curls up and does not have the fresh taste and flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this Taro Milk Tea or Bubble Tea hot or iced filled with a lot of ice cubes. You can also add extra frothed milk for the hot version.

You could also find similar drinks below and more at Tea Recipes and Winter Drinks.

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Taro Milk Tea Recipe video

I have also shared a detailed video of this Taro Milk Tea Recipe below that I hope will help you to make a delicious fancy drink at home. And you could also find this recipe in story format.

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Taro Milk Tea (Taro Bubble Tea) in a glass

Taro Milk Tea (Taro Bubble Tea)

Yield:
2 cup

Prep time:
5 minutes

Cook Time:
10 minutes

Total Time:
15 minutes

Taro Milk Tea also called Taro Bubble Tea is a sweet, chewy, and creamy purple-colored Taiwanese drink. It is prepared with Taro Root Powder, milk, black or green tea, and black boba pearls. This Taro Bubble Tea is a perfect drink to enjoy on cold winter days or as iced on hot summer days.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Black Boba, instant

  • 1 tsp Black Tea, loose-leaf or green tea

  • 1 cup Milk

  • 3 + 2 cup Water

  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar

  • 2 tsp Taro Root Powder

Notes

  1. For Creamy Texture – Adding full-fat milk or half and half gives the rich and creamy texture to your drink but feel free to use milk of choice
  2. Tea – Even though I have used black brewed tea to make this drink, you can also use green tea leaves to achieve similar results
  3. Caffeine-Free Version – You can also enjoy this drink just without the tea, and just by adding Taro Milk and boba for a caffeine-free version
  4. Without Taro Root Powder – This recipe is made using store brought Taro Root Powder but you can also use fresh Taro Root
  5. Fresh Taro Root Process – If you are using the fresh Taro root, then I recommend you peel and cook the root thoroughly until it turns fork tender. Then mash and mix them well into the milk. Then add the sweetener of your choice and boba to enjoy the authentic taste and flavor of the drink
  6. Sweetener – I have only used a minimal amount of brown sugar, as the boba, taro powder are already sweetened but you can use the sweetener of your choice. You can also use condensed milk to enjoy it as a sweet treat

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 2

Serving Size: 1 cup

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 108Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 10mgSodium: 67mgCarbohydrates: 17gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 4g

Disclaimer: Nutrition information comes from third-party apps and calculators. The information is purely an estimate and provided for information purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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FAQ

What is Taro Milk Tea?

Taro Milk Tea also called Taro Bubble Tea is a classical, sweet and creamy Taiwanese drink. It is made with Black Tapioca pearls, taro root powder, black or green tea leaves, milk, and sweetener. This Taro Bubble Tea is usually served warm or iced according to individual preferences.

What does Taro Boba Tea taste like?

It tastes sweet, creamy, and slightly vanilla-like flavor. If the Taro Milk tea is infused with black or green tea, then you can also feel the taste and flavor of it.

Does Taro Milk Tea have caffeine?

The I have shared here contains caffeine as I have added brewed tea here, but you can also skip the brewed tea for a caffeine-free drink.

What are the calories in Taro Milk Tea?

The Taro Bubble or Milk Tea that I have shared here contains 108 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the calculator nutrition. The calorie count may vary if you change or alter any of the ingredients. You could also find detailed nutritional information in the recipe card above.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe that I have shared here and I would love to hear from you on how it turned out for you. Please let me know.

If you have any other questions, feel free to post them in the comment section below and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Enjoy!

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How to Make Coconut Milk

how to make coconut milk

Making homemade coconut milk is easy and only needs two ingredients, simple kitchen tools, and about 20 minutes of your time. As a result, you’ll find the end result to be a creamy, plant-based milk with no gums, artificial flavors or sweeteners. Let’s learn how to make coconut milk and my fav ways to use it.

Knowing how to make my own plant milk helps me even when buying store bought milk! If I’m in a pinch and need to get milk from the store, I know to look for limited ingredients as well as no fillers or sweeteners. Let’s be honest though… Once you make your own coconut milk, you’ll never want to buy it from the store again!

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Making Homemade Coconut Milk

Once again, it can be difficult to find milk that’s free of additives, stabilizers, and gums (I’m looking at you carrageenan!) to use in recipes that call for coconut milk. Yet, never fear! Your blender’s here! All you need to make this homemade version is:

  • 1 cup dried unsweetened coconut
  • 3 boiling cups filtered water
  • Pinch of sea salt (optional!)
  • High speed blender
  • Cheesecloth, tea towel, or nut milk bag
  • Mesh strainer

Now let’s get milking!

