A recipe that combines the taste of banana milk with a hint of tea (or milk tea with a natural banana flavor)
I love milk blended with a ripe banana: that creaminess and natural sweetness is heavenly!
So, I just wondered how that would match with black tea… and it turns out, it’s a great combination: the creaminess of the fresh blended banana milk complement the tea wonderfully. Or depending on how you see this drink, the black tea adds a great flavor to the banana “smoothie”.
This banana milk tea goes well both served cold or warm and it also taste great made with dairy-free milk.
It’s also very easy to make, so if you like banana and tea, I recommend you to try it!
What you’ll need
- A regular blender: since bananas are easy to blend, even a regular one will do it
- A blending resistant recipient
- A mug or a teapot to steep the tea
Alternatives and swaps
- You may choose the milk of your choice (dairy or any vegan alternative you like)
- Adding vanilla extract is optional, but I find it adds a nice touch
- If you want a caffeine-free version, you may switch black tea for rooibos (it’s a herbal tea that goes well in this recipe)
Time needed: 5 minutes.
How to make banana milk tea (banana tea smoothie)
- Make strong tea
Bring half cup of water to a boil and steep 1 or 2 teabags black tea in it for around 4 minutes.
Then remove tea without squeezing it to avoid the drink getting it bitter in an undesired way.
- Make banana milk
Blend the banana with the milk. Optionally, add some vanilla.
Put together the tea with the banana milk.
This drink is best enjoyed immediately, wether cold or warm.
- Make a strong tea: otherwise you’ll barely taste it.
To get a strong tea taste but without bitterness in the “bad” way, I recommend using more tea instead of steeping for longer.
Also, choosing a robust tea sort (like English Breakfast or Assam) might be a good idea for this recipe.
- The riper the banana, the sweeter the drink will be.
- This drink has a natural, mellow sweetness. However, feel free to add some sweetener if you would like a sweeter tea.
- If you want to serve this drink warm, heat the milk before blending it with the banana.
Yes, the black tea has caffeine (around 50 mg per tea bag).
So, if you make a serving by steeping 2 tea bags for around 4 minutes, this recipe will have around 100 mg caffeine.
Banana tends to separate (and also change color) quite quickly.
That’s why you should blend the banana with the milk right before drinking it.
Also, to avoid the milk and banana from separating, in case you are making this recipe warm, it’s better to heat the milk before adding it to the banana, instead of heating the banana milk mixture.
Since there is some whole fruit blender (banana), this drink could be considered a smoothie that has some tea in it (smoothies can be served warm!).
On the other side, if you consider the blended banana as banana milk, you could also call this a milk tea with natural banana flavor.
It’s up to you!
According to Ayurveda, banana and milk are incompatible.
On the other side, it seems like there’s no research to support this claim.
Since I am no health professional, I can only refer to this site I often consult about nutritional facts.
Banana milk teaPrint Recipe
- 1 ripe banana
- 1-2 teabags (black tea)
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup milk of choice
- vanilla essence optional
- 1 tsp. sugar (or sweetener of choice totally optional
- Make black tea: bring the water to boil and then steep the tea in it for around 4 minutes.
- Blend the banana with milk.
- Combine the tea with the banana milk.
- To make cold banana milk tea: let the tea cool down before combining with the banana milk
- To make a warm banana milk tea: warm the milk before blending it with the banana