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How to Make Thick Smoothies: 10 Tips for Making Thick and Creamy Smoothies

Mastering Smoothie Texture: 10 Juice Bar Tips for Spoonable Thick Smoothies

How to Make Thick Smoothies: 10 Tips for Making Thick and Creamy Smoothies

Achieving the perfect smoothie texture can be tricky - you want it thick and creamy yet still drinkable. How to make thick smoothies comes down to a few key strategies: using frozen fruit, minimizing added liquids, blending in natural thickeners like avocado and Greek yogurt, and processing properly in an efficient blender.

In this article, You'll learn some juice bar-inspired tips like embracing frozen produce, choosing pulpy fruits, minimizing liquids, and incorporating natural thickeners. We'll also cover perfecting your blending method with high-powered equipment and adequate blending times. Also, Expect some mouthwatering flavor combinations.

So grab your blender and preferred produce and let's start crafting healthy thick smoothies that tantalize your tastebuds!



How to Make Thick Smoothies: 10 Tips for Making Thick and Creamy Smoothies

  1. Use Frozen Ingredients

  2. Use "Pulpy" Fruits

  3. Use Less Liquid

  4. Add natural Thickeners Like Chia, Oats, or Nuts

  5. Mix in Greek Yogurt

  6. Include Avocados

  7. Blend Powders or Greens First

  8. Freeze Some Liquid

  9. Blend with Ice

  10. Mix In Nut Butter

  11. Use a High-Powered Blender

Perfect Pairings for Thick Smoothies


10 Tips for Making Thick and Creamy Smoothies

How to Make Thick Smoothies: 11 Tips for Making Thick and Creamy Smoothies

1. Use Frozen Ingredients

Without a doubt, frozen fruits and vegetables are the easiest way to achieve a wonderfully thick and creamy smoothie texture. Produce contains a high water content that crystallizes when frozen, forming a rigid icy structure. When blended, these frozen pieces break down and impart that ideal, smooth creaminess reminiscent of soft-serve ice cream.

Aim to use at least 50% frozen ingredients in your smoothies. More frozen contents mean less additional liquid gets used up in the blending process, as the frozen solids provide their own ample liquid component. Going full frozen on especially hot summer days even negates needing to add ice!

Opt for using frozen produce within 6 months for the best flavor and nutritional quality. Most fruits and some vegetables freeze excellently:

  • Berries - Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries freeze superbly when fresh and ripe. Spread whole berries in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze solid overnight before transferring to airtight containers or freezer bags.

  • Bananas - Bananas should be ripe but still slightly firm when peeled and sliced before freezing, as overly ripe ones turn too brown. Frozen bananas impart wonderful thickness, creaminess, and natural sweetness to smoothies.

  • Mangoes - Dice fresh mango into bite-size pieces and freeze in a single layer before transferring to bags. Adding frozen mango lends tropical sweetness plus a thick texture.

  • Pineapple - Core and chop fresh pineapple into chunks before freezing, then add to smoothies for a sweet tangy creaminess and boost of vitamin C.

  • Spinach - Loose leaf or baby spinach freezes excellently for adding to fruit smoothies while hiding the vibrant green veggie flavor. Just make sure your blender properly purees the hardy frozen leaves.

  • Peaches - Ripe fresh peaches freeze well when sliced. They blend easier than freezing whole.

2. Use "Pulpy" Fruits

Choose fruits and vegetables that have a natural pulpy consistency, especially when they get nice and ripe. Some good fruits to add for smooth thickness include:


  • Bananas - Fully ripe bananas offer the perfect starchiness. Frozen banana exponentially improves thickness and creaminess.

  • Mangoes - Fibrous mango flesh lends tropical creaminess plus vitamins A, B & C.

  • Pineapples - Pineapple imparts tangy sweetness with enzymes that aid digestion. Its high water content benefits greatly from freezing.

  • Peaches - When perfectly ripe and juicy, peaches blend deliciously frozen or fresh.

  • Avocados - With nearly 10 grams of fiber per medium fruit, nutrient-dense avocados impart supreme richness perfect for sweet or savory smoothies. Their healthy monounsaturated fats ensure a nice silky smooth texture.

  • Papayas - This tropical orange fruit often gets overlooked but offers lots of vitamin C. Papaya purées easily while adding thickness.

  • Watermelon - Great for hydration and adding volume to any smoothie


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3. Use Less Liquid

How to Make Thick Smoothies: 11 Tips for Making Thick and Creamy Smoothies

Adding too much liquid such as water, coconut water or plant milk can sometimes result in a thin watery smoothie. If you want a fuller, thicker smoothie you need to limit the amount you put in.

Here are a few tips:

  • Quality over Quantity - Prioritize thicker ingredients such as full-fat coconut milk, instead of thinner liquids such as almond milk or coconut water

  • Swap Some Liquid - Substitute half the almond or oat milk for thicker components like Greek yogurt or mashed avocado to achieve ideal texture while lowering calories.

