I’ve learned over the years as a parent that sometimes, a simple change to the way we serve a food is all it takes to get the kids interested. And these Smoothie Bowls are a super fun way to serve a smoothie—and the kids can DIY the toppings! Try it for breakfast or snack.
Berry Banana Smoothie Bowl
I am always looking for snacks that are quick, easy, and that my kids like and while we have our stash of store-bought options always at the ready, I love mixing in some homemade options. This Smoothie Bowl has been such a hit with my two little kids (who are 2 and 5 as I’m writing this), especially since they love to add the toppings themselves.
What’s a Smoothie Bowl?
Okay, quick explainer if you’re new to this idea. It’s basically a smoothie in a bowl that you eat with a spoon. (Sort of like the whole Acai Bowl trend if you’ve seen those pop up at your coffee or smoothie shops.) They’re a really nice way to vary the way we serve smoothies—it’s entirely possible that a child may just prefer it this way.
Ingredients You Need
To make this recipe you’ll need:
- Frozen strawberries (or any other berries)
- Milk (dairy or non-dairy)
- Toppings such as granola, berries, bananas, sprinkles…or really anything you like!
TIP: I like to make these thick for toddlers so they are easy to eat with a spoon.
Here’s a look at how to make this recipe. Scroll down to the bottom of the post for the full information.
- Add the ingredients to a blender.
- Blend, starting on low and working up to high, using the stick that came with your blender if you have one.
- Pour or spoon into bowls and top with desired toppings.
TIP: I love to hand over as much control as I can to my kids during meals (little kids love power!) so I put out the toppings and let them serve themselves. Yes, it is a little messy, but they usually eat a different mix of foods that I would have expected.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sure thing! Just use a favorite nondairy milk.
You can use any berries you like including strawberries, mixed berries, and blueberries. You can use raspberries and blackberries too, though I find those harder to blend super smooth (and my kids don’t love the seedy texture.)
You can use an equal amount of mango or yogurt to add creaminess if you leave out banana.
Best Tips for Success
I’d love to hear your feedback if you try this with your family, so please comment below to share!
This post was originally posted February 2016.
These are deliberately thick so that they’re easy to eat with a spoon. Vary the toppings as you like!
- Place the ingredients (except the optional toppings) into a blender.
- Blend until very smooth.
- Pour into bowls and top with optional toppings as you like.
- Serve immediately.
This is intentionally thick so it’s easy to eat with a spoon.) If it’s too thick for your blender, add a little extra milk.)
Use dairy or nondairy milk.
Banana-free: Trade in 1 cup diced mango or use ½ cup yogurt instead.
Try letting the kids (even little ones!) add their own toppings for a fun food activity.