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Today I’m sharing the secret sauce, er… liquid, that is dairy-free smoothies. Your smoothie doesn’t need dairy to be creamy, delicious, smooth or drinkable. Don’t believe me? Give one of these dairy-free smoothie recipes a blend n’ sip, then try to tell me I’m wrong!

I’m prepared to shock you with creamy Caramel Protein Shakes and thick Cinnamon Date Smoothies with no dairy in sight.

oat milk in a glass container next to a jar of oats on a white counter.

While this recipe list includes smoothies already made without dairy, I’m also giving you all the swaps to turn any smoothie into a dairy-free one with just an ingredient or two. You might even find a new favorite option!

And I threw in a mix of healthy protein shakes, green smoothies and fruit smoothies so you can blend exactly what you want.

Table of Contents
  1. What’s Wrong with Dairy?
  2. The Best Dairy-Free Smoothie Recipes
  3. What Can You Use Instead of Milk in a Smoothie?
  4. How to Thicken a Smoothie
  5. Dairy-Free Smoothies FAQs

What’s Wrong with Dairy?

Nothing, if you’re one of the 30% of the world’s population that doesn’t have a dairy intolerance. If you’re like me, dairy often gives you issues with digestion. Instead of suffering through the painful side effects of consuming dairy, I started searching for non-dairy options.

Discover the incredible world of plant-based milk and dairy-free smoothies along with me!

The Best Dairy-Free Smoothie Recipes

These recipes are all delicious, whole-food options that can be blended in minutes and enjoyed as a snack, meal or dessert. They are so easy to make and enjoy. Let’s get blending!

A quick note: Just because a smoothie is dairy-free doesn’t make it vegan. Make sure you read the ingredient list to ensure these don’t use honey, collagen powder or another ingredient that’s not what you’re looking for.

Best Green Smoothie
4.8 from 1891 votes
The best green smoothie recipe is a tasty tropical treat packed with iron, potassium and vitamins galore. There's no need to be scared of a spinach smoothie when it tastes like this.
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Rich Coffee Smoothie
5 from 15 votes
Sip on this cool and creamy coffee smoothie for breakfast or as a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. It's got the caffeine you want delivered in an oh-so-smooth beverage that has the bonus of fruits, veggies, protein, fiber and more.
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Fat Burning Smoothie for Weight Loss
4.4 from 180 votes
Make fat cry by adding this fat burning smoothie to your day. The natural ingredients are paired together to help boost your metabolism and burn fat in one delicious weight loss smoothie.
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Cinnamon Date Smoothie
4.5 from 310 votes
I can’t wait for you to try this crowd pleasing Cinnamon Date Smoothie. It’s perfectly sweet and creamy, and will delight at your next party or family movie night. The dates naturally sweeten this cinnamon smoothie, while the rolled oats thicken it to a milkshake consistency.
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Meal Replacement Smoothie
4.5 from 390 votes
Healthy fats and proteins are the way to go if you want to power up with a meal replacement smoothie. This combo of juicy blueberries, almond butter and rolled oats is a must to keep you feeling full and fuel you 'til your next meal.
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Weight Gain Smoothie
4.3 from 6 votes
Enjoy this refreshing weight gain smoothie to nourish your body. Packed with nutrient-dense calories to energize and help you achieve your weight goals.
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Papaya Spinach Smoothie for Bloating
5 from 19 votes
Blend up this all natural plant-powered goodness to help with bloating and discomfort. This smoothie recipe is a natural way to help your body.
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Clear Skin Smoothie
5 from 17 votes
Vitamin C is one of the greatest antioxidants we have available, and it's wonderful for your skin. The addition of avocado brings with it other skin-specific nutrients such as vitamins E, A and zinc. This clear skin smoothie is a go-to for so many reasons!
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Healthy Pre-Workout Smoothie
4.7 from 259 votes
The best kinds of pre-workout smoothies are filled with protein, good carbs and healthy fats. The combination of greens, fruit and coconut oil deliver the nutrients you need to keep you fueled for a workout.
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Anti Inflammatory Smoothie Recipe with ginger and beets
Anti-Inflammatory Smoothie
4.8 from 32 votes
Help calm your body and fight inflammation by blending up this vibrant anti-inflammatory smoothie that is loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and taste!
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Coconut Water Smoothie
4.9 from 26 votes
This coconut water smoothie is hydrating and refreshing. The citrus fruit helps to cut the bitterness in the kale and we boosted the sweetness with banana.
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Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
4.9 from 23 votes
Deliciously creamy, with hints of vanilla and cinnamon. This simple oatmeal smoothie is a delicious plant-based breakfast. Naturally sweet, it makes a great dessert, too!
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Chocolate Smoothie Bowl
4.9 from 13 votes
Cacao adds rich chocolate flavor as well as a big boost of iron and other vitamins and minerals coupled with healthy fats to this chocolate smoothie bowl.
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Smoothie for Pregnancy
4.2 from 7 votes
This smoothie is specially crafted for pregnancy with ingredients formulated for the health and wellness of mama and baby.
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Spinach Berry Smoothie
4.8 from 76 votes
This Spinach Berry smoothie is great if you're looking for a classic green smoothie. High in fiber and perfect for that mid-day energy boost.
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Vanilla Protein Shake
5 from 15 votes
This plant-based Vanilla Protein Shake is one of my favorite recipes of all time. I love how creamy, sweet and nourishing it is— and it makes a great post workout recovery smoothie or meal replacement. 
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Chocolate Protein Shake
4.8 from 94 votes
Blend up a creamy, cold chocolate protein shake smoothie made with plant-based superfood protein powder for a delicious meal or snack, or before/after a workout. Includes adaptogens to help ease inflammation.
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Island Green Smoothie
4.8 from 175 votes
As the weather cools down, this smoothie will have you thinking back to the glory days of summer. This smoothie is also known as Hawaiian Breeze.
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Epic Almond Smoothie
4.6 from 277 votes
Start your morning with a protein fueled breakfast all wrapped up in a perfectly sweet smoothie. This almond smoothie is delicious and an easy on-the-go beverage for a busy day.
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Vanilla Matcha Smoothie
5 from 3 votes
The mellow taste of matcha with sweet vanilla, blended into a delicious, creamy smoothie. Enjoy any time of the day, this recipe is perfect for breakfast, pre- and post-workout and midnight snacks, too!
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Creamy Mango Smoothie
4.8 from 6 votes
This is a super creamy + delicious mango smoothie with just the right sweetness. Be careful, it might easily become your new fav snack smoothie!
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Strawberry Banana Smoothie
4.6 from 553 votes
Blend up this strawberry banana smoothie as a fun family treat, or a bright + refreshing morning breakfast. One sip of this smoothie will put a smile on anyone's face; it's truly a smoothie for all ages. 
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What Can You Use Instead of Milk in a Smoothie?

