A cow, a monkey, and a koala walk into a non-dairy plant … and Mooala Bananamilk is born. Okay, that might not be how it happened, but this unique dairy-free milk beverage with a crazy name must have a good story behind it.
Not to be confused with banana-flavored milk, Mooala Bananamilk is actually a non-dairy beverage made with a real banana base. In fact, it’s made with bananas, sunflower seeds, and not much else. This rather virtuous drink is free of carrageenan, preservatives, and top allergens. And the Original flavor is even made without added sweeteners.
I was curious how they would maintain a yellow banana drink without any real additives. The answer is, they didn’t. The Original beverage is a brownish color that doesn’t visually shout “banana!” But it just reflects the natural nature, not the taste, of Mooala Bananamilk.
Tasting Notes for Mooala Bananamilk
We sampled the two initial flavors of Mooala Bananamilk. And now I’m curious if a strawberry flavor is in the works!
A wonderful banana scent emerged as I uncapped this beverage for the first time. However, the taste isn’t as boldly banana. It’s definitely banana, but it’s very light in fruit flavor with warm cinnamon in every sip. Sunflower seed milk can be quite overwhelming, but I think the banana neutralizes the sunflower seed base nicely for a gently sweet beverage. The consistency is more like a very thin fruit smoothie than a creamy milk beverage, but I think it’s still versatile for cereal, oatmeal and recipes.
My chief complaint is actually that the bottle is too big! Although they say that Mooala Bananamilk lasts seven days once opened, the taste was noticeably less fresh on day two. I think the lack of any preservatives (even ascorbic acid) causes the banana to degrade a bit once opened. It still works well in recipes, and probably in smoothies, but for cereal and drinking, we preferred it on the first day.
Ingredients – water, organic banana puree, organic roasted sunflower seeds, sea salt, organic cinnamon, gellan gum. Manufactured in a facility that uses nut ingredients.
The chocolate was rich and deep with just the right amount of sweetness – it isn’t sugary at all. But the consistency was a little too “banana” for me. It was more like a drinkable smoothie than a chocolate milk. So I went to my in-house chocolate milk beverage expert: my husband. Tony said the underlying banana was a little too overpowering for his taste, and needed to be a little fresher.
In both of our opinions, this variety is good for smoothies and recipes, but it isn’t one that either of us would drink straight up. However, I do like that it only has 10 grams of sugar per cup (some of it from the bananas) and that it has a thicker consistency for recipes. I’ve also read that it works quite well in coffee!
Ingredients – water, organic banana puree, organic evaporated cane juice, organic sunflower seeds, organic Dutch process cocoa, sea salt, gellan gum. Manufactured in a facility that uses nut ingredients.
The Facts on Mooala Bananamilk
Price: $4.99 per 48-ounce bottle.
Availability: Mooala Bananamilk is available in the U.S. in the refrigerated section at Whole Foods, Costco, H-E-B, and other major grocers.
Certifications: Mooala Bananamilk is Certified Organic and Certified Kosher Parve.
Dietary Notes: By ingredients, Mooala Bananamilk is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan / plant-based, and vegetarian. The Original might be considered paleo-friendly. Nonetheless, always read the ingredient statement and check with the company on their manufacturing processes for all varieties if potential allergen cross-contamination is an issue for you. Processes and labeling are subject to change at any time for any company / product.
For More Product Information: Visit the Mooala website at www.mooala.com.