How to Make my Smoothies Thicker or Thinner

How to Make my Smoothies Thicker or Thinner

You’ve gathered your favorite ingredients and blended them into an enticing, flavorful smoothie...

That won’t pour out of the blender.

Or another nasty surprise - it came out too runny.

There are easy ways to make the smoothie exactly the way you like it, and it might even turn out much tastier than you originally planned!

Follow these tips to make your smoothies thicker or thinner - and still delicious.

Question: My smoothie is too thin -
How to make it thicker?

Quick Answer: 

1) Use frozen ingredients such as frozen bananas, peas and broccoli.

2) Use fresh fruits and vegetables that are more dense, such as avocado and pureed pumpkin

3) Add grains, nuts and oatmeal

4) Use dairy or soy-based yogurts instead of water or milk

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It’s happened to everyone. You accidentally over pour the liquid in your smoothie and you’re left with more of a juice than a smoothie.

It’s happened to everyone. You accidentally over pour the liquid in your smoothie and you’re left with more of a juice than a smoothie.

If you’re of the mindset that you should chew your smoothies, you’ve got a problem.

It might still taste good, but isn’t thick enough to be considered a smoothie that you can chew. Or it is simply too runny to be smooth the way you like it.

So, what can you do?

There are four different ingredient options that are great smoothie thickeners.

They can both increase the thickness and creaminess of your smoothie, and can also boost the nutritional value to give you a boost in nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

1. Frozen ingredients

Frozen bananas are the top pick for a variety of reasons: if you aren’t a fan of the flavor, the fruit tastes different when it’s been frozen, it thickens smoothies and provides extra fiber.

Other favorites include berries, which have a lower sugar content while adding extra flavor, peaches, and tropical fruits like mangoes and kiwis.

Pears and apples are also good choices, as they are high in pectin, also a thickener.

You might also like frozen peas, frozen carrots, and frozen broccoli, as they can increase the nutrition without adding extra sugar.

If you’re wondering how to thicken smoothies, frozen ingredients are the fastest and easiest.

2. Fresh fruits and vegetables

Fresh fruits and vegetables are good to an extent. Bananas are the first choice of many people, but unlike frozen bananas, where the flavor is easy to hide, fresh bananas make smoothies taste like… banana.

Which is great if you like bananas, but not so wonderful if you don’t.

Instead, try avocado, which gives you extra fats and a nutrition boost. In chocolate-flavored smoothies, avocados create a richer flavor.

You can also use purees of fresh fruits and vegetables: applesauce or pureed pumpkin (use canned pumpkin if on the go), sweet potato, butternut squash, and carrot.

These sweet veggies are rich in healthy properties, and can give your smoothie the boost you’re looking for.

Choose ingredients with a low water content to make the most of these ingredients.

3. Grains and nuts

While it’s slightly messier, if you want to increase the fiber or protein content in your smoothie, consider adding oatmeal or quinoa. Soak your oatmeal for a few minutes before blending, and you’ll get a smoothie with a fantastic consistency and the ability to keep you full.

The picture of the smoothie in the glass with bowl with oats on the right side, and plate full of bluberries and raspberries behind the glass.

Quinoa is another great meal replacement option, but should be cooked before blending.

You can also soak nuts or add nut butters to your smoothies to give them a creamy texture and earthy flavor.

Nut butters can be either bought or made at home quickly and easily if you have a high performance blender such as a Blendtec or Vitamix.

4. Dairy

Yogurt (frozen is good, too!) and Kefir are great thickening choices. Another option is to blend in a half-cup of cottage cheese.

Each of these will increase the nutritional value and the thickness of your smoothie.

Question: My smoothie is too thick -
How to make it thinner?

Quick Answer:

1) Add more liquid such as fresh fruit juice, tea or coconut water. Add a bit at a time to make sure you don't dilute it too much!

2) Use ingredients with high water content such as watermelon

3) Swap fresh for frozen

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A thick smoothie has its benefits, but sometimes you just want a nice, silky smooth smoothie.

If your smoothie is too thick, add a few of these ingredients to thin it out.

1. Amp up the liquids

The first thought for many is to add water. Yes, that will thin out your smoothie, but will also dilute the flavor and doesn’t add anything to the nutritional values.

