Ultra Creamy Vegan Strawberry Milk

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Spring has sprung. It’s finally here!

The markets are bustling with activity, new produce is livening up the market carts, and I know I’m not the only one that’s ready to get in on the apricot, strawberry, cherry and asparagus action around here.

It’s a bit too early in the season for strawberries, but at $3.00 for a 30 ounce package, I just couldn’t resist. I nibbled on a couple as I drove home from the store the other day, dreaming up ways I was going to bake them into my life.

First up? Strawberry milk.

I’ve wanted to make strawberry milk for as long as I can remember. It was one of my favorite treats as a kid. Most of my pals went for chocolate milk, but not me. I was a strawberry milk gal through and through. Combine that with my burning curiosity of making coconut milk from the various random bags of shredded coconut I have laying around the house, and you have yourself a recipe winner!

This stuff is dessert quality. It’s ultra-creamy, smooth and satisfying. It’s sweet, good warm, good cold, good hot. Just good.

Bring on the Spring!

Creamy Vegan Strawberry Milk (10)

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Ultra Creamy Vegan Strawberry Milk
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Recipe type: Vegan, Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Refined sugar-free, Yeast-free, Corn-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Egg-free
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Serves: 4
 
Refreshing strawberry milk that's ultra creamy with 0 animal products. Dessert in a glass!
Ingredients
  • 4 cups water
  • 280 grams hulled and sliced strawberries (about 14 large strawberries)
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Add water, strawberries, sugar and vanilla to a small saucepan. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and add shredded coconut. Stir and set aside to cool for 15 minutes.
  3. Add mixture into the jug of your high powered blender. Blend on high for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Stop the blender, fasten your nut milk bag to the top of the jug of your blender and pour the milk through the bag and into a large bowl. Once all the liquid is removed from the jug, allow it to run through the bag. Squeeze the bag with your hands until all liquid has been pressed through. Set the fiber in the bag aside.
  5. Drink immediately or store in the fridge. Should be used in 3-4 days after making for best flavor and texture. Since there are no preservatives or fillers, the “cream” of the coconut milk may separate on the top if stored in the fridge. Just shake or stir before drinking.
Notes
Natural food coloring can be added. I used 6 drops of this. You could also use beet juice!
I've heard that paint bags from the hardware store work well as a replacement to nut milk bags but I have not tried it.
To make sugar-free, stevia or xylitol could be used. I have not tested the amounts, so feel free to have fun with it and share your findings.

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All you have to do is boil the strawberries with the sugar and vanilla. Add it to a blender, blend, strain and you’re good to go.

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You could use the pulp for all sorts of things. I’ve been adding mine to smoothies, eating it as a snack (you think it’s weird but this stuff tastes amazing!) and spreading it on apple slices.

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Really, you need to make this now.

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I enjoy your comments so very much and I know everyone in our community does, too.

Now it’s your turn… what’s one childhood treat that you’ve been dying to recreate to fit your current eating style?

What dairy-free milks do you use in your home… why?

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  1. These are so good! Oh so good. It brings back memories of strawberry picking when I was a kid… ah.

    Time machine anybody? I would like to go back for a few hours.

  2. I loooove it!! and i have loads of strawberries from my dad’s garden and shredded coconut… I’ll make it this afternoon… yum!!

  3. Ooh yes Spring is FINALLY here!! Today is the first morning that I’m drinking my breakfast smoothie without shivering and the sun is actually up! I don’t think I drank a whole lot of strawberry milk as a kid, and my mum rarely bought us chocolate milk – I actually really liked skim (which is probably very abnormal for a child!) As far as treats go… hmmm… this reminds me of that junk food chat that we had at the kitchen table in my old house! I think Blizzards were on that list!

  4. Oh, Leanne, Leanne, Leanne. How do I love thee? :) As soon as I get me some strawberries, I am ALL over this! I was a HUGE fan of strawberry milk growing up, specifically Nesquik. Of course, I cringe at even the THOUGHT of consuming that, but, damn, it was good. And Yoo-Hoo. Oh, how I loved Yoo-Hoo. You couldn’t PAY me to drink chocolate milk (I wouldn’t get 10 feet from that stuff) but if I could find a way to funnel Yoo-Hoo into my mouth, I would have.

  5. Oh my goodness! This looks so delish!! I’d love a vegan lemon meringue pie. I loved it as a kid!!!

    • Oh man, I did too. There’s a lemon meringue shake in my cookbook that’s coming out in May. It’s vegan and tastes SO much like the real thing!

