I often get asked how my smoothies are so thick and creamy. So, I have created a list of smoothie thickeners that you can add and experiment with in your next smoothie! There are so many different smoothie combinations and everyone has their own preferences and tastes, so just play around with the ingredients and combinations. I’m sure you will find something that you love and will become your new favourite.
Here are my top 10:
Frozen Fruit – Have frozen fruit on hand, or just freeze it the night before you make your smoothie. Almost any frozen fruit will make your smoothies thicker, creamier and more slushy like . My favourites include bananas (obviously), all types of berries, mango, pineapple, kiwi, or peaches.
Vegetables – Not only is adding vegetables into your smoothies make it even more nutritious and beneficial for your health, but it can add volume and help thicken up your smoothie… win-win! Greens such as kale, spinach, romaine are not the only vegetable you can add. Try some other vegetables like zucchini, jicama, beets, squash or pumpkin. Yes all of these can be consumed raw and added into your smoothies. Otherwise, feel free to use vegetable purees.
Oats – If you’ve cooked or prepared any dish with oats, you will know how they soak up the liquid and thicken up the consistency immensely. Oats is also very filling and is great to add to a meal-replacement smoothie. (Click here to learn more about oats)
Plant-based yogurt – Try an unsweetened flavoured coconut or almond yogurt. Add in a fresh scoop or two or you can even freeze it in pre-portioned sizes along with your other ingredients which can be very helpful if you like to meal prep.
Plant-based milk ice cubes – Normal ice cubes can water down the flavour of your smoothie, instead use plant-based milk in your ice cube tray next time you make some. Choose your favourite plant-based milk such as almond, coconut, cashew, rice, or hemp!
Avocado – A fantastic thickener that is high in healthy oleic acid (known to help reduce inflammation). Again you can pre-cut and freeze it beforehand or add it in freshly ripe. Try adding in a quarter to half of a ripe avocado.
Chia seeds – Chia seeds when mixed with a liquid, turns into a gel like substance. As a result, when added into your smoothies it will definitely help thicken up your smoothies. Try adding in 1-2 tablespoons and blend with the rest of your ingredients, the longer your smoothie sits, the thicker it should get.
Flax seeds – Similar to chis seeds, flax seeds can also turn into a gel-like substance. I suggest mixing in a tablespoon of flax seeds with 2 tablespoons of water and let it sit for a few minutes before adding it into the smoothie.
Nut/seed butters – Get in your healthy fats and protein in with a tablespoon or two of your favourite nut or seed butter. Adding it into smoothies makes it super filling, creamy, rich and delicious. Try nut butters like almond, cashew or hazelnut, and seed butters like sunflower, or pumpkin.
Coconut Flesh – The flesh of a coconut is a great option to make your smoothie coconuty, giving you that tropical island vibe. Feel free to add in 1/2 to 1 cup of fresh or frozen coconut meat.
ONE EXTRA TIP (especially for those who find smoothies a little too cold)
- What you can do is simply decrease the amount of liquid you normally would add. Personally I don’t add much, if any liquid at all, (hence maybe one reason why my smoothies are super super thick). I normally would around add 1/2 to 1 cup of filtered water just to get the smoothie blending.
Please give these a try and let me know how it goes!