Creamy & Refreshing, This Korean Banana Milk Recipe Is Daebak!

From Hallyu thrills to Han River chills, this banana milk will transport you straight to Seoul.

Published On Jan 11, 2024 | Updated On Mar 04, 2024


Are you also under the deepening effect of the Hallyu Wave and cannot get enough of everything Korean? Especially the food - the Kimchi, the bibimbap, and the ever-so-appealing banana milk! If yes then buckle up, my K-drama comrades and smoothie enthusiasts, because this guide will teach you how to whip up your own Seoul-infused masterpiece: a glorious glassful of Korean banana milk. Don’t even consider the store-bought stuff and grab your blender – it's time to craft a beverage so good, it'll have you saying ‘daebak!’ with every sip.

Think of this recipe as your personal portal to a cherry blossom lane, dappled with sunlight and sweet with the scent of ripe bananas. It's the perfect pick-me-up for a lazy afternoon, a post-workout reward, or just a delightful excuse to add a sprinkle of K-pop vibrancy to your day. So, let's ditch the instant ramen and step into a world of creamy clouds and banana smiles.

  1. 2 frozen bananas: Get 'em nice and ripe for maximum sweetness. Frozen, they'll create that dreamy smoothie texture we all crave.
  2. 1 cup of cold milk: Whole, skim, plant-based – yourSeoul, your rules. Just make sure it's chilled for that refreshing blast.
  3. 1/4 cup plain yoghurt: Optional, but trust us, this creamy swirl takes things to the next level. Think fluffy whipped clouds dancing on your banana sunshine.
  4. 1 tablespoon honey: Or your preferred sweetener. Go for maple syrup for a touch of Canadian maple forest on your Korean stroll, or sprinkle of brown sugar for a hint of caramel goodness.
  5. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract: Pure vanilla is your BFF here. It amps up the banana flavour and adds a touch of sophisticated warmth.
  6. Pinch of salt: Don't skip this magic ingredient! It's like a culinary whisper, enhancing the banana's natural sweetness and making your taste buds do a happy little jig.
  7. Ice cubes (optional): If you like your sunshine smoothie with a bit of an icy bite, toss in a handful. Imagine sipping on slushy happiness as you watch the sunset over the Han River.

Now that you have all you need, let’s get this banana party started:

  • Gather your Seoul squad: Bananas, milk, yoghourt (if using), honey, vanilla, and that pinch of salt – toss them all into your trusty blender. Give it a few gentle pulses to break the ice (literally and metaphorically), then crank it up to smoothie heaven. Aim for smooth sailing – think fluffy clouds swirling with happy banana sunshine.
  • Icy bliss (optional): Craving that extra refreshing kick? Throw in a handful of ice cubes and blend until you reach that perfect "brain freeze but in the best way" texture. Imagine yourself sipping on this Seoul-in-a-cup masterpiece from a rooftop overlooking the city, the wind in your hair and a K-pop beat in your heart.
  • Presentation matters: Pour your sunshine potion into a tall glass (because aesthetics are everything!). Grab a cute straw (because K-drama vibes!), and take that first sip. Let the creamy banana wave wash over you, transporting you straight to a bustling Seoul street market.

Remember that this is your banana milk playground, so feel free to get creative with the toppings. Whipped cream for a touch of indulgence, a drizzle of honey for extra sweetness, a sprinkle of granola for some healthy crunch, or even a dash of your favourite Korean candy for a taste of adventure. The possibilities are endless!

Bonus tip: For an extra creamy treat, ditch the ice cubes and use frozen yoghurt instead. You can also experiment with different flavours – add a teaspoon of matcha for a green tea twist, blend in a handful of berries for a fruity fiesta, or even throw in a scoop of chocolate ice cream for a decadent banana milkshake Seoul-style.

So there you have it, your passport to Korean banana milk bliss. Go ahead, blend, and indulge in the next K-drama marathon with a taste of Seoul in every sip. Sharing is caring, so be sure to whip up a batch for your friends and spread the sunshine! Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a rooftop, a straw, and a whole lot of banana milk calling my name. 

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