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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About Lisa

Mother of three children under 9, including a set of twins, and wife of US Navy Diver. I love to run, write, and laugh. Yes, I have a slightly raunchy and dark sense of humor..life can be so funny.. it's how I deal with it all.

Comments

  1. Oh my gosh! This looks so delicious…and I absolutely love Hershey’s Strawberry milk, however, those ingredients are less than stellar! Thanks for this recipe…I can’t wait to try it! :)

  2. This is such an awesome idea!!! I used to love the trashy Nestle Quik mix as a kid. Of course, I just ate my last strawberry. Definitely trying this next grocery store trip! I’m going to do it with Xylitol!

  3. 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.

  4. What a great idea! Love it. All kinds of fruit possibilities come to mind…. thank you!

  5. Love this!!!!

  6. I make something similar for my kiddos. They love it and so do I. No one needs that extra junk!

  7. oh heavens yes! i bet that tastes so fresh and creamy! i’m on my way!

  8. Sounds amazing. I am going to have my daughter try this. She loves strawberry milk.

  9. WE ARE IN.
    especially the seven year old :)

  10. Ooh divine! You are going to make this for me in…17 days, right??!!!

  11. Oh that looks fantastic. I’m starting to see strawberries on posts recently and now I am craving them like crazy.

  12. Yes please! I will totally be making this for E (and me)!

  13. 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.

    • 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.

  14. Genius!! My daughter would LOVE this… I can’t wait to try it! You’re such a good mama. :)

  15. Love this idea! And great photos!

  16. OMG. We are best friends now.

  17. 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!!

  18. 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! ; )

  19. LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  20. Oh my word! I am going to make that! My kids love strawberry milk too. This is too easy!

  21. 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?

  22. You are so clever! I have all these ingredients already, so excited to try it!!

  23. mmmmmhhhhhh that looks delicious!!!

  24. 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.

  25. 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.

    • 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.

  26. 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!

    • 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!

  27. 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.

  28. Your drink is a great idea! I had something similar this week, but we used ice, milk, strawberries, sugar, and vanilla creamer.

  29. Sounds and looks absolutely delicious!

  30. Look mighty tasty Lisa!

  31. Shalama Jackson says:

    I am so making this! Thanks for the idea.

  32. A drink an adult “kid” can still love! TY ;)

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