Why is my smoothie not creamy?

Smoothies are meant to be thick, creamy, and smooth – it’s right there in the name! But sometimes our smoothies can turn out runny or watery instead. If your smoothies aren’t coming out with that ideal rich, creamy texture, there are a few potential causes and fixes to try.

Using Too Much Liquid

The most common reason for a watery smoothie is using too much liquid. Fruit and vegetables contain a lot of natural juices, so you don’t need to add much extra liquid at all. As a general rule, you’ll want to use:

  • 1/2 to 1 cup liquid per 2 cups fruit/veg
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup liquid per 1 cup leafy greens

If you’re finding your smoothies too watery, try reducing the amount of liquid you add – things like juice, milk, water, yogurt, ice cubes etc. Pay attention to how juicy the produce is too. Berries release a lot of juice, while bananas contain less liquid.

Not Enough Fiber or Thick Ingredients

Another reason your smoothie may lack creaminess is if it doesn’t contain enough natural fiber or thick ingredients. Things like bananas, avocado, mangoes, dates, and nut butters act as natural thickeners. Leafy greens also provide fiber that helps blend up creamy. Be sure to include at least 1-2 ingredients in your smoothie that have a thicker consistency.

Some examples of thick ingredients to try:

  • Bananas – very creamy!
  • Avocado – adds creaminess
  • Mangoes – fibrous and creamy
  • Dates – high fiber
  • Nut butters – thick & creamy
  • Leafy greens – fiber
  • Chia seeds – helps thicken when blended
  • Rolled oats – adds thickness

Blending Technique

How you blend up your smoothie also affects the consistency! For creamier smoothies:

  • Use a high speed blender if possible. More powerful motors blend smoothies more smoothly.
  • Blend for at least 45 seconds to 1 minute. This gives the ingredients time to break down and achieve a creamy texture.
  • Add liquid ingredients first, then fruits/veg. The liquid helps suck the solids down into the blades.
  • Use frozen ingredients. The ice crystals help emulsify a smoothie for a thicker texture.
  • Add soft ingredients like bananas and avocado first. They help cream it up.
  • Pulse occasionally to help redistribute ingredients.

Not Enough Healthy Fat

Fat helps contribute creaminess and richness to a smoothie. Try adding at least one ingredient with healthy fats like:

  • Avocado
  • Nut butter
  • Coconut milk
  • Flax or chia seeds
  • Full fat yogurt or kefir
  • Hemp seeds

The fat from these ingredients will help improve the mouthfeel of your smoothie.


Using icy cold ingredients straight from the fridge can also result in a thinner smoothie texture. Allow ingredients like fruit, yogurt, or milk to sit out for 10-15 minutes to take the chill off before blending for a smoother consistency.

Troubleshooting Watery Smoothies

Here is a troubleshooting guide if your smoothies are too runny:

Problem Solution
Using too much liquid Reduce amount of juice, milk, water, ice, etc.
Not enough fiber/thick ingredients Add bananas, avocado, mangoes, nut butters, oats, chia seeds, greens.
Blending technique needs work Blend for longer, add liquid first, use high speed blender.
Lacking healthy fats Add avocado, nut butter, full fat dairy, seeds.
Ingredients too cold Allow ingredients to warm up before blending.

How to Thicken Up a Watery Smoothie

Don’t pour that runny smoothie down the drain just yet! Here are some tricks to help thicken up a watery smoothie:

  • Add more fiber: Throw in a banana, some spinach or kale, chia seeds, oats, etc.
  • Mix in nut butter: Add a spoon or two of nut butter like almond or peanut butter.
  • Toss in ice cream: Ice cream will lend creaminess and thickness.
  • Add avocado: Mash up half an avocado and mix it in.
  • Blend in protein powder: Whey or plant-based protein powders can help thicken things up.
  • Let it sit: Allowing it to sit for 5-10 minutes helps the ingredients thicken up.
  • Try xanthan gum: Just 1/4 tsp of this thickener binds moisture and adds viscosity.
  • Reblend with ice: Add a handful of ice and re-blend, which introduces thickness.

How to Make Smoothies Creamier From the Start

Once you get the hang of making smoothies, it becomes easy to whip up thick, creamy smoothies every time. Follow these tips:

  • Use a high speed blender like a Vitamix.
  • Include at least 1-2 bananas or other thick fruits like mango or pear.
  • Add healthy fats from nuts, seeds, nut butters or avocado.
  • Use full-fat yogurt or dairy for extra creaminess.
  • Minimize water or juice – stick to just a splash if needed.
  • Blend greens like spinach or kale into your smoothie.
  • Add a spoonful of thickening agents like chia seeds, protein powder or oats.
  • Use frozen fruit – it blends up thicker than fresh.
  • Blend for at least 45 seconds to 1 minute.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be whipping up lusciously thick, ice cream-like smoothies in no time!


With so many healthy ingredients to choose from, smoothies should be rich, decadent and creamy. If your smoothies are coming out watery instead of thick and smooth, try reducing the liquids, adding more fiber-rich and fatty ingredients, improving your blending method, and troubleshooting the issue. With a few simple fixes, you’ll get that ideal smoothie texture you crave. Just drink slowly and savor all that luscious creaminess in each sip!

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