Healthy Homemade Strawberry Milk

homemade strawberry milk

When I was a kid, I used to LOVE strawberry milk. Thinking about it now, I kind of cringe – tons of sugar, artificial color and flavor, and who knows what else. But then I thought – why not create a healthy homemade version of our old classic favorite, this time using real strawberries? Just in time for back to school season, too!

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Unlike the processed strawberry milk on the market, this creamy, delicious version includes real California strawberries. Strawberries have more vitamin C than an orange and are packed with essential vitamins, dietary fiber, potassium and health-promoting phytochemicals. In fact, did you know that research suggests eating just 1 cup of strawberries a day may improve heart health, lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of some cancers and support brain function? Sweet. Now that is an after school snack everyone can feel good about!

homemade strawberry milk

For a unique take on strawberry milk, this recipe is actually dairy free and made with homemade cashew milk! Have you ever tried to make cashew milk at home before? Turns out it’s quite easy – all you need are cashews, water, and a high speed blender! The first step is to soak the cashews in water overnight so they become soft and are more easily blended. The next morning, simply drain them and rinse. Then, you are ready to make cashew milk!

how to make cashew milk

Pop the softened cashews into a blender with more water (full recipe details below), and blend until smooth (usually a couple minutes). Then, add your strawberries and a little pure maple syrup to taste. If you’d like the milk sweeter, add a full tablespoon of maple syrup. For less sweet, try a half tablespoon. Up to you! Blend another couple minutes until smooth.

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Depending on how efficient your blender is, you may want to strain the strawberry milk before serving. This is optional!

homemade strawberry milk

Serve cold and enjoy! This creamy and slightly sweet treat will make a great healthy afternoon snack for both kids and parents. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for about a week; just shake it before serving in case settling occurs.

homemade strawberry cashew milk

If you’re not feeling the cashew milk thing, don’t have cashews on hand, or don’t want to wait until tomorrow to make this recipe (because the cashews need overnight soaking), feel free to simply make this recipe using whole milk or any store bought alternative milk (like almond or soy milk). Just skip steps 1 and 2 of the recipe, and add about 3 cups of your choice of milk to the blender with the strawberries and pure maple syrup. The possibilities are endless!

how to make homemade cashew milk

Here’s the recipe – and be sure to check below for a giveaway, too!

4.6 from 35 reviews
Healthy Homemade Strawberry Milk Recipe
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Recipe type: beverage
Serves: 4 cups
 
This homemade strawberry milk is a healthy twist on the classic childhood favorite. It makes a great afternoon snack for both kids and adults!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 2 cups water (plus more for soaking)
  • 2 cups roughly chopped strawberries
  • ½ to 1 full tablespoon maple syrup (adjust for sweetness)
Instructions
  1. Place the cashews in a large bowl and cover generously with water. Allow to soak overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the cashews, then place in a high speed blender with the 2 cups of water. Blend for 3 -4 minutes, until completely smooth.
  3. Add the strawberries and maple syrup to taste and blend for another 2 minutes, until completely smooth.
  4. If necessary (depends how good your blender is), strain the milk through a fine mesh strainer.
  5. Serve cold and enjoy! Seal any extra in an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 1 week. Shake if separation occurs.

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141 thoughts on “Healthy Homemade Strawberry Milk

  1. Aileen Gormley

    Strawberries are the perfect sweet-tart topping over crunchy, bland cereal and creamy milk. We grow Mara des Bois in our garden. #ThinkStrawberries

  2. Darlene Wright

    My daughter loves to take strawberries to school for lunch. She loves them plain. Our problem is packing enough to share because all the other kids want some too!

  3. Irene Menge

    The kids love strawberries for an after school snack. If they’re doing homework, they can simply eat them out of the bowl with their fingers.

  4. kristy balser

    We made a above ground bed and filled it with plant’s my kids love to go out and pick the berries and have them every morning with there toast and eggs they put a little power sugar on them and eat more of them then anything Strawberries are the perfect sweet-tart they add to there plain cottage cheese for after school snack’s too. #ThinkStrawberries

  5. Jennifer Souveroff

    We like to add strawberries to our infusion water bottles for great tasting water on the go. My daughter loves to take her bottle to school and my husband takes his along with him to the office #ThinkStrawberries

  6. Calshondra Williams

    My kids loves strawberries in their oatmeal or granola for breakfast. Also, as a snack in their lunch. We all love strawberries in our household.

    • Calshondra Williams

      Forgot to add thanks for sharing this delicious recipe. Thanks for the opportunity and chance to win this awesome #contest #ThinkStrawberries

  7. Bessamy

    We love to add strawberries to our protein smoothies! They make it great! Especially if we use bananna mix. Plus, they are really good in a fruit salad with pineapple.

  8. Tina W

    We buy TONS of California strawberries in season and freeze lots of them whole. That way we can have a yummy strawberry smoothie any time of year.

  9. Mary W

    Fresh strawberries rarely make it into many recipes at our house. I have whole strawberries in a pretty bowl and in no time the berries disappear! Everyone loves to snack on fresh strawberries!

  10. Patricia Caradonna

    My kids love fresh plain strawberries in their lunches daily. I clean the strawberries and we eat them just the way they are. We also add fresh strawberries to our yogurt and cereal in the morning.

  11. Anne H

    My kids love strawberries and granola on vanilla yogurt for breakfast and afterschool snacks. They’re sweet, healthy and delicious. Natures candy!

