Two Healthy & Easy Pink Milk (aka Strawberry Milk) Recipes

Pink Strawberry Milk Smoothie Recipe

I don’t know if it’s because I’ve been reading too many Charlie & Lola stories to my children recently, or because summer is almost upon us, but I have been craving pink milk.  My childhood memories of pink milk are of a sickly sweet, bright pink drink.  Simply delicious!

I don’t drink pink milk any more.  I haven’t done for years.  But this recent wave of nostalgia led me to find out how to make a healthier version.  I don’t think I could do the 1980’s drink today.

I’ve tried (and love) two different versions.  One is very healthy and very quick to prepare. It’s a great alternative to a smoothie.  The other is healthy, kid friendly and takes a bit longer to prepare.  But it’s a definite treat, and worth it.

Pink Strawberry Milk Recipe

Pink Milk – Super Healthy & Fast (Serves 1)


  • Small handful fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 200 mls coconut milk (use a drinking coconut milk like Koko which is lighter, rather than tinned)
  • Small handful raw almonds (I’ve also substituted this with 1 tbsp cashew butter before and it works well)
  • Seeds from 1 cardamom pod (or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon)
  • Honey or Agave Syrup to taste (if strawberries are out of season, and not very sweet, you may need to add more honey)


  • Add all the ingredients to a blender and blitz until smooth and frothy.  If your blender is not very strong, you may need to run it a little longer … until it’s completely smooth.
  • Depending on how thick you like your drinks, you may need to loosen with a little ice water at the very end.

Serve in a tall glass and enjoy!

Inspiration: Anna Jones, A Modern Way to Cook

Pink Milk – Healthy & Indulgent (approximately 4-6 servings)

This one uses a homemade strawberry syrup, which is why it takes a little longer. Because of this, it’s worth making a larger batch of syrup (which keeps well).


  • Approximately 350 grams fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 120 mls water
  • 170 grams honey (tweak according to taste and strawberries)
  • thumbnail size of lemon rind (optional)
  • Milk (your favourite)


  • Wash and hull the strawberries and put all the ingredients (except for the milk) into a saucepan.  Bring the contents of the saucepan to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Squash the strawberries gently with a wooden spoon as they soften.
  • Once the sauce has thickened and reduced slightly, you have two options.   You can either (a) push the strawberries through a strainer to make a clear syrup OR (b) pop the lot into a blender and whiz up a slightly thicker syrup.
  • Stir 2-3 tablespoons of the syrup through your favourite milk.  To be truly authentic, use chilled cows milk.
  • The remaining syrup can be refrigerated for about 7 days and frozen for up to 6 months.

This one must be served with a straw!  Enjoy!

Inspiration: The Kitchn and Add A Pinch

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