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  1. Place the shredded coconut in a bowl of boiling water. Stir to encourage the flakes to stay submerged. They will naturally absorb some of the hot water during soaking, which will break down the flakes to a creamy goodness.

Cream is the best sort of homemade coconut milk, don’t you agree?

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2. Blend. The #1 appliance in my kitchen is my blender. In addition to using it for my daily green smoothie, I use it for homemade hummus, pancakes and yep, even milk from plants.

A high speed blender will break apart coconut flakes the best, and gets you as many nutrients possible. I recommend checking out my blender guide if your blender isn’t up to the challenge.

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3. Strain Your homemade coconut milk like a pro…Having a two-layered strainer will get you the creamiest results. To do this, I use a mesh strainer and a nut milk bag. Just place a strainer over a bowl and line with cheesecloth or a nut milk bag. Gather the cloth at the top, twist and gently squeeze as much milk from the solids as possible. The remaining coconut pulp should be fairly dry.

Pro tip: if you want a thicker homemade coconut milk, just use a cheese cloth. You may get a bit of ‘pulp’ from the coconut yet you’ll also get a creamier finished product.

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How to Store Your Plant Milk

Transfer your freshly homemade coconut milk to an airtight jar or bottle and refrigerate until ready to use. The milk will keep 3-4 days, maybe a little longer. As a result of the (healthy!) fat content, the milk will separate into layers, so be sure to shake before using.

The top most layer is the coconut cream. In addition to other uses, it can be spooned off for recipes calling for full-fat coconut milk.

Where Does Coconut Milk Come From?

After all, former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb said, “almonds don’t lactateOf course we’re talking about homemade coconut milk here, yet the same confusion applies. Actually, according to the Smithsonian Magazine, the word lactate actually comes from the Latin root word of lettuce – meaning the milky white juice that comes out of certain plants. In addition, various types of non-dairy milk, like coconut milk, have been staples in Southeast Asian, African and Indian cuisines for ages.

Homemade vs. Store Bought

Meanwhile which is better? Recently we tested as many store bought almond milk and oat milk brands as we could find in Central Florida to see which were best. To clarify, while we haven’t done the same for coconut beverages just yet – many of the same criteria apply. When it comes to buying from the store, we’d def avoid brands that contain additional sugar, gums, fillers or those always mysterious ‘natural flavors’.

While there are always decently healthy options out there, if you want to know for sure what’s in your milk and going into your body – I’d opt for homemade coconut milk when possible.

Coconut Milk Recipes

And speaking of recipes that use coconut milk, can I share a few? This particular kind of plant based milk is one of my favs to use, especially in dessert leaning recipes because it has a natural touch of sweetness. Now that you’ve made some coconut milk of your own, give these a try:

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How to Make Coconut Milk

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An easy homemade coconut milk recipe without any extra fillers or gums is here. This is the cleanest coconut milk you’ll find.

Total Time15 minutes

Yields4

Supplies

  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 3 cups water boiling
  • pinch sea ​​salt

Instructions

  • Place coconut in a pot of boiling water and allow coconut to soak for a minimum of 10 minutes.

  • Add to blender and carefully blend until smooth.

  • Place a strainer over a bowl and line with cheesecloth, tea towel or pour into a nut milk bag, and allow the coconut milk to drop down into the bowl.

  • Gather the cloth at the top, twist and gently squeeze as much coconut milk from the solids as possible. The remaining coconut pulp should be fairly dry. (The pulp can be added to baked goods and smoothies for extra fibre.)

  • Transfer to an airtight jar or bottle and refrigerate until ready to use.

Notes

  • Less water can be used for thicker, creamier coconut milk.
  • The coconut milk will keep 3-4 days, maybe a little longer.
  • Shake well before using. The milk will separate into layers. The topmost layer is coconut cream. It can be spooned off for recipes calling for full-fat coconut milk.
  • This coconut milk recipe makes a similar product to refrigerated carton coconut milk from the store. It doesn’t have the fat content in canned coconut milk.

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 140kcal (7%) Carbohydrates: 5g (2%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 14g (22%) Saturated Fat: 12g (75%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g Monnounsaturated Fat: 1g Sodium: 17mg (1%) Potassium: 115mg (3%) Fiber: 3g (13%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 11mg (1%) Iron: 1mg (6%)

Plant Milk Recipes

If you love the idea of ​​making plant milk at home then check out these simple recipes!

