This yummy toddler smoothie method is simple to blend up and even easier to customize for breakfast or snack time. It’s a perfect smoothie for kids since it’s naturally sweet, loaded with nutrition from fruit and veggies, and tastes great! Plus: The one master recipe can be made 10 easy ways.

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Healthy Toddler Smoothies

One of the best ways to help your toddler and older kids eat more fruits and vegetables is to pack them into smoothies. By starting with one master smoothie recipe and varying it based on what your kids like (and for any food allergy concerns), you can increase the likelihood that they will actually drink it—which is clearly key!

This recipe is flexible and versatile.

To be completely honest, my oldest has never been a fan of smoothies. Because of that, I tried very hard to get my second and third kids to like them right from the start. I make them smoothies a few times a week so they are familiar and I’m happy to report that she’s a total fan.

We love smoothies for healthy breakfasts and snacks. And it’s nice that you can keep almost all of the ingredients on hand in the freezer or pantry.

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Smoothies for Kids

One of my best tips for helping kids like smoothies is to avoid packing them too full of extras. Because if you go overboard on veggies and things like chia seeds, a kid smoothie can taste like sludge really fast. But thankfully, you can still make a healthy smoothie that’s packed with nutrition if you know how to balance the ingredients. 

TIP: If your toddler regularly drinks milk at breakfast, try switching to smoothies some days. This has the benefit of allowing you to fill their bellies with a range of nutrition and flavors.

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Ingredients You Need

There’s one master recipe here, but you can pick which fruits and veggies to use so you can customize it for your child.

Generally you’ll need:

  • Milk (I prefer non-dairy)
  • Fruit
  • Veggie
  • Frozen banana
  • Optional add-ins

TIP: I like to do half frozen fruit and half fresh fruit to avoid having a smoothie that’s a nice and easy thickness for toddlers to drink.

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Step-by-Step Instructions

Here’s a look at the process involved in making smoothies for kids. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for all of the recipes.

  1. Add the milk to the blender. (We prefer nondairy milks since they seem to have a slightly better consistency and less of a tendency to separate after blending.)
  2. Add the fruit and veggie.
  3. Add any optional ingredients.
  4. Blend the smoothie really well to ensure that it has a very creamy texture.
  5. Serve it in a reusable pouch, a small open cup, or in a sippy cup depending on what your kid likes best.

TIP: To help ensure a good texture and flavor in our veggie smoothies, we pick just a few ingredients each time and keep the flavors simple.

sweet potato smoothie in blender

Smoothies for Toddlers with Food Allergies

If your toddler has food allergies, it’s easy to adjust a smoothie for them. If they are allergic to bananas, use 2 tablespoons avocado instead or try a teaspoon or two of nut butter. Use whichever type of milk you prefer—almond, flax, coconut, rice, dairy, or even kefir.

We tend to use Silk Protein Nut Milk, Ripple Milk, or New Karma Flaxmilk in our smoothies.

Kid-Friendly Constipation Smoothie

If your toddler has frequent constipation or a sudden bout, a smoothie with hidden veggies can help. Consider adding chia seeds or hemp seeds, and a small spoonful of coconut oil, flaxseed oil, or avocado. You can also use full-fat coconut milk as the base. 

The healthy fats can coat the digestive tract, making it easier for food waste to pass through. And, since the foods in toddler smoothies are already blended, it’s much less work for their digestive systems!

TIP: This is my best Constipation Smoothie recipe.

Smoothies for Toddlers to Gain Weight

If your doctor has told you that your toddler needs to gain weight, a smoothie can be a helpful mealtime tool. Consider adding nut butters, avocado, healthy oils (flax, fish), full fat yogurt, hemp seeds, and offering a serving of a toddler smoothie at snack time, mealtime, or as a bedtime snack.

Use those in between times to get in a little extra nutrition and calories (though remember that we can’t impact how hungry our kids feel).

TIP: Find more foods to help toddlers gain weight here.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What age can babies have smoothies?

After a baby is eating solid foods, they can start smoothies almost right away. Avoid using sweetened milks and opt for a plain unsweetened nondairy milk instead. And serve on a spoon, in a very small open cup or in a reusable pouch. (You just don’t want to substitute it for breastmilk or formula.)

How can you hide vegetables in smoothies?

If you have a kid who won’t eat many vegetables, veggie smoothies can be a great option since the veggies are served in a slightly sweet drink that tastes like a milkshake. Resist the urge to add more of any vegetable than my recipe below because that may impact the flavor or texture. And be sure to blend them very, very well.

