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How to make a smoothie without milk

Learn how to make a smoothie without milk in this guide for making delicious smoothies!

How to make a smoothie without milk

how to make a smoothie without milk

It might surprise you when I say that more often than not, I make my smoothies without milk.

Sure, sometimes I make fruit based smoothies with milk and yogurt, but oftentimes I do not use milk at all in my smoothies, and sometimes no liquid either!

This guide will help you find out which flavors work best in a smoothie so that you can make delicious smoothies without milk at home!

smoothie without milk

Do you need milk to make a smoothie?

The answer is no!

You absolutely do not need milk to make a smoothie.

In fact, some of the most delicious smoothies I have ever made do not have any milk in them at all.

Sometimes milk is a great way to help build your smoothies, but it also can easily water down the flavor depending on the type of smoothie you are making.

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Green smoothies especially should never be made with milk in them.

I discovered a long time ago that the very best green smoothie I have ever tasted is made with water, citrus fruits, and ice.

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Some green smoothies may taste good with milk, but I prefer the ones without it much better.

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You have to learn which flavors play well together and which ones clash.

Otherwise you might find yourself hating smoothies and giving up on them all together.

That was me for awhile and I had just about given up making smoothies taste good.

Now that I know how to make delicious smoothies at home, I make them all of the time!

Ginger peach detox smoothie without milk

Can you make a smoothie with water instead of milk?

Yes! Water is a great way to add a little bit of liquid to your smoothies without the use of milk.

A great example of this is our Ginger Peach Detox Smoothie.

This smoothie uses just a cup of water in addition to high liquid fruits and vegetables including lemon, orange, apple, and cucumber.

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It’s important to note that you do not want to use a large amount of water in your smoothies or they can easily become too watery and lose flavor.

The best way that I have found is to combine high liquid fruits and vegetables with just enough water to blend.

This way you get a super thick and creamy smoothie without being watery.

It is also important to note here that you will need to use a high speed blender such as a vitamix or blendtec for best results and creamy smoothies.

easy smoothie without milk

How do you make a smoothie without milk or yogurt?

As you have read above, the best way is to use high liquid fruits and vegetables along with water, as necessary.

So what are the best high liquid fruits and veggies to use?

pineapple detox smoothie on a spoon

High water content fruits and vegetables

Below are some of my favorite high water content fruits and vegetables to add to smoothies.

  • pineapple
  • lemons
  • oranges
  • watermelon
  • strawberries
  • cantaloupe
  • cucumber
  • peaches
  • apples

My personal favorites to add are cucumber (you can’t taste it), apples (add a great sweetness), and citrus fruits.

Pineapple, peaches, oranges, and lemons are all bursting with juiciness and great for replacing the liquid in smoothies.

pineapple detox smoothie

Here are the steps that I take when making a smoothie without milk or yogurt:

Add liquid or liquid fruits and vegetables to the blender FIRST.

(optional step) blend until smooth.

Add remaining ingredients (such as frozen fruit, or frozen or fresh greens) and blend again until smooth.

Depending on the strength of your blender, you can skip step 2 and just mix all of the ingredients at once.

However, sometimes I find it helpful to blend the liquid parts first in order for the blender to handle the frozen fruit well.

Pineapple detox smoothie

Can you make a smoothie without liquid?

You might now be wondering if you can make a smoothie without liquid at all.

Once again, the answer is YES!

Just follow the same steps as above, but leaving out the water all together.

I went through a phase for awhile where I ONLY made my smoothies without liquid.

I just loved how thick and flavorful they were and I most often went with a super tropical theme!

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My pineapple detox smoothie has no liquid at all and tasted like a tropical frosty!

Fresh pineapple, cucumber, and lemon were the “water” components, which I added to the blender first.

After that, I added in my frozen fruit, ice, and remaining ingredients and blended until thick and creamy!

Pineapple detox smoothie with cucumbers, celery, lemon, peaches, ginger, and frozen bananas.

How do you make a smoothie thicker?

One last thing to address in this post is how to make a smoothie thicker.

Smoothies in my opinion are all about texture.

I absolutely do not like runny, gritty smoothies.

I prefer my smoothies to be super thick and creamy, almost to ice cream texture.

This way it feels like a treat when I am drinking it!

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how to make smoothies thicker

  1. Use less liquid or more high water content fruits and vegetables
  2. Add frozen fruit
  3. Add ice to desired consistency

What I usually do is add my liquid and liquid fruits and vegetables, then blend to smooth.

Add in frozen fruit and blend again.

If my smoothie is not super thick (again, I like them VERY thick), I will add in a cup or two of ice, blend, and serve immediately.

Once you go to ice cream thick smoothies you’ll never go back!

Strawberry smoothie recipe

I hope you found this post helpful!

If nothing else, I hope it inspires you to try more smoothies at home.

I went years without knowing how to make a delicious smoothie and I only wish I had had these tips and tricks!

Smoothies are really just a matter of science, and once you master the combination the possibilities are endless!

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Smoothies are a great way to get tons of nutrient packed goodness into your body, and they are a big part of my healthy lifestyle.

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe?

Let me know in the comments below!

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Smoothie Recipes

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I have personally tried and loved all of these recipes!

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Let me know which one is your favorite in the comments below!

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Amanda

Friday 1st of November 2019

Im very sensitive to dairy and have a hard time eating in the mornings. Its like if i eat because my stomach “wakes up” it doesn’t recognize that I’ve eaten anything and I’m forced to eat again. I feel like this will be a much better option. Do you have any suggestions for travel blenders like the blendjet?

Joy Shull

Monday 4th of November 2019

I personally use a nutri bullet or a blendtec for smoothies that have bulky ingredients to get smooth. I'm not sure about a portable blender

Macy Noel

Thursday 6th of June 2019

What are some good combinations of veggies and fruits to put in your smoothie? I’m on a diet and I am limited to the amount of fruit and veggies I can have. Here’s what I can have; Fruits= apples, oranges, strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries Veggies= cucumber, zucchini, tomatoes, lettuce, celery, bell peppers, broccoli, and asparagus. I’m not allowed to have milk or yogurt either. Could you help me out?

Joy Shull

Monday 17th of June 2019

I find that citrus fruits pair well with greens! Search "smoothies" on my blog and you can look for some ideas! I would suggest maybe an apple orange lemon kale smoothie with ice to start with! Water as the liquid.

Macy Noel

Thursday 6th of June 2019

Oh I forgot to say that I can have lime and lemons too! And kale for that matter.

D HLBRT

Tuesday 12th of February 2019

Joy your smoothie suggestions are the best I've found! I like the way you explained it simple and easy to understand. I'm new to smoothie making and wanted to find some that were made without any milk or dairy. I've found giving them dairy in the afternoon after school sometimes curbs their appetite for dinner. I think a smoothie will pair great with an after schoool snack. The big plus is it's healthy with fruit and veggies in there as well. Thank you so much for your ideas I will be checking out some of your other post.

Joy Shull

Wednesday 13th of February 2019

I am so glad you found the post helpful! Smoothies sound like a great after school snack!

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