We’ll do smarter than that, and try one of these instead:

  • Milk: Liquid dairy or nut milks can boost your protein, calcium, and many other nutrients while thinning out your smoothie
  • Juice: Freshly extracted juice, especially if you’ve made it yourself, gives a richer flavor to your smoothie while making for a thinner, more drinkable smoothie
  • Tea: Green tea has a lighter flavor that pairs well with many different fruits and veggies and also gives you a caffeine boost. You can also try red tea, white tea, or black tea, depending on the caffeine level you want.
  • Coconut water is an ideal liquid for hydrating, which makes it a good choice for a post-workout smoothie. It adds a tropical flavor to smoothies, creating a more complex flavor.
  • Coffee: I’m personally not a fan due to its side effects, but if you drink coffee anyway, you can add half a cup to the smoothie. Goes great with smoothies that you add protein powder to.

2. Use Ingredients with high water content

Add fresh fruits and veggies with a high water content, and they will thin your smoothie without diluting its taste.

Watermelon and cucumbers are top choices, as the water and fiber content makes them filling without causing extra thickness in your smoothie.

3. Swap fresh for frozen in your favorite recipe

Before you blend, choose fresh berries or fruits over frozen.

The higher water content in a fresh fruit will leave your smoothie thinner than their frozen counterparts.


Don’t just add ice or water if you want to thicken or thin your smoothies!

Think outside the box and look for new flavor profiles, ingredients high in nutrients you might be lacking, and ways to make your smoothie taste even better whether you want to make it thicker or thinner.

Have you tried any of these tricks? Which are your favorites? Share in the comments below and if you like this post, consider sharing it with your friends.

How to Make my Smoothies Thicker or Thinner
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How to Make my Smoothies Thicker or Thinner
Smoothie too thin or thick? Check out these tips and secrets to making your smoothies taste and feel exactly as you like them - using delicious, tasty ingredients!
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Sally Aquire

Sally is a veteran health & fitness author who enjoys writing about natural health and wellness in particular. She's a fairly recent convert to smoothies and loves experimenting with different ingredients and recipes.

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 14 comments
Katherine - 4 years ago

These tips are awesome, thanks so much for sharing!

I sometimes struggle to get my smoothies to the consistency I wanted so it’s great to know how to change that 🙂

    Jennifer Pelegreen - 4 years ago

    Glad we could help, Katherine!

    It’s so frustrating if you can’t get your smoothies how you want but as you can see, it’s actually pretty easy to iron out any issues in consistency 🙂

marcie - 4 years ago

These are great tips! I like my smoothies on the thicker side and when I don’t use bananas frozen fruit always does the trick!

    Jennifer Pelegreen - 4 years ago

    Thanks so mucuh for stopping by and commenting, Marcie!

    Totally agree, banana is a great thickener if it lends itself to a particular recipe but frozen fruit in general is a great alternative as you say!

Heather McClees - 4 years ago

Great tips, I like to use canned pumpkin, frozen fruit, and coconut yogurt to make my smoothies thicker. Ground chia and psyllium husk powder are also great for adding some fiber! 😉

    Daniel Pelegreen - 4 years ago

    Hey Heather, thanks for your comment and awesome tips!
    Canned pumpkin is a great idea, and I’ve just added it to the post thanks to you 🙂
    Psyllium husk is an interesting addition to smoothies, I’d like to write a post about it soon.

Brian - 4 years ago

Frozen banana has always been my thickener of choice but strangely, I didn’t think to try other frozen fruits (or veg) so I’m really pleased to know they can all do the trick!

    Jennifer Pelegreen - 4 years ago

    Thanks for your comment, Brian!

    Frozen banana is definitely a great thickener but if you don’t have any or you just want to change things up, you can use lots of other frozen alternatives 🙂

Joe - 4 years ago

Great tips, thanks so much for sharing them! Must admit I was in the water camp for thinning out my smoothies but I can see I’ll get more goodness using other options!

    Jennifer Pelegreen - 4 years ago

    Thanks for your comment, Joe! Water is the most obvious choice but not the most nutritious compared to some of your other options. Thin it out with milk (nut or dairy) or green tea and you’re onto a much bigger winner!

Leah - 4 years ago

Great tips, thank you! I’m another that used to just add water but that seems a bit crazy (and a total waste of nutrition!) now I can see the other options I could have been using to thin my smoothies out.

    Jennifer Pelegreen - 4 years ago

    You’re very welcome, Leah! Water is definitely the easy and obvious choice but you can get a lot more goodness from other options 🙂

Andrew - 3 years ago

Great post, love your site! My smoothies always seem to end up being too thin and I was looking for tips on how to deal with this …so glad I found this piece.

Lovely Tea Teas - 3 years ago

Cool post, do you mind if I link to it from my new blog/tea shop?
Its called Lovely Tea Teas? Thanks in advance – Oliver aka
Mr Tea


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