And try some of the combinations below that aren’t green first, since pink, orange, purple, or even white smoothies are often much less alarming than green ones. Then, once you have a smoothie fan, try offering a green one!

What’s the best fruit for kids smoothies?

Frozen banana and mango make smoothies very smooth and creamy. Then you can add in almost any other fruit to make a delicious flavor combination

What can I add to boost nutrition?

You can add hemp seedschia seeds, yogurt, avocado, fish oil, and/or nut or seed butters in small amounts to smoothies.

(I don’t add things like bee pollen or collagen or protein powder because while I know that some swear by these types of smoothie boosts, I find them to be expensive and not very accessible for most people. If you like them or want to try them, by all means, go for it!)

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Best Tips for Success

Here are some tips to consider when making a fruit and veggie smoothie for your kids.

  • If you can freeze the greens ahead of time, the finished product will taste much less “green” but will have the same nutrition. Just make sure the greens are dry, then put them into a zip top freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Blend really (really!) well to get a very smooth consistency, adding a little more milk (or even water) as needed to thin.
  • You can get a less thick texture in toddler smoothies, which some kids prefer by using fresh fruit rather than frozen—and this is also a good option for winter days when a frozen drink is less than ideal.
  • You can use yogurt in place of milk if you add a fruit with a lot of liquid like a clementine or orange.
  • Try using half milk and half yogurt for a creamier texture some toddlers may prefer.
  • Serve toddler smoothies in a reusable pouch (we like Squeasy Gear!) or in a cup with a straw.
  • You can also offer small tastes with a spoon if you have a child who isn’t yet a fan. Consider even a small sampling a success!
  • Sprinkle on some granola or a favorite cereal and serve as a smoothie bowl for a fun variation.
  • And if nothing else works, freeze them into popsicles!

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Favorite Healthy Toddler Smoothie (with Veggies!)

Learn to customize yummy smoothies for your toddler by starting with one simple recipe, then adjusting based on which fruit and veggies you'd like to use.
4.93 from 109 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Breakfast
Calories 354kcal
Servings 1 -2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk (I prefer nondairy)
  • 1 small banana (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen fruit (such as blueberries, strawberries, mango, apple, or kiwi)
  • 1/2 cup veggies (such as kale, spinach, raw fresh or frozen chopped cauliflower, raw fresh or frozen sliced zucchini, raw fresh or frozen sliced summer squash, roasted sweet potato, roasted butternut squash, steamed diced beets)
  • Optional add ins (pick 1-2: 1 teaspoon hemp seeds, chia seeds, or ground flaxseed 1 tablespoon nut butter 2 tablespoons avocado 1-2 teaspoons cocoa powder 1-2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup 1 tablespoon rolled oats)
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Instructions

  •  Add chosen ingredients to a blender.
  • Blend until very smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl and adding more liquid if needed.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

 Flavor combinations:
  1. Blueberry Cocoa: Milk, banana, blueberries, spinach, cocoa powder
  2. Strawberry Banana: Milk, banana, strawberries, raw cauliflower, hemp seeds
  3. Mango Coconut Sweet Potato: Coconut milk, avocado, mango, sweet potato (cooked and cooled)
  4. Honey Peach: Milk, banana, peaches, raw summer squash, flaxseed
  5. Creamsicle: Yogurt, banana, orange, butternut squash (cooked and cooled)
  6. Tropical Greens: Milk, banana, kiwi, kale, chia seeds
  7. Cocoa Banana: Milk, banana (1 whole), spinach, cocoa powder, nut butter
  8. Tangy Peach: Kefir (instead of milk), banana, peach, honey, raw cauliflower
  9. Cinnamon Apple: Milk, banana, apple, raw summer squash, dash cinnamon
  10. Strawberry Beet: Milk, avocado, strawberries, raw beets (or leftover cooked), maple syrup
TIPS
  • If you can freeze the greens ahead of time, the finished product will taste much less “green” but will have the same nutrition. Just make sure the greens are dry, then put them into a zip top freezer bag and store in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • You can use raw cauliflower, zucchini, beets, and summer squash. (Or you can freeze those raw veggies and add them frozen.)
  • You can add fully cooked and cooled sweet potato, butternut squash, and beets. (Any kind work, even leftover puree, as long as it’s not seasoned or salted.)
  • Blend really (really!) well to get a very smooth consistency, adding a little more milk (or even water) as needed to thin.

