Growing up, fresh milk and bananas reminisce of the days my Mom prepared it for us. It was part of her repertoire of homemade beverages, juices, milkshakes… natural, refreshing. So pleasant to drink. Homey. Mom’s milk and bananas was prepared mostly during hot summer months. She wouldn’t add ice-cream or sugar; she served it with a few pieces of ice and a touch of vanilla. Chilled. The vanilla made it indulgently fragrant. You could see the little black specks in the mix. So visual and satisfying.
Classically prepared in a blender, at home, we enjoy it plain. May sprinkle some cinnamon. Some enjoy it over cereal too. Milk and bananas can add flavor to oatmeal or poured over food. It brings fiber and lots of potassium to our young ones’ diet and to ours. We had so much fun seeing the white, thin, fluffy milk ‘mustache’ it created above our lips, which made everyone laugh. Oh, I prepared it this time for my young daughter, which we also enjoyed along with her. Refreshing. Summer days are fast approaching. Here in the South, Spring time felt shorter than ever!
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- 2 ripe bananas (preferably organic)
- 1 cup of whole milk (or variety of your preference)
- ½ tea spoon of vanilla extract or paste
- ½ cup of crushed ice (optional)
- A pinch of organic cane sugar (optional)
- A pinch of ground cinnamon (optional)
- Peel the bananas and cut them in pieces. In a blender, place the bananas, milk, vanilla and some crushed ice. You may add sugar (to taste). Blend thoroughly until a creamy consistency is reached. You may also chill a couple of cups ahead of time and pour the mix when ready. You may also sprinkle with some cinnamon (optional). Enjoy it with your young ones!
- to 9 months