A Healthier Strawberry Milk

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My kids absolutely love strawberry milk, however with ingredients like these…

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We absolutely do not drink this version in our house. However, I really love to be able to treat them to special drinks, so I started thinking how can I give them a similar drink and feel better about it. I tried a strawberry smoothie and they still kept asking me for the milk version that some of their friends drink – it seemed to be a texture and thickness issue. So, I experimented a bit and I came up with this, and it’s been a hit ever since!

Healthier Alternative to Strawberry Milk

What You Will Need

1 large container of Fresh Strawberries
1/2 cup of Natural Cane Turbinado Sugar (Sugar in the Raw)
3 Cups of Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
A cone strainer
Blender

How to Make

Wash and slice the strawberries place in a mixing bowl and coat with the sugar. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, or until juices run off the berry.

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Then add the milk, cover, and refrigerate over night (if you’re in a hurry, you can go right to the blending — but it’s better after a good soak!). In the morning, place all ingredients in the blender and and whirl until smooth.

Next, put the mixture through your cone shaped strainer to remove pulp and seeds.

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There you have a perfectly smooth and milky sweetened milk with no high frutose corn syrup and no artificial flavors or sweeteners! The healthier version of Hershey’s strawberry milk.

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  1. says

    I also refused to buy that junk for my kids when they were younger. One kid loves vanilla milk; the other chocolate, but I’ll bet they’d both love this treat, especially as they love strawberries. And I’m smiling, because right now I have Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk in my fridge! I love it.

  2. Lori Dather, RD says

    I will use fat free skim milk instead of almond milk, but looks delish! Almond milk contains 1 gm protein per 8 oz and my kids don’t like almond or soy milk. Real milk contains 8 gm protein per 8 oz. and there are hormone free products readily available and my kids love it. This was a great way to make one of our favorites too! thanks for sharing.

    • Lisa says

      Lori, I love when an RD comments! Thank you so much for this information. How do you feel about kids drinking almond milk, the one we drink, Silk, is fortified but how does it stack up against milk? My kids won’t drink almond milk unless it’s flavored somehow, but when they drink cow’s milk I do worry about all of the hormones.

  3. says

    I used to love strawberry milk when I was a kid! I haven’t let my kids have flavored milk, aside from chocolate, partly because I know that they will get hooked and I don’t like all the ingredients in them. This sounds great!!

  4. says

    My kids would be all over this–will have to give it a try. I’m glad I have someone who can teach me good ideas like this b/c I would never come up with it on my own! ; )

  5. says

    Oh my goodness– this looks delicious! Yum!!

    So, I think we should coordinate a blogger meet-up/dinner in Boston! Don’t you think? It’s just around the corner. Who else is running? I know Kristen (Happy Running Mama), Amanda (Runninghood), and I’m not really sure who else?

  6. says

    Looks and sounds delish. I’m still on cow’s milk but flavored like this might get me on almond milk. I do love the nuts. In the raw. I would do it and keep the fruit pulp. Usually have a fruit smoothie.

    Anyone up for a milkshake. Same recipe without the soaking. Use frozen strawberries and cut back on the liquid. The idea is to get it as thick as you like. The more frozen fruit and less liquid (milk) the thicker it will be. Its how I do smoothies too. Frozen fruit instead of ice cubes. Works good with any drink.

    Try iced tea with frozen peaches or berries instead of ice cubes.

  7. says

    And I forgot to ask. Anyone have a chocolate milk version. My go to chocolate ingredient any more is Nestle Special Dark Cocoa. My grandson loves chocolate milk. Will have to get some Sugar in the Raw. Don’t want to use xylitol for everything.

    • Lisa says

      Dan, I’ve never tried a chocolate version, but even melting a high quality 70% chocolate bar would be healthier than Hershey’s. I like your idea of the Cocoa. I take the pulp out of the strawberry milk because of the texture, my kids like this version, we drink this more as a treat… it’s not healthy strawberry milk, it’s healthier than Hershey’s though.

  8. says

    Thank you so much for this! We’re having a huge problem getting my 15 month old to drink any milk, and I was tempted to pick up the strawberry stuff at the store this morning and just couldn’t do it. Trying this recipe this afternoon Fingers crossed!

    • Lisa says

      Hey Jen! I hope this works! I had the same problem with one of my kids when they were young… those picky eaters are toughies!

  9. says

    That’s an awesome idea! I love seeing recipes like this that go for sugar as a treat – healthier alternatives that still give you the hit from the original concoction.