Change up your morning routine with a Strawberry Banana Kids Smoothie Bowl – full of nutrients and fun to make, this is sure to become a family favorite!
How many of you struggle to get your kids up and moving in the morning? I have days like that too, where the hustle to make breakfast, pack lunches, and get everyone dressed and ready is exhausting. And let’s not forget making sure they actually eat their breakfast so they have energy at school.
With all that goes into the mornings, I try to make things ahead when I can like muffins or the quinoa if I’m making a protein breakfast bowl. But something else that really helps change up our routines is getting my kids involved in making their breakfast two days a week.
I know what you’re thinking, toddlers making their own breakfast? Well, I’m not saying they’re doing the cooking or using sharp knives unsupervised 🙂 but I am saying that there are safer things that they can do to help. A perfect example of this is smoothie bowls.
My kids and I are smoothie bowl super fans. I love that you can sneak all kinds of nutrients into them and my kids think they’re eating ice cream. Seriously! When we make them in the morning, they think they’re eating ice cream for breakfast and they clean their plates within minutes. I blend up the ingredients and they are in charge of the toppings. So, that means they get their step stools and wash the fruit, get out granola, shredded coconut, chia seeds, cereal, almond butter, etc. Whatever they want to top it with.
It’s fun for them to help, and you know what else? It helps them wake up so they’re less groggy and grumpy 🙂 . Plus, they get more excited to eat their breakfast and it gives me time to pack lunches and get other things organized.
This time, we decided to make a Strawberry Banana Kids Smoothie Bowl, but just so you know it’s a yummy breakfast for adults too! In addition to fruit and Barney Butter drizzle, my kids used Love Grown Sea Stars (bean based and certified gluten free) as a crunchy topping instead of granola. Here’s the super simple recipe.
Strawberry Banana Kids Smoothie Bowl
- 1 cup frozen strawberries
- 1 cup frozen bananas pre-sliced
- 1/4 cup non dairy milk we like almond milk
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 2 tbsp no-sugar added almond butter we used Barney Butter Bare Smooth
- Sliced fruit - bananas, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, etc.
- Shredded coconut
- Chia seeds
- Gluten free granola
- Gluten free cereal
- Drizzled almond, cashew, or peanut butter
Decide on your toppings and set them up in bowls or on a cutting board for easy access. Set aside.
Add all of the smoothie bowl ingredients to your blender and blend on high or on your frozen setting until smooth.
It's a thick smoothie, so you will need to stop and stir a couple of times to help mix it up.
Once smooth, pour into bowls.
"Decorate" with toppings.
Nutrition facts below are for the smoothie base only. The rest depends on what you top your smoothie bowl with!
When should you make smoothie bowls?
Anytime! Smoothie bowls aren’t just great for breakfasts. Sometimes we have them as an afternoon snack and they also make great desserts after dinner.