On most mornings Master E will run to the cupboard and pull out his favourite smoothie cup and proceed to the appliance cupboard and pull out my favourite appliance, the Breville Boss to Go. But a little while back he started to have some tummy issues, and a week off dairy as suggested by the doctor really helped and so I decided to find alternatives, one of them being almond milk.
Not long after making the change to almond milk, I tried Almond & Coconut Milk and started adding it to our morning smoothies. We loved the taste and best of all it is dairy free.
Easy peasy healthy smoothies for kids
For me, making smoothies in the morning while I’m still half asleep has to be easy and of course, the smoothies have to be to the liking of my little fussy eater, so I created some dairy free smoothie recipes. You can find out how to make the smoothies for kids (and adults) in the recipes below.
The good thing about these dairy free smoothies is that there’s little preparation in terms of cutting up or peeling fruit. They also use fruit & greens that you will normally have on hand, nothing fancy! And the best thing of all, there’s hidden veggies and other superfoods that even the pickiest eater will not taste (I have photographic evidence below)!
Please note that even though the recipes I share below are almond coconut milk smoothie recipes, you can use substitute this with plain Almond Milk, Rice Milk, Soy Milk or Cow’s Milk.
Very Berry Smoothie
This mixed berry smoothie has to be one of our favourite fruit smoothies for kids because of it’s natural sweetness and lovely vibrant pink colour!
1/2 cup Almond & Coconut Milk
1 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup plain Greek yoghurt (you can omit this for a dairy-free smoothie)
1 teaspoon honey
1 medium banana
Add the frozen berries and blitz in a blender or with a stick mix and then add the banana and blitz again. Add the yoghurt, honey and Almond & Coconut Milk and blitz until combined.
Kid Friendly ‘Green’ Smoothie
This dairy free green smoothie for kids may not look green, but it’s what’s in this smoothie that makes it green! Kid friendly smoothies with spinach is one of the best ways to hide vegetables.
1 cup Almond & Coconut Milk
2 handfuls of baby spinach (you could substitute this with baby kale)
1 cup mixed berries
1 tablespoon chia seeds
Optional – a dash of honey.
Blitz the mixed berries in a blender or with a stick mix first, followed with the spinach and then banana. When these have been broken down, add the Almond & Coconut Milk and chia seeds and mix until the milk has combined.
Here is the evidence of a fussy eater enjoying the ‘green’ smoothie for kids!
Dairy Free Choc Banana Smoothie
Your kids will think it’s so cool they can have chocolate in the morning! This dairy-free banana smoothie with cocoa is one of our favourite kid friendly smoothie recipes!
1 cup Almond & Coconut Milk
1 tablespoon honey
2 bananas (frozen or alternatively blitz 4 ice cubes before adding other ingredients)
1 tablespoon good quality cocoa powder
Blitz the bananas first (or ice cubes if not using frozen bananas). Add the Almond & Coconut Milk, honey and cocoa powder and blitz until combined.
Breakfast Smoothie for kids (and adults)
1 x cup of Almond & Coconut Milk
1 x large banana
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
1/2 cup traditional rolled oats
2 teaspoon LSA (ground linseed, sunflower seeds and almonds)
2 x teaspoon honey
1 cup greek yoghurt (you can omit this if you’d like a dairy free smoothie)
Blitz the frozen berries first followed by the banana until it’s creamy. Add the all the other ingredients and blitz until combined.
Almond milk for kids
With so many diets and healthy eating lifestyles around these days, it can be difficult to know what is good for you and what isn’t. When it comes to children though, and certainly depending on age, it’s important to consider their dietary intake as a whole.
Almond milk for toddlers, for example, is somewhat different to a toddler who may consume cows milk. Where cows milk contains calcium and protein, almond milk actually contains more calcium than cows milk because it has been fortified, however, almond milk is typically low in protein. So if you’re relying on your child getting a big chunk of their protein intake from an almond milk based smoothie, it might pay to add some extra chia seeds, kale, oats or even almond butter into the mix if they’re unlikely to get this elsewhere.
I think the main thing when preparing dairy free smoothie recipes for kids, particularly if you wonder if almond milk is good for toddlers or any other cow’s milk alternative, is that you understand what you might have to make up for in their diet. The best thing about fruit and vegetable smoothies for kids is that you can adjust what’s in them to cater to their diet and most of the time, your child won’t even know.
If your child refused to eat their dinner the night before, add some extra spinach or kale in their morning smoothie. If they look like they might be coming down with a cold, add a dash of Manuka honey. If they have decided, all of a sudden, they don’t like meat, add the natural proteins to their smoothie as I mentioned above. Dairy free smoothies for kids are so versatile, that and they’re not just for kids, they’re great for adults too! And if the texture of smoothies is just not for you or your kids, you can always try a lovely and fresh cold-pressed juice!