What could be better than homemade strawberry milk using fresh strawberries in a honey-sweetened strawberry puree? It’s a delicious treat for kids and adults alike – it’s one of my vices when we travel, for sure!
Who remembers drinking that pink stuff in the plastic mini-jug like it was going out of style when they were a kid? While that stuff is loaded with sugar and who-knows-what, this homemade strawberry milk is a perfect healthier treat for kids and adults alike with no processed sugar, just all-natural honey.
Strawberry milk is like the more sophisticated cousin of chocolate milk – it’s a little bit tart and tastes like a warm summertime. This recipe uses only strawberries, honey, and a little acidity to make a really killer strawberry puree that turns any kind of milk into the perfect strawberry milk.
The best part, though, is that you make it as sweet and as strawberry forward as you like – simply use less or more puree as desired.
Strawberry Milk Ingredients
Make sure to check the recipe card down below for the precise amounts.
- Milk of your choice (dairy-free is fine here)
- Fresh strawberries
- Lemon juice
How to Make Strawberry Milk
- Blend your strawberries with the puree button on a blender
- Cook the strawberry puree with the lemon juice on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring frequently
- Sweeten to taste with honey
- When it’s starting to thicken and almost looks like a syrup, remove from the heat and cool
- Mix the cooled strawberry puree with your milk, and top with whipped cream, sprinkles, and whatever else you like
How Sweet Should You Make Your Strawberry Milk?
When deciding how sweet to make your strawberry milk, the important thing to remember is that you can always add more puree, but you can’t take it away without adding more milk.
You should first decide how much honey you want to put in when you’re making the puree. This will depend entirely on how sweet your strawberries are, as well as how fresh they are.
If you are buying off-season strawberries, those tiny little ones that are almost more white than red, you will probably end up needing a lot more honey than if you used fresh strawberries bursting with flavor.
When deciding how much to put in your glass, try and go easy and first, only adding a little bit at a time and seeing how you like it.
Just make sure that you decide how sweet you like it before you top it with whipped cream or any other topping – nothing is more disappointing than a strawberry milk that’s been half stirred with deflated whipped cream.
How to Store Your Strawberry Milk
This recipe makes a really decent amount of strawberry milk puree, so you can easily store the remainder in the fridge to enjoy later.
Store it in a tightly sealed container for up to 5 days, and you can easily just take it out and add it to some more milk.
If you like to think long term, you could also freeze it in smaller portions for months at a time. The easiest thing here is to freeze it in an ice cube tray.
Just pour your leftover puree mixture into a clean ice cube tray, then freeze it uncovered for about 2 hours until solid. Then, bag up the individual strawberry puree cubs in a sealed freezer bag and take them out whenever you want them!
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- Prep Time
- 5 minutes
- Cook Time
- 10 minutes
- Dessert, Drinks
- Karlynn Johnston
- 2 cups milk of choice dairy free works great too
- 1 pound fresh strawberries washed
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1-2 tablespoons honey to taste
- Place the strawberries into a blender. Use the puree button to turn them into liquid. Pour into a heavy saucepan and add the lemon juice.
- Cook the pureed strawberries on medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring often to prevent burning.
- You can add in the honey during the cooking process to your liking, this all depends on how sweet your strawberries are
- The puree is done when it thickens up and cooks down to almost a syrup. Remove from the heat and let cool.
- Pour the milk into two glasses. Mix in the cooled strawberry puree to taste. If desired, add on whipped cream and sprinkles, a straw and serve.
- Store the strawberry puree in the fridge in a sealed container for up to 5 days, or freeze in smaller portions to add to milk when ever you want!
- Calories will depend on how much puree you put into the milk
- If the kids don't think it's pink enough you can always stir in a drop of red food coloring! The color from natural strawberries isn't always as bold as artificial strawberry milk.
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.
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