Favorite Strawberry Milk (Fresh, Natural, and Much Lower Sugar)


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Learn how to make the BEST homemade strawberry milk that’s low on added sugar and high on vitamin C, protein, and really fresh strawberry flavor.

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Strawberry Milk

Adding fruity flavor to milk can transform it from basic to so super yummy—and help kids meet their calcium needs, mix up the plain drinks, and add a dose of extra Vitamin C into the day. Strawberry milk is clutch if your kids aren’t into plain milk or you just want to change things up

This is also a much lower-sugar option to store-bought strawberry milk which is a nice bonus.

You can make this with any type of milk, though we prefer using whole milk dairy since it’s super creamy and has the fat that little kids need for growth and development.

We love this with breakfast alongside something easy, like toast or muffins, or paired with snack or lunch. It’s really a nice option for any time of the day.

There are two ways you can make it: You can use fresh berries or freeze-dried ones. I’ll outline the difference between the two below.

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Ingredients You Need

To make this recipe you’ll need:

  • Milk: I use whole milk, but any milk you prefer will work. (Whole milk, soy milk, or a thicker style of nondairy milk will be creamier than something like regular almond milk.)
  • Strawberries: You can use fresh or freeze-dried strawberries in this recipe.
  • Maple syrup: You can use honey if that’s what you have on hand. (Though always avoid honey for kids under age 1.)
  • Pure vanilla extract

Ingredient Substitutions

  • You can sub in plain unsweetened nondairy milk for the regular milk.
  • Use honey for the maple syrup if desired.
  • This recipe works with either freeze-dried strawberries or fresh ones. Freeze-dried ones have a more concentrated “strawberry flavor” and a brighter color than the fresh ones.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process involved in making this recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full scoop.

  1. Add the ingredients to a blender.
  2. Blend well.
  3. Stop and taste. Adjust the sweetness if needed.
  4. Serve or store for up to 24 hours in the fridge in an airtight container.

TIP: If you use freeze-dried strawberries, the mixture will thicken if you store to serve it later, so I recommend serving within 24 hours.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What’s the difference between using fresh and freeze-dried strawberries?

The amount called for in the recipe is the same at ½ cup, and they are both nice options. The freeze-dried berries create a brighter color and more intense strawberry flavor. It’s also a flavor more similar to store-bought strawberry milk.

The fresh berries create a berry milk that’s a little bit less sweet and intensely flavored. They’re both nice options!

What does strawberry milk taste like?

Strawberry milk tastes like a thinner version of a strawberry milkshake. So milk, with strawberry flavor.

Is it okay to mix strawberries and milk?

Yes, while combining a berry like a blueberry may cause the mixture to separate, that doesn’t happen with strawberries.

How to Store

Store in an airtight container for up to 24 hours in the fridge. Know that the mixture will thicken a bit if you make this with freeze-dried strawberries.

Best Tips for Success

  • You can make this with fresh strawberries or freeze-dried ones, depending on what you have access to.
  • The version with freeze-dried berries tastes more similar to store-bought strawberry milk; the one with fresh berries tastes more like fresh strawberries!
  • You can play around with the amounts of the freeze-dried berries to make a more or less intense version.
  • The version using freeze-dried berries does thicken as it sits, so expect that if you store it to serve later.
  • You can thin it with a little more milk if needed.
  • You can use honey instead of maple syrup if preferred.
  • You may also like Banana Milk, Vanilla Milk, Homemade Chocolate Milk, and easy Hot Chocolate.

I’d love to hear your feedback on this recipe if you try it, so please comment below!

This post was first published August 2020.

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Favorite Strawberry Milk (Fresh and Low Sugar)

Amy Palanjian

You can make this with fresh strawberries or freeze-dried ones, depending on what you have on hand or access to. The version with freeze-dried berries tastes more similar to store bought strawberry milk; the one with fresh berries tastes more like fresh strawberries!

Prep Time 5 mins

Total Time 5 mins

Course Drink

Cuisine American

Servings 2

Calories 84 kcal

Ingredients 

 

  • 1 cup whole milk (or preferred type of dairy or unsweetened nondairy milk)
  • 1/2 cup freeze-dried strawberries (or fresh strawberries stems removed)
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Instructions 

  • Add the ingredients to a blender.

  • Starting on low and working up to high, blend very smooth.

  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 24 hours.

Equipment

Notes

  • You can play around with the amounts of the freeze-dried berries to make a more or less intense version.
  • The version using freeze-dried berries does thicken as it sits, so expect that if you store it to serve later.
  • You can thin it with a little more milk if needed.
  • You can use honey instead of maple syrup if preferred.

Nutrition

Calories: 84kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 4gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 51mgPotassium: 168mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 192IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 138mgIron: 1mg

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