Try These 5 Smoothies with Almond Milk and See If You Can Taste the Difference

So creamy, you won’t miss the milk.

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Many a great smoothie leans on milk or yogurt or both for creaminess and oomph. But if you’re following a plant-based diet or merely trying to eat a bit less dairy, both ingredients are off the table. No matter: The beauty of smoothies is how flexible they are, and can win the same creaminess and oomph from vegan ingredients.

For heft and heartiness without dairy, smoothies need ingredients like nuts and nut butters, seeds, oats, bananas (which are creamy and rich all on their own), and almond milk, which is an easy substitute for dairy milk in any smoothie. (Keep in mind that using sweetened almond milk will make your smoothie sweeter — if that’s not what you want, stick to unsweetened varieties.) If you’re used to adding yogurt to smoothies, you may want to add a hit of zippy citrus juice, which will give your drink the pleasantly sour tang yogurt once did.

As a bonus, without dairy’s somewhat muting qualities, the flavors of your other ingredients will really be able to shine. You may find you don’t miss the milk and yogurt at all! Take a gander at this smoothie primer, then try these completely dairy-free smoothie recipes:

For all recipes, pile the ingredients into the blender and whizz on high until creamy and smooth. Add more almond milk and ice to taste.

Vegan Date Shake

  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • 2 tbsp. tahini
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cardamom (optional)
  • 1 cup unsweetened plain or vanilla almond milk
  • Ice

    PB-Kale Smoothie

    • 1 ripe banana, peeled
    • 1 packed cup raw kale leaves (stemmed)
    • 2 tbsp. salted peanut butter
    • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
    • 2 tbsp. old-fashioned oats
    • 1 c. unsweetened plain or vanilla almond milk
    • Ice

      Morning Greens Smoothie

      • 1 ripe banana, peeled
      • 1 c. packed baby spinach or mature spinach, stemmed
      • 1 tsp. matcha powder
      • 2 tbsp. pepitas
      • 1 c. unsweetened plain or vanilla almond milk
      • Ice

        Sunrise Smoothie

        • 2 tbsp. raw cashews
        • ¼ c. unsweetened coconut flakes
        • Kosher salt
        • 1 c. frozen pineapple chunks
        • Juice of half a lime
        • 1 c. unsweetened plain or vanilla almond milk
        • Ice

          Ginger Zinger Smoothie

          • 1 navel orange, peeled and roughly chopped
          • 2 thin slices ginger
          • ½ small red beet, peeled and roughly chopped
          • 1 medium carrot, roughly chopped
          • Pinch kosher salt
          • ½ c. unsweetened plain or vanilla almond milk
          • Ice
            chopped ingredients in a blender to make a smoothie
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