We drink a lot of smoothies in our house. It started as a way to use up bananas that were slightly past their prime, but not far enough gone for banana bread. But Sweet Pea devours them, so they’ve become a regular part of our breakfast and snack routine. Since Tom is usually on kitchen clean-up duty, I think he gets sick of washing blender parts multiple times a week. But Sweet Pea loves them so much, and it’s a great way to get some fruit and calcium into her while fooling her that it’s a treat. Dairy free smoothies are super easy, and you can make endless variations. This isn’t so much a recipe as a guideline for creating your own dairy-free goodness in a glass.
One thing I do quite often is add probiotics to our smoothies. Sweet Pea hasn’t wanted to eat plain yogurt lately (I think she overdosed from eating it every.single.day for months), but it’s good for her allergies to keep up the healthy bacteria. I tried stirring the probiotics into other things like applesauce, but the grainy texture is a dead giveaway. Sweet Pea runs the other direction if she sees those tiny white dots in her applesauce! But these smoothies are the perfect hiding place. If you have a dairy allergy, make sure that the caplets you purchase are dairy free! A lot of probiotics are based on dairy cultures, especially the ones meant for kids to stir into foods. We talked to our pharmacist to make sure we had ones that were safe for Sweet Pea. For this recipe, I usually break open two caplets into the blender with everything else, and you can’t even tell they’re in there.
Banana Berry Smoothie
2 ripe bananas
1 carton (6 oz.) plain or vanilla coconut yogurt (you could use soy too)
1/2 c. fresh or frozen blueberries
1/4 c. plain or vanilla coconut milk
1 Tbsp. honey (optional, usually only needed with plain yogurt)
1/8 tsp. ground cinnamon
Handful of ice cubes
Combine all ingredients in a blender, and blend until everything is combined and smooth. Makes two servings.