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Agua de Platano (Banana Agua Fresca)

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!

Banana agua fresca or agua de platano is one of the most delicious beverages you will ever try. It's perfect during the hot summer months and kids love it!

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.

Banana agua fresca or agua de platano is one of the most delicious beverages you will ever try. It's perfect during the hot summer months and kids love it!

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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!

Let me know your thoughts on this recipe in the comments below and don’t forget to leave it a rating.

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Banana agua fresca or agua de platano is one of the most delicious beverages you will ever try. It's perfect during the hot summer months and kids love it!
Banana agua fresca or agua de platano is one of the most delicious beverages you will ever try. It's perfect during the hot summer months and kids love it!
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Agua de Platano (Banana Agua Fresca)

Agua de platano is a delicious agua fresca perfect for the summer time.

Course Drinks
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword agua de platano, agua fresca de platano, banana agua fresca
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 132 kcal
Author Carissa

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. Put the sliced bananas, cinnamon stick, sugar and 4 cups of water in a blender and blend for 1 minute.

  2. Strain the banana mixture into a pitcher.
  3. Add remaining 2 cups of water, milk, and vanilla. stir.
  4. Serve over ice.

Nutrition Facts
Agua de Platano (Banana Agua Fresca)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 132 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 62mg3%
Potassium 372mg11%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 235IU5%
Vitamin C 5.1mg6%
Calcium 151mg15%
Iron 0.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Linda Rudolph

Thursday 25th of November 2021

I usually freeze bananas so I have them on hand for smoothies, can I use these for this recipe? Thank you.

Greg Gonzalez

Saturday 21st of August 2021

Sorry I meant water and milk ratio prior to blend and after blend

Carissa

Saturday 21st of August 2021

Hi Greg, I'm so glad you enjoyed the strawberry agua fresca. So with the banana agua fresca there is 6 cups total of water. Add 4 of those cups to the blender with the banana and cinnamon stick. Then after straining the banana mixture into a pitcher go ahead and add the remaining 2 cups of water to the pitcher. Add the milk and vanilla and sugar to taste and stir. Now if you want a creamy agua fresca I suggest swapping 1 cup of milk for a can of evaporated milk. Also instead of sugar do sweetened condensed milk. You'll get a creamy banana agua fresca. But of course its up to you! I hope you enjoy it.

Greg Gonzalez

Saturday 21st of August 2021

I used your strawberry agua fresca and it was bomb. I want to try this recipe but I’m confused on the amount of water prior and after blend. Also the previous recipe had a video and not this one. I used both the instructions and video to help me out. Thank you

Toni

Wednesday 12th of February 2020

I made this but used cinnamon powder instead of my cinnamon stick. I used way too much powder. It still taste good but you can definitely taste the cinnamon(the cinnamon ALMOST overpowers the banana taste). It is kinda thick which I like. I only gave 4 stars because I don't know how it will come out when I go buy the cinnamon stick. I will definitely post when I follow the recipe states

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