If your child has lactose intolerance, is on a casein-free diet or if he or she has an allergy to dairy and you are trying to avoid an allergic reaction, it can be difficult to find dairy-free foods that fit your child’s dietary restrictions while still being delicious and enjoyable. Recipes below, which are dairy-free “milk” shakes and smoothies can really help! What’s more, they are all economical and quick to make.

Choco-Nana Shake

This recipe really mimics a nice, rich, old-fashioned chocolate milk shake – and it is not only dairy free, but gives your kids a full serving of fruit, lots of healthy protein from the almond milk and a load of antioxidants from the chocolate.

  • 1 cup chocolate almond milk
  • 1 banana, peeled, chunked and frozen
  • 2 tablespoons honey or natural sweetener of choice

Add all ingredients into a blender, then process until smooth. Chill for at least an hour before serving.

Tropical Sunrise Smoothie

Get the day started off right with this sweet and fruit smoothie that gets its creamy taste from soy milk rather than dairy.

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 banana, peeled, chunked and frozen
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk

Mix the juices, banana and soy milk together in a blender and process. This is best if it is chilled overnight and served up for breakfast the next morning.

Strawberry “Milk” Shake

Most kids really enjoy Nestle Strawberry Milk – this is the dairy-free alternative to this childhood favorite – and like the Sunrise Smoothie, gives your child a full serving of fruit while enjoying this treat!

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 2 cups plain almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons honey or preferred natural sweetener

Blend the strawberries, almond milk and honey together in a blender until smooth and enjoy!

Peaches and Cream Smoothie

This is another way to let your kids enjoy a rich and creamy taste while still avoiding the problem of dairy.

  • 1 large can peaches, with syrup (go for light syrup to cut down on sugar)
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk
  • 1 handful ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Add all ingredients to the blender and process until smooth. Serve and enjoy immediately.

The Berry Good Smoothie

This smoothie, while still creamy from the almond milk and banana, also provides your kids with the fiber and antioxidants from the berries, making it a great choice for a hectic morning or a quick snack after school.

  • 1 cup mixed frozen berries
  • 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
  • 1 fresh banana, chunked
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Add fruit, almond milk and honey to the blender and process until smooth.

Chocolate Nut Shake

A shake which combines the classic combination of chocolate and peanut butter? Bring it on! This shake is sure to be a hit with your kids and is high in protein (from the nuts) and antioxidants (from the chocolate).

  • 1 cup cashew milk
  • 1 tablespoon dark unsweet cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon peanut butter
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • Handful of ice

Process all ingredients in the blender until smooth. Enjoy right away.
These shakes and smoothies will give your kids the creamy taste of dairy that they crave so they don’t feel deprived when the kids around them start sucking up their Dairy Queen treats. They are easy to make, kind to the budget and taste so good you might just find your whole family is requesting them!