Milk has been believed to be a human drink tracing to thousands of years back. Hence, it is no surprise that milk has become part of our system since day one.
Drinking plain and regular milk is good, most especially when it’s freshly made and harvested. However, I totally understand how boring it can get when you’ve been drinking the plain old milk that we are accustomed to.
Milk can come in different variations; from chocolate, banana, to strawberry milk. Flavored milk is not only good in taste, but they’re also extremely fun to drink—and even make!
What Is Strawberry Milk?
Strawberry milk is, obviously, milk concocted with fresh strawberry ingredients to have that special strawberry flavor. More often than not, they’re made of fresh strawberry, while some use alternative flavoring.
This usually ends up to a delighting pale pink in color that you will surely enjoy. They’re easy to make and the ingredients are also easy to get from your local store. Hence, you don’t have to worry about not being a pro drink maker!
Is Strawberry Milk Healthy?
Flavored milk in general has less sugar (and more flavor and excitement) than you might actually initially perceive it to have. It has less calories too!
Milk, regardless of its flavor, is packed with nutrient-rich and nine essential nutrients that are good for your health. To name some, calcium and protein are existing in your tasty and lovely glass of strawberry milk.
The added sugar contained in this drink can, of course, give you that weight gain. However, it is definitely much lower than the amounts that you can find in your soda beverages and sweetened fruit drinks. So, you don’t have to worry that much if I were you!
According to ahealthiermichigan.com, children who consume milk have a tendency to crave less sweetened beverages, maintaining a healthy body weight. However, if you’re at risk for any health conditions, then you might want to check with your licensed medical practitioner.
In general, making a quick strawberry milk recipe totally depends on how your strawberry milk tastes and results. If you just want a quick one then, you might want to skip some parts, however, I don’t totally recommend this because you may eventually be compromising the taste.
Heat and Boiling Method
You’ll need two cups of whole milk. I prefer whole milk than any other milk because it gives that exact richness in flavor that would improve your overall strawberry milk.
For those who are not consuming dairy, you can always switch up to a non-dairy milk. You can try soy milk or almond milk if you don’t want the regular whole milk.
For the strawberries, you will need ½ cup skinned and chopped strawberries. You can use non-frozen strawberries if you please.
Next, you’ll need ¼ cup or 50g of granulated sugar. Now, this can be totally changed if you want a reduced-sugar strawberry milk. You can replace your granulated sugar with 3 tablespoons of honey.
To be honest, the number of tablespoons of honey can totally be changed depending on the sweetness that you want. If you want lesser sweetness, then you might want to tone down the number of tablespoons in your mixture.
To start, combine your ½ cup hulled and chopped strawberries, ¼ cup granulated sugar (or honey), and ¼ cup water. Make sure that you’re boiling this mixture in low heat while stirring occasionally for 10 minutes.
To make sure that your mixture, or syrup, is good to go, you will notice a good fragrance lingering around. Once you see that the mixture is significantly reduced and thickened, then it means that this is totally ready for the best part!
Use a fine mesh strainer or any strainer that you have to strain the syrup into a small bowl. Once it’s done, you can throw away the strawberries that you have used in the mixture.
Mix the syrup that you have created into your 2 cups of milk. This recipe can make strawberry milk for 2 glasses or one large glass, depending on the size of your ware.
Stir the syrup into the 2 cups of milk and then add more, depending to your taste. If you want to give your milk that luxurious deep pink, you can add a couple drops of red food coloring.
Another method of making your strawberry milk is using a blender. This gives you the quick strawberry milk that isn’t time-consuming.
A quicker method than the heat and boiling method is the blending method. However, you can do the blending method instead. This will definitely take less than 10 minutes, 5 minutes to be exact, however, this gives a pretty different result.
Instead of using the heat and boiling method, you can use a blender instead. However, you should know that this recipe gives a more different texture and also, taste. Regardless though, it is still good and refreshing to drink!
For this recipe, you’ll need 1-2 cups of milk (you can use almond milk or other non-dairy milk if that’s what you prefer), ½ cup of strawberries, and 1 to 3 tablespoons of honey.
Instead of using honey, you can use sugar as your alternative sweetener. ¼ cup of granulated sugar is definitely enough, but you can still add more or less depending on the taste that you want.
Put the milk, strawberries, and your sweetener into your blender. Blend all these ingredients together until they’re thoroughly smooth. Thereafter, you can now serve this drink. You can definitely add more honey or sweetener depending on your preference.
You can also add ice into the blender (or just ice cubes into the drink after blending) if you prefer a colder drink. However, take note that if you’re adding ice, you’ll be adjusting the amount of ingredients that you’ll be needing.
As you would notice, this drink has a rougher texture than the heat and boiling method. Moreover, this is pretty close to getting a strawberry milkshake. However, it’s still good and others may prefer it this way.
If you want better strawberry milk, you may want to put your milk into the freezer or in your fridge that’s set at a high temperature. In this way, you’ll get to taste your strawberry milk in its best quality.
To save time, I suggest putting your milk in the freezer or fridge for 10 minutes while you’re making your syrup. In this way, you can have your milk cold enough as soon as you’re done with your scrumptious syrup.
You can add two drops of vanilla extract if you want added fragrance and taste. However, this is definitely optional!
You may prefer organic frozen strawberries than the usual strawberries. They’re known to retain its vitamins and minerals, hence, your milk is definitely better in taste and nutrients!
If you have leftover syrup, you can save them for later for your pancakes. You can also add them in your water for that flavored water. Also, you can add it in your lemon sodas for a better taste and experience!
Agave nectar and maple syrup can also be your sweetener alternative. So, if you want a less-sweetened and healthier milk, you can always look at the natural sweeteners as your solutions to your problems.
If you want a more fun and enjoyable strawberry milk, you can add a sweetened condensed milk into your blended strawberry milk. However, this is only optional most especially if you’re not on a diet.
You can also add yogurt into your blended strawberry milk for its rich nutrients. Moreover, this will not only give you that extra taste, but it is extra beneficial for your gut health.
To have a more exciting strawberry milk, you can serve it the way cafes would. You can add whipped cream or ice cream as your milk’s toppings. You can also add caramel, chocolate, or matcha syrup.
For non-dairy alternatives, you can use coconut milk, almond milk, or soy milk. There are other existing milks that can be used as an alternative as well like cashew, hemp, oat, or rice milk.
Despite the variance in types of milk alternatives, you have to take note that there, of course, will be a difference in taste and consistency. Milks like soy, cashew, and hemp are not too watery unlike the other milks.
Making strawberry milk is also versatile since there are good alternatives for your milk and sweetener. Just make sure that you watch the milk that you put because some milk can be too watery, changing the overall result.
Making quick strawberry milk is really convenient most especially when you only have little time to spare. Be it 10 minutes or 5 minutes, your strawberry milk can be over and served in no time.
Strawberry milk is definitely a good way to enjoy your milk more. I mean, why drink the ordinary milk if you have some time to spare to heighten your milk by making it flavored? So, better give that milk a little spice and improve your morning breakfast!