Nutrition

Calories: 354kcal, Carbohydrates: 62g, Protein: 13g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 24mg, Sodium: 150mg, Potassium: 994mg, Fiber: 8g, Sugar: 34g, Vitamin A: 5132IU, Vitamin C: 27mg, Calcium: 309mg, Iron: 1mg
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    1. I wouldn’t recommend freezing finished smoothies, but you can freeze all of the ingredients for one smoothie EXCEPT the milk in a plastic baggie. Then add the milk and the components of the bag to the freezer and blend. You can prep a bunch of smoothies at once this way and they’re ready almost instantly.

      1. Really tasty and the kids thought they were having such a treat! Will make this again.

    1. The smoothie will make 1-2 toddler servings. There’s around 14 grams of natural sugar in a small banana. And about 8 in a cup of milk. So even without any other foods you get close to 25. It’s all natural sugars.

  1. Thanks for these recipes it’s a good combinations. But do I have to cook or steam the kale, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower before blending them in the fruits juice or it’s okay to give them as a raw veggies to a year and half old toddler? Thanks

  2. Hi, Amy I was looking for a smoothie with alot of calorie for my toddler is is under weight and the doctor recommended more calories .

    1. I wouldn’t recommend that you heat them up but you can use less frozen fruit so they aren’t quite as cold if you want to.

  3. 5 stars
    I’m so excited to start these for my 2 year old as she’s gone off her veggies. How do I know what is the right amount. What is a serving size for her? She eats a lot of fruit already. Thanks!

    1. A serving size might be 1/2 cup to 1 cup, though she might start at 1/4 cup or even a few sips if she’s new to smoothies. I’d start smaller at first to let her get used to it if she’s not regularly drinking smoothies right now. My two year old likes these out of a 4 oz reusable Squeasy Gear pouch (and drinks the most that way, versus a cup). Fingers crossed she’s a fan!

  4. 5 stars
    Came across this site while researching healthy kid-approved smoothies because my 10 year old is having major dental work done soon. We’re excited to try these! Thank you!!

  5. 4 stars
    I just made the mango (used light, canned) coconut milk sweet potato smoothie with flax added in. I enjoyed it and so did my girls ages 6 and 10. Not just a good smoothie for toddlers! It’s an all age deliciously healthy smoothie ?

  6. 5 stars
    Just came across this post last week and my toddler has been LOVING the smoothies!! He just wants more and more! How long do the smoothies stay good in the fridge? So far I’ve only made them on the weekends but would like to prep some ahead of time and leave them in the fridge so the babysitter can give them to him throughout the week. How many days do you think they’d stay good for?

    1. I’m glad these are working for you! I wouldn’t suggest making them more than a few hours ahead and leaving them in the fridge since the texture can get weird. (Smoothies with blueberries are best consumed right after—I’m not sure why, but if left to sit, they get really gloppy!) But three ideas: You could make one in the morning and leave it in the fridge or the sitter. Or you could make them ahead on the weekend and freeze in an ice cube tray or baby food container (like the silicone ones) and then take one or two out to thaw to use that day. Or you could make up little freezer bags or small jars with the ingredients for each smoothie except the milk, store in the freezer, and have the sitter blend one up fresh adding in the milk. I hope that helps!

  7. 5 stars
    Hi,
    Your recipe also works great for irritable, ultra picky 12 year olds.
    I just made made mine a smoothie with spinach and she asked if she could have one for breakfast. Nice, easy way to get some extra veggies in her diet!
    Thank you for sharing ; )

  8. Love veggie smoothies. Don’t forget that cocoa powder is healthy and yummy but has caffeine. 12mg in a tblsp

  9. 5 stars
    I am on my way to the store! These look great, both for my toddler grandson and for his Gaga-nanny. Thanks for coming up with things that provide real nutrition and not a ton of sugar!

    Thank you for the link to the reusable pouches as well. We use the ones you buy at the store as treats, but they are awfully expensive and our little one can devour one in 30 seconds!

    And one more thing, re: getting toddlers to try new things. If he balks, I tell him it must go on the plate, but he doesn’t have to eat it. He usually gets around to at least trying it. If he really doesn’t like it, I just say, things like, “Asparagus is an acquired taste. Maybe next time.” We have a NO-PRESSURE policy, and it works for us. We provide only healthy foods, so whatever he eats (or doesn’t) is okay.

    1. I love hearing about your no-pressure policy Suzy—such a good reminder that even getting kids used to seeing and trying foods is a continual process!!