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If you need an AIP coconut milk substitute, this alternative works well in many situations. This banana milk takes a minute to make and tastes great! (Also Paleo and Whole30)

AIP coconut milk substitute banana milk in a glass

Few AIP Milk Options

There really aren't a ton of options for milk on the AIP Diet.

The nut and seed milks that you can have on Paleo are out, so it pretty much leaves coconut milk, tigernut milk, and sweet potato milk.

But if you're sensitive to coconut milk – or don't want more coconut (let's face it, there's a LOT of coconut products on AIP), then that usually leaves tigernut milk and sweet potato milk.

But tigernut milk takes a long time to make, or at least forethought since you have to soak the tigernuts for at least 24 hours prior to making the milk.

And some people are sensitive to tigernuts or just can't get their hands on some.

And while sweet potato milk is great for more savory applications, it's not the greatest thing for some of the sweeter ones because it does have a pretty potato-y taste.

Banana Milk

Enter banana milk.

This is a coconut-free, tigernut-free AIP milk substitute that only requires 2 ingredients – a banana and some water – and can be blended up in less than a minute.

And yes, you can use a food processor if you don't have a blender.

Uses for Banana Milk

It really works well in many instances, but mainly sweeter ones rather than savory.

Like it's PERFECT over my “Chocolate” Tigernut AIP Granola.

AIP coconut milk substitute banana milk over tigernut granola

Or in the AIP Spiced Carrot Breakfast Porridge

Or instead of the coconut milk in the AIP Pumpkin Pie Coconut Parfait

And it would also be great in a “latte” sort of beverage – check out these AIP Coffee Alternatives.

But you might not want to use it in a soup where coconut milk is a main feature, like the AIP Thai Chicken Soup for instance – it would taste too banana-y. In that case – use coconut milk if you can (see here how to make homemade coconut milk in minutes)


Banana milk is pretty sweet on its own, but if you're going to just drink it straight you may want to add a slight amount of sweetener, like 1 date or 1 tsp of maple syrup before blending.

A pinch of cinnamon would also be delicious as well.

I hope you enjoy this fun AIP coconut milk substitute!!

How long does this milk last?

Unfortunately this milk doesn't last very long once you make it, so I'd say make it immediately before serving.

It's that whole “banana turns brown when exposed to air” thing.

But luckily it's so easy to make it doesn't matter too much.

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Banana Milk Recipe

If you make this banana milk, I'd love to hear how it turned out! Either comment below or share a pic on Instagram and tag me @thrivingautoimmune!

banana milk in a cup

Banana Milk (Paleo, Whole30, AIP)

Author: Michele
Servings: 1 cup
If you need an AIP coconut milk substitute, this alternative works well in many situations. This banana milk takes a minute to make and tastes great! (Also Paleo and Whole30)
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute


  • 1 Banana
  • 1 to 2 cups Water
  • 1 Date or 1 tsp Maple Syrup (to sweeten (omit for Whole30))
  • 1 pinch Cinnamon (optional)


  • Simply blend the banana with the desired amount of water and any desired flavor elements. 1 cup of water will make a creamy, very banana-tasting drink, 2 cups will be a little less creamy and banana-y. 
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Diet Gluten Free, Vegan
Keyword: AIP, Autoimmune Paleo, coconut free, dairy free, milk alternative, nut free, Paleo, seed free, Whole30
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