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the secrets to a great smoothie?

is it all about the blender? can you add some creamyness with some emulsifiers?

I am looking to make a rice milk stmoothie.. the rice milk is a little watery so i wanted to add some xanthan to thicken it. i wanted to add some ice so i can get that nice thick frosty goodness you get from a smoothie.. but i am not sure if my blender can do that . I have a pretty average ninja blender from bed bath beyond. Picked this up because it has a 9 cup capacity.

do you think i need a better blender? or adding some yogurt or emulsifiers can give me that creamy effect? ( would prefer to not include yogurt). maybe some evaporated milk?condensed milk? powdered milk?

I would be adding pulps like south american passion fruit, mora( andean blackberry) etc.. so would be on the watery side- no bannanas etc.

thanks! all

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  1. Believe it or not, a 1/4 avocado does the trick. It adds a bit of healthy fat and wonderful creaminess. I use 1 cup each of frozen blueberries, water and ice. Three tablespoons protein powder; 2 tsp superfood powder and the avocado. I have it every morning and it's delicious and healthy.

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    1. re: onefineleo

      Frozen fruit I add banana,pineapple ,peaches ,strawberries etc,oatmeal dry or cooked I've started out the smoothie with various nuts and seeds and sometime add peanut butter or flaxseed oil . I usually add a powdered green drink in addition .

    2. Depends what you are looking for in a smoothie. Since rice milk is thinner and mild in taste it will be overpowered by just about every other flavor you add. So, if you really want the rice milk taste just add ice. Freeze the rice milk for about 10 mins before you add it to the blender to get it good and cold which will help make a froth. Then add 5 or so ice cubes. Add some vanilla extract or some honey or both to intensify the flavor.

      Evaporated milk is also thin and plain. Condensed milk more of a thickner with extra sweetness. Yogurt smoothies are thick and take on whatever fruit/veggie/flavorings you add.

      So, you have loads of choices--really depends what you are looking for from a smoothie.

      The breakfast smoothie I had this morning contained apricot puree, coconut water, Greek plain yogurt and almond extract.

      1. For me, smoothies benefit from a couple of rules. One is counterintuitive: don't overblend. The other is, the fewer ingredients, the better. Just a personal preference. If you freeze your pulps somewhat or berries (outright), they too will add some body to the smoothie.

        1. I use banana and add oats that have soaked in warm milk for about 15 minutes to add creaminess to my smoothies.

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          1. re: pâté chinois

            sorry - just read the "no-banana" comment - so, oats (quick works better than rolled because they soften faster) softened in warm milk do wonders for creaminess :)

          2. I make mine in a blender with fat free Greek yogurt, splash of vanilla and whatever fruits look ripe--usually including something frozen-- mango or berries or banana. Plain water gets it to the right consistency.