Make it Better: Strawberry Milk Shakes

Treats are on my mind this week!   It must be the lack of goodies on our Food Stamp Challenge that has me digging through old posts-in-progress looking for tasty, nourishing treats like sprouted grain doughnuts. Like every good American, I have a penchant for cheeseburgers, french fries and milkshakes but fast food shakes filled with pasteurized, RBGH-laced milk and high fructose corn syrup just don’t make the cut anymore.   Instead, we focus on a fully natural and wonderfully nourishing version of the classic milk shake. I feature this milk shake as one of my favorite healthy treats for kids.

Served with sweet potato fries, sour pickles, and a good grass-fed beef burger atop a sprouted grain bun, this milk shake is heaven. It is, as you can imagine, one of my 4-year old’s favorite treats.   Take care in choosing good quality frozen strawberries.   Our freezer is packed solid with berries that were picked at the height of ripeness in June, and it makes a difference as they pack considerably more flavor, color and sweetness than most of the frozen berries I’ve purchased at the store.

Classically, this recipe contains only a few ingredients: strawberries, fresh whole milk, honey and vanilla but you can load it up with other goodies for even more nutrients.   Try adding coconut oil, bee pollen or even a teaspoon of cod liver oil – none of which will impact the flavor of the shake to any great degree.   Fresh raw milk is a good source of food enzymes, natural fat soluble vitamins, calcium and other goodies while strawberries are packed with vitamin C, folate, manganese and potassium.   They also boast an ORAC value of 3,577.

strawberry milk shakes

By Jenny Published: October 23, 2009

  • Yield: 4 Servings

This recipe will make about 4 reasonably portioned milk shakes.


  • 2 cups Frozen, Hulled Organic Strawberries
  • 1 quart Fresh, Raw Whole Milk from Grass-fed Cows
  • 2 tbsp Raw Honey
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla Extract OR 1 Vanilla Bean
  • 2 pastured egg yolks


  1. Add all ingredients together in a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve to your eagerly awaiting guests.

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What people are saying

  1. Nancy says

    Hi Jenny,
    This sounds like a great Saturday night meal. Would you please share how you make your Sweet Potato Fries?


    • Jenny says

      Egg white contains avidin, which blocks the absorption of the vitamin biotin. When egg whites are cooked, avidin is significantly degraded rendering this issue more or less moot. I don’t recommend eating uncooked egg white for that reason.

  2. Jeanne (jmfreedly) says

    Yum! I love it when I already have all the ingredients 😀 We’ll definitely try these tomorrow!

    Do you make the buns yourself, or buy them? Just curious. I’d make by own, but the sourdough I’m good at wouldn’t be good for buns (too dense).

  3. KimW says

    Any ideas on how to make this a chocolate milkshake? I can’t figure out how to get the right “thick” consistency without frozen fruit.

    • says

      KimW: Freeze some of your milk in ice cube trays, then blend a mix of some liquid milk and some frozen milk cubes with the other ingredients. :~)

  4. Johanna says

    “reasonably portioned” made me laugh! When i was pregnant, i couldnt get enough strawberries. While the thought of consuming a McD shake made me nauseated, it also made me crave one, so i made them at home daily. Cant wait to try this version!

  5. Erin C says

    I make a similar smoothie, but I use homemade cultured buttermilk instead of raw milk….I got the recipe from Nourishing Traditions. I can’t get raw milk here. :(

  6. Anna says

    I made these tonight and they are amazing! I served one to my two-year-old (who has always been completely sugar-free) and response was “Whoa!” :) Thanks for all you do.

  7. Jennifer V says

    How do you add coconut oil with it hardening in the cold shake? I’ve tried it and the little cold bits of oil take away from the texture and my little wouldn’t like it. I love adding coconut oil to anything so I am curious on how to add it to cold drinks. thanks!

  8. Jenna says

    WOW!! If I didn’t know this didn’t have ice cream I wouldn’t have believed you. This was so amazing, I don’t think I’ll go back to ice cream shakes, this was much easier and healthier. We only had frozen raspberries on hand and were out of eggs but it was perfect and my two toddlers loved it and couldn’t believe I gave them a second helping. Thanks!

  9. Amy says

    Is this Strawberry Milkshake a good breakfast option? I was thinking of adding Kale & FCLO. I need a high fertility / easy breakfast & I really enjoy this shake!

  10. Jenny says

    I wouldn’t recommend consuming raw kale – especially frequently – as raw kale is a potent source of oxalates which inhibit calcium absorption. FCLO should be fine. You’re taking butter oil too, yes?

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