So. Many. Things. I’m not kidding. Once you start exploring the world of dairy-free smoothies, you’ll find a vast amount of liquid bases. A smoothie with dairy milk no longer sounds appetizing to me (or my stomach). I’d much rather reach for lighter nut milk or coconut water.

Nut Milk Options

With the explosion of non-dairy milk brands on the market, it’s no surprise that nut milk is a popular base for dairy-free smoothies. Almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, pecan milk, walnut milk, macadamia milk and more can all be used in smoothies.

Use store-bought or learn how to make your own almond milk (or any other milk) for a creamy texture and to know exactly what ingredients are in it.

Nut-Free, Dairy-Free Milk Bases

If nut milk isn’t an option for you, no sweat. Check out oat milk, hemp milk, flax milk, rice milk or soy milk. The possibilities are endless.

I tend to choose my dairy-free smoothie recipes based on what my body needs that day. If I’m looking for a fiber and healthy fat boost, I’ll make some hemp or flax milk. Rice milk is super thin and great for a tasteless option so that the other smoothie ingredients can shine.

Tea

This unique liquid base totally takes that smoothie to the next level. Choose a caffeinated tea like green tea for a natural energy boost as well as a metabolism mover. Herbal teas work great to soothe the stomach and calm the body. Try a smoothie like my Green Tea Smoothie for a boost of energy without the crash.

Use tea to your advantage by incorporating the one that will help you the most. I believe ingredients should work for us instead of against us, so I typically gauge what my body needs before deciding on the right liquid base for my smoothie.

If using matcha powder, then combine it with water or cashew milk for smoothies. Matcha typically comes in powder form instead of in a tea bag, so I view it more as a supplement instead of a true liquid base. It creates a creamy, light base for smoothies.

Water or Coconut Water

The number one, Best Green Smoothie in the whole wide world uses *gasp* WATER. It’s 100% dairy-free and proud to be and people can’t get enough of it. I know a lot of you hesitate to use water in a smoothie, but trust me, when you’ve got the right formula, water is a great smoothie base.

Coconut water is a unique beverage that has been touted as nature’s Gatorade. It’s loaded with electrolytes and is a must in workout recovery. It can be an acquired taste, so if you’re new to coconut water, try doing half coconut water and half regular water in your first Coconut Water Smoothie, then increase your ratio as you fall in love.

brown smoothie in a glass jar with a black lid on a bed of coffee beans with no dairy in it.

More Dairy-Free Liquids

While the above liquids are more popular, I like to get creative with my liquid bases. Here are a few more super fun and delicious options.

Kombucha– I’m not kidding! This is a great probiotic option, and the sky’s the limit on flavors. My Probiotic Smoothie is equal parts delicious and unique.

