Go-to Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie for Kids (allergen-free)

Go-to Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie for Kids (allergen-free)

See why this is my go-to strawberry banana green smoothie for kids. Dietitian-approved and allergen-free, all you need are 5 simple ingredients.

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This strawberry banana green smoothie is a healthy option for kids and adults. 

Strawberry and banana smoothies are a childhood classic.

While I’m sure we made them at home, I remember I’d almost always get one in the summer when we’d go to the pool. Cool and refreshing, I’m sure it was also packed with added sugars.

This homemade strawberry, banana, and spinach smoothie is the perfect way to get more nutrients into your kiddos (or, let’s be honest, yourself). 

Plus, thanks to the sweetness of the banana and bright red color from the strawberries, your kids will never guess there’s secretly spinach mixed in!

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Made with just 5 nutritious ingredients.
  • Just the right amount of sweet.
  • Sneaky way to get your kids (or yourself) to eat more leafy greens.
  • Easy to meal-prep! 
Kid-friendly strawberry banana green smoothie

Are smoothies good for kids?

Smoothies can be a very nutritious breakfast or snack for kids. 

In fact, once your child is able to sip out of a straw or sippy cup, they’re ready to start trying smoothies. 

However, smoothies can quickly go from a healthy option to becoming more of a dessert. To keep your smoothies healthy, try to limit or avoid ingredients like:

  • High-sugar flavored yogurts.
  • Sweetened fruit juices.
  • Sorbets, frozen yogurts, and ice cream.

For more tips on building a healthy smoothie, be sure to check out my ultimate guide here!

What makes this healthy smoothie recipe allergen-free?

This healthy strawberry banana green smoothie is also a great option if your child has food allergies as it’s free of the top 8 food allergens.

That means that this smoothie is:

  • Dairy-free
  • Soy-free
  • Wheat-free
  • Nut-free
  • Peanut-free
  • Egg-free
  • Fish-free (although, this one I think is obvious)

It’s also:

  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
Kid-friendly strawberry banana green smoothie with ripple vanilla milk

Ingredients Used to Make this Kid-Friendly Green Smoothie Recipe

  • Frozen banana: The key to a really yummy, thick smoothie is using frozen banana slices. I recommend freezing the sliced bananas at least a day ahead of time.
  • Strawberries: Fresh or frozen strawberries will work. You can also sub in raspberries or blueberries depending on what your kid prefers. 
  • Spinach: While optional, I love using smoothies as a way to sneak in leafy greens. Keep reading for tips on how to freeze spinach for smoothies. You could also use kale, but it’ll have a more distinct flavor. 
  • Ripple Kid’s Vanilla: To make these allergen-free, I used Ripple’s Vanilla Kid’s Dairy-Free Plant-Based Milk. While it does have added sugar, it still has 40% less added sugar than flavored milks and just as much protein as regular cow’s milk. You could also use Ripple’s Original Kid’s drink instead. 
  • Ground flax seeds: I like adding a little flax seed for an extra boost of fiber, omega-3’s and essential nutrients. You could also use chia seeds or hemp hearts instead. 
Making strawberry banana green smoothie in blender with frozen spinach and smoothie pack

How to Make Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie Freezer Packs 

To make this kid-friendly smoothie even easier, I like making smoothie freezer packs. That way, all you have to do is dump the contents of the bag into the blender, pour in milk, and blend. 

Here’s how to make smoothie freezer packs:

  1. Set out one small freezer bag per smoothie that you want to prep. 
  2. In each bag, place ½ a sliced banana, ½ cup sliced strawberries, and ½-1 tablespoon ground flax seeds. Seal the bag and place in the freezer. 
  3. In a blender, add a few handfuls of spinach and a splash of water. Blend until spinach is completely broken down. Pour spinach into an ice cube tray. I like to use this herb freezing tray instead. Freeze. 
  4. When ready to make your smoothie, simply pop one spinach cube from the tray and empty contents of the zip top bag into the blender. Add 1 cup of your plant-based milk and blend away! 

Of course you can also make this strawberry banana green smoothie without the prep work. Simply place ½ a frozen banana, ½ cup of fresh or frozen strawberries, a small handful of spinach, and 1 cup of plant-based milk in your blender. 

Tips for making this recipe

  • If using fresh spinach, you may want to blend it with the milk first to fully break down the spinach before adding the fruit and flax seeds. 
  • Slicing your peeled banana before freezing will help it blend more easily. 
  • If your kid can still taste the spinach, you can pour it back into the blender with more strawberries or banana slices.

More healthy smoothie recipes to try 

If you tried this strawberry, banana, and green smoothie, or any other recipe on the blog, let me know how you liked it by leaving a comment/rating below! Be sure to follow along on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook for even more deliciousness!

Go-to Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie for Kids (allergen-free)

See why this is my go-to strawberry banana green smoothie for kids. Dietitian-approved and allergen-free, all you need are 5 simple ingredients.
Total Time5 mins
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Keyword: Healthy Smoothie Recipe, Kid-Friendly Smoothie, Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie
Servings: 1 large smoothie or 2 snack-sized
Calories: 250kcal

Ingredients

  • ½ frozen banana sliced
  • ½ cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen spinach cube or 1 small handful of fresh baby spinach
  • 1 8- ounce container of Ripple Vanilla Kid’s Dairy-Free Plant-Based Milk can also use oat milk instead
  • ½ tablespoon ground flax seeds can use chia seeds or hemp hearts instead

Instructions

If making smoothie packets:

  • Place banana slices, strawberries, and ground flax seeds in a zip-top bag and store in the freezer overnight or up to 6 months.
  • Make spinach ice cubes by blending several handfuls of spinach with a splash of water. Once spinach is fully broken down, pour into an ice cube tray or herb freezing tray. Store for up to 4 months.
  • When ready to make the smoothie, add the contents of a zip-top bag, 1 spinach cube, and 1 cup of plant-based milk in a high-powered blender. Blend using intermittent speed setting until well-combined.

If making smoothie fresh:

  • Place frozen banana slices, fresh or frozen strawberries, fresh spinach, and ground flax seeds in a high-powered blender. Blend using the intermittent speed setting until well-combined.

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8 Comments

  • Alison AvatarAlison6 days ago

    Who wouldn’t love this healthy, naturally sweet treat! Looks delish!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast6 days ago

      Thanks so much Alsion 🙂

  • Anita AvatarAnita6 days ago

    Easy and very delicious indeed. And I use chia seeds since that’s what I have, and it’s very lovely.

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast6 days ago

      So glad you enjoyed it Anita! Chia seeds are a perfect substitution!

  • Erika AvatarErika6 days ago

    This smoothie is so pretty and I love that it makes a great, healthy snack for kids too!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast6 days ago

      Thanks Erika! Absolutely – it’s always helpful having ideas for the whole family.

  • Rachel AvatarRachel6 days ago

    Will definitely be trying this soon! I love the combo on banana and strawberries!

    • The Healthy Toast AvatarThe Healthy Toast6 days ago

      It’s such a classic! Hope you enjoy it Rachel 🙂

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