In South Korea, flavored milk drinks are incredibly popular with both children and adults. Of these flavored kinds of milk, the most popular version is definitely banana! Not only is Korean banana milk the original flavored milk of South Korea, but it is also the most recognizable because of how often it is depicted in popular Korean culture. For example, you will see the actors drinking it within the popular drama Goblin (Dokkaebi). If not in dramas, you may notice k-pop stars, such as Jungkook of BTS, enjoying a bottle. If you enjoy Korean food and pop culture, you will eventually see it everywhere! Because of its immense popularity, we even listed banana milk on our list of favorite Korean snacks you can buy online or make at home!
Banana milk is a close cousin to the also highly popular Korean strawberry milk and melon milk! Actually, all three of these different kinds of flavored milk were made popular by the same company: Binggrae.
Honestly, homemade versions do not taste exactly like the store-bought Binggrae versions because homemade ones use natural ingredients instead of artificial flavorings. Thus, homemade is healthier! We hope you enjoy our homemade Korean banana flavored milk recipe!
What Is Korean Banana Milk?
The name for the famous Binggrae banana milk is ‘Banana Mat Milk’ (바나나맛 우유). Literally, this translates from Korean to English as ‘Banana Flavored Milk.’
The History of Korean Banana Milk:
In 1974, the fledgling Korean company Binggrae launched banana flavored milk onto the market. Traditional Korean earthenware jars, known as an onggi (옹기), influenced the design of these iconic bottles. Now, you can find them in every convenience and grocery store in Korea.
At the time, the Korean government wanted to encourage the Korean general population to drink more milk. In 1974, bananas were considered a luxury–they did not grow in Korea. Because of this, bananas were imported and very expensive. So, Binggrae and the government thought people would be attracted to the banana flavored milk to get a taste of the luxurious fruit.
Right away, Binggrae banana milk was a hit. Since 1974, Binggrae continues to sell approximately 800,000 bottles a day. Obviously, people love their banana flavored milk in Korea!
Banana Flavored Milk Ingredients:
The processed store-bought Binggrae version of Korean banana milk contains approximately 80% milk. Some of the other ingredients include water, sugar, banana juice concentrate, food coloring, and artificial flavors. Depending on your country’s food regulations, ingredients in imported Binggrae banana flavored milk may vary.
Our homemade Korean banana milk contains much fewer ingredients. It also does not contain any artificial banana flavorings. As such, there will be a bit of a flavor difference!
Our Banana Flavored Milk Includes:
- 2% Milk (You can use milk alternatives such as oat, soy, and/or almond milk as well!)
- Maple Syrup
- Vanilla Extract
- Salt; and
Korean Banana Milk Frequently Asked Questions:
Below, we listed some questions you may have about this banana flavored milk recipe. If we do not answer your question, feel free to leave a comment or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Is Your Banana Flavored Milk Allergen-Free (Gluten-Free, Soy-Free, Nut-Free, Etc.)?
Yes! This Korean banana milk recipe is naturally free of any major allergen aside from milk. It does not include any eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, gluten, and/or soybeans.
That being said, if you have a milk allergy, are lactose intolerant, or choose not to drink milk, you can use milk replacements.
Some Replacements Include:
- Soy Milk
- Oat Milk
- Almond Milk
- Cashew Milk; and
- Rice Milk
If you replace the regular milk with a milk alternative, just note that there will be a slight flavor and mouth-feel difference. I recommend getting unsweetened versions of the milk alternative without any added flavoring such as vanilla. Also, choose a milk replacement with a naturally more neutral flavor. For example, I do not recommend coconut milk. It overpowers the drink!
How Can I Remove Excess Foam After Blending the Ingredients?
Sometimes, when blending, excess foam develops at the top of smoothies and other drinks containing fresh fruits and vegetables. Often, this scummy foam makes it unpleasant to drink.
The foam develops from insoluble fibers found in vegetables and fruits. Thankfully, there are a few different ways to solve this issue:
- If you have already fully blended your smoothie, shake, or this delicious Korean banana milk, you may notice foam forming. If so, try blending the mixture at a very slow speed for approximately 20 to 30 seconds. This allows the foam to mix back into the drink versus settling on the top.
- Alternatively, you can try stirring the foam back into your drink with a long spoon if you already poured it into your cup.
- Finally, try straining the mixed drink through a fine-mesh sieve or cheesecloth. Once strained, some of the fibers remain in the sieve or cheesecloth thus removing the foam.
Actually, bananas are one of the best fruits to blend because they have easily soluble fibers. Though that may be the case, blending can still cause foam to form. An easy trick to keep this from happening is freezing your banana first.
How Long Does Banana Flavored Milk Keep?
Like Korean strawberry milk, it is best to drink the milk immediately after it is made. As the banana milk sits, it will start to discolor and separate.
Though that is the case, you can keep this banana flavored milk in the refrigerator for 1 or 2 days. Make sure to store it in an airtight container. Then, when ready to drink, shake it well to recombine all the ingredients together.
Where Can I Buy the Original Binggrae Banana Flavored Milk?
Binggrae banana milk, as well as their other flavors of milk, can be found in most Asian grocery stores. If you have an H-Mart within driving distance, it will definitely be there.
You can also buy Binggrae Banana flavored milk via Amazon. If you do, note that the ingredients are slightly different than they would be in South Korea. Also, the packaging is unfortunately different. The international containers do not look like the Korean jars!
Below we listed some of the Binggrae flavored types of milk products you can buy on Amazon. These are affiliated links! Also, we included some favorite Korean snacks!
Finally, you may have heard of Binggrae from another one of their famous products! Have you heard of Melona Ice Cream Bars? We also mentioned them on our top Korean snack list!
Have You Ever Tried Korean Banana Milk?
Have you ever tried the famous Binggrae Korean banana milk? If so, let us know in the comment section if you enjoyed it! In the end, we hope you enjoy our homemade, slightly healthier recipe for banana flavored milk.
If you would like to read more about Korean cooking, you can find further Korean recipes on our blog. We listed some of our favorite Carving A Journey Korean recipes below!
Korean Food and Drink Recipes:
- Bibimmyeon (Spicy Korean Cold Noodles)
- Soju Caipirinha (A Korean Take on Brazil’s National Drink)
- Andong Jjimdak (Korean Braised Chicken)
- Korean Strawberry Milk Recipe; And
- Brown Sugar Iced Latte (Korean Burnt Sugar Latte)
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Korean Banana Milk Recipe (Banana Flavored Milk)Course: Recipes, Drinks, DessertCuisine: KoreanDifficulty: Easy
2 (8 Oz)servings
1/2 Cups Water
3/4 Cups of 2% Milk (or Milk Replacement)
1 Medium-to-Large Banana
1 TBSP Maple Syrup
1/8 TSP Vanilla Extract
1 Pinch of Salt
- Combine all the ingredients into a high speed blender. Blend until completely smooth.
- Then, if the banana flavored milk has too much extra foam from the blending process, strain through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth.*
- Serve Immediately.
- *Alternatively, to remove foam, use the steps laid out in the frequently asked questions section of the blog post.
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