Smoothie Hacks: How To Make Smoothies Without Yogurt

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The 4 Best Substitutes For Yogurt

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Applesauce

One great alternative to yogurt in smoothies is applesauce. It makes a really smooth texture and adds a healthy sweetness. It also aids in digestion.

You can find unsweetened applesauce at most health food stores, or you can use any unsweetened applesauce you find with a smoothie. You don’t have to add any extra sugar if you don’t want to.

These pre-made applesauce cups are great for making smoothies for one. They are just the right size and portable, as well.

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Coconut milk

Coconut milk is a nutritious alternative to yogurt that you can use in smoothies. It’s creamy texture is perfect for smoothies and not too strong in flavor, unless you choose full-fat coconut milk.

Full-fat coconut milk adds a really thick texture to smoothies, but isn’t a hard substitute to use.

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Plain unsweetened yogurt

Coconut Cream

Coconut cream is ideal for adding to smoothies. Just scoop out the hard, cream part of the coconut and blend with the rest of your smoothie ingredients.

Whip in some ice cubes for a nice cool and creamy treat!

You can also add some fruit into the mix to temper the strong taste of coconut.

Don’t overdo it, though. Too much coconut can overpower the whole smoothie.

Almond Milk Yogurt

Is one of the most simple and cheap ways to make a healthy and delicious smoothie, but in some cases, you might not have it available.

There are several substitutes you can use to substitute for yogurt in your smoothie. If you are looking for a luscious smoothie or dairy-free yogurt, then we recommend:

  • expeller pressed coconut oil yogurt
  • brazil nuts yogurt
  • avocado yogurt

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds are a superfood ingredient used in several recipes. They are high in protein and fiber and low in calories. They are also loaded with antioxidants.

They are a great addition to green smoothies. Frequently, these would call for banana or pineapple or both as the sweet ingredient. But if you're not a fan of those ingredients, then you can add chia seeds in their place. They will deliver sweetness to your smoothies while adding a texture and body to the drink. They are also great in desserts and granola.

You do not have to soak chia seeds overnight in order to prepare them. They will absorb water and gel up within 10 minutes. This is great for blender drinks since you want to blend them immediately.

Protein Powders

You may opt for a yogurt-less smoothie in order to avoid the fatty side effect from lactose, or to avoid dairy products, or to save some money, etc. Yet it will be much harder to achieve a good consistency for the Yogurtless smoothie without the protein powder. The purpose of protein powder in a smoothie is to bind all the ingredients together to prevent the juice from turning into a juice salad.

To achieve this goal, you need a lees than 10% powder to juice ratio. This is especially true if the juice ingredients you are using are particularly juicy, like strawberries or watermelon.

The water in the liquids is not enough to make a proper binding. Therefore, you need to use a powder that is concentrated with protein. Whey protein powder is great for this purpose. Apart from the protein, it will also add some additional flavor to the smoothie, especially vanilla and strawberry.

Forget the Yogurt

Add “Banana Powder” Instead.

Some people can’t consume dairy products, so it’s time to discover a replacement ingredient: a liquid banana.

Banana powder is dehydrated bananas made in a food dehydrator and pulverized.

These powdery bananas are easy to make. The relatively inexpensive bananas, at just about $.50 each, can make 10-20 ounces of banana powder in one go, depending on how powerful your dehydrator is.

Dehydrated bananas make a perfect base for smoothies, but they really pack a punch.

Avocado

Avocado Pulp smoothies are made with avocado pulp and other ingredients.

This is my most favorite and my number one smoothie recipe. I have been making this avocado smoothie for years. I love it because it's so simple, healthy and delicious.

Ingredients

1 avocado, peeled and cut into chunks.

Instructions

{1}. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
{2}. It's that simple.

What I love about it:

This avocado smoothie is extremely simple to make and contains a lot of nutrients.

It's a great one to start the day because it is packed with fiber.

I have a spoonful shortly after waking up in the morning and I feel great. It keeps my stomach full until my first meal. It combats cholesterol and prevents a myriad of health problems.

Avocado is a high-fat fruit. The fats in avocado are unique because of their composition, which includes a higher concentration of oleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that has been linked to lower levels of LDL (the "bad" cholesterol) in the blood.

Sweet Potato

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 frozen banana (remove the skin if you like)
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1 small sweet potato (about 1 cup) peeled a chopped into cubes
  • 1/2 cup curry coconut water (not milk) or water
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1/2 inch fresh ginger
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 cup ice

Directions:

I like to put everything in the blender and let it run till i get the consistency I like. You can add a little of the coconut water or water if it’s too thick for your liking.

Banana

An easy way to make a smoothie without yogurt without compromising flavor is to add some good-quality, extra virgin olive oil. Not only will it lend a creamy texture, but it will also contain some monounsaturated fats. It is also a great source of vitamin E.

Simply add the olive oil to the blender. It should go in first so it mixes as you blend. When it’s blended well, add your other ingredients. Add the liquids first and then the frozen fruit, or your yogurt and protein powder.

Cover with the lid and blend on high speed for a few seconds.

Nut Butters

You can use scrumptious nut butters instead of yogurt. For example, you can use peanut or almond butter to make a delicious peanut butter smoothie. You can also add some chocolate chips or a banana to sweeten it up a bit.

Honey

You can also use honey as a good substitute for yogurt. If you are like me, and love adding honey to everything, then you know it won’t taste bad. Put as much as you like as long as you are using it for its nutritional properties.

Bananas

You can use frozen bananas as an efficient substitute for yogurt. It is powerful, sweet, and incredibly delicious. All you need to do is cut up the ingredients, put them in a blender, and press blend!

Yogurt Snacks

Instead of buying yogurt snacks for your smoothie, you can be more creative and make your own. You can use puddings that are made with yogurt and add other flavors to it, such as chocolate, strawberries, or vanilla.

Freezing Bananas

Freezing bananas is an excellent substitute for yogurt. Some of the bananas that you buy at the grocery store ripen faster than they should. So you can use them for your smoothie. Just remove the peel and freeze them.

Don’t Forget the Liquid

While it’s very appealing to put a bunch of delicious frozen fruit in a blender with some yogurt and call it a day, you’re going to have issues and ultimately a really gritty smoothie if you don’t use enough liquid.

Most frozen fruits have a very high water content, and when blended, they will release a lot of liquid, but not enough to make up for what they are taking away. I recommend that you use about 1/2 cup of liquid for every cup of frozen fruit.

This will ensure that your texture is smooth and creamy as well as give you all of the benefits that you seek from a smoothie.

Conclusion:

Smoothies are the best convenience foods for the modern day. You can prepare smoothies in seconds, take or carry it with you, throw in whatever is in the refrigerator, and enjoy it at the office.

The best thing about smoothies though is that they are delicious and healthy if you make them right. That is where the problem is for most people who buy smoothies from cafes…

Most cafe smoothies are not healthy and packed with calories and sugar. So they may be quick and convenient, but you can’t rely on them to give you the nourishment and energy that you are looking for.

Hopefully, this smoothie recipe guide will help you get started and to invent your own healthy smoothie recipes.

Smoothies are all so popular because they are convenient to make but are packed with great fiber, protein, carbs and healthy fats.

Almost all fruits and vegetables are suitable for making smoothies.

Smoothies are truly yours to play and experiment with. So here is a top 10 list of smoothie hacks for you to experiment with:

  • Add greens to your shakes
  • Use frozen fruit
  • Shake it
  • Base your shake on a nut butter or seed butter
  • Make raw shakes
  • Add greek yogurt