This homemade strawberry milk tastes a bazillion times better than anything you can buy from the shop and, while I feel compelled to mention it would make a great after school snack for the kids, it’ll also make any strawberry loving adult very happy too.

3 bottles of strawberry milk on a marble platter

This was my favourite milk drink when I was younger. I think my brother always drank spearmint and choc milk was good but nothing ever compared to a carton of strawberry milk. I knew I had to try to create it in my own kitchen.

It’s refreshing, it’s creamy and is filled with real strawberry flavour. And guess what?!! It’s super easy to make and only has 4 ingredients – all natural, healthy goodness.

Ingredients for this strawberry milk recipe

  • Strawberries – fresh or frozen work. If using fresh, make sure they’re at they’re peak ripeness, or use frozen instead.
  • Sugar – since strawberries have natural sweetness you don’t need too much and you can even use other sweeteners.
  • Vanilla – this actually amplifies the strawberry flavour
  • Milk – whole milk gives a traditional flavour but you can use whatever milk you prefer.

Unlike many recipes that just make a strawberry syrup, and discard the strawberry pulp, I use a blender to puree the whole lot together, for two reasons. First, it increases the strawberry flavour and secondly, it cuts down on the need for extra sugar since the strawberries are naturally sweet.

Two bottles of strawberry milk, with more being poured into a third bottle

How to make strawberry milk from scratch

  1. Heat together strawberries, sugar and a touch of water over low-medium heat, stirring it from time to time. Once the sugar has dissolved, some syrup is produced and the strawberries are soft, remove it from the heat.
  2. Let it cool a little, then blitz the strawberry mixture in a blender until smooth.
  3. Strain the puree through a fine mesh strainer and discard the seeds. A second strain through muslin cloth gives an even smoother result.
  4. Once totally cool, mix the puree with milk and vanilla.

Serve it cold. This milk will keep well for 3-4 days and also makes great popsicles.

Can I use other sweeteners?

For a sugar-free and keto-friendly strawberry milk, use monk fruit sweetener in place of the sugar. I use monk fruit sweetener from the sugar aisle of the supermarket which is a 1:1 ratio with sugar but check the pack of your sweetener for directions and adjust accordingly.

You could also use honey, agave syrup or rice malt syrup. All of these may affect the colour though and honey will give a background hint of honey.

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Using frozen strawberries, or indeed any berry you like, means you can make strawberry milk easily at home whenever you or the kids want it.

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Two bottles of strawberry milk, with more being poured into a third bottle

Homemade Strawberry Milk

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Sweet, creamy and filled withreal strawberries, this homemade strawberry milk recipe is a nostalgictreat. With just 4 ingredients, it’s very easy to make and it’ll beloved by kids and adults, alike.
Can be made sugar-free / keto friendly

Ingredients

  • 4 cups chopped strawberries, fresh or frozen (500g / 1.1lb)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ cup white granulated sugar (notes) (100g / 3.5oz)
  • 4 cups whole milk (1 litre / ¼ gallon)
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Place the strawberries, water and sugar into a saucepan. Cook over low-medium heat, stirring often, until the sugar has dissolved, a syrup has been produced and the strawberries are soft.
  • Blitz the strawberry mixture to a puree in a blender.
  • Strain the puree through a fine mesh strainer. For a super smooth puree, strain it a second time through muslin, squeezing all the puree through. Discard the seeds).
  • Add the milk and vanilla and whisk lightly to combine.
  • Using a spoon, skim and discard any froth from the top.
  • Enjoy cold, shaking well before pouring into individual glasses.
  • Store in the fridge for 2-3 days

Notes

  1. This recipe makes about 1 1/2 litres (~ 1/3 gallon) but can easily be halved
  2. Should be consumed within 3-4 days.
  3. Can be made sugar-free / keto-friendly by using sugar-free sweetener - check packet directions for amounts. 
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3 bottles of strawberry milk on a marble platter