  • Add as you go - start with a small amount of liquid and add as you go so you can better control the consistency

4. Add Natural Thickeners Like Chia, Oats or Nuts

Ingredients such as chia seeds work well for adding not only thickness nut nutrition to smoothies. Chia also adds a hefty helping of protein, antioxidants, and healthy fats like Omega-3s.

Similarly, adding a handful of raw old-fashioned oats into the blended mix contributes soluble beta-glucan fiber that absorbs moisture, binding liquids for improved consistency. Oats bring a wealth of other bonuses too like more protein, fiber and B vitamins than chia.

You can also add a tablespoon of raw nuts like almonds, cashews, or walnuts for a nutritious crunch that lends thickness. Go for chopped or slivered nuts rather than whole for easier blending.

For a double-whammy thickening effect, add chia, oats, and nuts to your smoothies! These fiber and protein all-star thickeners work wonderfully together.


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5. Mix in Greek Yogurt

Indulgent creaminess coming right up! Non-fat Greek yogurt achieves some serious smooth texture thanks to ample protein plus probiotics that facilitate digestion and gut health.

Since yogurt already contains liquid, simply use 1⁄2 cup less almond milk, oat milk or coconut water and add 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 cup yogurt instead. This cuts back on diluted drinks while keeping calories under control.

For exceptional thickness, try freezing 2 tablespoons yogurt dollops in ice cube trays beforehand. Pop a few frozen cubes straight from freezer into your smoothie blender for cold and extra-thick texture!

6. Blend Powders or Greens First

Adding supplemental powders directly into smoothie mixtures often results in clumping or poor integration. For optimum dispersion of powders, always incorporate them into a liquid first before adding any frozen fruits, veggies, nut butter or other thicker components.

Spoonfuls of powders like protein, matcha, cocoa powder, maca, and other blends right into your blender cup. Stream in just enough milk (dairy or non-dairy), juice, or water to facilitate blending - usually a couple of tablespoons. Blend for 30 seconds to fully emulsify any powders into the liquid before pouring your smoothie ingredients on top and resuming blending.

The same logic applies to leafy greens like spinach, kale, or fresh herbs. Blending the lightweight leaves into liquids first evenly distributes the plant fibers and flavors throughout your blended beverage for smooth deliciousness rather than annoying tiny bits.

7. Freeze Some Liquid

Here's another effortless trick for sneaking more frozen goodness into smoothies:

Pour almond milk, oat milk, coconut water, fruit juice, or even coffee into ice cube trays or molds. Adding a few frozen liquid cubes boosts overall frozen content to thicken texture without compromising precious smoothie real estate needed for all the juicy fruits and veggies.

Dairy milk may curdle or separate when frozen so stick to freezing only non-dairy varieties.

You can also get creative by blending and freezing custom smoothie ice cubes made from actual fruits, vegetables and other ingredients. Simply purée your favorite combo, then pour into silicone molds and freeze.

8. Blend with Ice

Adding ice allows cutting back on frozen contents without sacrificing the refreshing icy texture against blended fruits. Ice cube options:

Ice Cubes

Standard ice cubes are great for adding thickness to smoothies but bear in mind you will need a powerful enough blender to crush the ice (more on this later). For the cleanest flavor also try and avoid adding tap water ice cubes if possible. Opt for cubes made from purified, filtered water instead. Or reuse frozen fruit juice ice cubes!

Crushed Ice

Particularly on hot summer days, adding a small handful of crushed ice augments thickness while cooling things down. Crushed ice blends more quickly than standard cubes.

9. Mix In Nut Butters

Nut and seed butter like almond, peanut, cashew, and butter make excellent smoothie add-ins for creaminess. Thanks to high healthy fat content along with protein and fiber, just a couple tablespoons of nut butter blended into your fruits and veggies lends a wonderfully rich, thick, and smooth consistency.

  • Peanut Butter - The OG nut butter, peanut butter remains a long-time staple in many homes and pantries. Blending just 1-2 tablespoons of creamy smooth or crunchy peanut butter into your smoothie concoctions imparts a lovely nutty creaminess.

  • Almond Butter - With a mellower flavor profile, smooth and creamy almond butter works well with tropical fruits like bananas.

  • Cashew Butter - Containing 5-6 grams of protein per serving, mild and creamy cashew butter lends a subtle nuttiness that plays nicely with cacao and banana. C

10. Use a High-Powered Blender

Investing in a high-powered blender like Vitamix, Blendtec, or Ninja makes smoothie magic infinitely easier. Their strong motors and hardy blades effortlessly pulverize through hard ingredients like frozen fruits, nuts, veggies, and ice for a flawlessly smooth texture.

With an efficient machine, you can get away with using minimal liquid upfront since it processes rock-hard ingredients with power to spare. No more sad, stuck blenders or chunky consistency!

Higher wattage equals more RPMs resulting in finely blended smoothies that emulsify into uniform creaminess. Anything over 800 watts (and up to 1500+ watts) does well. If your budget-friendly machine struggles, consider upgrading.

