8.15.2021

How to Make a Smoothie Thicker

Ever struggle with how to make your smoothie thicker? I’ve got all the best tips and tricks for making a creamy, thick smoothie every time.

thick smoothie tips and tricks

Ever wonder how to make a smoothie thicker? You’re not the only one. I get asked this question all the time from people joining in my FREE 7-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. I’ve compiled a list of great tips that can quickly turn that smoothie from sad and liquid-y to thick, creamy perfection in a glass. These are all natural smoothie thickener options – no weird additives or fake ingredients… just real, whole food.

Read on to learn how to make the creamiest, dreamiest smoothie with all natural ingredients + 10 ultra creamy smoothie recipes.

bananas and avocados make creamy smoothies

5 all natural smoothie thickener tips + tricks

It’s not always necessary to make your smoothie feel like milkshakes in your mouth, but sometimes it’s nice to have a creamy, healthy treat. A lot of times, extra creamy means extra content (more protein, fiber, fat, etc.). This makes creamy smoothies a great replacement for meals as well as post-workout drinks.

1. Use fruits with soluble fiber

Many times, soluble fiber is praised for its ability to make your stomach feel full. It attracts water then forms a gel-like consistency, which helps to slow and regulate the digestive system making you less hungry. The same thing happens when blending fruits with soluble fiber—they attract water in the blender and make the consistency more creamy and gel-like.

Here are some fruits that are high in soluble fiber and can thicken up a smoothie quick:

frozen fruits help thicken smoothies

2. How to make a smoothie thicker with frozen fruits

Fruit with soluble fiber is a natural way to make a creamy smoothie, but sometimes you don’t have any available. That’s when we turn to our frozen fruit friends! I love keeping a couple different frozen fruit options on hand at all times because they help thicken and chill smoothies, not to mention lengthening fresh fruits’ shelf-life.

Click here to learn how to freeze all kinds of fruits/veggies!

natural smoothie thickener

3. Use a creamy liquid base

The type of liquid used in a green smoothie can change the consistency a lot. Liquids like water, green tea, and coconut water tend to blend thinner smoothies (which isn’t a bad thing). Find out more about green smoothie liquid-bases here. To make a thicker smoothie without the common side effects of dairy milk, try a plant based milk option (there are SO many out there!).

When looking for a natural smoothie thickener, try using one of these liquids:

chia seeds turn smoothies into cream machines

4. Use chia seeds to thicken your smoothie

Chia seeds have tons of nutritional value, but they also do a great job of boosting the cream factor in green smoothies (as well as protein!). Soaking chia seeds for 10 minutes before blending turns them into a gel. If you’re using a non high-powered blender, do this right before blending. This will help your chia seeds blend and not just stick to the sides of the blender.

5. Add in a scoop of plant based protein powder

Protein powder is a great way to boost any smoothie and turn it into a meal. Yet a quality plant based protein powder also works as a great smoothie thickener. I created Protein Smoothie Boost to be added to any smoothie imaginable and provide 10 grams of protein through organic hemp protein, organic chia seeds, and organic flaxseed. Making a smoothie thicker doesn’t get much easier than scoop, blend and enjoy!

FAQs

Do ice cubes make a smoothie thicker?

Yes… and no. Frozen ingredients do help thicken a smoothie. Just know that ice can thin out your smoothie if there’s already too much liquid in it. Try smoothie cubes to keep that smoothie cold n’ thick.

How do you thicken a fruit smoothie?

Using a creamy liquid base like oat or cashew milk helps thicken a smoothie. Also using fruits with soluble fiber like peaches, bananas, and avocados create thick, creamy smoothies.

What can I put in a smoothie to thicken it?

If your smoothie is too thin, then try one of the following: adding a fruit with soluble fiber, use frozen fruit, use a creamy liquid base like nut milk or oat milk, use chia seeds, add a plant based protein powder.

How to make a smoothie thicker

Ever struggle with how to make your smoothie thicker? Pick any of these ingredients to make a creamy, thick smoothie every time.
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Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Plant-Based
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • 1 cup creamy liquid base - coconut cream, almond milk
  • 2 tbs chia seeds
  • 1 scoop Protein Powder - protein smoothie boost

Instructions

  • Use fruits with soluble fiber
  • Blend with frozen fruit
  • Use a creamy liquid base (and less liquid)
  • Use chia seeds to thicken the smoothie
  • Add in a scoop of protein powder

Notes

  • You can combine any of these steps to make it even thicker, if you want. 
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10 thick n’ creamy smoothie recipes

Looking for a smoothie recipe that already is a cream machine? I’ve got some great options for you to try:

What is your fav thick smoothie? Leave a comment below and let me know!

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About Jen Hansard

Mom of 2, ran across the Grand Canyon and lover of smoothies, coffee & tacos. I transformed my family's health with a realistic plant-based diet. I also found myself again along the way.

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  1. Tina says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this info on smoothies! So informative!
    I have one every morning as i love them and it’s so convenient and quick to get all your proteins, fats, fibre etc in one! I was having the same green smoothie every morning lol so your variations on ingredients helps me to change it up! Love your creativity so keep doing what you do! Am in canada so our kids don’t go back to school till next month so have time to try out some of your recipes on the kids 🙂

  2. Erin says:

    Such a helpful article! I don’t like thin smoothies, and use these tips often to make sure I always get a creamy smoothie.

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