What’s Simpler than a Smoothie? Strawberry Milk

Strawberry Milk

Do you ever have cravings for something you’ve never even tasted? Well, that happened to me yesterday when I picked up a basket of local strawberries from the market up the street. I happened to have a quart of whole milk from Strauss Family Creamery in the fridge and all I could think about was combining those bright red berries with a glass of that rich and creamy milk.

I had never craved strawberry milk before. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever tasted it. But something inside me knew that it was the right combination.

Strawberries in Glass

First I filled a tall glass with one cup of fresh strawberry halves.

Strawberries and Milk

Then I added one cup of whole milk plus a couple spoonfuls of sugar.

Strawberry Milk

Then I just blended the whole thing together using my favorite kitchen appliance, the Braun Multiquick Hand Blender.

The result was a rich, thick and creamy milkshake that I enjoyed ten times more than the elaborate smoothies that I sometimes make in the morning.

Now some of you might be shocked that I have whole milk in the fridge. I know that you probably stopped drinking whole milk years ago and most people I know don’t even remember what the real thing tastes like.

It’s true that I use skim milk on my cereal and for most other daily needs. But I almost always have a quart of whole milk on hand for special things. For instance, I like to use whole milk in my cappuccinos. I also like to use whole milk when I make something like french toast. And now, I like to use it in my strawberry milk. Quite frankly, I don’t think it’s going to kill me. Everything in moderation, right?

For those of you who are used to eating nothing but fat free dairy products, a glass of this strawberry milk will taste like a rich and luxurious treat. And with only 144 calories and four grams of fat per serving, it’s not going to sabotage your diet. Give it a try!

Strawberry Milk

1 cup fresh strawberry halves
1 cup whole milk
1 -2 tablespoons sugar (to taste)

Blend all ingredients until smooth using a hand blender or traditional blender.

Yield: 2 servings

Nutrition info per serving (using 2 T. sugar): 144 calories; 4 grams fat (2 grams saturated fat); 24 grams total carbohydrates; 2 grams fiber; 4 grams protein

Notes: For those of you who need or want to stay away from sugar, I made a version of this drink using powdered stevia in place of the sugar. I added two packets of Trader Joe’s brand powdered stevia in place of the sugar and it tasted great! I personally don’t use chemical sweeteners like splenda but if that’s what you prefer, I’m sure it will work great too.

  1. Laura

    That looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try it. It reminds me of a recipe I saw on Sesame Street of all places – banana milk – same thing but with bananas. Mmmm!

    10:48 am  Apr 11th, 2008
  2. Jason

    Craving stuff you never had before…PREGNANT!

    I made some peanut butter milk the other night. Except for sugar, I put my fiber supplement powder in it. Wasn’t that great.

    11:19 am  Apr 11th, 2008
  3. Nicole

    Laura: Doesn’t surprise me at all that you saw a similar recipe on Sesame Street since this is definitely something for the kids! Doesn’t Nestle make a kids strawberry milk drink? I’ve actually made banana milk before and that’s another really good one!

    Jason: I can assure you that there will be no ‘big announcements’ from me at the family reunion next week! Peanut butter milk does not sound good so I’m not surprised that it didn’t taste good. Sounds like something Justin would want to try…

    11:23 am  Apr 11th, 2008
  4. mahek

    great pictures!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    It looks sooooooooooooo Yummyyyyyyyyyyy….

    11:39 am  Apr 11th, 2008
  5. Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)

    I’d love to try this with some vanilla frozen yogurt in place of the milk!

    1:56 pm  Apr 11th, 2008
  6. Gretchen Noelle

    Jugo de Fresa con Leche is a morning drink here in Peru in most of the jugerias (the fruit juice stands) and is one that I love!

    1:58 pm  Apr 11th, 2008
  7. Claudia (cook eat FRET)

    i make this for my guys kids on the weekends
    they love it
    ok, we all love it…

    2:30 pm  Apr 11th, 2008
  8. Christy

    That looks so good right now! I as soon as I get away from this desk, I am going home to make one.

    Thanks 🙂

    2:47 pm  Apr 11th, 2008
  9. amanda

    nicole, i stopped at chinos (the farm stand i told you about off of via del la valle) and they had some both california and french strawberries. i bought a pint of the french (5 buck a pint! expensive!) but seriously! they had flavor! they rock. i went back and bought three more. anywho, they would make for a killer smoothie… if you can bring yourself not to just eat them raw! also right now they had an insane array of greens and tons of things i had never seen/heard of. i also got some pretty little arugula blossoms that hopefully i can get around to using before they wilt.

    3:07 pm  Apr 11th, 2008
  10. Ruby

    We are up to our eyeballs in local strawberries around here. I made strawberry pizza the other day, was soooooo yummy!
    We also have been doing ice cream shakes with vanilla bean…
    Yummy stuff!
    Pretty pictures!!


    4:38 pm  Apr 11th, 2008
  11. RecipeGirl

    You mean you’ve never ever had the Strawberry Milk that Nestle sells? That stuff is way over the top with loads of sugar (but it’s good stuff.) Your freshly made version looks infinitely better though!!

    9:37 pm  Apr 11th, 2008
  12. Sarah

    I often have whole milk in the fridge! For baking & such. Of course, I’m sure it’s not nearly as delicious as your fresh milk!

