Thickening a watery smoothie doesn’t have to be boring.
There are many ingredients you can choose from and it doesn’t always have to be bananas or dairy products.
My favorite go-to thickeners would be ice, protein powder, and frozen fruit.
Try one of the ingredients from the list and see which one you like best.
Thickening a smoothie doesn’t have to be boring with just bananas or dairy products.
However, keep in mind some ingredients will add more calories to your smoothie.
If you’re a diet to lose weight, it’s important to be mindful of the calories you will be consuming.
21 Ingredients For a Thicker Smoothie
First on the list are bananas. I love the taste of bananas so I always use them in my smoothies.
Bananas contain soluble fiber and pectin which makes it a perfect for thickening your smoothie.
You can also use other frozen fruits such as mangos, apples, blueberries, peaches, and kiwis.
If you don’t like the flavor of bananas, you can easily cover it up with nut butter or berries.
Fresh bananas will provide you with more starch and a thicker smoothie.
Bananas that are brown will make your smoothie sweeter and thicker.
Adding avocado to your smoothie will give it an extra creamy texture.
Compared to bananas, avocado isn’t really sweet and you won’t notice the flavor as much.
You can scoop half of an avocado into a blender and combine it with other fruits and leafy greens.
3. Vegetable purées
Purees made from sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, and carrot will make your smoothie soft and dense.
4. Milk ice cubes
If you would like to add more creaminess of your smoothie without having to water it down, you can switch of plain ice cubes for milk ice cubes.
Not a big fan of dairy? You can also use any milk of your choice, such as coconut, almond, cashew, walnut or soy.
Just pour the milk into some ice trays and move the cubes to a sealed bag and place them in the freezer for next time.
Yogurt is a classic go-to smoothie thickener. It’s rich in nutrients and high in protein.
If your body can handle dairy, I recommend using plain greek yogurt and avoid processed sugary, flavored yogurt.
You can also try coconut or almond yogurt if you’re lactose intolerant.
6. Cottage cheese
This next ingredient is only recommended if you can eat dairy.
Similar to yogurt, cottage cheese is an easy way to add more protein and thickens your smoothie at the same time.
7. Coconut meat
If you love coconuts, you can use coconut flesh to thicken your smoothie since its soft and gelatinous.
You can find frozen coconut flesh at your local grocery store or you can scoop them out from green coconuts.
If you like to add some coconut flavor to your smoothie, this is the go-to ingredient.
8. Silken tofu
Silken tofu is a great source of protein and amino acids. It’s completely vegan, dairy free and gluten free.
It is soft and dense which makes it perfect to add into your smoothies.
Adding tofu to your smoothie may sound weird but don’t worry too much about the taste.
You can try adding ½ cup of tofu and increase the quantity as you go.
9. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a classic ingredient you can use to thicken your smoothie.
Chia seeds add a little crunch to the smoothie and also provides your body with more energy thanks to the omega 3 fatty acids, protein and fiber.
There’s a couple of ways you can prepare chia seeds before adding them to your smoothie.
The first method is making a chia seed gel by soaking them in water overnight.
You can combine ⅓ cup of chia seeds with 2 cups of water to make this gel overnight.
The second method is making a chia seed pudding. Just combine 3 tablespoons of chia seeds with 1 cup of milk of your choice.
You can also add any extra sweeteners or flavors to the mix and let it sit overnight.
You can also add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds directly to your smoothie or 3 tablespoons of the chia seed gel or pudding
Flaxseeds are a great source of omega 3 and fiber. Flax seeds can be added directly into your smoothie for a grainy texture.
If you’re not a huge fan of the texture, soakng them in water will help soften them up.
Just add a tablespoon of flaxseeds with 2.5 tablespoons of water and let it sit for 5 minutes before adding it to your smoothie.
Doing this will give you the best results.
11. Soaked Nuts
Nuts contain healthy fats and are a great source of protein. By soaking them, you will be removing the enzymes that prevent the gut from absorbing all the nutrients.
You can soak almonds, cashews, walnuts, pecans, or macadamia nuts in a bowl and leave them overnight.
Just rinse them off in the morning before adding them to your smoothie for a hearty meal.
12. Seed and nut butter
If you’re allergic, don’t worry I got you covered. There are many different types of nut butter you can find.
There’s almond, cashew, macadamia, hemp, sunflower and hazelnut butter which are great sources of plant-based proteins and is an easy way to thicken your smoothie.
Buying nut butter can be expensive so it’s best to make your own at home using a food processor.
Adding a tablespoon or two is enough to make your smoothie thick and creamy.
13. Gluten Free Flour
You can add one tablespoon of gluten-free flour like chickpea, coconut, rice, tapioca or almond to add more creaminess to your smoothie.
Gluten-free flours are also a great source of plant-based protein to add to your day.
14. Rolled oats
Rolled oats is another classic ingredient you can add to your smoothie for a thicker meal, making you feel more fuller faster.
The soluble fiber from oats makes them perfect for a breakfast smoothie.
You can grind the oats into a fine powder first before adding all your other ingredients if you don’t like the grainy texture it has.
If you’re following a smoothie diet for weight loss and improving your energy levels, oats are a must!
Quinoa is the best ingredient you can use to thicken up any smoothie.
Its protein and texture are great for thickening your smoothie without having to use bananas or dairy.
Just add ¾ cups of cooked Quinoa into a blender combined with your favorite fruits and veggies.
16. Psyllium Husk
Psyllium husk is a soluble fiber which you can find in powdered form.
Its a great ingredient to use because it absorbs water to create bulk.
This stuff is powerful so use with extra caution.
Jams such as strawberry, raspberry, blackberry, peach or apricot can be used to sweeten and thicken your smoothies.
Adding one spoonful of jam is more than enough for any smoothie.
18. Ice Cubes – Swap for last
Last but not lease are good old ice cubes.
You can even freeze fruit juice, whole fruits, and coconut milk to add to your smoothies.
Ice will help thicken up your smoothie without adding any allergens.
19. Sweet Potato
Adding cooked sweet potato is an easy way to thicken your smoothie.
Sweet potato is also a natural sweetener can create a silky texture.
Sweet potato also has many health benefits such as boosting your immune system and contains many vitamins and minerals we should be consuming each day.
Let’s not forget about that beautiful color.
20. Protein Powder
Adding protein powder to your smoothie can turn it into a small meal in a cup in a matter of minutes.
It’s also an easy way to provide your body with protein and also thicken it up at the same time.
You can add your favorite protein powder for more interesting flavors.
21. Xanthan Gum
Xanthan gum is a powerful powder used in cooking and baking to hold things together and it is also used to thicken smoothies.
Adding this powder to your watery smoothie will transform it into a decadent silky smooth drink.
Xantham gum will also make your smoothie more satiating and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
The Smoothie Diet
If you’re looking for a delicious way to improve your health, lose weight and detox your body, look no further than the Smoothie Diet.
Drew Sgoutas is a certified health coach and nutrition expert who has helped many of his clients achieve their weight loss results.
The Smoothie Diet is a 21-day diet plan that helps speed up the weight loss progress by lowering sugar consumption over time by consuming healthy smoothies.
Upon signing up to the Smoothie Diet, you will be given instant access to all the information you need to start losing weight.
Drew has included guides, recipe cards, shopping lists, gluten-free recipes and smoothies for kids ebook.
He also includes a list of short workouts to make sure you are maintaining physical exercise while following the diet program.
If you would like to read my in-depth Smoothie Diet review, click here.