If you find yourself wanting to serve up a delicious chocolate smoothie that packs a serious nutrition punch, try this easy smoothie with pumpkin. It’s creamy, indulgent, and is a nice way to serve up a veggie that toddlers typically don’t otherwise eat!
Easy Chocolate Smoothie Recipe
The beauty of this recipes is that it’s easy to blend up and it’s a safe way to introduce your toddler to smoothies and pumpkin. This chocolate smoothie has just a few simple ingredients so you can pull them out of your fridge and pantry and get a healthy breakfast or snack on the table quickly.
Vegan Chocolate Smoothie
To make this smoothie dairy-free, simply choose your favorite dairy-free milk.We make this with Ripple chocolate milk since it’s really low in sugar—it somehow only has 3 more grams than regular white milk but it both tastes great and is totally smooth and creamy! It’s also more similar nutrition-wise to dairy milk than plain almond milk, so it has a nice dose of protein.
Lower Sugar Chocolate Smoothie
This smoothie does have some sugar, but you can also adjust the sweetness as needed. You can even make this with all plain milk and add 2 tablespoons cocoa powder and a teaspoon or two of honey or maple syrup if you prefer not to use chocolate milk. (We like to make this with leftover canned pumpkin from Thanksgiving, but you can pick up a can anytime of the year!)
How to Serve Smoothies to Toddlers
We drink our smoothies in a Squeasy Gear pouch (remove the lid before handing it over to your toddler otherwise it can be tricky to use) or in a regular cup with a silicone lid cover and straw. See what your toddler likes best.
Try this creamy chocolate smoothie with a subtle undertone of pumpkin—and Vitamin A and healthy fiber!
- 1 cup chocolate milk
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 small banana, frozen
- 1-2 tablespoons almond butter
- dash cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)
- Blend all ingredients until very smooth. Serve immediately.