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Sweet, pink, creamy, and delicious, strawberry milk is a huge hit with the kids. It's so easy to make, too! Just three ingredients and a quick whir in the blender.

Photography Credit:Elise Bauer

Featured in 16 Recipes Kids Can Make for Mother’s Day

Why buy strawberry milk from the store when you can easily make your own? Also this way you know exactly what goes into it.

Strawberry milk is a quick and easy treat for kids and adults alike. All you need is a handful of strawberries, some honey, and milk. It also works just as well with almond milk (unsweetened) if that’s what you prefer or if you are going dairy-free.

It’s so easy to put together even a 4-year-old can do it. (See my goddaughter Piper with the blender? She couldn’t wait to make it!)

THE BEST STRAWBERRIES TO USE

This recipe is best with summer strawberries that are at the very peak of ripeness. This is how you’ll get a naturally sweet drink without needing to add a lot of additional honey.

This is also a great way to use up berries that are slightly past their prime, or you can use frozen strawberries. Frozen strawberries are strawberries that are picked at the peak of the season, so usually they are really good.

CAN YOU USE A DIFFERENT SWEETENER?

Sure! We liked honey in our strawberry milk, but you could make it with maple syrup, agave nectar, or any sweetener you prefer. Just start with a little bit at first, and then taste and add more as needed.

MORE FAVORITE SUMMER RECIPES WITH STRAWBERRIES

  • Strawberry Yogurt Popsicles
  • Strawberry Ice Cream
  • Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumble Bars
  • Strawberry Shortcake
  • Microwave Strawberry Jam

Strawberry Milk Recipe

You can also use frozen strawberries to make strawberry milk!

Ingredients

  • 1-2 cups milk or almond milk
  • A handful of strawberries, rinsed, stems removed
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons honey

Method

1 Combine: Put milk, strawberries, and 1 tablespoon of honey into a blender.

2 Blend: Blend until thoroughly smooth.

3 Taste and serve: Taste and add more honey if you wish your strawberry milk to be a little sweeter. Serve immediately.

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Strawberry Milk Recipe (Three Ingredients)

Did anyone else used to drink that Nesquik strawberry syrup in their milk as a kid *shyly raises hand*? Man, I LOVED that stuff. It would turn a boring old glass of dairy milk into a sweet strawberry dream.

Fast forward twenty years later, and I had a hankering for a glass of fresh strawberry milk! Now that I’m whole-foods, plant-based and also vegan, I knew it was time to make a healthified, but equally delicious version of the classic.


Strawberry milk

I’m totally OK with plain milk but every now and then my kid want homemade strawberry milk, so why settle with plain when milk goes so well with so many flavors?

I mean, chocolate milk is a crowd-pleaser, and I bet you already mastered that recipe. If not, I'll be sure to post the recipe soon.

If you want strawberry milk, you must either buy it or get yourself a bottle of artificial strawberry syrup, and for me, neither makes the cut.

There’s nothing like an all-natural homemade strawberry syrup to flavor your milk (and drizzle over ice cream). So, I thought I’d share this fresh strawberry syrup, the key for the tastiest homemade strawberry milk you’ve ever tasted.

My kid loves strawberry milk. He often requests it because it reminds him of his school lunch breaks. He misses school so much. He's a big fan of strawberries so this milk, as well as my strawberry soda float, are always a fun treat for him. You can even top your pancakes or waffles with this strawberry syrup.


It could not be any easier to make Strawberry Milk!

  • First, be sure to thoroughly clean and hull your strawberries
  • Next, cut the strawberries in half
  • Add the strawberries, water, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla to the blender jar
  • Blend until liquified
  • Pour mixture into pitcher
  • Add whole milk to pitcher and stir until combined
  • Pour into glasses over ice
  • Enjoy!


Place heavy whipping cream and strawberry powder in a mixing bowl.

Use a hand mixer to beat mixture on high, about 2 minutes or until stiff peaks start to form.

While you COULD use a hand whisk, it will take about 20 minutes for the same result, so just use a hand mixer on high.


Strawberry Milk ingredients

I really wish I could blab here and count numerous ingredients, but I have nothing much to blab about. This recipe is quite simple and list of ingredients is surprisingly short. This pink beauty has ONLY 3 MAIN INGREDIENTS:

  • STRAWBERRIES: Strawberries are delightful little berry fruit. Low-calorie, sweet and juicy. But what’s making strawberries so dashing is not just sweetness but the fact that these little berries are loaded with vitamin C – powerful immune boosting and healthy skin antioxidant (1). Due to high vitamin C content and antioxidants level, strawberries have many health benefits - they reduce inflammation, keep our gut and heart healthy (2). Fresh strawberries are the best here, but frozen will work fine too. If possible, choose organic strawberries to avoid pesticides commonly used in conventional growing.
  • MILK / WATER
  • DATES: If you feel that the final product is not sweet enough for you, you can add some sweetener. To sweeten my morning Strawberry Milk I like to use dates. Dates are not only naturally sweet but also high in antioxidants (polyphenols) and fiber, and some essential minerals - like potassium and magnesium. If you don't like dates, you can substitute them with maple syrup or a bit of honey.

To boost up this strawberry milk with some more NUTRIENTS and flavor, I also added:

Now let me expand why I use and love collagen.


Benefits of taking collagen supplements

I'm using collagen for quite some time. It's a part of my daily healthy diet for years. Collagen is versatile, protein packed powder that you can add to smoothies, soups, snacks and drinks - like this Strawberry Milk. If you're new to collagen, here are some quick facts about collagen and benefits.

