May the force of nutritional ketosis be with you thanks to this low-carb and keto version of Star Wars blue milk! In celebration of Stars Wars Day (May 4th), we concocted this creamy and fruity drink as a keto adaptation of the famed blue milk served at Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge.
A few years ago, we went to Oga’s Cantina at Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland and our kids loved it! Heck, the adults did, too. The cantina (and almost every part of Galaxy’s Edge) is so well architected that you truly feel like you’re in a Star Wars scene. We stood at the cantina bar and probably ordered way more than we should have given the prices (but when in Galaxy’s Edge…). Of course, we ordered blue milk along with a few other drinks and the Happabore Sampler (with meat, cheeses and crackers). Not surprisingly, blue milk was the highlight of our meal there.
Unfortunately, you can't purchase low-carb or keto-friendly blue milk at Galaxy's Edge (not yet, anyway!). But, it's very easy to make at home -- and quick too. Plus, it's much cheaper! This filling keto Star Wars blue milk is 4 net carbs per serving.
What is Star Wars Blue Milk?
Blue milk, also known as Bantha Milk, is one of the most popular drinks you can get at Galaxy’s Edge. Actor Mark Hamill made this milk famous in a scene at Luke's family farm in the original Stars Wars movie released in 1977. You can buy blue milk at Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland or Disneyworld at either the Milk Stand or Oga’s Cantina. It costs a pretty penny too – it currently sells for $13 at Oga’s Cantina.
What does Blue Milk Taste Like?
While the blue milk that Mark Hamill drank on the set of Star Wars actually tasted terrible, Disney reinvented it as an unexpectedly tropical frozen treat for Galaxy's Edge. The unofficial but authoritative Disney Tourist blog has described it as a creamy version of a tropical fruit punch or blue hawaiian where the fruity flavor profile is muted by the coconut and rice milk base.
Keto Blue Milk Ingredients
Recreating this drink was admittedly a bit of a challenge. Since you can only get blue milk at Disney parks, we’ve only had only had it a few times and that was, as you might say, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...
But we knew the rough flavor outline, and in an interview Disney Chef Brian Piasecki confirmed blue milk is made from a non-dairy blend of coconut milk and rice milk with pineapple, watermelon, and dragon fruit as the key flavors. In addition, a twitter user posted an alleged blue milk ingredient label that lines up with those flavorings. Finally, Ashley Crafted, author of "The Unofficial Disney Parks Cookbook", has honed a copycat blue milk recipe. We used that as inspiration but with generous proportions of rice milk and pineapple juice it's decidedly not low carb.
After some experimentation we settled on the following ingredients:
Full-fat coconut milk – While official blue milk is made with coconut and rice milk, for our keto version we simply used a mix of canned coconut milk and almond milk. Using full-fat coconut milk is important for a thicker, creamier consistency. We strongly recommend using Aroy-D full-fat coconut milk since it's one of the best out there (and we've tried a lot of different coconut milks). We also tried the coconut milk beverage sold in cartons, but it generated a thinner and less creamy drink. That being said, carton coconut milk will work in a pinch or if you want to cut down the fat or calorie content.
Stur Coconut Pineapple & Stur Strawberry Watermelon – Recreating the fruity flavor of blue milk, which includes pineapple, dragon fruit, and watermelon, is challenging when trying to use easy-to-find keto or low-carb substitutes. We chose Stur sugar-free coconut-pineapple and Stur strawberry watermelon water enhancers since the flavors are similar to the fruit flavors in blue milk, they're tasty, and are only one carb per serving. You can find Stur water enhancers at most large grocers (we buy ours from the local Safeway). If you can't find the Stur brand at your local store, you can probably find similar sugar-free water enhancers from other brands like Crystal Light.
Lime juice – Yes, lime juice is one of the flavors used in blue milk. You may think you can skip the lime juice, but in our taste tests it’s important for brightening up this creamy, tropical drink.
Ice – We blend the coconut milk with some ice in a blender to create a cold smoothie-like drink, similar to the blue milk at Galaxy’s Edge. An alternative to blending with ice would be to run it through an ice cream maker for about 7 to 8 minutes, as Ashley Crafted did for her recipe.
Let us know if this drink lives up to your Galaxy's Edge memories and may the fourth be with you!
- 1/2 cup canned coconut milk — We recommend Aroy-D
- 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 tsp Coconut-Pineapple flavor Stur Water Enhancer
- 1/4 tsp Fruit punch flavor Stur Water Enhancer
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 5 ice cubes
- Several drops of blue food coloring
- Blend ingredients: Add all the ingredient to a blender. Blend all ingredients on high until smooth in consistency.
- Finish and serve: Taste and refine as the balance of water enhancers as needed. Pour into a large glass and serve immediately.
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Serving SizeAbout 1 cup
Amount Per Serving Calories 186.3Total Fat 18.3gSaturated Fat 15.0gSodium 100.1mgCarbohydrates 4.8gNet Carbohydrates 4.8gFiber 0gSugar 2.1gProtein 1.5g