How to Make a Smoothie Without Yogurt

Some people are drinking them to boost their energy. Others drink them to get their daily fruit servings or to lose weight, and sometimes people drink smoothies simply because they love them.

There are so many reasons to love smoothies. Besides being creamy and delicious, they are:

  • Healthy
  • Satisfying
  • Filling
  • Quick and easy to make
  • Great for breakfast, snack or as a meal substitute

Smoothies are such a versatile treat, and if you’ve been wondering how to make a smoothie without yogurt, we’ve got a few suggestions you’ll want to read.

No Yogurt? No Problem.

Perhaps you’re lactose intolerant, or you’ve sworn off dairy products for other reasons. Maybe you just don’t like yogurt.

Or maybe you have no dairy issues whatsoever the only thing standing between you and your envisioned smoothie delight is your lack of yogurt, but you just can’t let your smoothie dreams die without at least trying.

No matter what your yogurt situation is, we have great news! It can be done – even if you’re avoiding dairy completely.

Some people choose to use milk in some form, whether skim, soy, almond or otherwise, mixed with a fruit base.

Still others don’t use milk at all, proving that it’s possible for someone who is doing their best to avoid dairy in any form can still enjoy smoothies.

Many of the same ingredients will be found in all smoothies, even when yogurt is taken out of the equation. Let’s look at the basics and learn how to make a smoothie without yogurt.

Various Fruits

Fruits are kind of the stars of the show. You’d be hard pressed to find a smoothie without them and why would you want one that didn’t have it?

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The same fruit favorites that provide our smoothies with their great taste and vibrant colors also give us antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and fiber while being naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories.

From apricots to watermelon, if it can be blended, it can become a smoothie and the only rules are set by our tastebuds.

In smoothies made without yogurt, bananas are often used as a base for their creamy texture when blended. Choosing other fruit favorites to add to this base will change the taste and, with the right blend and preparation of ingredients, the other fruits can upstage the banana’s flavor.

Liquid

We’ll also need a liquid of our choice to give the smoothie some fluidity. Without it, we’d end up with a delicious fruit paste, but good luck getting that through your straw.

Beyond water, we have so many options to choose from, such as:

  • Animal milk (cow, goat, llama, etc.)
  • Mineral water
  • Coconut water
  • Fruit juices (apple, orange, grape, etc.)
  • Vegetable milk (coconut, rice, almond, etc.)
  • Tea (green, red, white, black, etc.)

Any of these liquids can be used alone or in combination with one another to change the final flavor and consistency as well as nutritional values.

Flavors

A variety of flavor enhancers can also be added to our concoctions to give subtle hints of tastes as well as put some waves into our smoothie’s texture. It’s also a great way to put a new twist on old favorites.

The best part about making these additions is, if we decide we want to shake things up a bit we may not need to go any further than the kitchen cabinets.

Chances are we have at least one, if not more, of the many options to toss in and, who knows? We could be on the verge of making a whole new yogurt-less smoothie discovery in taste!

We could start by adding some:

  • Almonds
  • Cinnamon
  • Cloves
  • Coconut shavings
  • Fresh citrus (lemon, lime, orange, etc.)
  • Natural sweeteners (agave nectar, honey, maple syrup, etc.)

If you see it in the cabinet and think it might be a good addition to the mix, be adventurous and try it. Just remember that it’s easier to put ingredients in than it is to take them out so tread lightly.

One of the secrets to adding flavor enhancing ingredients is patience. Just because we love cinnamon, adding a whole tablespoon when the best flavor would’ve been achieved with just a quarter of a teaspoon only serves to ruin a good smoothie experience.

Try adding just a little at a time until you achieve something pleasingly flavorful. If you think a combination would be good to try, start with the ingredient that will affect the result most if you were to accidentally overdo it.

For example, if we want to try cinnamon with almonds, start with the cinnamon as it’s going to require less of the ingredient to affect the taste than it will the almonds. Sprinkle in a little, blend it in well, then taste it and decide if you need more and move forward accordingly.

Whether we’re blending for taste or texture, we can find the sweet spot, so to speak, by sprinkling and blending in a little at a time, tasting it as we go until our mouths are happy with the results.

When blending in ingredients that add both taste and texture, it’s possible to achieve the texture we’d hoped for while our tastebuds keep telling us that it could use more of the flavor from the textured ingredient added.

