Do You Put Milk In a Smoothie: A Guide & Recipe

Do you put milk in a smoothie? We often talk about what should and what shouldn’t go in smoothies, and if you are familiar with us you know the one thing we are not so passionate about in smoothies is fruit juices. Fruit juices are so high in sugar that it is a sugar rush, and when added to fruit smoothies, it is just liquid sugar. 

It kind of defeats the object of a healthy smoothie. 

Do You Put Milk In a Smoothie

But… What about milk? We don’t just mean cows’ milk. Cow’s milk, oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk… Milk in general. Can milk go in a smoothie? 

There is no reason milk can’t go in a smoothie if you want it in there, however, there is no rule to say that you have to put it in a smoothie either. 

So, let’s talk about this. To milk or not to milk, that IS the question! 

Do You Put Milk In A Smoothie? 

Should I put milk in my smoothie? Sometimes milk can be a great way for you to give your smoothies a little something extra, however, milk can also water down the flavor of your smoothie, depending on the type of smoothie you make. An example of this is green smoothies, which you should avoid using milk in, full stop. 

Milk is, however, a better choice than juice. So, if a smoothie with water is not for you, choose milk. Juice is acidic and has a lot more sugar, whereas milk has more calcium which is good for your bones. 

We quite like milk in fruit smoothies, but in green smoothies, it is water all the way! We also find almond and oat milk works best for smoothies, as it adds a bit of flavor, especially in some very fruit-heavy smoothies.

Diffrent milks work for diffrent smoothies.

Are Smoothies Better With Milk Or Water?

Do You Put Milk In a Smoothie

Water is the best liquid to put in your smoothies if you want to cut out sugar and extra calories from your diet. Furthermore, water is the best choice as a liquid in smoothies as it does not add any calories or sugar (granted it also does not add any nutrients), but it also helps to hydrate you! 

Water is also (in most places) free! Why would you want to pay money to add milk or juice to a smoothie when you have free (or at least very cheap) water available to you? 

Water is also the best choice of smoothie liquid for those who want to lose weight. Drinking water can help you to burn calories and keep yourself hydrated. Milk can be good for you also, but it has its sugars. If you do want to add milk to a smoothie we would recommend using unsweetened oat milk!

Are Smoothies Made With Milk Or Water?

Realistically you can make smoothies with milk or water, it is all down to your tastes. Green smoothies should always have water as milk and leafy greens tend not to mix well together, and while you could do this, it won’t taste amazing. 

Fruit smoothies can have milk, however, it is totally up to you! Smoothies can be great either way, however, milk tends to make them a bit more watery, in some cases more than actual water does! 

Do Most Smoothies Have Milk?

While most smoothies do not contain milk, a lot do. Many companies who make smoothies will make them with milk for consistency and flavor. That is, of course, unless they use juice. Sadly, a lot of smoothie brands, such as many smoothie stores will use juice. 

Juice is probably the worst choice of the three, while it works better with green smoothies than milk does, it is so heavy in sugar it removes the super-healthy factor of a green smoothie. 

Many smoothies- ready-made contain juice, whereas many homemade smoothies contain milk, but, if you know your nutrition, health, and smoothies well enough, you will be more likely to lean towards the water, but maybe milk if you need an extra dose of calcium. 

It is all about how you experience your health and think about smoothies! Let’s not forget that not everyone uses smoothies for health, and for those people, the liquid choice may be solely about taste!

Are Smoothies Better With Milk Or Yogurt?


Unsweetened milk is probably the better choice of these two. You can use any milk but unsweetened milk prevents the smoothie from tasting like a liquid sugar rush, and also keeps the smoothie much healthier. You can also use yogurt, which will add a slightly tangy taste and creaminess.

If you plan on using yogurt then you should use Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is also, usually, the ingredient of choice in very thin smoothies, to help thicken it up, and is also often chosen for smoothie bowls too! 

Yogurt is a great thickening agent, so it is not necessary for every smoothie. But if you wanted to remove a regular ingredient, such as banana, which is often used for thickening, yogurt is usually the chosen alternative.

Unsweetened milk or yogurt are great smoothie options, but in our eyes, you use yogurt for thickening and the nutrients it brings (Greek yogurt only!) or unsweetened milk if you want some calcium and protein. Otherwise, stick with water, it might seem boring but it has more to offer than you think!


Can You Make A Smoothie With Milk And Frozen Fruit?

Smoothies with frozen fruit and milk are not uncommon, if you looked on Google right now you would see hundreds of recipes with frozen fruit and milk. These are smoothies that look and maybe even feel like a milkshake without the insane sugar content! Want a frozen fruit smoothie with milk, go for it!

Can You Use Water In A Smoothie Instead Of Milk?

Of course, you can! This is a much healthier alternative! Water is healthy, free, and hydrating. If you don’t fancy a milk smoothie, choose water, always!

Can I Blend Banana And Milk?

Absolutely! We do this a lot, it’s a guilty pleasure! Bananas and milk taste delicious, we recommend unsweetened oat milk if you want a real treat!

Smoothie With Milk Recipe:

Probiotic Smoothie

Probiotic Smoothie [Yogurt & Almonds]

Probiotics are so important for the health of our gut. Gut health leads to the overall health of your body and how you feel, our gut needs to be looked after.
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Smoothie
Cuisine American
Servings 1
Calories 361 kcal



  • 1/3 cup/80g of plain unsweetened yogurt
  • 1 Banana peeeled
  • 1 tbsp Almond butter unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp of Oats
  • 1 tbsp of flaxseeds or chia seeds
  • 250 ml of milk


  • Add all the ingredients to your blender jug.
  • Process until completely smooth. For about 2-3 minutes.
  • Serve and enjoy!



Best consumed straight away.


Serving: 1servingSugar: 19.6gFiber: 7.5gCalories: 361kcalFat: 9.6gProtein: 7.7gCarbohydrates: 36.4g
Keyword digestive smoothies, gut health, gut healthy smoothie, healthy smoothie recipes, yogurt smoothie
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