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We've been making smoothies regularly during the summer for years and sweetening them with honey. But we now have a 15-mo DD who is a major smoothie-hog, and I don't want to stress about her getting honey in her system. Leaving it out can make for a pretty tart drink, though. Any suggestions to sweeten it without adding sugar?
 

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I thought that the restriction on honey was for children under 1?<br><br>
In terms of a natural sweetener, maple syrup would work the best. You can use sucanat and rapadura as well but they may not melt completely. Some people use agave, but I'm not using agave anymore since I'm not completely convinced it's not a super refined food.
 

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i say it depends on what you are putting in to the smoothie i have done it with just balancing the sweet with the bitter frut is a great sweetner
 

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i would use stevia - hth!
 

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we do honey is our smoothies, dd is 18 months old. we like agave, too. stevia is great but you might have to experiment in terms of what your dc tolerates because it can have an aftertaste. there is stevia powder as well as liquid, i personally like the liquid but others think it tastes horrible.<br><br>
banana and mango usually sweetenthings up if you tend to use tart fruit like berries.
 

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Yep, ripe bananas here too. I've never added sweetener to the smoothies I make for my kids, but I always throw in a banana. They love it!
 

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I don't usually use a sweetener for smoothies either. We usually just do fruit + soymilk. For other things though, I use agave nectar to sweeten. It's very good!
 

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We use really ripe bananas.
 
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