Who remembers drinking Nestle's Strawberry Milk as a kid? I LOVED that stuff. Of course, in Africa it was a VERY special treat and we could only get it at the supermarkets when we traveled to the big cities. We always called it "Bunny Milk" and there was no end to the lactating rabbit jokes and subsequent snickering as my siblings and I stirred the artificial ingredient laden syrup into our glasses of milk.
I revisited this childhood memory food the other day as I created a healthy, real-food version of this delicious milk using some of the first strawberries of the season.
Though typically a children's drink, this strawberry milk appeals to all ages and is a very nutritious guilt-free snack! Plus this treat can be dairy-free and paleo by using coconut or almond milk.
8-10 medium strawberries, hulled and coarsely chopped, about 3/4 cup
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon honey or real maple syrup, or about 4 packets of stevia
If desired, warm milk gently over the stove just until hot.
In a blender combine the strawberries and one cup of milk. Blend on high until no strawberry chunks remain, about 1-2 minutes. Add remaining one cup of milk, vanilla extract and sweetener. Blend until combined.
Let the milk sit for about a minute to allow the seeds to settle to the bottom of the blender. Poor milk into glasses taking care to leave the strawberry seeds in the bottom of the blender. Enjoy!