    This looks yummy…just wish the strawberries around here looked as lovely as yours!

    6:54 pm  Apr 12th, 2008
  13. CupcakeLady

    This is a good way to get your day’s worth of calcium and vitamin C. I can drink this kind of milk!!!

    7:33 pm  Apr 12th, 2008
  14. Karina

    I loved Nestle strawberry milk as a kid. But this is over the top grown-up fabulous. My mouth is watering.

    9:30 pm  Apr 12th, 2008
  15. Mrs. L

    Great, now I’M craving Strawberry Milk! I actually have a carton of real milk in the fridge at most times to use in cooking too. But for just a glass of milk or for cereal etc, we normally use non-fat.

    10:35 pm  Apr 12th, 2008
  16. Christine

    YUM Nicole! I made strawberry milk a few weeks ago for a kiddie’s birthday party, but it wasn’t anywhere near is fabulously-pepto-bismol-y pink as yours! I blame it on air-freighted strawberries…I’ve also tried making a strawberry milk frappe with frozen strawberries and it’s just the thing-thang-thong for ultra-hot Singaporean days.

    3:23 am  Apr 13th, 2008
  17. Nina

    So simple, so super-delicious and good for you too. You got it all right.

    11:06 pm  Apr 15th, 2008
  18. Jen

    This looked so good I had to go straight to the fridge and try it. I had to sub 2% milk and used agave nectar rather than sugar, and boy was it good!

    5:31 am  Apr 16th, 2008
  19. Laura

    Well, I *am* pregnant, and you’ve had me craving this for nearly a week! I finally made myself a glass of strawberry milk this morning. Why don’t I make simple treats like this more often?

    6:30 am  Apr 16th, 2008
  20. Karina

    I made a dairy-free version and blogged it (with a link to you). Thanks for the inspiration, Nicole!

    10:11 am  Apr 17th, 2008
  21. MamaBird/SurelyYouNest

    Oh my, I found you via FoodFit and was waffling about adding *yet another* feed to my reader and, um, delish! Added!

    9:36 am  Apr 19th, 2008
  22. Mercury

    If the stevia is too bitter(which I find it is), you can use xylitol. It’s a natural sweetener and it’s actually made from strawberry plants, so you can stick with the theme. I find it to be much more pleasant than stevia.

    8:29 pm  Apr 26th, 2008
  23. taja

    i think that the peanut butter one would be gross da!!! but the strawberry one was awsome i just had some in good i probley would want some every day now on

    7:46 am  Jun 1st, 2008
  24. Caleb

    I’ve never had “real” strawberry milk, but I remember Nestle Quik used to make strawberry powder I used to throw in my milk…and I used to love it!! This post reminded me to revisit this treat…and now that I am grown I will use real strawberries.

    Ohhhhhhhhhh it’s gonna be so on!!

    11:54 pm  Jun 4th, 2008
  25. Trish

    This looks really good and oh so easy, I think I may have to adapt and do it this way too. Much easier clean up for sure.

    9:29 am  Jun 26th, 2008
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  27. Pille

    I made strawberry milk yesterday 🙂 But you know what’s even better? Wild Strawberry Milk – especially if you’ve picked the berries yourself 🙂

    7:34 am  Jun 28th, 2008
  28. Deviled

    Oh I think this would be even better with frozen strawberries! 🙂

    9:46 pm  Jul 29th, 2008
  29. Petra

    I usually use orange juice in my smoothies but when I saw this I had to try it. I blended half a cup of each: strawberries, blueberries, yogurt, 2% milk, and 1 tsp of honey. OMG delicious – thanks!

    9:46 am  Aug 31st, 2008
  30. nerf

    Real whole milk, the cream top types, is actually way better for you than the normal over processed variety in any %.

    5:20 pm  Sep 27th, 2008
  31. hunter

    HI YA

    4:41 pm  Oct 8th, 2008
  32. cool kid (allen)

    yo i kind of though that this respei was diskusting 🙁

    3:48 pm  Oct 21st, 2008
  33. Ra Na

    It’s sooooo beautiful…mmmm strawberry milk ggghhhghghghghghghghghghgh…..

    6:46 pm  May 18th, 2009
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  35. K. Smith

    Just peanut butter milk sounds awful. But if you blend a heaping tablespoon of peanut butter, a banana and two teaspoons of sugar with a cup of milk you get something really good. You can make this vegan by using almond milk.

    1:14 pm  Jul 27th, 2009
  36. Nicole

    K.: I’m going to give the peanut butter/banana thing a try, sounds like something my husband would really like! 🙂

    2:05 pm  Jul 27th, 2009
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    I tend to be more of a smoothie person, but I like this idea. Very smart and perfect for the season.

    9:34 pm  Jun 24th, 2010
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    i love Strawberry Milk… especially if you mix it with chocolate

    9:52 pm  Jul 16th, 2010
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  42. Range and cooktop repair

    i like it toooo….

    11:38 am  Aug 10th, 2012
  43. Jen

    Funny how something so simple can taste so good. I love the idea of strawberry milk. I think I’ll try it with coconut milk and a few drops of vanilla.

    5:33 pm  Oct 18th, 2012
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