With simple ingredients and a quick method, this yummy Blueberry Banana Smoothie is a great option for breakfast, snack time, or even dessert. It packs in Vitamin C, potassium, fat, and fiber for a balanced mix of nutrients that will keep your toddler’s belly full and their energy levels stable (well, as much as is possible with kids!).
Easy Smoothies for Kids
When baby T was approaching the 1 year mark, I had put in a few months of exposing her to a variety of flavors and foods. Smoothies were big on my list since I never gave them to my older daughter and now she’s sort of afraid of them…though she did tell me recently that she thinks she’d like one if it had apples and cheese in it. (Ha!) Anyway, a few times a week, I make a smoothie for T and I to share. We love this Blueberry Banana Smoothie since it’s naturally sweet and refreshing. We often share one for breakfast, but I sometimes also send one with her to the sitter or freeze them into little pops for an afternoon snack on a warm day. This is a great way to get in a lot of nutrition!
How to Make Blueberry Banana Smoothies Step-by-Step
Making this smoothie is super easy, but it can help to make sure that you have the ingredients on hand. Here’s a look at the quick process.
- Gather milk, blueberries, banana, nut butter, flax or hemp seeds, and spinach. The fruit can be fresh or frozen.
- Place all ingredients into the blender, cover, and blend on low to start to combine the ingredients. Increase to high and blend for 30-60 seconds to get everything super creamy.
Simple Blueberry Smoothie
I know that it can be tempting to try to pack in all of the nutrients to every smoothie—and trust me, I’ve made a few that have gone over the deep end with ingredients and have wound up not tasting all that great. So remember that it’s definitely better to keep smoothies for little ones simpler. There’s no reason to add 10 ingredients when just a few can make a nutritious meal option. And there’s no reason to feel like you need to have a pantry full of hard to find ingredients to feed your kids well. I do try to include fat and some protein in the mix, but otherwise, I keep things straightforward. And know that you can vary this idea as you like, changing the fruit or add-ins depending on what you’re in the mood for or what you have on hand.
Can I make this blueberry banana smoothie vegan?
Yes! You can totally make this without dairy. Just choose your favorite nondairy milk. I prefer nondairy milk for smoothies anyway, so this is a great bet regardless. I prefer a nondairy milk with protein like Ripple Milk or Silk Protein Nut Milk. You can also use your favorite nondairy milk, though I would check to see that it’s unsweetened since some sweetened almond, soy, and rice milks can have a lot of added sugars that kids don’t need. (This post has the full scoop on which milks are best for toddlers.)
Can I make this smoothie nut-free for my kids?
Of course! Simply substitute Sunbutter or add 1-2 tablespoons of hemp seeds for a similar final protein and fat count. (Kids need fat for brain development and fuel, so try to make sure there’s some in the mix.)
What’s the best substitute for banana?
If you can’t do banana or you’re out, try a few tablespoons of avocado instead for similar creaminess. You could also try leftover roasted sweet potato, which is seriously delicious in smoothies.
What’s the best way to serve smoothies to kids?
Kids can drink smoothies out of small open cups, a cup fitted with a silicone cup cover and straw like the ones from Silikids, a reusable pouch like a Squeasy Gear, or in a sippy cup. Some babies and toddlers play with the cup or straw, so if yours has a hard time focusing and just wants to play, I highly recommend the Squeasy Gear! (Just remove the green cap before you hand over the smoothie.) And know that you may need to adjust the serving depending on whether this is served as a full breakfast, a drink alongside some toast or a muffin, or for a snack. If you blend up a Blueberry Banana Smoothie and it’s too thick for your little one to drink through their sippy cup or straw, you can simply stir in a little water or additional milk to thin it out.
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Frozen banana will create a slightly thicker smoothie so if you plan to serve this through a straw, I recommend doing either frozen blueberries or bananas, but not both. You can totally do all frozen fruit if you plan to serve it through a pouch or in an open cup—or if your child is used to drinking thick smoothies!
- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1 ripe or frozen sliced banana
- 1 cup lightly packed baby spinach
- 1 cup milk (such as unsweetened nondairy milk)
- 1 teaspoon ground flaxseed, chia seed, OR hemp seed
- 1 tablespoon peanut, almond, cashew, OR sunflower seed butter
- Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds or until very smooth. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container in the fridge and use within 4 hours. (Shake before serving.)
You can freeze in popsicle molds for 4-6 hours or until firm.
You can use strawberries instead of blueberries.
Try plain yogurt instead of the milk.