  12. Shannon Weel

    Both of my children love to have fruit as their snack for school and also in their lunch. They love all fruit, but strawberries are their favorites. #ThinkStrawberries

  13. Lisa Coles

    My daughter loves strawberries, so I think making after school snacks using strawberries… like fun kabobs or even strawberries with a yogurt dip, would be the perfect snack when she gets off the bus.

  14. Debra S

    Are you kidding me, how do we love Strawberries? I can fill up this form… whole, just pop them into your mouth! We put them whole in a good container for the kid’s lunches. In smoothies.. Oh my goodness, strawberry and banana and blueberry yogurt smoothies are in demand here as after school snack. Or before bed snack, or anytime! We love sliced and sugared saucy strawberries on our yogurt and icecream. Or on our pancakes and waffles… Strawberry and rhubarb pie… YUM

  15. Kathy

    Since we gave up soda (and switched to seltzer), we halve strawberries, freeze them, and add them to glasses of the seltzer. Good replacement for ice , and you have a snack when you finish drinking 🙂

  16. Tenley Erickson

    We love fresh strawberries! ♥ We often eat them plain. Sometimes we like to add slices to our morning yogurt or cereal. After-school is a great time for strawberry smoothies! We are excited to try this strawberry milk recipe!

  17. Sandra L Hying McFadden

    My one granddaughter doesn’t like strawberries, but loves to pick them. My other granddaughter loves them dipped in chocolate for snacks.

  18. Sara M

    My kids love my “fruit & chocolate burritos”! Take a whole grain tortilla, add chocolate spread (or chocolate hazelnut spread), sliced bananas & strawberries, then roll it up like a burrito.

  19. Theresa Jenkins

    I’m a grandma nanny to our 5 grandkids ….we have 2 shifts for breakfast and strawberries are a part of that; there is fruit in their lunch, daily>>sometimes, strawberries; after school snacks>>sometimes, strawberries

  20. L A

    Love the idea of making your own cashew milk. I probably won’t do it but it’s a great idea. My grandkids like strawberries in fruit salad.

  21. Kristine Barrett

    My kids love strawberries all by themselves. And I don’t mind them eating them since they’re healthy! 🙂 They’re great on the side of waffles, pancakes, french toast or even a bowl of cereal! 🙂

  22. Linda Clineman

    Who doesn’t love fresh strawberries? My granddkids enjoy them fresh picked from the farm and will eat them anyway they’re prepared…raw, on ice cream, on cereal, baked in pies and snack bars…if it’s strawberry, they’re there!!

  23. Debbie F

    I make kefir milk every day – I make it so that it comes out really thick and really carbonated – so if you added strawberries and blended it up you’d have a fizzy strawberry milk soda! 😀

  24. Betsy Rubendall Barnes

    My son loves strawberries on his oatmeal, yogurt and french toast. Always on our breakfast table! #ThinkStrawberries 🙂

  25. Debbie Warila

    We love to add strawberries to breakfast cereals, sliced up with cream cheese on bagels or toast, and for a special dessert, I enjoy making strawberry shortcake the old-fashioned way that I learned at my grandmother’s knee.

  26. Susan C

    My son would enjoy strawberries in a fruit smoothie for breakfast or an after school snack! He cant get enough strawberries…they’re his favorite fruit! #ThinkStrawberries

  27. Wendy Sebastian

    I pair strawberries with cheese after school for a healthy snack. I also serve them to my daughter as a side dish if she doesn’t like the veggie I am serving with meals.

  28. taximom00

    My kids would enjoy strawberries for back to school — adding fresh strawberries to sandwiches, homemade snacks or even for breakfast-if they were still young enough to go back to school!

  29. Marnie G (Derrick Todd)

    We like strawberries in so many different ways. Plain, on pancakes or waffles, in a smoothie, on top of cereal or oatmeal and especially in Strawberry Shortcake.

  30. Terry Story

    When I was a kid we were taken to the country to help aunt Ruthless pick strawberries upon which an affair with the fruit that continues to this day, what kid wouldn’t love shortcake

  31. Tony N

    We are a big strawberry shortcake household. Everyone loves it! We go through a ton of strawberries throughout the entire year. #ThinkStrawberries

  32. Christina B.

    My daughter loves strawberries no matter when or where she eats them 🙂 For school lunches though I usually cut off the tops and cut them in half. Sometimes I add a dollop of whipped topping if it’s a special occasion but not often.

  33. Scott Poston

    I think my niece would love CA strawberries on a sandwich. She’s a great little eater and loves fruit & veggies more than most kids her age.

  34. Michelle S

    My little one loves strawberry milk, or in smoothies, or just as a snack. It’s not hard to get her to eat them any way I use them.

  35. Allyson Bossie

    We make smoothies with strawberries, we eat them as is, my kids love them in pancakes, in a fruit compote. Just lots of ways to enjoy strawberries during the school year!

  36. kristi m

    me and my daughter love strawberries we love doing smoothies and shakes… for lunch she would love strawberries with a little bit of raw sugar to dig it in

  37. Christine Herrera

    My kids already love to have strawberries packed in their lunches. It is their favorite fruit. Sometimes I also make them strawberry/banana smoothies too

  38. Brandi Goolsby

    We eat strawberries all the time (and this milk sounds delicious, by the way. A must-try). In fact, just this morning I slicked up some of the red berries for a healthy addition to their breakfast. I also like to pack them in their lunches. For a treat, we pair them with angel food cake slices and light vanilla ice cream.

  39. Dina Lindquist

    We love fresh strawberries with our spinach salad. We add walnuts, cucumbers, peppers and I make a delicious strawberry vinaigrette dressing. We also add strawberries to cereal, oatmeal and yogurt. Yum!

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