How to Make a Smoothie Without Milk?

strawberry banana smoothie

Milk is one of the main ingredients in many smoothie recipes. In fact, if you are new to smoothies, you may be thinking that it is impossible to make a smoothie without milk.

The truth, as you will soon come to find out, is that you can make anything from a strawberry smoothie, raspberries smoothies, and even frozen banana smoothies for your family without milk or yogurt.

In this article, we are going to be looking at the perfect way to make smoothies without milk and some dairy-free milk that can take your fruit smoothies to the next level. At the end of this article, we are going to unveil a delicious milk-free recipe you can make with any of the best vegan blenders on the market.

Do Smoothies Need Milk?

The short answer to that question is no.

While fruits like strawberries, bananas, and so on are essential to making delicious smoothies, milk and yogurt are not.

You may be thinking that you are missing out on some essential nutrients if you don’t add milk to your vegan or fruit smoothie, but the truth is that you won’t miss much.

Ingredients like Chia seeds, nuts, and flaxseed can easily increase the nutrition calories of your frozen fruit smoothie.

One of the most important things you need to make an excellent dairy-free smoothie or follow any fruit smoothie recipe is a good blender.

A powerful blender will not only make your life easier but will also help ensure that you get the best results even if you want to make a smoothie without milk.

Dairy Substitutes

Whether you are vegan, lactose intolerant, or you ran out of milk, there are a few milk alternatives you can add to your frozen banana smoothie, strawberries smoothies, and mango smoothies, and so on, that will give it a unique taste and keep things interesting. Below are a few of them.

Almond milk

Almond milk is a great dairy alternative, as it is low in calories and rich in Vitamin C and other essential nutrients our body needs. Many brands offer creamy and thick nut milk that will give your smoothie a unique texture.

Coconut milk

If you are looking for dairy-free milk that is creamy and delicious that will complement any fruit smoothie recipe, you should try coconut milk. Coconut milk is rich in Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, and a few other nutrients found in dairy milk. Even more, it is low in saturated fat and is rich in protein and calcium.

Soy milk

This is likely the most popular alternative for dairy milk, as it is similar in many ways to cow milk. Soy milk is rich in protein (a cup of soy milk contains about 7 grams of protein), Vitamin D, and calcium. Regardless of the type of fruit smoothie recipes you are following, you will be able to use soy milk, as it is available in different flavors. There are even some low-calorie versions of it on the market.

Hemp milk

Hemp milk is one of the go-to milk for people who are looking to make delicious fruit smoothies without milk or yogurt. Hemp milk, which is made from hemp seed and water, is rich in calcium, vitamin D, omega 3 fatty acids.

If a fruit smoothie remains watery after using any of the above dairy-free milk, you should add Chia seeds to it. Chia seeds, which are part of the mint family, have thickening properties and are rich in fiber, healthy fat, vitamins, and minerals.

Strawberry and banana on a chopping board

Why Does This Recipe Work Without Milk?

Below are some ingredients that can make a smoothie recipe work without milk.


Adding banana chunks to a dairy-free smoothie or vegan smoothies will not only give it a unique flavor but will also make it creamy. There are many web-site that discusses in depth how a banana can make a smoothie taste amazing.

Ice cubes 

You can take any smoothie recipe to the next level by adding ice cubes to it. To effectively crush the ice cubes and get the thick result you want, you will need a powerful blender. 

Chia seeds 

Chia seed is an excellent addition to any vegan diet and smoothie recipe, as it is healthy, smooth, and creamy. 

Peanut butter 

Adding peanut butter to a smoothie without milk will make it richer and creamy. Peanut butter is loaded with healthy fat, vitamins, and minerals that can buff up the nutritional content of your smoothie.


If you want to make a delicious smoothie without adding sugar and milk to it, you should consider adding dates to it. So, if for some reason, you aren’t satisfied with the way your smoothie tastes, you should add a few dates to it. You won’t be disappointed.

Glass of strawberry and banana smoothie with chia seeds on the table
strawberry banana smoothie

Dairy Free Smoothie Recipe - Strawberry Banana

The internet is loaded with way too many smoothies recipes that have milk as one of their main ingredients. If you are lactose intolerant or aren’t into milk, you may not be able to follow them. Below is a dairy-free Strawberry Banana smoothie recipe.


Ingredients and equipment

  • 2 cups of dairy-free milk (soy milk, almond milk, rice milk, coconut milk, or hemp milk)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon of flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon of Chia seeds
  • 2 tablespoons of lime juice
  • 2 cups of frozen or fresh strawberries
  • A countertop blender or a bullet blender


  1. Pour lime juice and 2 cups of your preferred dairy milk into your blender cup
  2. Add your banana and strawberries
  3. Add Chia and flax seeds
  4. Turn on your blender and blend until you achieve your desired consistency
  5. Serve immediately

Pro Tips

  • Be sure to use a powerful bullet or countertop blender.
  • Add a spoon of vanilla extract to give the smoothie an extra flavor.
  • Drink the smoothie as quickly as possible. If you don’t, the Chia seed will absorb the liquid in the smoothie.
  • Ensure that the ingredients that make up your smoothie recipe are fresh.
  • Make your fruit smoothie recipe creamier and tasty by adding frozen banana and coconut water

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