I was sitting staring at my fruit bowl one morning, as you do, and started wondering what banana juice would taste like. But then I looked over to my juicer and wondered…
Can I Juice A Banana?
Unfortunately the answer is no, when you put a banana through the juicer you might get a dribble of juice come out but mostly you get a pulp tray absolutely full of mushed up banana. But, I started doing some research of my own and found a few different ways you can actually make banana juice. You don’t make it in the same way you would normal juice but there are a few good ways you can enjoy banana juice without simply making a banana smoothie.
Let’s get stuck in and see what they are.
Banana Smoothie Vs Banana Juice
At the time of writing this if you google “banana juice” you get a lot of different recipes claiming they’re banana juice. But in actual fact, they’re all banana smoothies.
Now I know I’m being a little picky but to me, juice and smoothies are very different, of course, you can blend a banana into a smoothie, that’s not what you wanted to know. You came here to learn how to make banana juice and while banana smoothies are one way of doing it, and a really tasty way I’m going to show you some other ways you can make banana juice.
But blending up your banana into your juice can be an interesting way to get banana into your juice.
Alternative Banana Juices
Becasue we can’t juice a banana we’re going to have to get a little creative and try and figure out different ways you can get the banana into your juice. The easiest way ius to add it separately.
Blend Your Banana Separate
So one way I quite like is to make your juice in your juicer then pour it into a blender with a banana to mix it in, this does change the texture making it a little thicker but it can be really tasty and if you love banana a worthwhile endeavor to find the ultimate banana juice recipe.
I know it’s very nearly a banana smoothie but it still has a lot less of the fiber than a normal smoothie would and is basically the best you’re going to get.
Juice The Banana First
Pretty similar to the blender idea above but you can juice the banana first so that all the mushy banana pulp comes out then put that into your glass where you’re collecting the juice. Then juice as normal and the rest of the fruit or veg will catch the banana flavor from inside the juicer then be added to the pulp for a delicious banana concoction.
It’s a little harder to clean after compared to using a blender because the banana tends to make a mess inside your juicer still an effective way to add banana to your juice.
It also doesn’t stir together as well as if you mixed it inside a blender but this way saves dirtying two different appliances that you’d end up having to clean after.
Alternatively You Can Make Banana Soft Serve
Finally, you can actually make banana soft serve by juicing a frozen banana, (works better in a masticating juicer because the slow speed stops the frozen banana from defrosting) but yeah, real simple you just put it through and then you get all the mushy frozen banana that’s just like a banana soft serve and works great as a desert.
I know it’s not the banana juice you hoped for but I thought it was a fun little extra that was worth mentioning.
More Difficult Ways To Juice A Banana
Through the research I was doing I did find two different ways of making a banana juice, it’s definitely not juice like you’ve ever made before but you do in fact start with a banana (or several) and end up with a banana flavored liquid at the end.
Microwave Method Of Making Banana Juice
This is the far simpler of the two methods, you start with a few frozen bananas, then you simply put them in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave for a few minutes. After that, you pour all the contents into a fine mesh strainer(like these I recommend) and let sit, and Voila, banana juice will be collected underneath.
From there if you wanted to use it with other juice you could let it cool and mix it in, a longer process that your normal juicing but effective and easy and a way to enjoy banana juice without the normal fiber you’d get from blending it in.
Boil In A Bag Method To Liquify A Banana
To get the juice you want to release the water that’s inside the banana, but this is actually bound to the starch so is harder to get out. But there’s something else in bananas called amylase that works to separate the water from the starch.
This definitely isn’t easy, nor is it a fast way to make juice but if you’re determined it’s probably the best way to liquify a banana and get the juice out of it.
This is a few more steps so I’ll list them out.
- Get about 2 kg of bananas (yields 1 litre of juice)
- Peel and mash them down to a puree and place inside a plastic bag
- Squeeze the air out and seal the bag before placing inside a pot heated to around 150 fahrenheit.
- Let it sit for 5 hours (told you it wasn’t quick!)
- Strain out the contents and enjoy.
So this is essentially the much more thorough equivalent of the microwave method, and it starts with a lot of bananas but you get a full liter of juice by the end which is pretty good going!
A little trickier of course but it’s a lot of fun if you’re looking for something new to try out.
So technically you can juice a banana in a juicer but all you’ll get is banana pulp and no actual banana juice in a glass that you can drink. There are a couple of other ways which are more fiddly so personally, I’m going to keep my bananas for smoothies (or maybe even eating!) and leave the other ingredients to do the work for juicing.
But if you’re a banana lover then please try out the other methods and let me know how you get on. And let me know in the comments if you have any other questions you want me to answer or there’s been anything else you’re curious about, I’d love to help out!