5 Tips for Super Thick Smoothies

When I posted this smoothie bowl on Instagram, a few people asked how to make their smoothies thicker. I onlyย eat spoonable smoothies so I loved this question.

Tips for thicker smoothies? Your wish is my command! I’ve been blending up my breakfast for years. I got a Vitamix for my 22nd birthday (thanks, Mom & Dad!) and I’ve used it at least a few times a week ever since! Here are a few of my tips and tricks for making a super thick smoothie:

If you want to blend a super thick spoonable smoothie, try these tips and tricks!

  1. Use frozen fruit or freeze fruit overnight. I always have a stash of bananas in the freezer because they’re perfect in smoothies! Mango, pineapple, strawberries, and blueberries are also great in the freezer. Plus, frozen fruit tends to be cheaper and you can find fruit that might not be in season! Budget friendly and delicious? That’s a win-win.
  2. Freeze some of the liquid. If you typically use orange juice in your smoothies, freeze some of it in an ice cube tray and add those to your smoothies! I used to freeze almond milk in an ice cube tray to make my smoothies extra thick. Our freezer is on the small side so I don’t do this anymore, but it can work well if you’re really trying to make a thick smoothie. (Note: Storebought almond milk will sometimes separate a bit when frozen. It tastes the same when blended up in a smoothie but it might look a little funny.) This works really well if you like using juice in your smoothie!
  3. Use the minimum amount of liquid. The better the blender, the less liquid you’ll have to use. If you don’t have a fancy blender, you might need a bit more liquid but try to only use a little at a time while you’re blending. If you add too much, it’ll be runny. I start with a little bit and add an extra splash if it’s too thick to blend.
  4. Add some oats. A handful of oats can add thickness to your smoothie while also adding in some extra protein and fiber! I love tossing in some oats in this peach cobbler smoothie! You don’t need to cook them, just add them in raw!
  5. Toss in chia seeds. Adding in a tablespoon of chia seeds will add healthy fats that also make your smoothie more spoonable! They’re a natural thickener.


If you’re curious about what’s in that smoothie bowl pictured above, here’s the recipe!

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Super Thick Blueberry Smoothie
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Recipe type: Smoothie
Serves: 1
  • 1 handful of ice (about 5 large cubes)
  • ½ medium banana, frozen
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • ⅓ cup frozen blueberries
  • 2 large kale leaves
  • 1 scoop of About Time Whey Protein Powder (Birthday Cake flavor)
  • Topped with chia seeds, raspberries, and almonds!
  1. Toss everything except your toppings into the blender and process until smooth!
  2. Pour into a bowl and add your toppings.
  3. Dig in with a spoon!

blueberry smoothie bowl

If you want to blend a super thick spoonable smoothie, try these tips and tricks!

What are your smoothie tips? Do you eat yours with a spoon?


  1. Thicker smoothies are something I struggle with. Honestly I think it’s a major reason why I don’t like smoothies as much. I feel like mine are just thin and watery. Thanks for these tips Liz!

  2. I used to make smoothies, but realized I like them so thick, they aren’t really smoothies anymore. I don’t add liquid or ice, just a mashed banana (super ripe) and flavored protein powder. They end up like cookie dough bowls and there is no way you could eat them with a straw. Your smoothie does look really refreshing, and the peach cobbler one…omg! Yum!

  3. I haven’t made a smoothie in weeks, but you’re making me crave them so bad now! Frozen bananas are definitely the key to good smoothies, in my opinion.
    Have a great weekend!

  4. What a gorgeous smoothie bowl! I have yet to try adding oats to my smoothie but that definitely needs to happen soon. Happy Friday, lady!

  5. I always, always have frozen bananas for smoothies. Haven’t tried chia seeds but will definitely start! I also have a confession – while I love green juices and smoothies I’m always afraid to get the ratio wrong so I never make them myself. Looks like I should start!

  6. Love the picture! Wish I had this to munch on right now! Thanks for the heads up on freezing almond milk.

  7. Great tips!! I’ve never thought to add oats but I know I’d love the texture that would add!

  8. To make fruit smoothies thick and even more nurishing I actually mix in loads of veggies. It can be anything that blends well and has mild, easy to neutralize with fruits flavor. My number one is fresh cucumber (yes! with peel on) and then zucchini or pumpkin. The last one loves all citrus fruits and winter season spices. Avocado with honey or cooked & peleed sweet potato with lemon juice are the other crazy alternatives for smoothie base that I’d tried and actually liked a lot too.

  9. Thick smoothies are THE BOMB. Wow, totally craving one now.

  10. So yummy! I never thought about spoonable smoothies. What a great idea! I don’t eat ice cream (one of my trigger foods for non-healthy eating), but I think these could be close enough but different enough to be a complete win. Thanks, Liz!

  11. I find that using frozen fruit helps SO much, especially frozen bananas! I love spoon-able smoothies too, just so I can add toppings to make the perfect breakfast ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. I’m totally with you – i love thick smoothies – they make the toppings taste all the better! I add oats occasionally, but I’ll have to add them more often!

  13. If you do not blanch the greens BEFORE freezing they lose most of their nutrient value once frozen. Also Mango, bananas and papaya are extremely sugary and will cause insulin to be secreted in an enormous quantity to get rid of all that sugar. That is why people are insulin resistant. The protein powder if from soy is both GMO and useless.


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