This Korean strawberry milk is the best homemade alternative to the famous store-bought version. It's insanely easy to make and requires only three simple ingredients (and no, I'm not lying).
Thanks to the right ingredients, this homemade strawberry milk turned out to be not just delicious but also a healthy option for a quick and filling snack. Once I made this beverage for the first time, I stopped making strawberry milkshakes, and whenever I crave something like that, I always make this Korean milk drink.
Just imagine: homemade sweet strawberry syrup, fresh chunks of strawberries, and your favorite plant-based milk. What can be better than that?
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Is It Healthy to Drink Strawberry Milk?
Separately, both strawberries and milk are considered healthy products. If you are sure that your body tolerates both of them and you don't have any digestive trouble because of consuming them, then this strawberry milk drink will also bring you only health benefits.
Sometimes, when you combine strawberries with the usual whole cow's milk, it may lead to some digestive issues. But luckily, there are more milk options aside from the usual ones. You should have no trouble digesting such a drink if you replace it with plant-based milk such as almond milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk, oat milk, or any other that you prefer.
Do Strawberries and Milk Go Together?
Yes, if you put both milk and strawberries in one drink, it will taste exceptionally amazing. But the question is whether your body tolerates such a combination well. So just in case you think that you might have digestive issues, it's a good idea to replace whole cow's milk with a plant-based alternative.
What Is Strawberry Milk Made Of?
This homemade Korean strawberry milk is made of only three simple ingredients. You can buy them completely anywhere, in any grocery store nearby. Here is what you should prepare for your Korean strawberry milk beverage and what products you can use to substitute them in case you really want to:
- Strawberries - well of course, you can't replace this ingredient since it's the main one for this Korean strawberry milk recipe. You'll need to prepare your strawberries by washing them, cutting off the stems, and drying them up with some paper towel. Then you'll have to divide them in half (you'll use one half for the strawberry and condensed milk puree, and the other one will be used as the topping for your drink). If you don't have any fresh strawberry, you can definitely use frozen strawberries instead.
- Condensed milk -when it comes to choosing the sweetener, there are a lot of options, but especially for this recipe, condensed milk is the best option since it blends well with milk and strawberries. If, for any reason, you don't want to use condensed milk for your Korean strawberry milk, you can replace it either with regular white sugar, a sweetening syrup, stevia monk fruit, brown sugar, maple syrup, or any other preferred sweetener.
- Milk - I used whole cow's milk for the Korean strawberry milk recipe. But if you lead a dairy-free diet or simply don't tolerate milk well, you can simply replace it with a plant-based alternative. You can choose either almond milk, coconut milk, hazelnut milk, oat milk, soy milk, etc.
Also, depending on how you like this beverage served, I'd recommend adding some ice cubes to each cup to serve it cold. And if you want, you can always top the beverage off with some whipped cream.
How to Make Korean Strawberry Milk
Once you've gathered all of the needed ingredients for the Korean strawberry milk, all you need to do is the following:
Step 1. Make the pureed strawberries. To do that, simply puree half of your strawberries with a fork until they reach the needed consistency. Then add the condensed milk to the strawberries and mix them.
Step 2. Chop up the other half of the strawberries. You'll need them to add on top of everything for an even stronger strawberry flavor.
Step 3. Combine everything together. To do that, place the mashed strawberry at the bottom of the glasses, then pour in the cold milk, and throw in the fresh strawberry pieces at the top.
I don't recommend storing this Korean strawberry milk in the fridge for too long. So basically, if you have any leftovers, you can keep them in the fridge for up to two days. I also don't recommend freezing this beverage since, after thawing it, the milk can lose its texture and become even more crumbly.
If you want to make this Korean strawberry milk in advance, you can simply prepare all of the ingredients, make the strawberry purée with the condensed milk, and chop up the needed amount of strawberries for the topping. And then just store everything separately in the fridge until you're ready to make the drink.
Korean Strawberry Milk
- 3 cups strawberries washed and dried
- 4 tbsp condensed milk
- 2 cups milk
- vanilla extract optional
- ice optional
- Divide the strawberries in half. Mash one half of the strawberries with a fork. Chop up the other half and set it aside.
- Place some ice in each glass, if desired.
- Add the condensed milk to the mashed strawberries and place an equal amount of the mixture into two glasses.
- Add the milk into the glasses and top everything off with the chopped strawberries.