Can you make a smoothie without using milk?

So, you don’t want to add in dairy milk to your smoothies? There are plenty of alternatives for you to try and experiment with. The next task after choosing a mylk you like, is experimenting with your own smoothie recipes until you find the ones you like!

Looking to whip up a smoothie, but you don’t want to add in dairy milk?

There are many smoothie recipes that are made using dairy milk, but that doesn’t mean you need to stick to it.

Whether you’re avoiding dairy for health reasons, not using any animal-based products or you just don’t like the taste, there are plenty of alternatives for you to try out as you’ll see below.

Make a smoothie with water

This might seem like a simple no-brainer solution, but water is the most affordable option when it comes to a smoothie base.

Simply add in water instead of milk – 1-2 cups will do the trick, depending on the size of your smoothie or what the recipe suggests.

Keep in mind that water has a different consistency to milk, so your smoothie might turn out to be much thinner than you would expect.

If this happens, feel free to add in some extra ingredients to thicken your smoothie up if needed.

Make a smoothie with coconut water

If you’re looking to rehydrate post-workout, or just feel refreshed on a really hot summer’s day, coconut water is your friend.

Coconut water is a natural source of potassium, a vital electrolyte that you lose when you sweat.

Like water, coconut water is a good base for a snack smoothie that is easy to drink quickly.

If you prefer your smoothie on the thicker side, you’ll want to add some ingredients like chia seeds or avocado into your smoothie recipes.



Make a smoothie with plant-based mylks

There are so many varieties of plant-based milk alternatives or ‘mylks’ on the market today.

The good news is that there’s something to suit everyone’s needs and taste preferences.

Some great options for your smoothies include:

  • Almond milk
  • Coconut milk
  • Oat milk
  • Hemp milk
  • Macadamia milk

If you want to learn more about what different mylks have to offer, you can read more here 'What is a plant based milk'.

Different mylks will have a different consistency, but most are pretty similar to dairy milk.

If your smoothie turns out too thin using any of the above, adding in just a spoonful of chia seeds or a slice of avocado will thicken it up (as I’ve mentioned above).

If it’s too thick (and you’re not in the mood for a frozen smoothie bowl!), simply add some water and then blend again.

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Make a smoothie with yoghurt or kefir

Want to give your smoothie a gut-loving boost?

Easy, just opt for yoghurt or kefir as your smoothie base instead of dairy milk.

These ingredients are a good source of probiotics – good bacteria that help to balance the microbes living in your digestive tract.

If you’re not avoiding all dairy probiotics, you can opt for a dairy-based yoghurt or kefir.

Greek yoghurt is a good choice if you want a good amount of protein and a thicker consistency to your smoothie.

If you’re sensitive to cow’s milk, you might find goat milk yoghurt and kefir products in your local health food store.

But if you’re not using milk because you can’t have dairy, you can still use yoghurt or kefir.

Just use a plant-based mylk yogurt or kefir option instead!

Most supermarkets stock a variety of non-dairy yoghurts including coconut yoghurt and almond yoghurt.

At your local health food store, you might find coconut milk kefir in the fridge and If you’re really committed, you can get your own kefir grains and make kefir with your favourite mylk.

Both yoghurt and kefir will make a nice thick smoothie.

But if you prefer your smoothie on the thinner side, you might want to try half water and half yoghurt/kefir to get it your preferred consistency.

It’s easy not to use dairy milk in you smoothies

It’s not that hard to find dairy milk free liquids to use as your base for your smoothie recipes.

And if you haven’t used any of the mylk’s before, it’ll take a bit of experimenting to get your smoothies just right.

But it’s well worth the taking the extra time to get it right because you can get some amazing flavours happening.

Now you have your options sorted to move away from dairy milk, it’s time to think about the other ingredients.

The good news in that department that Super Cubes can be made using water, coconut water, mylks, yoghurt, kefir – it’s really up to you!

An easy to make non-dairy milk smoothie is as easy as pouring in a cup of mylk, adding in three Super Cubes, blending then drinking,

It couldn’t be any simpler for you!

 

Author | Samantha Gemmell
Sam is a Nutritionist, Health Writer and Wellness Speaker as well as being an Author for Super Cubes.
She is passionate about sharing her knowledge and helping people through their journey to health and wellness combining their mindset, nutrition and lifestyle. When she’s not helping people, she enjoys dancing in the rain and cuddling dogs.
Sometimes she does both at the same time.

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