If you find yourself wanting to serve up a delicious pumpkin treat that packs a serious nutrition punch, try this Healthy Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie. It’s creamy, indulgent, and is a nice way to serve up a veggie in a kid-friendly form.
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Healthy Chocolate Pumpkin Smoothie
The beauty of this smoothie recipe is that it’s easy to blend up and it’s a yummy way to introduce your toddler to pumpkin outside of pie-form! This 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. I love it because the pumpkin flavor is subtle, but there—and it boasts protein, fiber, and Vitamin A.
Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie
To make this pumpkin smoothie, you’ll need milk, pumpkin puree (not pie filling!), a small frozen banana, cocoa powder, almond butter, and hemp seeds. (You can leave out the hemp seeds and use peanut butter or Sunbutter if desired.) You can use your favorite dairy-free milk or regular milk.
Can I make this smoothie without banana?
Sure! Try adding a tablespoon or two of avocado and a few ice cubes. Or you could even go with a small handful of frozen blueberries.
Lower Sugar Pumpkin Smoothie
This smoothie has natural sugar from the banana and the milk, but it doesn’t have any added sugar and we find it to be sweet enough. You can of course add a little maple syrup or honey if you want! And to add extra pumpkin flavor, try adding a dash of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon to the mix. Yum!
How to Serve Smoothies to Toddlers
We drink our smoothies in a Squeasy Gear pouch (just remove the lid before handing it over to your toddler otherwise it can be tricky to use), in a small open cup, or in a regular cup with a silicone lid cover and straw. See what your toddler likes best.
I’d love to hear what you think if you make this recipe so please share a comment below!
This smoothie makes two toddler-size servings, or a smoothie to share for a parent and toddler. You can freeze any leftovers into a freezer pop!
- 1 cup unsweetened milk (dairy or nondairy)
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 small banana, frozen
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 tablespoon cocoa or cacao powder
- 1/8-1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)
- Blend all ingredients until very smooth. Serve immediately.