When I was a kid, I loved strawberry milk. The best thing about this milk was that we never had to wait for strawberry season to drink it. It didn’t contain any strawberries. It was just some pink powder that I had to blend with milk. Although it was only fruit sugar mixed with flavourings, I was crazy about this stuff.
One day I visited my best friend and we went to pick strawberries from a field nearby. Our village was surrounded by strawberry fields. I still “blame” this for the fact that I am a huge strawberry addict. If I had to choose what to eat on a daily basis, it would definitely be strawberries. We picked a big bucket and on our way home my friend told me about fresh strawberry milk. I was really exited to try it. When we returned to my friend’s place, we begged her mother to make us strawberry milk. And she did indeed make a huge glass for each of us. I never finished this glass. I was so disappointed. That was real strawberry milk supposed to taste like? It was bland! It tasted weird. It was not very sweet. My taste buds told me that without additional sugar and without strawberry flavouring, strawberry milk wasn’t worth the trouble.
Now that I look back I feel very sorry for my probably seven-year old self. Although I ate strawberries every summer, I grew up to think that strawberry milk hat to taste artificial and way too sweet.
When I came home to my parents (who had always given me the weirdest looks when I requested another box of the pink stuff), I told them about the awfully bland strawberry milk. They didn’t hesitate to embrace the opportunity and told me about the wonders of modern chemistry and what it had done to my taste buds. When they told me that my favourite strawberry milk powder never had come near a single strawberry, I felt betrayed. Although this experience didn’t make my stop adding the pink powder to my milk, I never thought of it as strawberry milk again. So I guess I have to thank the artificial powder (which is vegan, just in case you wanna try) for making me appreciate real fruit and real flavour.
This strawberry pumpkin seed milk is just a suggestion. Please adjust the amounts of lime to your liking and add some sweetener if you like. For a raw version, you could also replace the soy milk with homemade pumpkin seed or almond milk
Strawberry Pumpkin Seed Milk
240 ml soy milk (1 cup)
150 g (1 cup whole) fresh strawberries
30 g (1/4 cup) pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
juice of 1/2 lime, or more to taste
handful of fresh mint or lemon balm leaves, optional
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. (I used my immersion blender).