A creamy and dairy-free strawberry milk that’s full of real strawberries.
When’s the last time you had a glass of strawberry milk? I’d guess, probably not since you were a kid.
I certainly drank my fair share when I was younger, but sadly that “strawberry” milk didn’t have an actual strawberry to be seen in it, just a pink colored powder masquerading as fruit. This is not that kind of strawberry milk, this one is creamy, not too sweet and filled with real strawberries.
Feeling a bit nostalgic for that old childhood favorite, I decided to make my own updated version. The first strawberries of the season were just starting to come in, so it seemed like an opportune time to re-invent a classic. The combination of strawberries and milk never gets old, and a glass of pretty pink milk makes the day a little brighter and reminds me of being a kid.
I ditched the regular milk in favor of a creamy homemade cashew chia milk and roasted some strawberries for a jammy and full-bodied strawberry flavor. I know it seems a shame to cook nice ripe berries but the heat of the oven helps to concentrate the flavors and creates a sauce that makes a terrific syrup for swirling into a glass of milk (or in ice cream or yogurt).
The milk does call for some soaking time, so I suggest you make both the cashew chia milk and strawberry syrup ahead of time, this way all you need to do is mix them when you are ready to go.
Now you could stop right there a have yourself a fine glass of strawberry milk but if you like yours nice and thick then toss everything into the blender like I did with some frozen strawberries for a thick milkshake-like experience. The frozen strawberries add body and makes the strawberry milk super velvety and icy cold.
Here’s to childhood classics!
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