Learn how to make homemade Vanilla Milk in 2 minutes with just 3 simple ingredients. It’s seriously yummy, is a nice alternative to plain milk, and is just sweet enough.
My girls love those shelf stable containers of vanilla milk but they are pretty pricy to buy with any regularity. And my little guy has never liked milk and while I don’t stress about it since he eats other dairy, I was looking for ways to make milk for kids more appealing simply so we have it as an option in the mix. Enter: Vanilla Milk!
This drink for kids is so quick and easy and I have to admit that I was shocked by how good it is. I don’t regularly drink milk on its own but this makes me kind of want to. (Same with my other Flavored Milks.)
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Ingredients You Need
To make this recipe, you’ll need the following ingredients on hand.
- Milk: You can use whole dairy milk or a favorite nondairy milk such as almond milk, soy milk, oat milk, or a mixed nut milk. Milks with fat in them will be creamiest.
- Maple syrup or honey: This is an easy way to sweeten the milk and have it blend right in. Agave nectar would also work well here.
- Pure vanilla extract: Be sure to use pure vanilla extract, not artificial vanilla, for the best flavor. You can use alcohol-free vanilla extract if you prefer.
The process for this flavored milk is so easy! Just add the ingredients to a measuring cup, whisk to blend, and serve up. You don’t even need a blender and you could use a fork if you don’t have a whisk.
Which milk is best for this recipe?
I prefer to make this with whole milk since I think it tastes best (and kids need fat for proper development), but you can use whichever kind of milk you prefer. It will work with plain, unsweetened nondairy milk too, though you’ll need to taste it and adjust the vanilla and sweetener since nondairy milk can vary widely in terms of flavor.
To make this dairy-free, use plain unsweetened nondairy milk of your choosing.
How to Store
You can make this right before you serve it or a few hours before if you stash it into the fridge in an airtight container or jar for up to 3 days. Shake before serving.
Best Tips for Success
- Use honey or agave instead of the maple syrup if you prefer.
- Cut the recipe in half to make a smaller portion.
- Use whole milk or the type your family prefers.
- To make this dairy-free, use plain unsweetened nondairy milk of your choosing.
- It will work with plain, unsweetened nondairy milk too, though you’ll need to taste it and adjust the vanilla and sweetener since nondairy milk can vary widely in terms of flavor.
- You can use alcohol-free vanilla extract if you prefer.
- You may also like Chocolate Milk, Strawberry Milk, and Banana Milk.
I’d love to know what your kids think of this recipe, so please comment below to share.
Best Vanilla Milk
- Add the ingredients to a measuring cup and stir with a whisk.
- Add to a cup and serve cold.
This post was first published August 2020.