Kid Friendly Dairy Free Smoothies

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This round-up of dairy-free smoothies has something to satisfy even the pickiest of taste buds! Made with simple, healthy ingredients, they’re the easiest way to add vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber into you and your kids’ diets. Keep reading for a list of 10+ of my favorite allergy-friendly smoothies, and find your favorite recipe!

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Why I Love Smoothies (& You Should, Too)

If you’ve been around awhile it will come as no surprise that I love a good smoothie recipe. I mean, who doesn’t want a delicious meal that can be made in minutes and taken on the go? Not to mention, they’re incredibly good for you, too! Okay, don’t get me wrong. Some smoothies, like those bought in stores, are loaded with sugars and are the exact opposite of healthy. However, around here, they’re made in the kitchen and loaded with fresh fruit, vegetables, healthy fats, and even some protein. As a result, homemade smoothies have incredible health benefits including: 

  • Improved digestion
  • Boosted immunity
  • Improved hydration
  • Clear skin

Plus, if you know the right ingredients to use, you can easily create a nutritious smoothie that tastes like dessert! 

Staple Ingredients for the Perfect Dairy-Free Smoothie

Regardless of what smoothie you’re making, the core ingredients tend to stay fairly similar. Once you have the base down, you can begin to experiment with different ingredients to create fun flavors and added textures. However, to start you’ll need to gather a few staple ingredients. 

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  • Non-dairy milk of choice
  • Frozen fruit and/or leafy greens like spinach 
  • A starch like banana, pumpkin, or gluten free rolled oats 
  • A sweetener of choice
  • Protein and/or healthy fat! Such as nut/seed butter, flaxseed or chia seeds, plant based protein, or collagen peptides. 

How to Make a Dairy Free Smoothie

Before we give you the recipes, we thought it would be helpful to teach you how to create the perfect dairy-free smoothie every single time. 

How to add protein without yogurt – collagen, vegan protein powder, hemp seeds, chia seeds, almond butter or peanut butter will boost your smoothie with the protein punch you need.

grapes, yogurt, banana, and oats, chia, protein in blender from overhead view

How to create a smooth texture without milk – avocado, pitted dates, pumpkin puree, frozen coconut milk cubes, gluten free rolled oats, flaxseed, and frozen banana all add a nice creamy texture without the use of milk.

How to Create Your Own Smoothie

This is the basic outline for creating a dairy-free smoothie or smoothie bowl. Feel free to get fun and creative with this. Simply take your desired ingredients and blend until creamy! Be sure to save this to your phone for later use.

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This is the basic outline for creating a dairy-free smoothie or smoothie bowl. Feel free to get fun and creative with this. Simply take your desired ingredients and blend until creamy!

* 1 cup frozen berries or tropical fruit of choice 
* 2 cups non-dairy milk
* 2 teaspoon flaxseed/chia seed or 1- 2 Tablespoons nut butter
* Honey or Maple Syrup (to taste)
* Optional Add-ins (mix match any)

Banana (how to freeze/keep fresh)
– Spinach
¼ cup Pumpkin Puree 
Pitted dates (for whole30 sweetener
2 scoops (60-70 grams) Plant Protein Powder or Collagen 
⅓ of a large avocado (for extra thick for smoothie bowl)
Unsweetened Cocoa Powder or Cacao

Pinch of Cinnamon or ground ginger 

Now, let’s get blending with these 8 dairy-free smoothie recipes! 

Smoothie Recipe Round Up

Super Fruit Kale SmoothieThis Super Fruit Kale Smoothie is full of fiber and natural antioxidants for a veggie-packed smoothie that tastes like fruit for a healthy recipe your kids will love!

Frozen Grape Dairy Free Smoothie This Frozen Grape Dairy Free Smoothie is delicious, dairy free, and packed full of healthy nutrients and antioxidants that help prevent chronic disease, protect against cancer, and improve memory retention. It’s the perfect creamy, refreshing drink to make for breakfast or a post workout snack.

Immunity Boosting Frozen Fruit Smoothie – The best cure to runny noses, this low-fat  Immunity Boosting Frozen Fruit Smoothie is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C to keep you full, healthy, and satisfied.

Red Vitality Superfood Smoothies These Super Red Superfood Smoothies are packed with nutrient dense ingredients, healthy fats, and hidden veggies to boost energy, stamina, and vitality while also reducing inflammation and improving digestion.

Super Green SmoothieDelicious and refreshing, this Detoxifying Super Green Smoothie is full of vitamins and antioxidants that help improve digestion and naturally detox the body while reducing inflammation and balancing electrolytes.  

Make-Ahead Protein Smoothie – This Collagen Protein Smoothie is the best healthy meal prep recipe that tastes like a tropical treat but also aids in digestion, prevents bone loss, and improves your skin health! While the Energizing Protein Smoothie is a favorite for kids with flavors like chocolate and peanut butter!

