Recipe: Finnish Blueberry Milk

Makes about 1 1/2 quarts

The Finns are a healthy bunch. Between foraging for berries and milking cows, it is no wonder that they also enjoy slurping blueberry milk – an antioxidant rich powerhouse of a drink. Not to mention – it’s blue – an underutilized color in cooking. Pretty cool in my book.

This recipe is adapted from The Best of Finnish Cooking. They used half as much milk than I did – which would make a thicker and much bluer mixture. Play around and see what works for you.


1 pint blueberries
1 quart milk
1-3 Tbsp sugar
1-2 cups ice


If you have the time, I highly recommend milking a cow for this recipe. There weren’t any available this weekend, so I had to use the old standby – supermarket cow. Whole milk is best.

Borrow a small child to help make this recipe. Miss Ava ate more blueberries than she added to the blender, so – if you do – be sure to buy extra.

Splash on the milk.

Add sugar, to taste. Finnish folk are remarkably healthy, so I only added a tablespoon.

Okay, maybe two.

Next, toss in the ice. I cannot overstate the importance of ice.

Without it your drink will gel up and look like this:

And while you can whisk it back together, you’ll have to drink it fast. Before it separates again.

Trust me, it’s far easier to just add the ice. The more ice you add, the less the drink will gel up.

Serve immediately or take a walk on the Finnish wild side and pour it over a bowl of blueberries and cereal.

This drink would be perfect for a blue-themed holiday. Are there any?

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  1. Blue Moons….

  2. Will this still be thick with the ice? I bought some blueberries and wanted to try something sweet with them, but never tried this sort of thing. Textures can kill some foods for me though :\

    • Sasha Martin says:

      It’s very thick. Without the ice it can almost seem curdled – from the acid in the blueberries reacting with the milk. You might try a small batch and play around with it until you like it. Good luck!

  3. Janet Goodell says:

    I say make blueberry milk and strawberry milk for Independence Day!

    • Sasha Martin says:

      I LOVE this idea, Janet :) Fantastic. (Not to mention, that’s Ava’s birthday so… I’m always looking for fun ideas)


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