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Can You Make Smoothies Without A Blender: Step-By-Step Guide

If you’re a smoothie freak like me, you probably love your blender with all your heart!

However, if you don’t have a blender at the moment, don’t worry! Instead, you can use other methods and tools and still enjoy a delicious and fresh smoothie.

All you have to do is select the right ingredients.

For example, if you opt for soft, ripe fruit, mash it by hand, and mix in your favorite ingredients (peanut butter or yogurt), you can still get that classic smoothie texture by shaking everything with some ice.

Below, I will share a guide on making a smoothie without a blender, so let’s begin.

Can You Make Smoothies Without Blender: Step-By-Step Guide

can you make smoothies without a blender

If you’re in a hurry or don’t have a blender at hand, blender-free smoothies can often come in handy. All you need to do is choose the right ingredients and enjoy a delicious drink packed with antioxidants, protein, and fiber.

Let’s go through the whole process of making a smoothie without a blender.

First, Let’s Pick The Right Ingredients

Breaking up firm fruits won’t be possible, so use the different soft fruits you have. That way, you will be able to mash by hand. Furthermore, consider basing your smoothie on one or a blend of completely ripe fruits.

Ripe Fruits You Can Mash By Hand

Fruits like kiwi, banana, pears, mango, and berries such as blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries can be mashed easily by hand, so opt for some of these your blender-free smoothie.

How About Soft Veggies Or Veggie Puree?

You can also add ripe mashed avocados to your smoothie if you like veggies. Other pureed veggies, such as pumpkin puree, can be added as well. They will help thicken your blender-free smoothie and provide lovely colors.

Add Some Protein To The Mix!

Although soft and ripe fruits usually make up most handmade smoothies, you will still need some filling ingredients for protein and a creamier texture.

You can add your favorite peanut butter, yogurt, or chia seeds. If you don’t like peanut butter, use sunflower butter or tahini instead.

These two alternatives will give your blender-free smoothie protein but less sugar, which is even better. For a super thick smoothie, use full-fat yogurt, preferably Greek yogurt.

You can use plain or flavored if you’d like more control over the flavor of your handmade smoothie.

Pick The Right Liquid

You will need a liquid such as dairy milk or plant-based milk (almond or soy milk) to thin your smoothie. However, don’t add too much.

If you prefer a sweeter smoothie, add fruit juice instead of milk. You can use grape juice, apple juice, pineapple juice, or orange juice.

Include Protein Or Flavor Powders

You can make your smoothie even better by adding protein or flavor powders such as cinnamon, matcha powder, maca powder, turmeric, nutmeg, or cocoa powder. If you’re adding protein powder, please use the amount recommended by the manufacturer.

Let’s Bring Everything Together!

You can combine your blender-free smoothie in different manners. First of all, take care of the fruits and veggies. The rest is easy if you follow the next steps!

Mash Everything

First of all, rinse everything you’re planning to use in your smoothie. Then, peel the fruits and veggies and add as much as you want into a larger bowl.

Use a fork, spoon, or potato masher to mash the ingredients until they’re smooth. Note that there will be some small lumps in the pureed fruits and veggies.

Mix The Mashed Ingredients With Powders Of Your Choice

add powders to smoothies

Mix the mashed ingredients with powders of your choice.

Just add your protein or flavor powders and thickeners and stir until they’re dissolved. Mix until everything is blended.

For instance, if you want a strawberry banana smoothie, add mashed strawberries and bananas into a bowl along with some yogurt and stir until everything is well combined.

Shake Your Smoothie With Some Ice For A Foamy Beverage

While you can consume your lovely smoothie as soon as it’s combined, you may want it to be colder and foamy.

In that case, shake it with some ice. Just add a few ice cubes into a tall jar and add your smoothie. Seal the jar properly and shake it until your smoothie is cold and foamy.

This doesn’t take more than 30 seconds. You can make a frosty smoothie. Add crushed ice into your smoothie before serving! However, your homemade smoothie will have a slushy texture.

Add Your Chosen Liquid

Once everything is combined, take a sip and determine if it’s as thick or thin as you like. To thin it, add about 1-2 tablespoons of your preferred milk or juice until your smoothie is the consistency you want.

If you like a thicker smoothie, just add more chia seeds or yogurt. If you opt for chia seeds, keep in mind that they take minutes to thicken. Therefore, let your smoothie rest before consuming it!


Grab your favorite serving glass, pour your smoothie into it, and enjoy!

Note that handmade smoothies don’t last as long as smoothies blended by a machine. Meaning, your ingredients will probably separate quicker. If this happens, just stir your smoothie with a long spoon and drink immediately.

What Can I Use If I Don’t Have A Blender?

Just because you don’t have a blender at hand doesn’t mean you should skip your smoothie today. The following tools can successfully replace a blender in most cases.

  • Kitchen whisk (works for juice-based smoothies)
  • Fine mesh strainer or cocktail shaker strainer (work for berry or nut butter smoothies)
  • Fork (work for banana-based smoothies)
  • Smoothie glass or mason jar with lid (great for making smoothies on the go!)
  • Handheld milk frother (works for creamy smoothies that lack frothiness)
  • Non-electric manual blender (perfect for holidays or picnics)
  • Electric mixer (just make sure the power isn’t set too high)
  • A food mill (perfect for mashing and pureeing soft foods by hand)
  • An immersion blender (great for mixing liquid and solids)
  • Cheese grater (you can use a cheese grater for shredding carrots, celery, zucchini, fruits, etc.)
  • Rolling pin (perfect for breaking down solid or hard foods into smaller pieces)
  • Cheesecloth and mallet (suitable for breaking down veggies, nuts, and fruits by hand)
  • Chinois strainer (it’s similar to a food mill and works great for pureeing different fruits)

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Whenever you want a creamy smoothie but don’t have a blender at hand, use this detailed guide as a reference and prepare a blender-free smoothie!

Have you ever made a smoothie by hand? If yes, drop your tips and experiences below, and let’s chat about handmade smoothies!

AboutKelly A Hartigan

Kelly A Hartigan has been an avid consumer of blenders for years. She is passionate about helping others find the best blender for their needs and has tried different brands on her quest to find the perfect match.

She loves to blend fruit and vegetables into juices, which she drinks throughout the day for good health.

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