Learn the easiest methods for making homemade flavored milks including Vanilla Milk, Chocolate Milk, Strawberry Milk, and Banana Milk—all with amazing flavor and less sugars than store-bought!

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Flavored Milks

Whether you’re looking to mix up the type of milk you offer as a way to add more nutrients and flavors, or as a way to help a little one learn to like milk, these homemade flavored milks can be great options. They’re so easy to make, require super simple ingredients, and have delicious—and less sweet—flavor.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, kids need 2-3 servings of dairy a day to help meet their calcium and vitamin D needs, and that may or may not include milk for toddlers. Some kids like it and some don’t, and while you don’t need to force a kiddo to drink milk if they don’t like it, it can be nice to have the drink as an option in the mix.

(These are some of our favorite kid-friendly recipes!)

These flavored milk recipes are also just delicious on their own as a toddler snack or a meal component. My middle kiddo is a super fan of all of them—and thinks the Vanilla Milk tastes like melted ice cream!

(You may also like Banana Yogurt, Banana Smoothie with Milk, and my Green Smoothie for Kids.)

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Ingredients You Need

You can add some flavor and natural sweetness to your kiddo’s milk with maple syrup, vanilla extract, fruit, or cocoa powder! These are all great additions when it comes to flavoring milk, whether you’re flavoring it as banana, chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla. To make these recipes, you’ll need:

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  • Milk: You can use dairy or nondairy milk here, as you like. The flavored milks will be creamiest if the milk you start with has some fat in it.
  • Fruit: Ripe bananas, fresh strawberries, or freeze-dried strawberries work well for the fruit flavors.
  • Cocoa powder: I use SACO or Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa powder to add chocolate flavor to homemade chocolate milk.
  • Vanilla extract: Pure vanilla extract adds nice flavor. Choose an alcohol-free one if desired.
  • Maple syrup or honey: Either of these can be used to sweeten the flavored milks to taste.
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Step-by-Step Instructions

Depending on the flavor of flavored milk, you’ll have two options. For Vanilla and Chocolate Milk, you can make them in a jar or glass measuring cup by either whisking the ingredients together or shaking the jar (with a lid on).

To make Banana or Strawberry Milk, a blender makes the creamiest, smoothest results. Simply add the ingredients to the blender and blend well.

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Easy Banana Milk

To make easy banana milk, all you need to do is combine milk, ripe banana, maple syrup, and vanilla extract in a blender. Start by blending on low, moving to high until all blended together. That’s it.

Best Banana Milk (So Easy!)
Use a very ripe banana with a lot of brown spots in this recipe for the best flavor.
Best Banana Milk (So Easy!)
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Best Vanilla Milk

To make the best vanilla milk, combine milk, vanilla extract, and maple syrup in a pint-size Mason jar (making sure that the lid is closed tight.) Shake well, and serve! Yum.

Best Vanilla Milk
You can cut this recipe in half to make a smaller ½ cup serving.
Best Vanilla Milk
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Easy Strawberry Milk

To make easy strawberry milk, simply add milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and berries to a blender. Starting on low and moving to high, blend until well-combined. Then, pour and be happy!

Favorite Strawberry Milk
Creamy and delicious, Strawberry Milk is easy to make with fresh strawberries or freeze-dried ones. The version with freeze-dried berries tastes more similar to store-bought strawberry milk; the one with fresh berries tastes more like fresh strawberries!
Favorite Strawberry Milk
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Easy Chocolate Milk

Easy chocolate milk is simple to make. All you’ll need is to combine milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and cocoa powder into a pint-sized Mason jar. Make sure the lid is tight, and shake until well-combined! Easy peasy.

Best Homemade Chocolate Milk
You can make this right before serving or make it up to 24 hours ahead.
Best Homemade Chocolate Milk
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How can I spice up my milk?

You can add a dash of cinnamon to the chocolate, banana, or vanilla milk for a different flavor profile. I’d use about ⅛ teaspoon, then taste it, and add more as you like. This will help to prevent adding too much at once.

How to Store

Store flavored milks in airtight containers in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. If you make the milks ahead and store, shake them before you serve—especially the chocolate milk.

Best Tips for Success

  • Use cow’s milk or nondairy unsweetened plain milk as you like.
  • I prefer whole milk for kids, and because it tastes creamiest in these recipes, but you can use any you prefer.
  • For the recipes with fruit, make sure the strawberries taste good and the banana is super ripe for best flavor.
  • Know that the strawberry milk thickens if you make it with freeze-dried berries and store it overnight. (It tastes great, but is just noticeably thicker. You can add a little more milk if desired.)
  • Add a dash of cinnamon to the chocolate, banana, or vanilla milk for a different flavor profile.
  • Add ½ cup ripe banana or strawberries to the Chocolate Milk to make a mixed flavor!
  • You may also like Drinks for Kids, Hydrating Foods, and info on when babies can drink milk.

I’d love to hear what your kids think if you try this recipe, so please comment below to share. I appreciate all of your feedback!

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Best Flavored Milks

Pick one flavor variation at a time or see the Notes for a few additional ideas!
4.86 from 7 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Snack
Calories 83kcal
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole milk (or preferred type of dairy or unsweetened nondairy milk)
  • 1-2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Strawberry Milk

Banana Milk

  • ½ cup very ripe fresh banana

Chocolate Milk

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Instructions

  • Vanilla or Chocolate Milk: Add all ingredients to a pint-size Mason jar. Tighten on the lid and shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Let sit for a few seconds so the bubbles disperse. (If there seem to be small bits of undissolved cocoa powder, you can pour it through a fine mesh strainer like the small kind meant for tea.)
  • Strawberry or Banana milk: Add all ingredients to a blender. Starting on low and working up to high, blend very smooth.
  • Serve immediately or store in an airtight container for up to 24 hours.

Notes

  • Use cow’s milk or nondairy unsweetened plain milk as you like.
  • Use honey or agave instead of maple syrup.
  • I prefer whole milk for kids, and because it tastes creamiest in these recipes, but you can use any you prefer.
  • For the recipes with fruit, make sure the strawberries taste good and the banana is super ripe for best flavor.
  • Sweeten to taste.
  • If you make the milks ahead and store, shake them before you serve—especially the chocolate milk.
  • Know that the strawberry milk thickens if you make it with freeze-dried berries and store it overnight. (It tastes great, but is just noticeably thicker. You can add a little more milk if desired.)
  • Add a dash of cinnamon to the chocolate, banana, or vanilla milk for a different flavor profile.
  • Add ½ cup ripe banana or strawberries to the Chocolate Milk to make a mixed flavor!

Nutrition

Calories: 83kcal, Carbohydrates: 8g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 12mg, Sodium: 51mg, Potassium: 165mg, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 192IU, Calcium: 138mg, Iron: 1mg
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This post was first published August 2020.

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  1. 5 stars
    everything works everything’s really good I want to give it 5 stars but my brain says for Stars but everything’s really good so yeah