Almond Milk

Oat Milk

Vegan Milk

Cashew Milk

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How to Make Cashew Milk

how to make cashew milk

Looking for a super creamy, almost taste-free, dairy alternative for your smoothies? My two-ingredient nut milk recipe is a winner! I’m teaching you how to make cashew milk, as well as which nut wins the cashew milk vs. almond milk debate. Sweetened or unsweetened, this easy recipe should definitely make it into your weekly rotation.

Like many of you probably did, I immediately started buying almond milk when I turned to dairy-free alternatives for smoothies, baking and more. However, I always found it lacking in creaminess and it had a little too much aftertaste for me. My cashew milk recipe gives you the best, cleanest plant milk you can find with the creaminess you crave.

Cashew Milk Recipe

cashew milk recipe

Place cashews in a medium bowl and cover with plenty of filtered water. Allow cashews to soak for several hours or overnight.

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Drain + rinse the soaked cashews and place the cashews in a blender with 3 cups of filtered water and a pinch of sea salt. Blend until very smooth.

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Place a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth over a bowl or large measuring cup, or a special nut milk bag. Slowly pour the blended milk through the sieve or into the bag, allowing it to drip below before adding more so it doesn’t overflow. Gather up the sides of the cheesecloth or nut milk bag and twist as you gently squeeze to remove as much liquid as possible.

Transfer the strained liquid to a jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Store in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Shake bottle or jar well before using.

My recipe makes about 4 cups or 1 quart of milk. To shorten the soaking time, place 1 cup of raw cashews into a cup of hot water and soak for 10 minutes. This will soften up those cashews enough to blend easily.

how to make cashew milk

Tips for Creamy Milk

Depending on how thick you like your milk, you may want to add more or less water to this recipe. If you don’t know then feel free to make it as-is the first time, then adjust per your preferences in the future.

You can easily sweeten your homemade cashew milk with 1-2 dates and 1 teaspoon vanilla (just add this at the blending stage).

While you can flash soak cashews in hot water, soaking them overnight produces the creamiest finished product. Make sure you use unsalted, raw cashews (not roasted).

Plant Milk FAQs

How do you make cashew milk?

Soak one cup of cashews in water overnight. Drain and blend with three cups of water until super smooth. Strain through a cheesecloth and mesh sieve. Refrigerate and enjoy!

How much water does it take to make cashew milk?

My recipe uses three cups of water to one cup of cashews. This makes about four cups of milk.

How long does homemade cashew milk last?

I recommend using it within four days of making for the freshest results. Always shake your cashew milk before using it as the fat separates while it sits.

Is cashew milk creamier than almond milk?

Yes! Cashew milk is definitely creamier than almond milk and it has less taste than almond milk does. You can use these kinds of milk interchangeably in a recipe.

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Cashew Milk vs Almond Milk

I’m guessing if you’ve cooked in the plant space for any amount of time, you’ve probably tried almond milk. It is definitely the #1 plant milk of choice among consumers, and it’s a great choice! But for me, cashew milk is better for a few reasons.

Firstcashew milk tastes better than almond milk because it is virtually tasteless. It doesn’t leave a weird aftertaste in a latte as almond does.

Secondcashew milk is naturally creamier than almond milk. If you want a super creamy smoothie then cashew milk is your friend.

Cashew milk vs almond milk nutritionally doesn’t have a clear winner. Cashew milk has fewer calories, but they are close in fat, carbs and protein.

Ultimately, try both and decide which one you like best! Then let me know how you settled the debate in the comments below.

Plant Milk Recipes

If you’re wondering how to make other kinds of plant milk then I’ve got you covered! You can use the recipes below to make almost any kind of plant milk you want. Here are some of my most used recipes:

What’s your go-to plant milk? Let me know if you need help making your own. I want this recipe to be a huge success for you!

Don’t have time or the desire to make your own milk? Check out my milk guides for the best almond and oat milk on grocery shelves right now.

How to Make Cashew Milk

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This creamy plant-based milk is ready in just minutes with two ingredients. Turn raw cashews into a delicious beverage for smoothies, baking and more. It’s so simple you won’t by milk ever again!

