Inside: Get a recipe for a filling and kid-friendly shake that’s full of calcium, potassium, and protein to start your child’s day.
Breakfast is not my fifth grader’s favorite meal of the day.
(My first grader, on the other hand, practically jumps directly from his bed into a seat at the kitchen island with a spoon in his hand.)
I invented this breakfast shake one morning to sweeten the deal. It’s something fun and filling. I also love that it’s full of calcium, potassium, and protein to start his day.
You can easily adjust this recipe to your tastes and needs by:
- Subbing in a non-dairy milk such as almond or soy
- Using your favorite kind of nut butter
- Adding just one date (or omitting them completely) if you want less sweetness
Dates can be tough to pulverize completely in the blender, but I got this great tip from a reader: Soak them in a little dish of milk overnight (see how at My 10 Favorite Kitchen Tricks).
Want more breakfast recipes? Try my Scrambled Egg Muffins and Freezer Waffles.
Back-To-School Peanut Butter Breakfast Shake
Filling and kid-friendly, this shake is full of calcium, potassium, and protein to start your child's day.
- 1 frozen banana, peeled and broken in half
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
- 2 small pitted dates , or 1 regular size date
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 shake Serving Size: 1 Shake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 390Cholesterol: 10mgSodium: 174mgCarbohydrates: 63gFiber: 6gSugar: 45gProtein: 14g
This recipe was not a hit with my family at all!
Bummer. Oh well, everyone is different!
This is exactly what I make for breakfast and snack all the time! Except I don’t measure anything out — same ingredients. I use dates all the time to sweeten smoothies — the Vitamix pulverizes them so well. I sometimes throw in unsweetened cocoa powder for a chocolate-banana smoothie. Dates provide plenty of sweetness (well, for my kids — my husband seems to require added sweetener).
Is there any nutrition information available? I know I could figure it out myself, but if it’s available so much the better.
I love this so much! This was a big hit for me. I used one and a half dates, and it was probably the best smoothie I’ve ever had! Definitely going to be on the eating list. Five stars for sure!
Zoe–so glad to hear it was a hit!!
So for your son, is this his whole breakfast? If not, what else do you serve with the shake? I’m excited to give this a try!
Hi Susan–he’s not a big breakfast eater, so sometimes this is it. Or he will have a slice of toast or bowl of cereal with it. On days when he has a bigger appetite, a scrambled egg.
What could you substitute for the dates instead that is Low FODMAP friendly?
Hi Angela–You could swap in a teaspoon or two of maple syrup (to taste).