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In the case of certain ingredients, such as almonds, extracts are a great option to up the flavor as well as increased health benefits without changing the texture.

Ice

One ingredient it seems that almost every smoothie recipe calls for is ice. Ice is used to make the smoothie colder but also assists as a thickening agent without adding to or changing the flavor.

TIP: Choosing to blend fresh fruits with frozen fruits can not only improve the taste but also makes for much colder smoothies without watering them down the way ice can at times.

Consistency

Just as finding the right flavor is important, getting the consistency of a smoothie right can make all the difference.

This can be a challenge when we’re illustrating how to make a smoothie without yogurt, especially if you’ve gone smoothie rogue and decided not to follow a recipe. But sometimes that’s the best part about the creative side of smoothie making – some great discoveries have been made by throwing things in on a whim.

If Things Aren’t Quite Right

So, what do we do when it ends up so thick it sort of rolls, tumbles, and falls out of the blender instead of pouring?

Or what if it pours out more than a little too well because it’s closer to some sort of watery fruit mixture that could never be accused of being a smoothie, even if by mistake?

There’s good news! We can recover from either end of the spectrum.

Too Thick

If the results are too thick, the simplest solution to the problem is to just add more liquids. This is a great time to mix and match tastes too, so if you used apple juice instead of coconut water, now’s your chance to work it into the mix.

Sometimes, just a splash of almond milk or coconut water is all that’s needed to get a slightly different flavor with the consistency we were hoping to achieve.

We can also add ingredients that have a high-water content to loosen things up. The higher an ingredient’s water content is, the less likely it is to add to the overall thickness.

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Fruits and vegetables like watermelon and cucumbers are great additives for their water content as well as their fiber, which helps to make the smoothie more filling without adding extra thickness to the mixture.

Using fresh fruits instead of frozen fruits also adds to the water content.

Too Thin

If our smoothie is too thin, there are a few different ingredients we can add to thicken it up and get things back to good.

If you’re not avoiding them, dairy products can be added as a thickening agent. In a traditional yogurt smoothie, thickening was a big part of yogurt’s job, but in smoothies without yogurt, cottage cheese can be used as an alternative.

Frozen fruits, as mentioned already, make a great thickening agent as well as chilling our smoothies without watering them down.

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If you want the thickness and creaminess that bananas can offer without the often overpowering banana flavor, using frozen bananas might be the solution you’re looking for. The frozen fruit has a very muted taste in comparison to the final flavor when using the fruit in its fresh form.

Using fresh bananas in a smoothie is perfectly fine and will thicken the consistency, but if we use the fresh fruit we should expect the smoothie to taste like banana first and whatever fruit favorite we’ve chosen, second.

While some fresh fruits and vegetables can thin our smoothies, others can help to thicken them. Avocado, for example, is a great way to thicken our smoothies while also boosting the nutritional value and adding extra good fats.

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Purees like applesauce, butternut squash, carrots, pumpkin, and sweet potato can also be used for added nutrition while also help us to get the thickness we’d originally hoped for.

Grains, nuts, and nut butters will not only help to add thickness, but also texture as well as fiber and protein content to our smoothies.

Oatmeal is a wonderful additive that will thicken your smoothie and give it the ability to keep you feeling fuller for longer. The oatmeal doesn’t have to be cooked first, but it will need to be soaked for a few minutes before blending to achieve the consistency you want.

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Thought to reduce our risk of health issues like cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, colon cancer, and obesity, quinoa is another great grain option but should be fully cooked before blending with any other ingredients.

Adding nuts can help create a variety of textures and flavors. Nut butters give smoothies a creamy texture and add an earthy flavor to them.

Let’s Try It!

Now that we’re prepared, let’s show you how to make a smoothie without yogurt!

Blueberry Smoothie Without Yogurt

We need:

  • 1 banana
  • ¾ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
  • 2 slices fresh pineapple or peaches
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 – 2 ice cubes

Step 1. Wash blueberries.

Step 2. Peel and cut up banana.

Step 3. Place all ingredients (blueberries, banana, fruit slices, almond milk and ice) in blender and secure the lid.

Step 4. Turn blender on to medium speed and mix until smooth.

Step 5. Taste and decide if adjustments or additions are needed.

Step 6a. Adjustments needed? Make them and repeat steps 4 and 5 until satisfied, then go to step 6b.

Step 6b. No adjustments needed? Pour and enjoy!

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