7 Easy Milk Recipes For Comfort-Food Drinks & Desserts, Like Bubble Tea & Creme Brûlée Bread Pudding

Easy lactose free milk recipes

For most of us, milk has been a staple in our lives ever since we were babies. In the morning, we mix it with cereals and add it to tea or coffee, while an occasional cup of milk eases us into bed before we sleep. Not to forget, it’s also in our favourite bubble teas. 

But if you’re looking for other experimental ways to consume your daily dose of dairy, here are 7 easy milk recipes you can follow to create delicious, yet healthier drinks and desserts. Best part: all of these are suitable for lactose intolerant folks as well!

1. Banana Milk Bubble Tea

Ordering BBT always presents me with a dilemma. 0% sugar is borderline tasteless, but 25% is still too sweet. But here’s a healthier way to customise sweetness to your favourite drink – DIY banana milk bubble tea. It’s easy to make, and bananas are naturally sweet and rich in vitamin C to aid digestion too.

A combination of banana and milk would be a recipe for a toilet disaster for some people. But if you switch to lactose free milk, you’ll skip the tummy troubles without compromising the taste.

Image credit:
Mind over munch

3 servings

Prep time:
50 minutes

Ingredients for pearls:
3 tbsp frozen tapioca pearls
½ cup sugar
½ cup water

Ingredients for banana milk:
3 frozen bananas
1.5 cups Magnolia PLUS Lactose Free milk
½ cup water
½ tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp maple syrup
Ice cubes 


For pearls

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  1. Fill half a pot with water and bring it to a boil over high heat
  2. Add the tapioca pearls and stir until they float to the top
  3. Turn the heat to medium and continue cooking for 15 minutes
  4. Take the pot off and let it sit for 15 minutes
  5. Run cold water over the pearls and drain the water out
  6. Soak pearls in sugar syrup

For banana milk

  1. Blend bananas, Magnolia PLUS Lactose Free milk and ice cubes in a blender until a smooth consistency is achieved
  2. Add pearls into 3 large cups
  3. Pour banana milk and serve

2. Vanilla cold brew overnight oats

Overnight oats are a breakfast meal that’s gained much hype in recent years – not only is it a no-brainer to make, it’s also packed with fibre, zinc and magnesium that’s beneficial for your overall health. And another hype that’s blown up recently? Cold brews. To combine the best of both worlds, here’s a recipe for a vanilla cold brew overnight oats.

We added chia seeds for some extra chewiness and fiber – they’re loaded with antioxidants and omega-3 to give your skin a glow-up. 

Incorporating lactose free milk will ensure even sensitive stomachs will be able to consume it

1 serving

Prep time:
5 minutes

½ cup rolled oats
¼ cup Magnolia PLUS Lactose Free milk
3 tbsp cold brew coffee
2 tbsp honey
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp vanilla extract


  1. Add oats, cold brew coffee, milk, vanilla extract, honey and chia seeds into a mason jar
  2. Give it a stir and cover the mason jar with a lid
  3. Place it in a fridge overnight

3. Peanut Butter & Strawberry Bubble Tea

Peanut Butter and Jelly is a classic bread spread combo we’ve all heard of and tried, but here’s an interesting twist. Try blending them into a smoothie and add some chewy boba to make peanut butter & strawberry bubble tea instead.

This gives you a naturally sweet, healthy breakfast drink that’s packed with antioxidants, giving you just the right amount of boost you need to power through your day. 

Image credit: Mind over munch 

2 servings

Prep time:
10 minutes

¾ cup strawberries
1 ½ cups Magnolia PLUS Lactose Free milk
1 ½ tbsp peanut butter
½ tsp vanilla essence
1 tbsp honey (optional)
Cooked tapioca pearls


  1. Add strawberries, milk, peanut butter, vanilla essence and honey into blender
  2. Blend until smooth
  3. Pour into 2 large cups and add pearls

4. Creme Brulee Bread Pudding

For a midday tea break to satisfy your sweet tooth, try making this comforting creme brulee bread pudding that can be conquered by kitchen rookies and experts alike. 

Any type of bread works, but a brioche loaf would be the best choice as it would be fluffy enough to soak up the maple syrup and milk. Alternatively, just use any bread you have at home by keeping it overnight in the fridge first.

