Basil and strawberries go so well together. Did you know?
The other night I was craving some sweet, strawberry milk. Alright, the brass tacks of it was that I just flat-out wanted something sweet. I also had some strawberries in the fridge that I needed to use up...and that's the damn truth. Being the fancy grown up that I am, I needed a sophisticated strawberry beverage. I didn't want a little children's milkshake and I definitely didn't want a hardcore smoothie, and that is when creamy strawberry milk came to mind. I had to find a way to make it a little snooty though, and what better way than by adding some luscious basil!
Okay, full disclosure, I totally made this with boxed soy milk! I know, AND it was sweetened...I was not aware of that fact, however, when I purchased it. My grocery store had some of those soy milk cartons that don't need to be refrigerated on clearance and so I bought a few for emergencies or when I ran out of my homemade nut milk. Whew, and let me tell you an emergency happened that night. I was craving some sweet, strawberry milk! Alas, I was out of my homemade coconut milk, and so the boxed soy milk came to my rescue.
Sweet & Creamy Strawberry Basil Milk
- 1 1/2 cups soy milk (or nondairy milk of choice)
- 7 fresh medium-sized strawberries
- 1/2 cup frozen sliced strawberries
- 1 medium basil leaf
- 1 tsp. erythritol (or other sweetener)
- small squirt of honey
- 1/4 tsp. xanthan gum (optional, but it will give the milk a lovely, creamy texture)
Place all the ingredients in the blender, starting with milk first and then blend baby blend! Make sure to give it a good whirl for a least a minute or two, letting the xanthan gum work it's creaminess goodness all about.
This was a sweet and rich (without being heavy) creamy nighttime snack. It lulled me to sleep and soon I was dreaming of dancing strawberry angels...okay that last part isn't true, but it was super duper delicious.
It's a super simple little recipe and if there's some lost and forsaken strawberries stashed somewhere in the depths of the fridge, don't give up on them. Make this milk and give them the honour the deserve.