Collagen is the most abundant protein in your body. It's the major component of connective tissues in tendons, ligaments, skin and muscles. Human bodies create collagen naturally but over time, the production of this protein slows down. Since collagen is important for our joint health, healthy looking and youthful skin, healthy hair, and protecting our cartilage and bones, people look to supplements to increase their collagen intake.

Health benefits of collagen supplements include:

  • It’s nutritious. Two scoop of collagen has around 20 g of protein which will give you nice energy boost.
  • It supports hair, skin and nail health. Collagen is known to support the elasticity of the skin and the overall appearance and strength of hair, nails, and skin.
  • Aids in improving the integrity of the gut lining. Leaky gut, or increased intestinal permeability is incredibly common and directly related to autoimmunity and digestion issues. The collagen helps to regenerate the gut linen.
  • Supports connective tissue and joint health. As a person ages, their joints start to break down. In particular, the spongy cartilage of the joints starts to wear away. Collagen supplements can help with restoring or preventing the deterioration of the cartilage in the joints. (3)
  • Prevents bone loss. Collagen makes up a significant amount of bone structure and helps keep the bones strong. As we age, collagen production slows and bones become weaker. This can lead to the development of conditions such as osteoporosis. Collagen supplements may help prevent the deterioration of bone density and strength. (4)

There are many types of collagen supplement. I use Naked Grass-Fed Bovine Collagen Peptides . Many conventional beef products from CAFO farms are not only inhumanely raised but are highly inflammatory. Grass-fed beef products are in balance with Omega 3’s, and are incredibly more humanely raised. The product I use is from pasture-raised and grass-fed bovine from Europe, hormone free and GMO free. Top notch!


  1. The first step is to make a strawberry syrup. Combine chopped strawberries, sugar and water into a saucepan and bring to a low boil.
  2. Cook the strawberries for about 10 minutes, stirring often. You want the berries to break down and turn into a thick syrup.
  3. Pour the berry mixture through a strainer. You can discard the berries or use them for something else. For the milk we just need the syrup.
  4. Let the syrup sit in the fridge to get nice and cold before you make your milk.
  5. Add about 3 Tbsp of the syrup to a cup of milk. You can play with the ratio to get the color and flavor that you like.

This homemade strawberry milk recipe is so simple to make, you can double the syrup recipe to keep it in the fridge. It will last covered in the fridge for at least a week.

I love the taste of real strawberries in the milk, it isn’t the fake taste you get from the powder.

You get a natural pink color from the strawberry syrup, and depending on how much syrup you add it could be a brighter pink color. If you want to ensure it is a bright pink you can add a drop or two of food coloring.

Pick up extra strawberries, because you are going to want to make this often. And I am not going to lie and say it is just for the kids. I will take any excuse to make a tall glass just for myself!


3. Whyte Leach

There are many milk puddings around the world, from panna cotta to blancmange. A precursor of all of these was the rather unappetisingly named "leech" – a medieval milk pudding that would have originally used isinglass to set it.

This version is adapted from Robin Weir and Caroline Liddell's wonderful Recipes from the Dairy – a book which is a must if you are interested in traditional British recipes. Some of them might surprise you as they feel surprising modern.

Ingredients:
cold water
5 sheets of leaf gelatine
500ml milk
75g sugar
1 tbsp orange blossom water
poached strawberries, to serve

Cut the gelatine leaves into pieces and soak in cold water according to the packet instructions.

Heat the milk to just about boiling. Stir in the sugar until it has dissolved. Add the orange blossom water. Set aside.

Squeeze out the gelatine leaves. Add to the milk mixture and stir until dissolved.

Sieve and pour into a lightly-greased baking dish or cake tin.

Leave in a cool place to set overnight.

Turn out the set leach onto a plate or chopping board. Traditionally it would have been cut into squares and perhaps gilded with edible gold.

Tips: I served mine with strawberries that had been poached in red wine with a little sugar, a bay leaf, a quarter teaspoon of ground cardamom, black peppercorns and a splash of orange blossom water. You can also replace the orange blossom water with rosewater.


What is Bubble Tea?

Bubble tea is an iced tea drink that originated in Taiwan in the 1980&rsquos and has enjoyed growing popularity around the world in recent years. Bubble tea is also called

Boba is made from partially cooked tapioca flour. It is naturally gluten-free and basically flavorless. It is typically sweetened with honey or a brown sugar simple syrup.

The boba pearls are traditionally black or dark brown but can also be found in rainbow colors, and even green matcha boba!

Milk Tea typically consists of 4 main ingredients- tea, milk, sugar, and tapioca pearls but can be customized in many many ways including some with or without ice, or even blended into a smoothie consistency. The possibilities are endless!


Can I add some toppings to this Strawberry Milk?

Tip 1. Don’t use fat-free milk here, it won’t taste so good. Also when choosing dairy-free milk, make sure you don’t add too watery milk.

Tip 2. The strawberry syrup I’ve made has tiny chunks of strawberries. This is because instead of pureeing, I smashed strawberries with the fork. However, if you want pureed syrup then feel free to make a puree with the strawberries and sugar mix.

Tip 3. I have made strawberry syrup with fresh strawberries, but you can also use frozen ones for making syrup.

Tip 4. Always use the chilled milk to make strawberry milk.

Tip 5. Make sure to cool the strawberry syrup before adding it to the milk.

Tip 6. This strawberry syrup is pretty versatile — you can use it as a or topping.

Tip 7. Strawberry syrup stays fresh for up to 3-4 days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Tip 8. Strawberry syrup also tastes great in .

Tip 9. To make it more rich and thick, you can also add some cream.