Image credit: Every little crumb

6 servings

Prep time:
20 minutes


For brown sugar brulee bottom:
½ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp maple syrup
¼ cup butter

For bread pudding:
380g small brioche loaf/bread of choice
2 cups Magnolia PLUS Lactose Free milk
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
3 eggs
Sliced almonds


  1. Cut your loaf up into 1 inch cubes and set aside
  2. Combine butter, brown sugar and maple syrup in a saucepan and cook over medium heat
  3. Stir the mixture for about 5 minutes
  4. Pour the mixture on an 8×8 inch baking pan
  5. Add bread cubes on top of the brown sugar brûlée
  6. In a separate bowl, combine milk, eggs, vanilla extract and salt and whisk
  7. Pour this mixture onto the bread cubes
  8. Cover it with a cling wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours
  9. Preheat your oven at 175°C
  10. Take it out and let it warm to room temperature
  11. Bake in oven for 35 minutes
  12. Top it off with sliced almonds and serve warm

5. Apple Pie Smoothie

Apple pie is one of the ultimate comfort foods for all ages. If you’d like to enjoy it in a healthier manner, try making an apple pie smoothie – a nutritious yet delectable drink that will keep you refreshed while clocking in essential vitamins. Naturally sweet and slightly tangy, it’s the pick-me-up you need on a sluggish afternoon or after a workout. 

2 servings

Prep time:
5 minutes

2 red apples
1 frozen banana
1 cup ice
1 cup Magnolia PLUS Lactose Free milk
½ cup greek yoghurt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
A pinch of ground ginger
1-2 tbsp honey (optional)


  1. Slice up apples and bananas
  2. Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Top it up with a sprinkle of cinnamon powder.

6. Japanese milk pudding

If you want to flex how much of a domestic goddess you are to bae but can’t really cook, this Japanese milk pudding recipe is for you.

All you need to do is to combine a few ingredients together, chill them in the refrigerator and you’re all set. Its IG-worthy aesthetic might even result in curious enquiries about the recipe from your friends.

Image credit: Kirbie cravings

5 servings

Prep time:
5 minutes

50ML heavy cream
500ML Magnolia PLUS Lactose Free milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp granulated white sugar
2 1/2 tsp gelatin powder


  1. Combine all ingredients into a large pot over low heat.
  2. Stir until gelatin and sugar dissolves
  3. After ingredients are well mixed, pour them into small jars.
  4. Place them in the fridge for 6 hours before serving.

7. Honey Cinnamon Milk

For minimal mess in the kitchen, honey cinnamon milk only requires the use of a microwave oven. Plus, the myth that warm milk helps you to sleep better is actually scientifically proven, as milk contains melatonin, a sleep hormone that helps you ease into your night’s rest. 

Spice it up with some powdered cinnamon, which has anti-inflammatory properties that help your body fight infections and helps to lower your blood sugar level – making the concoction the perfect pre-bedtime companion.

1 serving

Prep time:
2 minutes

1 cup milk
1 tsp honey (optional)
1 tsp ground cinnamon
½ tsp vanilla extract


  1. Pour milk into a mug and microwave for 2 minutes
  2. Stir in honey, vanilla extract and ground cinnamon

Finish off your lactose free honey milk with a cinnamon stick for some added spice

Whip up easy milk recipes with Magnolia’s lactose free milk

Milk offers us a host of possibilities as to what we can create – it goes well with tea, coffee and makes delicious desserts such as pudding. However, although I drank a ton of milk as a baby all the way into my teenage years, my body grew to become lactose-intolerant as I got older – something I realised other people experienced too.

Bloating, gassiness and cramps are just some of the symptoms I began facing in my early 20s when drinking milk or consuming milk-based products. If you know my pain, you’d be delighted that Magnolia has launched the new Magnolia PLUS Lactose Free milk, that can be drunk by itself, or used to make treats you won’t have to FOMO about anymore.

Magnolia PLUS Lactose Free milk tastes just as smooth and creamy as regular fresh milk. It also contains nutrients found in fresh milk such as calcium, vitamin D3, B2 and B12 – allowing you to enjoy the richness of milk and reap its benefits, while not having to worry about an uncomfortable stomach that normally follows. 

After using it to make treats like honey cinnamon milk, apple pie smoothie and vanilla cold brew overnight oats, I was delighted that while the taste of the milk was natural, it was easy to digest and didn’t induce the squirms that I’d usually get post-meal.

While lactose intolerance is a manageable problem, it causes discomforts that result in you second-guessing your decision to drink that glass of latte before an all-important meeting. With Magnolia’s lactose free milk, you can ensure your stomach will be able to handle it, and be eased of any worries while going about your day.

The Magnolia PLUS Lactose Free milk is priced at just $4.50 for a 946ML carton, and available conveniently at major supermarkets, hypermarkets and participating retail outlets.

Find out more about Magnolia’s new lactose free milk here

This post is brought to you by Magnolia Milk.
Photography by Pepita Hope Wauran.

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