5 Tips to Make a Smoothie Thicker
One of the most common questions I get is: “How can I make my smoothie thicker?” I get excited about this question because I love making super thick spoonable smoothies.
My smoothies are the consistency of ice cream- the thicker the better! These bowls are the perfect base for plenty of tasty toppings! Now you can make tasty smoothie bowls at home!
Here are five tips and tricks for making a smoothie thicker:
Use frozen fruit or freeze fresh 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.
Cut fruit into small pieces for easier blender
If you don’t have a powerful blender, cut the fruit into small pieces and freeze on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place the fruit in the freezer and once it’s frozen, you can transfer it to a freezer bag. This works especially well for fruit like bananas, strawberries, mangoes, and pineapple. The large pieces can be hard for a blender to blend smoothly without a lot of additional liquid. By cutting the fruit into smaller pieces, it’s easier for your blender to blend the fruit.
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 don’t recommend freezing milk or almond milk, as it can separate when frozen. But if you like juice in your smoothies, this can work well for anything from orange juice to pineapple juice!
Blend protein powder or greens first
If you want to add protein powder or spinach to your smoothie, blend it with a little bit of liquid first. This will help break down the greens easily before you add in other ingredients that will make your smoothie thick. This also works well if you’re using protein powder, so you can avoid any grittiness in your smoothie bowl.
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.
Add a scoop of raw oats or chia seeds
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! Adding in a tablespoon of chia seeds will add healthy fats that also make your smoothie thicker! They’re a natural thickener. This can be especially helpful if you’re not eating your smoothie right away. After just a few minutes, the chia will start to absorb liquid from the smoothie, and the seeds will expand, creating a thicker texture.
Need tips for better blending?
Struggling to get super thick results from your blender? If you don’t have a fancy blender, you can still make super thick smoothies! Whether you’re working with a fancy blender or an inexpensive model, here’s how to get the best results from your blender!
My Favorite Smoothie Bowl RecipesPrint
Super Thick Blueberry Smoothie
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Total Time: 5 mins
- Yield: 1 1x
- Category: Smoothie
- Method: Blended
- Cuisine: Smoothie
This super thick blueberry smoothie bowl is delicious for breakfast!
- 1 handful of ice (about 5 large cubes)
- 1/2 medium banana, frozen
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- 2/3 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 handful spinach leaves (optional)
- 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (optional)
- Optional toppings: Almonds, blueberries, chia seeds, etc.
- Toss everything except your toppings into the blender and process until smooth!
- Pour into a bowl and add your toppings.
- Dig in with a spoon!
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My Favorite Smoothie Bowl Toppings
Of course, to take a smoothie bowl to the next level, you have to add toppings! It’s a great way to add more flavor and texture to your smoothie bowl and it can even give your bowl a little nutritional boost! I love fresh fruit, granola, or shredded coconut. Looking for more topping ideas? Here are my favorite smoothie bowl toppings!
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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!
Thick smoothies are THE BOMB. Wow, totally craving one now.
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.
Great tips!! I’ve never thought to add oats but I know I’d love the texture that would add!
Love the picture! Wish I had this to munch on right now! Thanks for the heads up on freezing almond milk.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!