Does Aldi’s New Banana Milk Really Taste Like Banana Bread? I Tried It to Find Out.

updated May 19, 2020
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Credit: Lauren Masur

When I heard the news that Aldi is now carrying Mooala, a dairy-free, nut-free alternative milk made out of bananas, I was skeptical at best. Does Aldi really need another option in the “milk” aisle? Are oat, soy, coconut, almond, macadamia, hemp, rice, and pea milks not enough?

My skepticism only grew when I was told that this “bananamilk” in particular tastes like liquid banana bread. As someone who has consumed their yearly limit of banana bread over the past few months, the flavor profile isn’t exactly something I’m seeking out in other forms. Alas, I acquired a 1.5-quart container and got to tasting.

Credit: Lauren Masur

Mooala’s ingredient list is pleasantly short, featuring filtered water, bananas, and sunflower seeds. Each 8-ounce serving contains 60 calories, 4 grams of sugar, and 1 gram of protein. It also boasts calcium and potassium. The results are unexpectedly creamy and neutral-tasting, ideal for pouring into a bowl of cereal, or prepping overnight oats, smoothies, and chia pudding. If you’ve ever sliced up a banana, put it in your cereal, and drank the remaining milk, this is what that tastes like (without the dairy part, of course).

As promised, a sip of Mooala does, in fact, evoke the essence of banana bread (it’s even got a pinch of cinnamon), but in an extremely subtle and pleasant way (read: This does not taste like a blended baked good). I imagine this would be a great milk substitute in certain baking projects.

Credit: Lauren Masur

As someone who exclusively loves bananas in their most natural form, due to a bad experience with a yellow candy-that-shall-not-be-named that turned me off of anything “banana-flavored” forever, I feel unbiased in my official assessment that Mooala is fantastic. It’s definitely worth seeking out if alternative milks are your thing.

Find it: Mooala, $4 for 48 ounces

As of now, Mooala is available at Aldi locations on the West Coast, but they are expanding to other zip codes throughout the year. Mooala is also available in Whole Foods, Wegmans, ShopRite, Albertsons-Safeway, Giant, Kroger. Please click here to find a store.

Note: Mooala isn’t the first commercial banana “milk” to exist — Kitchn wrote about Banana Wave back in 2016!