Vegan Strawberry Milk Recipe with Fresh Strawberries

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Vegan Strawberry Milk | A refreshing and creamy dairy free beverage made with fresh strawberry syrup and creamy plant based milk. Made with 3 simple ingredients, it’s sure to be your new go to drink.

Vegan strawberry milk in a glass with a straw.

As far as vegan beverages go, this vegan strawberry milk recipe is a clear winner. The plant based milk offers a slight nutty flavour while providing a frothy creamy texture. Mixed with the homemade strawberry sauce, it’s sweet, refreshing and creamy.

Strawberry milk, sometimes referred to as Korean strawberry milk, is a popular beverage in Korea and all across the world. Not only do the strawberries provide natural sweetness, but they also provide a soft pink colour, making strawberry milk a visually appealing option for both children and adults.

Homemade vegan strawberry milk is a delicious dairy free alternative to traditional strawberry milk, offering personalization when it comes to plant milk choice, sweetness and texture. Whether you’re a busy parent, a hard working student or just interested in delicious drinks, you’ll love this plant based strawberry milk recipe.

As if it could get any better, strawberries offer a number of vitamins and nutrients! And, according to Healthline, plant based milk also offers various health benefits, such as increased antioxidant intake and lower cholesterol.

How to make strawberry syrup

It’s super easy! First, roughly chop up the strawberries, small enough to fit through a straw. Keep in mind they’ll shrink a bit when cooking them. If you aren’t a fan of texture, you can always toss the strawberries in the blender and blend until they’re almost like a salsa consistency. Don’t puree them.

Then add them to a pot with sugar and lemon juice, and cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently. The strawberries will release liquid and become very soft.

Can I use frozen strawberries for strawberry syrup?

You can absolutely use frozen strawberries for strawberry syrup. When I tried them for this recipe I noticed that they released more liquid but that is totally fine. It’s just more syrupy. Just chop them from frozen, or if they’re too hard, you can microwave them until they’re softer.

Vegan strawberry milk in a glass.

What plant milk should I use?

Oat milk, coconut milk, or almond milk are all great options. I used oat milk because it is creamier than almond milk and I prefer the taste. Aim for something that will compliment the taste of the strawberries, like nut based milk rather than soy or chickpea based milk.

Ingredients

More about the ingredients in this recipe. The exact measurements are below.

Vegan strawberry milk ingredients on wooden board.
  • Fresh strawberries – Choose the ripest strawberries you have for optimal flavour. You can also use frozen strawberries, see my note on frozen strawberries above.
  • White sugar For added sweetness. You can use brown sugar, or any natural sweetener like maple syrup if you prefer.
  • Lemon juice – Tartness to balance the sweetness
  • Plant milk – I used oat milk, you can use any plant milk you have. I would recommend nut-based milk or coconut milk for optimal flavour.

Instructions

  • Prepare ice cubes if you want your strawberry milk to be ice cold.

Wash and dry the strawberries, then remove the stems. You can use a small knife to cut out the white centre which can sometimes taste bitter.

Chopping strawberries into small pieces.

First, roughly chop the strawberries into small pieces, small enough to fit through a straw. You could alternatively blend the strawberries into a thick salsa like consistency, but do not puree them.

Cooking strawberry sauce.

Heat a heavy bottom pot on medium high heat and then add the strawberries, sugar, and lemon juice. The strawberries will start to release some liquid once they heat up.

Cooking strawberry sauce.

Once the strawberries are simmering, turn the heat down to medium low and let it cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.

Strawberry sauce after cooking for 12 minutes.

The strawberries should release a lot of liquid and become very soft. Remove from the heat and set aside to chill for 15-20 minutes.

Putting strawberry sauce into a glass.

Add a tablespoon or two to a glass and use the back of a spoon to press the strawberry syrup up the sides of the glass.

Pouring plant milk into a glass.

Fill with plant milk and stir with a straw.

Vegan strawberry milk can be enjoyed as part of breakfast or as a refreshing drink at any time of the day.

Vegan strawberry milk in a glass.

Tips for making vegan strawberry milk

  • Use nut based milk: The flavour of the milk should complement the strawberry sauce, some kinds of milk like soy milk leave a lingering flavour.
  • Don’t burn the sauce: Make sure to use a heavy bottom pot and use a spatula to scrape the bottom of the pot occasionally.
  • Blend the strawberries into a thick salsa like consistency instead of chopping them to save time.

What to serve with strawberry milk

Strawberry milk is a delicious beverage to enjoy on its own, but it is also great paired with breakfast or a snack.

Enjoy a vegan croissant with or, these vegan cashew danishes to balance the sweetness of the strawberry.

Substitutions

  • This recipe is vegan!
  • This recipe is gluten free!
  • If you don’t have lemon juice, you can use lime juice. The acidity doesn’t provide flavour, it just balances the sweetness.
  • Instead of white sugar, you can use a number of natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup. You can also control the amount of sweetness added.

Storage

The strawberry syrup can last in the fridge for up to 5 days.

To freeze the strawberry sauce, let it cool and then store it in an air tight container or freezer bag in the freezer for 3-6 months. To thaw, set the container or bag in a large bowl of lukewarm water for 30 minutes. Use as you would fresh strawberry sauce.

If you have mixed the strawberry sauce and plant milk together, you can store it in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.

Vegan strawberry milk in a glass with straw.

FAQ’s

What are the best plant based milk alternatives for vegan strawberry milk?

The best milk alternatives are milks that complement the strawberry flavour, like oat, almond and coconut milk.

Can I use frozen strawberries for vegan strawberry milk?

Yes! The only difference between frozen and fresh strawberries is that frozen will release more liquid once heated. That is totally fine.

Vegan strawberry milk in a glass with a straw.

Vegan Strawberry Milk with Fresh Strawberries

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A refreshing and creamy dairy free beverage made with fresh strawberry syrup and creamy plant based milk. Made with 3 simple ingredients, it's sure to be your new go to drink.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 6

Equipment

  • 1 heavy bottomed pot
  • 1 heat proof spatula

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups strawberries 10-12 strawberries, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar can use honey or maple syrup instead
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • plant milk I used oat milk, I reccomend oat, coconut or almond.

Instructions
 

  • Chop the strawberries into very small pieces, small enough to fit through a straw.
  • Heat a heavy bottomed pot on medium high heat and add the strawberries, sugar and lemon juice.
  • As they heat, the strawberries will release juice. Bring to a simmer and lower the heat to medium low. Let cook for 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
  • The strawberries should become very soft, the mixture should be syrupy and look like jam. Set aside to cool for 15-20 minutes.
  • Add a tablespoon or two of the strawberry sauce to a glass and use the back of a spoon to push it up the sides to create a pattern.
  • Fill the glass with plant milk and stir with a straw.

Video

Notes

Nutrition information is for 2 tablespoons of the syrup, it does not include values for plant milk.
Blend the strawberries into a thick salsa like consistency instead of chopping them to save time.
Use a heavy bottom pot to prevent burning.
Use nut, oat, or coconut milk instead of soy or chickpea based milk.

Nutrition

Calories: 19kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.1gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.01gSodium: 0.4mgPotassium: 56mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 4IUVitamin C: 21mgCalcium: 6mgIron: 0.1mg
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