Fresh squeezed juice– While 100% juice has natural sugar, it is still a higher sugar option. Remember that when adding it to your smoothie. My Pineapple Smoothie uses both whole pineapple and pineapple juice for the best flavor.

Coffee– This base works great in smoothies including cocoa or cacao, nut butter, vanilla, you name it. I love blending my Coffee Smoothie to combine my morning beverage with my morning breakfast of choice. Need a caffeine-free option? Just use strongly brewed decaf coffee to enjoy the flavor without the buzz.

As you can see, dairy milk is far from the only liquid base for smoothies. Don’t be afraid to get creative. Mix and match any of these bases until you find your favorite.

How to Thicken a Smoothie

A lot of people use dairy milk or yogurt because it naturally thickens whatever beverage is in your blender. You can make an epically thick smoothie with a super creamy texture without the dairy. Here are my go-to thickeners:

  • Vegan yogurt: There are several dairy-free yogurts that produce the same level of creaminess as regular, yet without dairy.
  • Frozen fruit: This not only chills your smoothie, but it can also help thicken it more than fresh fruit.
  • Hemp seeds, chia seeds or flaxseed: These superfoods are great additions to smoothies for extra omega-3s, protein, fiber and can be used to thicken a smoothie that’s on the thinner side.
  • Nut butter: Peanut butter, almond butter and more can be used to thicken your drink. Plus, they taste delicious!
  • Protein powder: I love turning smoothies into meals using my homemade protein powder. It can be added to any smoothie you make and helps to thicken as well as provide extra protein.

Dairy-Free Smoothies FAQs

How do you thicken a smoothie without milk?

Dairy is often used to make beverages creamy, yet it’s not necessary for a smoothie. If I’m looking for an extra creamy base that’s dairy-free, then cashew milk, oat milk, or full-fat coconut milk are all great options. Avocado, coconut cream, banana and dairy-free yogurt as well as hemp hearts and chia seeds are also great smoothie thickeners.

Which dairy-free milk is best for smoothies?

My go-to milk option is currently cashew. It is virtually tasteless, yet adds protein, healthy fat and a creamy texture to smoothies. Although, as you can see from the list above, you can use any dairy-free milk you want!

Are smoothies better with milk or water?

Honestly, it depends on the smoothie. I like water better in green smoothies and milk better in protein shakes. Everyone’s preferences are different, so there’s no right or wrong answer. Just get in that daily smoothie!

So, which one of the above dairy-free smoothies are you ready to make? Drop a comment and let me know your fav!


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  1. Hi I have just joined and looking forward to trying some of your recipes and looking forward to a more healthy lifestyle. I have just bought an oat drink and was wondering if this could be used as a liquid base or if you have tried it?

    1. Hi Trina,

      I’ve never used an oat drink as a liquid base, but it’s worth a try! Let us know what oat drink you’re using, and how it works for you!

      Cheers 🙂

      1. Hi again. I used an oat drink called oatly. The have a vast range of these drinks and it is made in Sweden apparently. I used it in my smoothies but hadn’t tried anything else before so not sure of anything really lol.
        It doesn’t have a strong taste and I’m not sure if it was the drink that made me feel really hungry, really quick.

        Anyway this wk I’m trying unsweetened almond milk. So we’ll see. ☺

    2. Hi Trina,

      Thanks for keeping us updated! We love oats because they take a long time to digest, provide you with long-lasting energy, + help maintain a stable blood sugar. If you’re finding yourself hungry soon after enjoying your green smoothie, we suggest adding protein to help keep you full longer. Here are some of our favorite ways to add protein to our green smoothies!

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/plant-based-protein-powder

  2. I just found your site today and I can’t stop reading! Love these ideas! I’m a regular breakfast smoothie drinker, and I can’t wait to try your recipes! I was never a big fan of water in my smoothies, but had always happily used coconut water. I recently switched to green tea and I am THRILLED with the results! The taste is faint, but delicious, and I’ve even been able to cut down on my coffee consumption thanks to the kick of caffeine! Highly recommend (caf or decaf) for anyone looking for something light that won’t just water down the flavor of the smoothie.

    1. Hi Christina,

      We are so happy you found Simple Green Smoothies! We love blendin’ with green tea, it’s a great replacement to our morning coffee! Please let us know if you have any questions while you check out our site!

      Cheers 🙂

  3. Coconut milk can be great. Try for organic…it doesn’t cost much more. Also, the low-fat version can really save you a bit of guilt!

  4. My husband and I are going to try the green smoothies as meal replacements this week for breakfast and lunch to try to loose a little weight. Can you all offer some suggestions as to healthy snacks to eat in between.

    1. Hi Bridget,

      We love using green smoothies as meal replacements, especially when we add protein + healthy fats to make them a complete meal, and keep our tummy’s satisfied all day! It we do feel ourselves getting hungry in-between smoothies we love to snack on a hard-boiled egg or a handful of nuts.

