Lassi is a popular summer drink in India, and it is very versatile! Here are 25 Healthy Lassi Recipes for Kids, made with a variety of ingredients!
Lassi is something we’re all familiar with, even if we’re not from North India. In fact, lassi is so popular that it’s become easily available all over the country and most of us make it in our own homes as well. Lassi is made basically with yogurt, to which we add fruit or vegetables, spices, sweeteners or salt, depending upon whether the lassi is sweet or savory.
The beauty of the lassi lies in using homemade fresh curd or yogurt and churning it well. In fact, some lassi shops use washing machines to get perfectly churned lassi – they are able to make large quantitates in a short time, which is crucial during summer! In every way, lassi is the perfect summer drink for the whole family!
Yogurt is a great food for children, since it is rich in calcium, is loaded with probiotics and is great for digestion. Some lassi recipes also use a little milk to thin it out. You can also freeze a lassi in a popsicle form or have a really thick lassi that can be eaten with a spoon.
Just as there are many options to consume a lassi, there are many ways to make it as well! That’s why we’ve gathered together 25 of the best healthy lassi recipes that we could find, so you can pick and choose to make a different one every day!
We don’t recommend using refined sugar due to the various harmful effects of sugar. Instead of sugar in the recipes below, you can use coconut sugar, jaggery or dried dates powder. Another excellent option is to use forest honey or jaggery syrup, especially in recipes that mention maple syrup. If you’d like to add a little extra nutrition and flavor to the lassi, you can also add some dry fruits powder or mixed nuts powder.
25 Healthy Lassi Recipes for Kids
If strawberries are in season where you live, this lassi is a must try! The gorgeous pink color combined with the unique tartness of the strawberries is the perfect drink to get all the antioxidants of the berries along with the calcium of milk.
Unknown to most people, mango is quite rich in Vitamin C, and Mango lassi is common, especially during the summer when the fruit is in season! Everyday Delicious gives the regular mango lassi an extra edge with some cardamom.
Roses are great for gifting and for beauty treatments, but they are also rich in antioxidants! Cubes n Juliennes has a lovely drink that uses fresh edible rose petals to get all the benefits of the blooms along with the richness of almonds.
Kesar or saffron is something we value a lot, considering its the most expensive spice in the world. This lassi is a great way to get the health benefits of saffron and make you feel like a royal every time you drink it!
5. Punjabi Sweet Lassi
The Veggie Indian has a recipe for the traditional, the original, the world famous Punjabi lassi! This is the basic lassi recipe which is then modified by adding other ingredients like fruits or vegetables. This lassi has a subtle flavor of cardamom powder that takes the lassi to the next level.
Lassi doesn’t always have to be sweet, it can very well be salty! Mirchi Tales shows us how to do this the right way, by providing us with a recipe that uses cumin as well as both sweetness and saltness. In fact, the sweetness is optional – you can go with a purely salty flavor if you like.
7. Salted Mint Lassi
Here’s another recipe for lovers of savory lassi! First Timer Cook’s recipe uses mint for an additional dose of freshness this summer along with black salt. Mint also has aromatherapy benefits that helps refresh you on a hot day.
You can’t have recipes for kids without including chocolate, can you? But what we love about this chocolate lassi from Sugar Et Al is that it’s mildly spiced with spices like ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. The combination of these spices and chocolate may remind you a little of Christmas bang in the middle of summer, but we don’t mind!
One of the nutrients most Indians are lacking in is protein, which is why we need to find ways to include it in our diet. Cooking Curries has a protein-rich lassi recipe that solves this problem to some extent. Try using Little Moppet Foods’ Protein Delight Powder for a 100% natural protein replacement in the recipe.
When we think of adding fruits to lassi, the most common fruit that comes to mind is something like mango or strawberries – few of us would consider honeydew! A Meal in Mind uses not just honeydew, but pineapple as well to create a very interesting looking double layered lassi that kids will love.