Total Time6 hours 5 minutes

Servings4 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashew (raw, whole or pieces)
  • 3 cups water (filtered, plus more for soaking)
  • ⅛ test sea ​​salt ((optional))

Instructions

  • Place cashews in a medium bowl and cover with plenty of filtered water. Allow cashews to soak several hours or overnight.

  • Drain & rinse the soaked cashews then place them in a blender with 3 cups filtered water and a pinch of sea salt. Blend until very smooth.

  • Place a fine-mesh sieve lined with cheesecloth over a bowl or large measuring cup or a special nut milk bag. Slowly pour the blended cashew milk through the sieve or into the bag, allowing the milk to drip below before adding more so it doesn’t overflow. Gather up the sides of the cheesecloth or nut milk bag and twist as you gently squeeze to remove as much liquid as possible.

  • Transfer the strained cashew milk to a jar or bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Store in refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Shake bottle or jar well before using. Makes about one quart of cashew milk.

Notes

  • Pressed for time? Instead of soaking the cashews overnight, try flash soaking them in a bowl of hot water for 10 minutes. Then follow the above recipe starting with step 2.
  • If you like a bit of pulp in your milk just strain through a sieve, no need for cheesecloth.
  • To make sweetened cashew milk, add 1 teaspoon vanilla and 2 teaspoon maple syrup or 1 date to the blending step.
  • Add extra water for a thinner consistency, add less water for thicker, cream-like milk.

Nutrition (estimated)

Calories: 178kcal (9%) Carbohydrates: 10g (3%) Protein: 6g (12%) Fat: 14g (22%) Saturated Fat: 3g (19%) Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g Monnounsaturated Fat: 8g Sodium: 85mg (4%) Potassium: 213mg (6%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 2g (2%) Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 17mg (2%) Iron: 2mg (11%)

Cashew Milk in Smoothies

When I first started making smoothies, almond milk was really the only plant milk on the market. Yet in the last 10 years, I’ve learned you can pretty much ‘milk’ anything. I started experimenting with other fun options like cashews and other nuts and seeds. Here are a few recipes using this creamy, delicious beverage:

You can swap cashew milk in any smoothie recipe that calls for plant milk. Don’t forget to drop a comment below and let me know how your homemade milk turned out!

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Juice

Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea Recipe

Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea also called Strawberry Boba Tea is a rich, sweet and chewy drink. It is usually made with strawberry milk, green tea, and tapioca pearls. This Strawberry Milk tea is one of the versions like Bubble Tea and Taro Milk Tea that I have already shared in this blog.

The recipe I have shared here shows how to make a Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea with easy step-by-step instructions for you to try and enjoy at home. I have also shared a detailed video of this recipe to make the cooking process simple and clear. This Strawberry Milk Tea is a perfect treat to refresh yourself on a hot summer day or warm on cold winter days.

Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea in a Glass
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What is Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea?

Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea is a rich, sweet, and refreshing drink packed with flavors of strawberries and chewy boba. It is usually made with strawberry milk, tapioca pearls, green tea, and sweetener.

This Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea tastes like a real strawberry with a mild flavor of green tea and some brown sugar boba flavor. It tastes absolutely decadent compared to other variations.

You can customize this drink hot or iced according to individual preferences and hence it can be enjoyed all year round.

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Ingredients

The ingredients you will need to make this Strawberry Milk Tea are simple and let’s see what they are below.

Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea Ingredients on a table
  • Strawberry Milk – I used homemade strawberry milk that I had already handy and you could also use store brought ones which gives similar taste and flavor. And I have a recipe for strawberry milk already in this blog, you can also check it if you want to make it at home
  • Green Tea – Green Tea or black tea both works for this recipe. And I have used tea bags, you can also use powder if that’s handy
  • Instant Boba Pearls – There are verities of Boba available in the market, feel free to use your favorite ones. Here I have used black sugar Boba pearls and it cooks in under 10 minutes
  • Brown Sugar – I have used minimal amount of brown sugar here, since my Boba and strawberry milk already have a good amount of sugar in it

How to make Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea?

The recipe I have shared here is a homemade Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea and I have used green tea and homemade Strawberry Milk to make this Boba tea. But you can also use store brought strawberry milk to make this drink.

Following are the high-level instructions to make this drink but for detailed step-by-step instructions with photo and video, please check out the recipe card below.

