Smoothies are a great way to pack nutrition into a delicious drink that kids and adults alike will enjoy.  I wrote about cinnamon recently in my “Effortless Additions” series and thought these recipes would go well with the cinnamon theme. Besides cinnamon, these smoothies are packed with some really super foods such as flax seeds, chia seeds, oats and cacao. 

I will provide approximate measurements but you can’t really mess up these smoothies, so feel free to make substitutions and change it up to your liking!

A quick note on bananas – you want to use a nice ripe banana for this smoothie. If you use a fresh banana (or thawed) your smoothie will be smooth and thinner, if you freeze your banana’s and use them frozen you will get an ice cream or milkshake like consistency (which is my favourite!)

These recipes each yield enough for one large glass and one small glass

Chocolatey Almond Cacao 

15 month old sipping a Chocolatey Almond Cacao Smoothie through a cup with a straw

You can never be too young to enjoy a Chocolatey Almond Cacao Smoothie according to River

1 medium-large ripened banana (fresh or frozen)

1.5 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)

1 heaping tbsp of almond butter (any nut butter can be substituted)

1/4 rolled oats 

1/2 tbsp cacao powder (or cocoa powder)

1/2 tbsp ground flax 

generous few shakes of cinnamon 

handful of ice

Directions:

Add all ingredients to your blender, blend and add more almond milk if needed and enjoy! Garnish with a shake of cinnamon.

 

Cinnamon Roll Me Over Smoothie

(this was inspired by this overnight oat recipe)

1 medium-large ripened banana (fresh or frozen)

1.5 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)

1 heaping tbsp of cashew butter

1/4 rolled oats 

1/2 tbsp chia seeds 

generous few shakes of cinnamon 

handful of ice

Directions:

Add all ingredients to your blender, blend and add more almond milk if needed and enjoy! Garnish with a shake of cinnamon.

Tall glass of smoothie with cinnamon sprinkled on top, in front of a blender

 

Notes:

If you prefer a sweeter smoothie feel free to add sweetener of your choice (honey, maple syrup, dates, etc.) You can also add spinach for a veggie boost that doesn’t change the delicious flavour…but will change the colour!

~Angelina

 

p.s. If you are looking for tips or suggestions regarding introducing new foods or meals to your family, please check out my Family Consultation package that I offer. I would love to help your family on their journey!

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Angelina Jackson

About Angelina Jackson

My name is Angelina. I’m a stay at home mother of two energetic boys and a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. I have been interested in nutrition and healthy living for quite a few years but when my oldest son was born I really wanted to give him a great start in life and started to really dive in and educate myself. Prior to having my son I wasn’t doing anything I really felt passionate about and after having a conversation with somebody who asked if I was a nutritionist (I wasn’t yet), I started to think about the future and felt that this is the path I want to be on. I registered for the Holistic Nutritionist program at CSNN (Canadian School of Natural Nutrition) and jumped right in. It has been one of the most awakening experiences of my life. I have learned so much and applied what I learned to myself and my family and would love to help others who are looking into practicing a more holistic approach in their everyday lives.