Agua de platano is an extremely delicious agua fresca made with bananas that kids and adults will both enjoy.
It’s the perfect beverage to cool you down during the hot summer months.
The best part is it’s super easy to make!
What is agua fresca made of?
Agua fresca can be made from fruits, seeds and grains.
Aguas frescas are very common and popular throughout Mexico and other Latin American countries.
There are many different kinds of agua frescas.
The possibilities are endless when it come to agua fresca as you can combine your favorite fruits and grains to make your perfect refreshing beverage.
Are aguas frescas good for you?
Aguas frescas can definitely be good for you depending on how much sugar is added.
How to make banana agua fresca
This banana agua fresca is very simple to make.
It’s an excellent way to use up ripe bananas before they go bad.
Another way to use up ripe bananas is in smoothies.
One of my favorites is this strawberry banana oat smoothie.
All you do is peel ripe bananas and put them in the blender along with a Mexican cinnamon stick, water and sugar.
Then blend and strain into a pitcher.
Then add more water, vanilla and some milk and stir.
Then serve over ice.
See, super easy!
The Mexican cinnamon stick is optional but a touch of cinnamon in this agua fresca is delicious.
Make sure you get the Mexican cinnamon sticks also known as “canela”.
You can find them at a Mexican super market.
They break apart easily.
Don’t use the regular cinnamon sticks you find at American super markets.
They are very hard to break and I don’t recommend you put them in your blender.
Do I have to use sugar?
No, not at all you can use the sweetener of your choice.
You can even use honey or sweetened condensed milk.
If you want your agua de platano to have a creamy consistency I highly suggest you substitute some of the milk for evaporated milk and sweeten with sweetened condensed milk instead of sugar.
If you’re bananas are very ripe you may not even need any kind of sweetener at all depending on your taste buds.
I like mine sweet though because I like to serve mine over ice so it tends to become a little diluted if I don’t drink it fast enough.
Looking for more agua fresca recipes? Try these:
- Creamy strawberry agua fresca
- Strawberry horchata
- Coconut horchata
- Chia lime water
- Piña colada agua fresca
- Agua de tamarindo
We always seem to have bananas just on the verge of rotting.
I hate throwing food away so I usually slice the bananas up and freeze them to use for smoothies later.
However this is currently my favorite use for bananas.
The only downside to banana agua fresca is that you have to drink it the same day it’s made.
Because the drink will eventually turn brown as bananas tend to do.
But we usually drink it up way before it has a chance to turn brown.
If there’s one agua fresca that you try from my blog make it this one as it’s super easy and delicious!
I think it’s one the whole family will enjoy!
Tips for making agua de platano
- Use very ripe bananas for a sweeter drink.
- Use evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk for a creamy consistency
- Consume this drink the same day it’s made as it will turn brown.
- Make sure to use Mexican cinnamon also known as “canela”.
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Agua de platano recipe
This delicious agua fresca de platano or banana agua fresca is the perfect beverage to cool you down this summer.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
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Agua de Platano (Banana Agua Fresca)
Agua de platano is a delicious agua fresca perfect for the summer time.
- 4 bananas peeled and sliced
- 1/2 Mexican cinnamon stick or 1/4 tsp of ground cinnamon
- 6 cups water
- 4 cups milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- sugar to taste
Put the sliced bananas, cinnamon stick, sugar and 4 cups of water in a blender and blend for 1 minute.
Strain the banana mixture into a pitcher.
Add remaining 2 cups of water, milk, and vanilla. stir.
Serve over ice.