  • Bring water to boil – In a saucepan with medium heat, pour water and bring it to boil
  • Add the boba pearls – Now add the black boba pearls and allow them to cook for 3 to 5 minutes
  • Cook the boba – Close the lid of the pan and simmer the heat. And cook the boba pearls until it doubles in it size
  • Drain the boba – Open the lid and remove the boba pearls from water and reserve them for later use
  • Brew the green tea – Now in a saucepan, pour water and add green tea bags. Close the lid and allow it to brew for 3 to 5 minutes. Remove it from heat and allow it to cool down to room temperature
  • Make Strawberry Milk Tea Now in a serving glass, add the cooked boba pearls, sugar, green tea, and strawberry milk and give it a mix. Now the delicious and chewy tea is ready for you to try and enjoy.
  • Serve – Serve this refreshing drink warm on cold winter days or iced on hot summer days

Tips

  • Cooking Bob – Always make sure to cook the boba according to the package instructions to achieve the best results, here I have used instant boba and you can also use other varieties according to your preferences
  • Tea Decoction – I have used green tea to make this drink you can also use black tea to achieve similar results
  • Sweetener – The boba and the strawberry milk that I have already used has a good amount of sugar, So I have used only 1 tsp of brown sugar to make this drink and you can use or skip it
  • Ice Version – You can enjoy this drink at room temperature or with a lot of ice cubes
  • Serving – Serve this drink in hot summer or slightly warm on cold winter days

Calories

This Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea contains 202 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calorie count may change if you change or substitute the ingredients. You can also find the detailed nutritional information in the recipe card below.

Storage Suggestions

You can make green tea ahead and strawberry milk ahead and store it in the refrigerator for up to a day. And I would recommend cooking the boba when you are planning to serve or enjoy the tea. Usually, instant boba turns rubbery and too sticky if you leave it unused for long hours.

Serving Suggestions

Serve this sweet and refreshing drink on hot summer days or slightly warm on cold winter days. You can also enjoy it as a treat when you crave a dessert or sweet.

You could also find similar recipes below and more at Tea Recipes

More Strawberry Drinks Recipes

Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea Video

I have also shared a detailed video of this Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea Recipe that I hope will help you to make a refreshing drink at home. You could also find this recipe in story format.

📖 Recipe

Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea in a Glass

Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea

Yield:
2 cup

Prep time:
5 minutes

Cook Time:
15 minutes

Total Time:
20 minutes

Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea also called Strawberry Boba Tea is a rich, sweet and chewy drink. It is usually made with strawberry milk, green tea, and tapioca pearls. This Strawberry Milk Tea is a perfect treat to refresh yourself on a hot summer day or enjoy it warm on cold winter days.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup Black Boba Pearls, instant

  • 3 + 2 cup Water

  • 2 Green Tea Bags

  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar

  • 1½ cup Strawberry Milk

Notes

  1. Cooking Bob – Always make sure to cook the boba according to the package instructions to achieve the best results, here I have used instant boba and you can also use other varieties according to your preferences
  2. Tea Decoction – I have used green tea to make this drink you can also use black tea to achieve similar results
  3. Sweetener – The boba and the strawberry milk that I have already used has a good amount of sugar, So I have used only 1 tsp of brown sugar to make this drink and you can use or skip it
  4. Ice Version – You can enjoy this drink at room temperature or with a lot of ice cubes
  5. Serving – Serve this refreshing drink in hot summer or slightly warm on cold winter days

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 2

Serving Size: 1 cup

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 202Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 128mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 0gSugar: 3gProtein: 7g

Disclaimer: Nutrition information comes from third-party apps and calculators. The information is purely an estimate and provided for information purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for, nor does it replace professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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FAQ

What is Strawberry Milk Tea?

Strawberry Milk Tea is a sweet, refreshing, and decadent drink made with strawberry milk, green tea, and tapioca pearls. It is one of the popular variations of bubble tea and is usually served warm or iced.

What does Strawberry Milk Tea taste like?

It tastes like a fresh taste of strawberry milk with a slight flavor of green tea and a chewy texture from the boba pearls.

Does Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea have caffeine?

Yes, this drink has green tea as one of its main ingredients which contain caffeine in it.

What are the calories in Strawberry Milk Bubble Tea?

This Tea contains 202 calories per serving and it is an estimation by the nutrition calculator. The calorie count may change if you change or substitute the ingredients. You can also find detailed nutritional information in the recipe card above.

I hope you enjoyed the recipe that I have shared here and I would love to hear from you on how it turned out for you. Please let me know.

If you have any other questions, feel free to post them in the comment section below and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.

Enjoy!