Pistachios and roses are a popular combination in desserts of various kinds including cakes and Indian desserts. My Vega brings this winning combination together in this pistachio rose water lassi that looks and smells as lovely as you think it would!
12. Peach Lassi
Peaches aren’t exactly common in India, but if you get hold of peaches at any time, you should most certainly try out this recipe from The Kitchn! If your kids have trouble with the flavor of peach, you can also mix in some mango or banana to neutralize the taste a little. The cardamom goes beautifully with the flavor of the peaches.
We’ve featured lassis with different fruits, from the ordinary to the exotic, but what if you were to combine everything in one? That’s exactly what Sailus Food has done in this mixed fruit lassi! This yummy recipe includes watermelon, apple, banana, musk melon and grapes – all easily available fruits that kids love.
Avocados are naturally creamy, and when you blend them with yogurt, they turn into this delicious half-lassi, half-ice cream recipe from Tomato Blues! Avocados are rich in antioxidants, Vitamin A and loads of healthy fats, which are essential for brain development and immunity in children.
Passion fruit, apart from a lovely name, is also chock full of nutrients and antioxidants. It is rich in Vitamins A and C, as well as magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron. Foraged Dish helps you get all these nutrients in this yummy passion fruit lassi, made creamier and naturally sweeter with the addition of banana.
Yes, orange juice is very refreshing, but have you tried orange lassi during summers? Lemon Blossoms will ensure you do, with this easy recipe that combines the tartness of orange juice and the sweetness of raw honey for a beautifully refreshing and Vitamin-C packed summer drink!
17. Papaya Lassi
Papaya is a very versatile dish in Indian homes. You can eat the ripe flesh, or cook the raw version. What’s more, you can easily blend it into a lassi! Check out Cook Republic for the instructions on how to make this easy lassi. We love the lovely color of the lassi – kids will love it too!
We’re big fans of natural sweeteners and even more of sweetening food by using fruits and vegetables. That’s why we love this lassi recipe from Food Fanatic which uses two ingredients that are naturally sweet – pumpkin and dates! You can completely avoid sugar or other sweeteners in this recipe as you’ll have more than enough already!
19. Banana Lassi
One benefit of using banana in lassis that it adds another layer of creaminess due to the very texture of banana. Another benefit is the natural sweetness a ripe banana brings to the recipe, without having to add any sugar. You can do the same with this recipe with Veggie Desserts and skip the sweetener altogether!
Yes, turmeric milk is great for you, but don’t underestimate the benefits of a ginger turmeric lassi too! Vegan Richa has a lassi recipe that has not just turmeric, but also pepper. All in all, this lassi is a combination of the healing properties of curcumin and piperine, the compounds in turmeric and pepper respectively.
Caramelized pineapple is a great snack on its own, but it also works perfectly in a lassi, as we can see in this recipe from How Sweet Eats! The recipe contains instructions on how to caramelize the pineapple and then make a lassi out of it! The list of ingredients may seem like an unlikely combination, but the end result will be worth the effort!
Beetroot and lassi? Yes, it’s possible! Merry Tummy gives us a recipe that results in a gorgeous, gorgeous colored lassi! Roast the beetroot to get the best out of it and blend it with the remaining ingredients. The rose water adds a nice touch to balance the flavors while also adding to the aroma.
Chitra’s Healthy Kitchen has a lassi recipe that combines kiwi fruit along with spices and mint leaves. The result is a refreshing green lassi that tastes as good as it looks! The presence of spices like pepper and fennel adds an extra dimension to the lassi and keeps it from getting too bland.
Peanut butter is a favorite with kids of all ages, and that’s why this lassi from Archana’s Kitchen will be a hit with them! You can use creamy peanut butter for a smooth lassi or add the crunchy version for a bite. Opt for peanut butter that is free from sugar or added flavors or try a homemade peanut butter.
What is the most refreshing vegetable for summer? Answer: cucumber, of course! Now combine that with some cold yogurt and some cumin powder. What you get is a lassi that reminds you a little of a raitha but without the heat of the chillies! Get the recipe over at Blend with Spices.