Are you wondering how to make a smoothie with almond milk without it curdling?
Almond milk and other nut-based drinks have soared in popularity over recent years, especially in smoothies. This means there are more and more recipes that call for their use.
But as some people are finding out, almond milk doesn’t always play well with other ingredients…
In this article – we walk you through making an almond milk smoothie, the one common pitfall to avoid curdling, and some delicious recipes too.
- Why Use Almond Milk In Smoothies?
- Almond Milk Nutritional Benefits
- How To Make A Smoothie With Almond Milk [3 Simple Steps]
- The Key Mistake To Avoid Curdling
- Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie Recipe
- Simple Strawberry & Banana Smoothie Recipe
Why Use Almond Milk In Smoothies?
Almond milk smoothies are delicious and dairy-free. This makes them ideal for people with an intolerance to lactose or those following a vegan diet.
But even if you are a fan of dairy, smoothies made with almond milk can often taste better. This is because nut milk tends to combine better with fruit and veg than cows milk does.
You might also like… How To Make A Dairy-Free Smoothie Without Milk
Smoothies made from almond milk are usually healthier too. If you use the unsweetened version then they contain fewer calories, cholesterol, and saturated fat (compared to equivalent dairy milk smoothies).
Almond Milk Nutritional Benefits
Almond milk has fewer calories than dairy milk – 13 kcal versus 44 kcal per 100ml. That’s around a third so can make a big difference if you’re drinking it daily.
It’s also low in fat (1.1g per 100ml), saturates (0.1g per 100ml), and carbs (zero). So if you’re trying to lose weight, then including almond milk in your diet won’t adversely impact your health goals.
It’s also fortified with vitamins D, E, B2, B12, and calcium so has additional micronutrient benefits. These provide a wide spectrum of health benefits for the body, including skin, brain health, and energy production.
So whether you’re making almond milk smoothies for health reasons, ethical beliefs, or taste preferences, here’s how…
How To Make A Smoothie With Almond Milk [3 Simple Steps]
Here’s how to make an almond milk smoothie in 3 simple steps…
- Wash and prep your fruit and veg
- Measure out your almond milk (120ml or ½ a cup is usually enough) and any other ingredients
- Blend everything together until silky smooth
As you can see, it’s really not complicated… This is the same basic recipe you’d use to create any kind of smoothie (scroll down for more recipes). But you may find that nut milk behaves differently in some situations…
The Key Mistake To Avoid Curdling
Some people find that almond milk curdles when they add it to a smoothie. This is definitely something we want to avoid as any kind of curdling can put you off smoothies (or milk) for life!
The most important thing to know is that you shouldn’t mix lemon juice with almond milk. The juice can curdle the milk, which is great if you’re making vegan sour cream, but definitely not good for smoothies!
If you’re making a lemon smoothie with almond milk, then just grate in the yellow zest but skip the juice. This will give it a delicate citrus flavour without the nasty curdling effect.
Figuring out how to make a fruit smoothie with almond milk can take some trial and error. Depending on the fruit you’re using, you might also need to adjust the quantities to get the right flavour or consistency.
Here are two of our favourite almond milk recipes…
Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie
Banana-based smoothies are one of the most popular variations on our site. Combining nut milk with nut butter is a fantastic way to ramp up the flavour too. So, if you’d like to know how to make a banana smoothie with almond milk, then here are the steps…
- Peel one banana
- Measure out 125ml or 1/2 cup of almond milk and 1tbsp of peanut butter
- Blend everything together until super-smooth
Simple Strawberry & Banana Smoothie
If you’re wondering how to make a strawberry and banana smoothie with almond milk, then here’s the recipe…
- 1 banana
- 8-10 strawberries
- 120ml (½ cup) almond milk
However, if you’re just interested in how to make a strawberry smoothie with almond milk, then it’s not simply a matter of substituting the banana for extra strawberries. The balance of flavour might work, but the texture would be too watery.
In this case, you’d also need to reduce the amount of almond milk or add a thickening base (such as mango or oats).
As a rule of thumb for smoothies, we recommend 1-2 portions of fruit, 1 portion of veg, and 120ml (½ cup) of liquid. You can then play around with different flavour combos, knowing that the consistency will be about right.
Using nut milk in your smoothies will give them a new depth of flavour. In fact, we’re pretty sure that once you’ve tried one of these plant-based milk recipes, you won’t want to go back to dairy!