Dairy Free Smoothies Base Recipe

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This is one of our base recipes. Dairy free smoothies are great for starting your morning, fueling a workout, or satisfying a craving for something cold, creamy, and sweet!

Are Smoothies Healthy?

While eating whole fruit is normally best, a smoothie can be a great way to get lots of fruits and/or vegetables in one easy serving. This smoothie recipe is also free of dairy, so it can be a nutritious option for individuals trying to adopt a more plant-forward diet. This recipe can be made with a variety of liquids including 100% juice, coconut water, and milk alternatives; let’s take a minute to talk about milk alternatives.

Which Dairy-Free Milk Alternative Should I Buy?

It seems like there’s a new milk alternative coming out every other week. There are now options available made from pea protein, bananas, oats, flaxseeds, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, cashews, coconuts, and of course the originals: rice, soy, and almond. When choosing a milk alternative, try to limit added sugars, gums, and stabilizers. Some varieties, like cashew or oat milk are creamier and therefore create a thicker smoothie. For more information on best choices, check out our ingredient guide.

Need some recommendations? Here are a few of our favorite brands:

Elmhurst Nut Milks

Malk Nut Milks

Trader Joe’s Unsweetened Nut Milks

Which Blender is Best for Smoothies?

Any blender will work! While a Vitamix probably makes the creamiest smoothies, any full-size blender, single-serve blender, immersion blender, or even food processor will do the job.

Culinary Tips

If you want to make smoothies for breakfast and are in a time crunch, place all of the non-frozen ingredients in your blender’s jar and place it in the fridge the night before. Add the frozen ingredients in the morning and blend!

If your smoothie is too thick after blending, add more liquid. If it is too thin, add more fruit or ice.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Fresh Fruit: use any fruit of your choosing. Use creamy fruits to yield creamy smoothies. Think bananas, avocados, mangos, etc.
  • Frozen Fruit: use any fruit of your choosing. Choose options without any added sugars.
  • Leafy Greens: use spinach or kale. If you are unsure about the flavor of greens in your smoothies, start with spinach. Spinach has a milder flavor than heartier greens like kale. Do not use arugula or mustard greens.
  • Liquid: use coconut water, 100% juice, or a milk alternative. 

Recipe Variations

Add any other plant-based ingredients of your choice, such as spices, natural flavor extracts, nut butters, flax seeds, chia seeds, oats, or coconut.

Serving Suggestions

Dairy-free smoothies can be a meal on their own or can be an accompaniment to a healthy breakfast. Pair with our Overnight Oats, Energy Bites, or Granola for a satisfying meal.

Will Smoothies Keep in the Fridge?

Keep leftovers in the fridge and enjoy the next day. They can hold for longer than a day in the fridge but often start to separate. Shake before drinking for delicious, nutritious vegan smoothie goodness.

Want some more healthy smoothie recipes?

Check out these easy, healthy smoothie ideas!

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Dairy Free Smoothies - spinach, banana, almond milk, mango
Dairy Free Smoothies Base Recipe
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins

This dairy free smoothies recipe is a great healthy breakfast or snack. Our base recipe features dairy-free milk, fresh and frozen fruit, and leafy greens.

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Servings: 2 cups (might make slightly more or less)
  • 1 cup fresh fruit
  • 1 cup frozen fruit
  • 1 cup lightly packed dark leafy greens (optional)
  • 1 cup liquid (100% juice, coconut water, almond milk)
  • 6-8 ice cubes (optional)
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you are looking for a creamier smoothie, choose creamy fresh fruits like bananas, mangoes, and avocados (yes, avocados are a fruit!).


Be careful with the leafy greens you choose! Some can be very bitter. Spinach probably impacts the flavor the least. Kale and herbs will be stronger. Hint: banana helps mask the flavor 😉


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This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Christa

    I’ve been loving making smoothies this summer! This is a perfect base recipe that is super customizable and delicious. I’ve been especially loving using almond milk lately (and I enjoy adding a spoonful of almond butter, too)!

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