I don’t know about you, but I was amazed by chocolate milk when I was a little girl. I’d walk down the grocery store aisle with my mom, and when I’d see the chocolate milk tucked into the corner of the milk section, I’d swoon. This was the sweet milk. The good milk. It was rare that my mom would buy it for us, but when she did I remember pouring a glass and drinking it slowly in amazement at how they could get that chocolate into the cartoon just for me.
As I got older, I stopped noticing the chocolate milk and only grabbed for variations of the plain old white milk in it’s soy, almond and cow milk varieties. But this week I noticed chocolate milk tucked int that same corner, only this time with more than 1-2 varieties that I remembered from childhood. Oh, the temptation when you’re trying to pick the healthier options. Then I thought to myself, I can have my chocolate milk AND drink it too. Solution = almond milk + other ingredients.
I have been drinking Lactaid for about 3 years now, and it suits most of my Vitamin D and creamy yumminess needs. However, I’ve started drinking and using almond milk in smoothies and cereals. At first, I was nervous that it would taste weird. But it’s pretty good, has a mild sweetness, and a slight nutty flavor. You can also buy flavored and sweetened versions to help you enjoy it a little more.
About a week ago, I purchased Trader Joe’s Almond “Beverage” (I was not paying close attention). I saw that it was on sale and grabbed it up. When I got home, I noticed that it said Almond “Beverage” and is pre-sweetened, and got nervous that I had made a huge mistake. After examining the carton more closely, I realized that the most important two points about the milk are that it is low calorie (6o per cup) and Lactose Free. Since I already had it, I decided use it to make the strawberry and chocolate flavored milk.
I must say that the milk was delicious, smooth and surprisingly creamy. Check out the details below.
Strawberry and Chocolate Almond Milk
Home-made chocolate and strawberry almond milk is delicious, smooth and surprisingly creamy.
Add the almond milk to the blender.
Add ingredients for your preferred flavor, chocolate or strawberry, to the blender.
Blend until smooth.
Refrigerate leftover flavored milk for up to 24 hours. Remember to shake well before drinking.
For Those Watching Sugar Intake
I used 1 tbsp of agave nectar in the strawberry and chocolate milks and it was pretty sweet because the almond milk was already sweetened (7g of sugar per cup).
If you’re concerned about your daily sugar intake, I suggest making sure you buy unsweetened almond milk and/or use less agave nectar. The strawberry milk will still be delicious because of the berries if you use less added sugars. The chocolate almond milk may need a little agave nectar to sweeten.