Try this Strawberry Milk recipe for a sweet and simple treat that’s made with only three ingredients: fresh strawberries, maple syrup, and your choice of milk.
If your family is a big fan of strawberry milk made with bottled pink syrup, they will love this homemade recipe.
It has a delicious flavor and light pink color from fresh strawberries without artificial ingredients or flecks of strawberry seeds.
Homemade Strawberry Milk
There’s something about a glass of ice-cold homemade strawberry milk that always hits the spot. And this recipe works just like store-bought syrup. Just stir the syrup into your choice of milk and enjoy it for a delicious treat that’s made with better ingredients.
It works great with regular milk or other non-dairy options such as almond, soy, and oat milk.
If you’re always looking for ways to make your family’s favorite snacks with better ingredients, check out the Clean Treats for Everyone cookbook.
It’s a source for all things cookies, cake, ice creams, and no-bake treats made without dairy, refined sugars, and grains.
Here’s everything you need to make strawberry milk at home:
- Strawberries: these can be fresh or frozen. If you do use frozen, make sure they are defrosted before you create the syrup.
- Maple syrup: our sweetener for this recipe, but honey or regular white sugar will also work.
- Milk: any milk will work for this recipe. If you use a non-dairy alternative, make sure it is plain and unsweetened.
If your kids are also fans of those yogurt drinks from the grocery store, these homemade fruit yogurts drinks are another healthier alternative made with similar ingredients.
It’s a mixture of Greek yogurt, milk, honey, and fruit blended into a delicious and refreshing chilled drink.
How to Make Strawberry Milk
This recipe is similar to making homemade strawberry pancake syrup, but it uses less sugar and no cornstarch. Here’s how to make it:
- Prep the berries
If using fresh strawberries, rinse them with water, pat dry with a clean kitchen towel, and dice.
- Grab a saucepan
Add the berries to the saucepan and cook over medium heat until they begin to break down. Stir in the maple syrup and simmer for 8 minutes until they cook into a sauce.
Remove the saucepan from heat and allow the berries to cool down before transferring the sauce to a blender and processing until smooth.
- Strain the syrup
Place a fine-mesh colander over a jar and pour the liquid into the jar. The colander will help catch the seeds.
- Make Strawberry Milk
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of the strawberry syrup with 1 cup of milk. Stir until the syrup is dissolved, then drink up!
If you are curious about this strawberry milk’s color, it won’t be the vibrant pink color of store-bought milk, but it still has a light pink color.
Watch this video to see the process from start to finish!
How Long Does Homemade Strawberry Milk Last?
I don’t recommend adding the strawberry syrup to milk until just before serving. Since we are using real strawberries, the acid from the berries will cause the milk to expire quickly.
However, the strawberry syrup itself lasts much longer. Once it’s prepared, refrigerate it in a lidded jar or bottle for up to 2 weeks. This way, it will stay fresh and ready to be added to milk.
What to Eat with Strawberry Milk
Looking for a snack to go along with your glass of strawberry milk? These recipes below will hit the spot and bring out your inner child:
Simple Strawberry Milk
For Strawberry Syrup:
- 1 cup fresh or *frozen strawberries, hulled and diced
- 3 tablespoons maple syrup
For Strawberry Milk:
- 1 cup milk of choice
- 1 to 2 tablespoons strawberry syrup
- In a small saucepan, cook the berries over medium heat for 5 minutes.
- Once they begin to break down and release their juices, stir in the maple syrup.
- Simmer for an additional 8 minutes until the berries are fully cooked down into a sauce. Remove from heat and allow to cool down.
- Transfer the sauce to a blender and process until smooth.
- Place a fine-mesh strainer over a jar and strain the liquid into the container.
- Refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.
- To use, stir 1 to 2 tablespoons of strawberry syrup into 1 cup of milk. Mix until dissolved and enjoy.