Colombian Banana Drink (Jugo de Banano en Leche)

by Erica Dinho on May 28, 2009

Jugo de Banano or Colombian-Style Banana DrinkWe Colombians love fruit juices and in fact, we end almost all our meals with them. Jugos de fruta are very popular in Colombian restaurants and homes. My mom would make a pitcher of some sort of fruit juice every day for us when I was growing up. Some people prefer the juices made with water and some prefer them with milk, either way if you visit a Colombian home, they will offer you juice instead of soda, as that is part of our culture. This banana drink (Jugo de Banano) is one of my favorites. Try it!



(2 Servings)

  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 ripe large bananas, peeled and cut into chunks
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • ¼ cup crushed ice


  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Serve immediately and enjoy.
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1 rebecca subbiah May 28, 2009 at 7:53 AM

thats a lovely culture and better for you


2 Soma May 28, 2009 at 10:25 AM

I make banana shake for my hubby every morning:-D (just plain milk & banana) never used spice in it. he is going to love it!


3 Anna May 28, 2009 at 2:09 PM

I love banana shakes, but you definitely upgraded it with vanilla extract and cinnamon. Sounds really yummy.


4 Natasha - 5 Star Foodie May 28, 2009 at 3:47 PM

What a lovely banana shake, I do love the addition of vanilla and cinnamon – very nice!


5 OysterCulture May 28, 2009 at 10:16 PM

Sounds like my kinda drink – very refreshing and nutritious too.


6 Nags May 29, 2009 at 8:29 PM

This looks so delish!


7 marz72 June 8, 2010 at 8:43 PM

My son needed a colombian recipe for HS spanish class and waited until the last minute to look one up. We were desperate for a recipe that had ingredients we had on hand. I’m glad we found this one! It was so easy for him to whip up and was very yummy too!


8 Billy September 2, 2010 at 2:11 AM

¡Que super rico! I love your site. Thank you so much for sharing your recipes. I’ve just returned from Medellin, the Eternal Spring. I love everything about your country including the food. Jugos naturales are my all-time favorite. I love the street vendors with their blenders and large plastic measuring cups. I live in California and was wondering if you knew of any company in the US offering frozen pulp for making jugos naturales? My favorites include lulo, guanabana, guava. Thanks.


9 Erica September 2, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Billy- Goya has frozen pulp.


10 Sofia January 20, 2011 at 3:24 PM

This sounds great! I’m going to make this for my Colombian novio :)


11 Mike Hawk February 17, 2011 at 8:53 AM

It was really good. The spices gave it the extra little kick!


12 Maria July 16, 2011 at 3:36 PM

This juice was absolutely delicious! My kids loved it.


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