5 Breakfast Smoothies That Taste Like Dessert
It can be hard to get little ones to eat enough fruits and vegetables, or get enough protein, but these delicious smoothie recipes are well-balanced and so delicious, your kids will want seconds! Each one contains hidden vegetables and protein that even picky or textural eaters won’t be able to taste, so let’s get blending!
Helpful hints for healthy AND delicious smoothies:
1. Nuts and nut butters can be substituted with seed or coconut butters, or 1/3 cup of oats and a scoop of protein powder for children with allergies. There are many different types of protein powders from whey to vegan pea protein, and various flavors make it easy to find something your child will like.
2. Substitute any milk that your child likes best.
3. Spinach is a great veggie to add into any and every smoothie because it’s virtually tasteless.
4. Add a scoop of chia and flax seeds, or coconut oil, to give smoothies an extra boost of omegas and healthy fats.
Green Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 scoop vanilla protein
1 large handful baby spinach
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 tablespoon coconut flakes
Coconut Cream Pie Smoothie
¼ cup almond butter
14 ounce can full-fat coconut milk
½ cup coconut flakes
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup ice
Strawberry Cheesecake Smoothie
2 cups strawberries, sliced
¾ cup raw unsalted cashews
1 cup almond milk
½ frozen banana
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup ice
Chocolate PB Smoothie
1 banana, frozen
1 cup milk of choice
¼ cup old-fashioned rolled oats
3 tablespoons natural peanut butter*
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Chocolate chips, for serving (optional)
Oat Cinnamon Roll Smoothie
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 ½ frozen bananas, cut into chunks
¼ teaspoon cinnamon, plus more for dusting
½ teaspoon vanilla, optional
1 teaspoon brown sugar, optional
⅓ cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup ice
Smoothies are easily customizable to meet your child’s nutritional requirements, or accommodate little ones with food allergies and sensitivities. You can experiment with different fruit and vegetable combos, add oats, nuts, or seeds for texture, and add the right amount of protein for different age groups. A dollop of yogurt or cottage cheese can help make smoothies creamier and add protein.
The best part about smoothies is that there are hundreds of recipes online so your kids will never be bored with breakfast. We’re sure these sweet yet healthy dessert-themed drinks will become fast family favorites on busy mornings!