Wondering how to make a smoothie thinner without sacrificing the taste? We’ve all blended our ingredients together, only to find the resulting drink is too thick. It might make a nice smoothie bowl, but it’s not something you can easily sip through a straw.

In this article – we outline how to make a smoothie thinner using 5 different techniques (so you’re bound to find one that works for you) and common mistakes to avoid.

So, whether you want to stretch your smoothie to serve more people or simply make it less thick so it’s easier, we’ve got you covered.

Why Make a Smoothie Thinner?

There are several different reasons why you might want to make your smoothie thinner…

  • Portion Management – Thinning out your smoothie can help you stretch it into several portions instead of just one (perfect for batching prepping or making more smoothies on a budget).
  • Sipability – A thinner consistency allows you to sip your smoothie through a straw more easily, making it a convenient option for on-the-go consumption or for those with difficulty drinking thicker liquids.
  • Enhanced Digestibility – Some people find that a thinner smoothie is easier to digest, making it an ideal option if you have a sensitive stomach or are looking for a lighter meal option.
  • Personal Preference – It might just come down to personal preference, you don’t need a ‘logical’ reason to like a thinner consistency – just make whatever smoothie you prefer!

So, let’s look at how you can achieve a thinner, super-smooth consistency…

How To Make A Smoothie Thinner

How To Make Smoothies Thinner – 5 Tips & Tricks

We’ve tested lots of different methods over the years. Here are some of the most effective ways to make your smoothie thinner…

  1. Add liquid
  2. Use crushed ice
  3. Blend in stages
  4. Use less base
  5. Add high water content ingredients

Let’s look at each of these options in more detail…

#1 – Add Liquid

Add more liquid to make your smoothie less thick. You can use water, coconut water, almond milk, oat milk, fruit juice, or any liquid of your choice. Just add a little at a time so you don’t accidentally make your smoothie too thin without meaning to.

#2 – Use Crushed Ice

Adding crushed ice to your smoothie can help thin it out and create a refreshing, slushy consistency. You don’t need too much, just a small handful will do.

#3 – Blend in Stages

Blend the liquid and softer ingredients first before adding the denser ingredients. This allows for better control over the thickness and ensures a smoother blending process.

#4 – Use Less Base

Reducing the amount of base ingredient you use will also result in a thinner smoothie. Dense ingredients like banana, mango, avocado, nut butter, and frozen fruits will all make your smoothie thicker. So, using less of these things will produce a thinner smoothie.

#5 – Add High Water Content Ingredients

Using ingredients with a high water, like melon, cucumber, and pears, can also make your smoothie less thick. They aren’t as dense as other fruits and veggies, yet are still full of flavour. So adding them will ensure you don’t end up with a bland smoothie.

Common Mistakes That Make A Smoothie Too Thick

Here are some common mistakes to avoid if you don’t want a thick smoothie…

  1. Overloading with Dense Ingredients – Using an excessive amount of dense ingredients like nut butter, avocado, or frozen fruits can make the smoothie overly thick. Follow tried and tested recipes or use these ingredients in moderation if you’re experimenting for yourself.
  2. Insufficient Liquid – Not adding enough liquid can result in a dense and paste-like texture. You’ll typically need at least half a cup of liquid (120ml) to ensure your smoothie isn’t too thick, depending on what else you’ve added.
  3. Neglecting the Power of Ice – Forgetting to add ice or using too little ice can contribute to a thicker texture. Ice helps create a lighter and more refreshing consistency.

So, now you’re armed with all the tips and tricks to achieve the perfect smoothie consistency! By adjusting the liquid-to-ingredient ratio, using crushed ice, and being mindful of the ingredients you choose, you can achieve the perfect consistency for your smoothie. If you’ve got other hacks then we’d love to hear them. Get in touch via social media to let us know…


Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about making smoothies thinner…

Q: Can I adjust the thickness of my smoothie after blending?

A: Yes! If your smoothie turns out thicker than you hoped for, then you can always add more liquid a little at a time and blend again until you achieve the desired consistency.

Q: Can I use water instead of milk to make my smoothie thinner?

A: Absolutely! Water is a great option to thin out your smoothie and one we often use in our recipes. Coconut water or fruit juices are also good alternatives.

Q: How do I prevent my smoothie from becoming too thick?

A: To avoid a thick smoothie, start with one solid ingredient and your liquid, then gradually add other ingredients, monitoring the consistency as you blend. Adjust the amounts of fruits, liquids, and other ingredients to achieve your desired thickness.

Q: Can I use frozen fruits to thin out my smoothie?

A: Frozen fruit will generally make a smoothie thicker rather than thinner, so just use a small amount if you like a thin consistency.

The Blendery

Written by Caroline, a qualified nutritionist with a Master’s degree in Human Nutrition, bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and English, Diploma in Personal Training, and 15+ years of experience in the health and fitness industry.