      Here are some of our tips on using smoothies as meal replacements:

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/meal-replacement-smoothie

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/meal-replacement-smoothie

  5. hello, I was wonder what suggestions you have for me. I need to loose a little weight before prom (one week). I want to loose it in a healthy way. I want to do 2 smoothies (breakfast and lunch) fruit for a snack and regular dinner… what smoothies do you suggest? also currently i dont use any liquids or frozen fruit i use low fat Greek yogurt. is that okay is water, tea, or almond milk better?

    1. Hi Emily,

      If you want to burn fat, you want to include plant-based smoothie ingredients that have the following weight loss effects:

      -Jump start your digestion
      -Burn excess fat
      -Reduce and expel bad cholesterol
      -Provide energy for your cardiovascular system
      -Detox and hydrate your body
      -Promote healthy bowel movement
      -Decrease your appetite for processed foods and sugars

      The Kiwi Berry Punch is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense smoothie recipe that combine the best fruits and veggies for an optimal approach to healthy weight loss.

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/fat-burning-smoothie

      The best part about a green smoothie–you can use a smoothie as a low-calorie meal replacement because they are full of fiber which keeps your body feeling fuller longer.

  6. When using green tea as your base . what just steep a strong cup of green tea ??

    1. Yep! I like to brew a few cups of green tea, and then cool them in the fridge, and store the tea in an airtight container to use in my smoothies for the week! Cheers 🙂

  7. Hey, I have a food sensitivity to almond and some recipe call for an almond milk base which is the best subsitute to use ?

    1. Hi Amanda,

      Any of the liquid bases is a great alternative, it’s all about finding what you need, what you like, and what goes well with your raw leafy greens, fruits/veggies, and superfoods! Changing it up is good for you, keeps things fresh, and simple!

      Cheers!

  8. Hi Ladies !!

    Day 1 down and I can’t wait to get to Day 2 ! Question – can I use cashew unsweetened milk as the base for my smoothie ?

  9. Hello girls! Thanks a lot for your website, it’s very helpful. Can I use oatmilk or black tea? It’s my favorite vegan milk and I drink turkish black tea daily.

    1. Hi Alexandra,

      Of course, our recipes are here to inspire you — you don’t have to follow them to a T. Yet we do think they are mighty tasty! Feel free to use other green smoothie recipes and even make some up yourself. The key to making green smoothies your lifestyle is making it easy and part of your daily routine. Let us know how using those liquid bases work for you! Cheers 🙂

    1. Hi Hannah,

      Great question! We’ve talked with a lot of nutritionists and milk isn’t all that it’s been hyped up to be. Dairy is one of the highest diet allergies (and often goes undiagnosed), yet can cause inflammation and if you aren’t buying organic milk, you’re also getting doses of antibiotics, hormones, etc that can tip your own body out of whack. So we just avoid milk for our family (and opt for almond milk). We get our calcium from plant-based sources mainly— broccoli, spinach and kale.

      It’s definitely a personal choice, and you just have to decide what works best for you and your family.

  10. I have been drinking smoothies recently and have had so much fun trying new one everyday. I Look forward to the Green Challenge.

    1. Hi Cynthia,

      We are so excited that you have been enjoying the green smoothie lifestyle! We can’t wait for the April Challenge to begin and are so excited you will be joining us! 🙂

  11. Hello, I am on Warfarin or Coumadin and green tea, ginger, garlic, and cramberry goes against this medication these are the things that are good for me but I was told not to use these. Can you tell me if there are any substitute for these good things that I cant have.
    Green tea, ginger, garlic, and cramberry.
    Thanks for your kindness.
    Velma

    1. Good morning Velma,

      Thank for reaching out to us. Since we are not doctors or nutritionists, we suggest that any member of community with health concerns with their medicines to speak to their healthcare provider to confirm that green smoothies are best for their personal bodies. Cheers.

    2. I am also on Warfarin but have been told that it is the dark coloured leaves that I am not allowed. i.e. Spinach, broccoli and curly Kale. I have been having them in my smoothies for a while now, and have very regular blood tests at the Warfarin clinic. It has had no effect on my Warfarin at all. I have never been told not to have the garlic, ginger or cranberries.
      I am in the UK nd have been very well controlled on my Warfarin for a great many years. I just love these smoothies, and replace breakfast and lunch with a smoothie, but I always make sure I have Whey Protein Powder in them.

  12. Is there an issue with using regular milk? Nuts don’t agree with me and I’m trying to stay away from soy. Can I just use regular cow’s milk?

  13. I’ve read that green tea inhibits absorption of iron. If I’m trying to get the most nutrients out of my smoothie, should I avoid using green tea? Or do its pros outweigh the cons?