Friday, July 13, 2018

Low Carb Banana Milk (and other Flavored Milks)

Low Carb Banana Milk
When I was a little girl, it was always a treat when my Mom made me Vanilla Milk, which was basically milk with vanilla extract added. Where I live in Maine, flavored milks are all the rage. The dairy shelf is lined with them: Banana, Coffee, Strawberry and, of course, Chocolate. There are so many flavors available, it makes my head spin! This low carb version actually starts with unsweetened almond, coconut or cashew milk, which is then flavored with extracts. To make it richer, I add a splash of heavy cream and give it a spin in my blender until it’s frothy. It’s a fat bomb you can sip through a straw and tastes like melted ice cream! It’s delicious for breakfast (especially the Coffee Milk), as a snack or dessert. The carb count is so low, you can enjoy this treat anytime.

Low Carb Banana Milk
Makes 1 serving

1/2 cup unsweetened almond, coconut or cashew milk
1 cup cold water
2 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon banana extract, or to taste
5 drops of LaKanto Monkfruit or stevia sweetener, to taste
1/2 cup ice cubes

Place all of the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and frothy. Enjoy cold.

Nutritional Information per serving: 128 calories, 0.8 g carbohydrate (0.5 g dietary fiber, 0 g sugars), 13.8 g total fat (7.5 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 40 mg cholesterol, 73 mg sodium, 3 mg potassium, 225 mg Vit A, 0.5 g protein. 

Other Milk Flavor Variations:

Coffee Milk: In place of the cold water, substitute 1 cup of brewed strong coffee and omit the banana extract.

Chocolate Peppermint Milk: Substitute chocolate and peppermint extracts (I like to add a few leaves from my Chocolate Mint plant!). This would be great made with coffee as a base, too.

Orange Cream Milk: Substitute orange oil or extract for the banana extract.

Salted Caramel Milk: Substitute caramel extract (or flavoring) for the banana and add a pinch of salt to taste.

Maple Milk: Substitute maple extract to taste.

Bullet Proof Milk: To any flavor, add 1 tablespoon MCT or coconut oil. This adds about 100 calories and 12 g of fat to the nutritional information; the carbs and protein stays the same. A Bullet Proof Milk makes a quick and easy meal replacement.

Probiotic Milk: To any flavor, add 2 tablespoons unsweetened, plain yogurt or kefir. This adds about 18 calories, 0.5 g carbohydrate, 1 g of fat and 1 g of protein.

??? Make up your own! Use whatever extracts you have on hand. Kids especially enjoy coming up with their favorite milk flavors.

Recipe and photo by Kathy Sheehan, copyright 2018
All rights reserved. Please do not duplicate without the author’s permission.