Spring Strawberry Shake with Homemade Roasted Nut Milk

A nutrient-packed drink combining the sweetness of ripe strawberries and figs with the full-bodied creamy flavour of our home-made nut milk.

It’s finally springtime! After much anticipation, nothing really beats the uplifting feeling of getting out of the office while it’s still light out there (Julia had been counting down since December, waiting for the first day she could catch that elusive last ray of sunset at 18:01…).
We’re sorry for the long pause in posting, so to make up for it here’s a deliciously springy strawberry shake recipe!

Ripe strawberries and almonds, the key ingredients of this nutrient-packed drink

Coming from mainland Europe, we were amazed at first that UK supermarkets would sell strawberries all year long, red on the outside, but completely white inside: needless to say, we felt quite cheated whenever we bought some! Now that we’ve recovered from the shock, we have refined our strawberry acquisition strategy:
1. Make the most of British strawberry season (early May to late July)
2. Avoid supermarket strawberries (except as a last resort) and instead buy them at our favourite greengrocer.

A nutrient-packed drink combining the sweetness of ripe strawberries and figs with the full-bodied creamy flavour of our home-made nut milk.

Strawberry shakes are among our favourite quick breakfast fixes, so here’s our recipe: the sweetness of ripe strawberries and figs combines perfectly with the full-bodied creamy flavour of our home-made nut milk.

To make the recipe even more wholesome and guilt-free, we didn’t add any processed sugar (just a few dates): it’s a pure concentrate of nutrients in a delicious drink!

A nutrient-packed drink combining the sweetness of ripe strawberries and figs with the full-bodied creamy flavour of our home-made nut milk.

Spring Strawberry Shake with Homemade Roast Nut Milk
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Cuisine: Vegan, Gluten-free
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Serves: 4
 
*This ingredient list does not follow any special dietary guidelines. Please remember to always check with your doctor whether unknown ingredients are suitable for your specific dietary requirements, and to check with the manufacturer whether ingredients you use are free from allergens/vegan if required.
Ingredients
  • Strawberries, 500g
  • Figs, 6 medium
  • Almonds, raw, 100g
  • Pecan nuts, raw, 50g
  • Cashew nuts, raw, 50g
  • Medjool dates, 4, chopped finely
  • Water, 800ml
Instructions
Start by preparing the milk (you really want to do this in advance so you can freeze it)
  1. Place the nuts in an oven-proof pan or plate
  2. Roast them in the oven at 200C for about 20 minutes (it is very oven-dependent so YMMV): when they smell heavenly, that's your signal they're ready.
  3. Let the roasted nuts cool down for a while, then soak them in water for about 30 minutes (we did this straight in the Vitamix container).
  4. Add the dates, then blend at maximum speed until the nuts are homogenised.
  5. Now the fun part: using the mylk bag, filter the mixture (a bit at a time, rinsing the bag regularly so that you don't clog it) into a bowl.
  6. Your homemade roasted nut milk is ready: transfer about half of it into ice cube trays or bags and freeze it so that it's ready for action; the rest can stay in the fridge for a couple of days (if you can resist that long, of course!)
Prepare the smoothie
  1. Place the strawberries, figs and some nut milk (200ml will be enough) in the blender
  2. Blend until you get a smooth consistency.
  3. Add the ice cubes to the mix, and pulse a few times to smash them into smaller bits.
  4. Serve immediately, and enjoy!

(BTW, if you want to replicate our recipe to the letter, we strongly advise you to get a mylk bag to filter out any solids from the nut milk.)

A nutrient-packed drink combining the sweetness of ripe strawberries and figs with the full-bodied creamy flavour of our home-made nut milk.

What we are excited to try this week:

This beautiful rose and strawberry pudding (by 100% vegetal, recipe in French)  and these healthy gluten-free turmeric breakfast muffins by Green Kitchen Stories (I know this makes a lot of desserts, we are also looking forward to testing this vegetable tikka masala by Veggieful).

7 Comments

  1. by The Vegan Cookie Fairy on May 5, 2014  12:24 pm Reply

    I can't wait for the 'real' strawberries to come into shops! I never buy them out of season, they just don't taste good (unless frozen, but I only use those for smoothies). I like the idea of roasted nut milk, it sounds wonderful!

    • by Cloudberries and Spice on May 5, 2014  7:32 pm Reply

      I find roasting nuts nearly always makes the end result taste better:) thank you for visiting!:)

  2. by Christine @ Ciao Veggie on May 10, 2014  8:30 am Reply

    This looks amazing! A strawberry smoothie is my staple summer breakfast too, my lovely husband always makes it for me so now I just need to convince him to go the extra mile and do some roasted nut milk as part of the process ;)

    I LOVE your site and your photographs. They are stunning and evoke such a happy feeling! As a fellow Londoner I know it's really tough to work with our weather patterns to get nice photos- I would love to know if you have any tips!

    • by Cloudberries and Spice on May 15, 2014  6:42 pm Reply

      Thank you for your sweet comment Christine! We find the London light quite difficult to shoot in sometimes as well (especially in winter!). We are still learning how to take good pictures so don't have many tips unfortunately! Since we only do natural light photography we only take pictures by the window, with a reflector for balance, and at a specific time of the day (before 1.30pm in the winter otherwise our pics turn very dull!)

  3. by Vicky on May 12, 2014  9:28 pm Reply

    I love strawberry milk and this looks amazing! I'm waiting for the English strawberries to come down in price, I spotted some last weekend. I'm growing strawberries in a hanging basket this year, I just hope that the plants produce more than they did last year - 5!

    • by Cloudberries and Spice on May 15, 2014  6:44 pm Reply

      Oh that sounds lovely - I hope you have better luck this year with your strawberry bushes!

  4. by Karissa @ Vegan À La Mode on May 13, 2014  5:20 pm Reply

    Yummy!! I have a serious strawberry milkshake craving now!! I love that you made it with roast nut milk, I've made homemade almond milk before but never thought of roasting the nuts first!

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