  6. I would like a grain, sugar, egg, dairy, soy free rice pudding & pancakes!!!! N

  7. The fiber pulp looks so good. I want to make it just for that! I have never enjoyed strawberry milk, but that is because I hate artificial strawberry flavoring (same with banana). I would try it and if I don’t like it,I’m sure my husband would!

    • Yes, SO much artificial garbage… but not in this! It’s so real tasting!

    • Pippa, I reckon you could try sub with soaked cashews. In fact, before I saw the recipe I was expecting cashews to be involved. Wouldnt be nut-free of course….

  8. I love the beautiful photos you take. It makes it more exciting than cookbooks. Because I get to see the process and beautiful finished yummy creation. Thanks for sharing your creativity Leanne!

  9. Wow! This sounds and looks amazing! I love the idea of the shredded coconut to make a coconut cream, fantastic idea for when the fresh stuff runs out! Thanks for sharing!

  10. My sisters called strawberry milk, “bunny milk” when they were little. How timely for Easter! :-)
    They were referring the nesquick bunny and artificial powdered strawberry flavoring. This sounds much better!

  11. I absolutely loved chocolate milk as a kid! My family sat down at the kitchen table every single night for dinner when I was growing up and my mom would make me drink a glass of milk with each meal. I was never a big fan of milk so it was always a struggle, but if there was chocolate milk infront of me I gulped down the whole thing!

    My childhood treat was this pizza toaster pop..? I don’t even know if they still make them. They didn’t sell them in Canada but we lived on the border to the US so we would go over to get groceries sometimes and I would always beg my mom to get the pizza toaster things (they were like toaster streudles..but pizza..?). They were so delicious.. I would love to try to recreate them!

    • Wow… toaster strudels. I LOVED those… and I loved pizza so I’m pretty sure combining the two would have been deadly!

  12. That looks amazing Leanne, I think I might just have to give it a go on the weekend! Anything with strawberries in it goes to the top of my list!
    I generally drink either almond milk or oat milk but I love the idea of using coconuts in this.
    By the way, just wanted to say how much I love your website. I just started reading it a few months back and am really excited to read each new post. I feel so much better since moving away from dairy and and wheat (IBS has improved, less headaches and more energy) , and your recipes have given me inspiration to try some new foods as well. Especially since I might actually be able to get my husband to eat them!! Thankyou and best wishes xoxo

  13. Leanne, before ordering a DQ blizzard I hoped would soothe away my Monday misery, I sent this question to the heavens, “What gluten/dairy free dessert creation could possibly replace my emotional dependence on ice cream?!” And then, half way thru guiltily enjoying my treat, I opened your email, and with that, the heavens too parted! You’ve answered my prayer, and I cannot wait to give this a try!!!

    Thank you for knowing the right recipe at just the right time!

    • haha nice! Great timing on my part. I’d love to know how you like it when you give it a shot!

    • Yum. I bet this could be turned into chocolate milk, too. I’m on it!

  14. Your photo caught my eye on Foodgawker. I love strawberries and pink is my favorite color! The recipe looks awesome. I’m not Vegan, but I wouldn’t mind trying a taste of this!

  15. Woweee!! This is PERFECT to wean our teen addicted to sugary soda and cans of iced tea (I don’t buy it but he gets it at school!) off the junk and tune him into healthy-tastes-great alternatives. Girlfriend you are a genius. Really. Plus strawberry milk was my all-time fave drink as a kid. I even used to eat the powder straight from the can. UGH. Guess we know where the teen gets it from…LOL!

  16. OMG. I was just showing this to my sister (a non-vegan….I am vegan) who was licking her lips. I need to make this next week. Can you make banana milk? I am not sure if you remember the Nestle banana syrup that was amazing back in the day? I hope you can make a banana version of this. I am already salivating.

  17. yep.. the paint bags work great.. and cost about $2 for 2.

    I have been using them for my “blender juice”

    jenetta

    • so I just made this.. didn’t cook anything, just threw it all in the blender (and used able 10 drops of liquid stevia instead of the sugar)

      Probably wasn’t as creamy (since it did not steep, but it tasted great!)

  18. Today i had tons of peaches from my dad’s garden, some of them were already going too old, so i used them in this recipee instead of strawberries and it’s perfect, the color doesn’t look quite so yummi, but i highly recomend it.
    I also made some gluten free muffins (also based on a recipee of yours) using the “peach milk” instead of my usual rice milk and added the leftover pulp and bits of raw peach… delicious!
    got my roommates drooling over today’s dessert :D

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