Key Lime Pie Smoothie – This Key Lime Pie Smoothie tastes like your favorite treat but is low-carb, dairy-free, and high-protein for an incredible healthy dessert, snack, or breakfast shake.  

Tropical Turmeric Smoothie – This Tropical Turmeric Smoothie is made with pineapple and/or papaya, and mango for a fruity drink that will keep your immune system strong and your gut health thriving!

Orange Probiotic Immunity Boosting Smoothies – Packed with Vitamin A, Vitamin C, fiber, and Calcium, these Orange Probiotic Immunity Boosting Smoothies are made with fruits, vegetables, and healthy fats to keep you and your little ones full and fueled for whatever the day may bring.

Almond Berry Mini Cheesecake Smoothie – This Almond Berry Mini Cheesecake Smoothie is made with real ingredients for a high protein recipe that tastes like dessert! No protein powder needed.

Bonus Superfood Green Smoothie Bowl – from cookbook (recipe below) – Made with healthy fats, fresh fruit and vegetables, and flavorful add-ins, this Healing Green Smoothie Bowl has it all! Enjoy it for breakfast, lunch, or a snack to help boost your immunity, improve your gut health, and more.

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All The Answers to Your Dairy-Free Smoothie Questions

What can I use to replace milk in smoothies? 

Depending on the smoothie you’re trying to make and the ingredients used, there are a wide variety of milk alternatives to choose from. The most common include traditional alternatives such as almond milk, cashew milk, or even oat milk. However, if you’re making a more tropical smoothie recipe, coconut water and juice could be used as well. 

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Which dairy-free milk is best for smoothies?

Of course, feel free to use any milk you prefer. However, my go-to milks for dairy-free smoothies (and any recipe, really) include almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, flaxseed milk, banana milk, golden milk, and my favorite homemade milk using cashews, pecans, or hemp! They’re all fairly light in flavor to avoid overwhelming your smoothies but are creamy enough to create that smooth texture we all want . 

How do you thicken a smoothie without yogurt?

If you’re looking for alternatives to yogurt or other ingredients that add bulk to a smoothie, there are several great options. For example, you could add in more frozen fruit or vegetables. You could also freeze some of the liquid being used, add healthy fats such as nuts or chia seeds, or toss in a scoop of protein powder. For even more ways to thicken a smoothie, take a look at this article.

Pro Tip: For smoothie bowls you’ll want a very thick smoothie. Add avocado or flax/chia seed to help thicken! Garnish on top with nuts and other add-in leftovers for a texture variety.

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Meal Prep Smoothies

Think you can’t meal prep smoothies? Think again! Instead of making one smoothie at a time, double, triple, or even quadruple the recipe, and make a big batch for easy sipping! Personally, I love to store smoothies in mason jars or weck jars to keep them fresh. Plus, when filled with a beautiful smoothie, they’re super instagramable. However, I don’t recommend storing a smoothie in the fridge for more than 1 or 2 days at a time.

Make-ahead smoothies in mason jars.
Collagen Protein Smoothie Packs

Don’t worry, though! If you’re looking for a way to prepare smoothies well in advance, you’re in luck. It turns out you can build your own smoothie packs for delicious smoothies in minutes. To do so, start by chopping all your fruits and veggies. Then, portion them out, toss them in a Ziploc bag, and pop in the freezer for up to 6 months. When you’re ready to make a smoothie, all you have to do is grab a bag, add the liquid and get blending

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Superfood Smoothies or Smoothie Bowls (Dairy Free)



  • Author:
    Lindsay Cotter

  • Prep Time:
    10

  • Total Time:
    10 minutes

  • Yield:
    2 bowls

  • Diet:
    Vegan

Description

Kid-Friendly Dairy-Free Green Smoothies make for a healthy breakfast option or snack packed with superfoods! Serve this smoothie in a cup to go or enjoy with a spoon in a bowl!


Ingredients

Smoothies

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 1/2 ripe avocado, skin and peel removed
  • 1 kiwi, skin removed
  • 2 slices fresh peeled ginger root, or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups (80 grams) baby spinach leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon (12 grams) creamy nut or seed butter of choice 
  • 2/3 to 3/4 cup (155177 milliliters) non dairy drinking milk (almond, coconut, or oat)
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons (1530 milliliters) maple syrup or honey

Topping

  • kiwi slices
  • maple syrup or honey
  • 1 Tablespoon (10 grams) flaxseed or chia seeds
  • sliced strawberries 

Instructions

  1. Combine smoothie ingredients in a blender. Blend until thick, scraping down the sides as needed. 
  2. Pour into two bowls or cups and top with desired toppings and/or drizzle with honey or maple syrup. 

Notes

Recipe adapted from my Nourishing Superfood Bowls.

  • Category: drinks
  • Method: blender
  • Cuisine: american

Keywords: smoothies, smoothie bowl, dairy free, kid friendly, breakfast, snack

I hope you and your little ones love these smoothies as much as I do. Let me know what your favorite was in the comments below! 

Cheers, 

LC

 

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