Besides motor power, blade design plays a role too. Some feature tamper rods for pushing ingredients into blades better. Others have special ice-crushing settings. Pitchers should have angled sides guiding food top-down.

While pricier than basic blenders, heavy-duty machines prove worthwhile if smoothies get frequent play. Daily smoothie drinkers observe how proper consistency and versatility make healthy lifestyles more sustainable.

By handling tougher ingredients with ease, high-speed blenders let you expand smoothie horizons into things like:

  • Nut butters

  • Seeds like flax, chia, and hemp

  • Avocados, frozen and fresh

  • Leafy greens like kale or spinach

  • Crushed ice and frozen cubes

  • Fibrous stalks and cores


Perfect Pairings for Thick Smoothies

When it comes to achieving wonderfully spoonable smoothie thickness, certain fruits and vegetables blend more beautifully together. Let’s explore some delightful favorites!

  • Strawberries + Bananas - Strawberry banana remains a classic flavor pairing, with good reason. The banana flesh imparts supreme thickness to balance out strawberries. Boost by freezing both first.

  • Pineapple + Mango + Coconut Milk - Mixing these tropical staples is sheer bliss! Pineapple and mango pack lots of natural fiber and enzymes. Pair with the richness of canned coconut milk and flesh out with frozen mango chunks.

  • Blueberries + Spinach + Greek Yogurt + Chia Seeds - Talk about a powerhouse smoothie! The chia and Greek yogurt together create a luscious base for vibrant berry and spinach flavors. Antioxidant central with thickness to spare.

  • Dates + Cocoa Powder + Avocado + Banana - For intense chocolate cravings, this is utter decadence reminiscent of chocolate milkshakes. Frozen banana and avocado allow skimping on added milk. Dates lend caramel undertones to satisfy that sweet tooth.

  • Peanut Butter + Banana + Oats + Almond Milk - frozen banana blended up with old-fashioned oats and almond milk = a heavenly thick and nutritious power combo reminiscent of classic diner-style milkshakes

  • Spinach + Avocado + Kiwi + Pineapple + Coconut Water - Blend fresh spinach leaves with avocado, kiwi, pineapple chunks, and coconut water for a tropical green smoothie loaded with fiber, healthy fats and vitamins.



Smoothies are a quick, convenient, and nutritious way to fuel your day. However, achieving the right consistency can be challenging. Thin, watery smoothies lack the satisfying thickness that makes them truly enjoyable. But fear not, aspiring smoothie connoisseurs! With the right techniques and ingredients, you can craft thick, creamy smoothies that are bursting with flavor.

Here is a summary for making thicker smoothies:

1. Embrace Frozen Produce and Ice

Frozen fruits and ice are essential for adding density and body to your smoothies. The cold temperatures help to break down the fibers in the fruits, resulting in a smoother texture. Additionally, the ice melts as you blend, contributing to the overall thickness of the smoothie.

2. Prioritize Pulpy Fruits

Certain fruits, such as bananas, mangoes, and avocados, naturally contain high amounts of pulp, which helps to thicken smoothies. These fruits lend a creamy, decadent texture that makes your smoothies truly irresistible.

3. Incorporate Thickeners

For an extra boost of thickness, consider adding thickeners to your smoothies. Chia seeds, nuts, oats, and yogurt are excellent thickeners that can transform your smoothies into spoonable delights.

4. Start with Less Liquid

It's tempting to add too much liquid to your smoothies, but this can lead to a thin, watery consistency. Instead, start with less liquid and gradually add more as needed until you reach the desired thickness.

5. Employ a High-Powered Blender

A high-powered blender is crucial for achieving a smooth, consistent texture in your smoothies. These blenders have the power to break down even the toughest fruits and vegetables, resulting in a silky, luxurious smoothie.

6. Blend Thoroughly

Don't skimp on the blending time. Allow your smoothie to blend for an uninterrupted period to ensure that all the ingredients are evenly distributed and the desired texture is achieved.

By following these tips, you can transform your smoothies from watery afterthoughts into thick, creamy masterpieces that will tantalize your taste buds and fuel your body with essential nutrients. So, grab your blender, gather your favorite ingredients, and embark on a journey of smoothie perfection. Happy blending!


About Author

Gavin is the owner of Tru Foo Juice Bar. He has over 6 years of experience running a juice bar and creating juice and smoothie recipes for the consumer market  His passion for juicing began in his early 20s as he explored natural ways to boost nutrition and energy. Over the years, Gavin has experimented with countless ingredient combinations to create the perfect juice and smoothie blends and bring them to the masses.

Gavin is the owner of Tru Foo Juice Bar. He has over 6 years of experience running a juice bar and creating juice and smoothie recipes for the consumer market

His passion for juicing began in his early 20s as he explored natural ways to boost nutrition and energy. Over the years, Gavin has experimented with countless ingredient combinations to create the perfect juice and smoothie blends and bring them to the masses.


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