Sugar-free ingredients you can add to your smoothie. Smoothies. They are those brightly colored drinks we whip up in our blenders when we want to feel virtuous. Who doesn’t love to start their day with a smoothie? I mean you can pretty much throw anything into a blender and whip it up into a smoothie. But how about if you want to make your smoothie as low sugar as possible? Well, if that’s the case I have you covered because in this post I will present you with 25 sugar-free ingredients you can add to your smoothie.
If you want to read about everything low-sugar smoothie related make sure to check out the following posts I wrote:
- The 11 Lowest Sugar Smoothies from Jamba Juice
- Lowest Sugar Smoothies at Tropical Smoothie Cafe
- Lowest Sugar Juices, Smoothies & Food at Clean Juice
- 11 Lowest Sugar Smoothies and Juices at Robeks
- Lowest Sugar Smoothies at Smoothie King
Before I present you with 25 sugar-free ingredients you can add to a smoothie let’s quickly recap on what not to add to a smoothie if you are watching your sugar intake.
How Do You Reduce Sugar in Smoothies?
If you are trying to reduce the sugar content of homemade smoothies limit the following ingredients:
- Too much fruit
- Smoothie mixes/purees
- Milk that contain sugar or added sugar
- Protein powders with sugar added
- Honey, agave, maple syrup, and other sweeteners
- Nut butter with added sugars
- Yogurts with added sugar
- Protein powders with added sugar
25 Sugar-Free Ingredients You Can Add to Your Smoothie
As a general rule, the best way to reduce the sugar content of a smoothie is to add liquid such as water, iced tea or coffee or unsweetened vegan milk, unsweetened nut butter, vegetables rather than fruit, unsweetened vegan yogurt, powders such as cinnamon or matcha, seeds such as chia, oat, and sugar-free sweetener.
The first entry on this list is a basic smoothie option, yet it’s a classic. That entry is – good old water. Water is definitely not an ingredient to be overlooked when making a smoothie – hydrating, sugar-free, and a great way to bulk out your smoothie.
2. Iced Coffee
If you want a caffeine hit in your smoothie then adding some unsweetened iced coffee to your smoothie is a great way of adding a boost, flavor, and no sugar. For example, I am thinking of coffee, almond butter, and cocoa smoothie – yum!
If you are interested in learning more about the sugar content of iced coffee ordered out and about then check out the following post, I wrote on the topic – Does Ice Coffee Contain a lot of Sugar?
3. Iced Tea
Another way of adding some caffeine to your smoothie is with some iced tea. Just make sure that the iced tea you are adding is unsweetened. I personally think that iced tea would work great in a citrusy smoothie!
If you are interested in reading more about the sugar content of iced ice then make sure to check out the following post, I wrote on the topic – Is There A Lot of Sugar in Iced Tea?
4. Sugar-Free Coconut Milk
Lots of people love to add some form of milk to their smoothies. But did you know that dairy milk is high in naturally occurring sugar (you can read more about it here – Which Milk Has The Least Amount of Sugar) and there is often added sugar in plant-based milk?
There are, however, some sugar-free plant-based milks out there. One of these sugar-free milk is sugar-free coconut milk. Now bear in mind not all coconut milk is added sugar-free, but a number are. You can learn more about it here – Which Coconut Milks Do Not Contain Sugar.
One of my personal favorite sugar-free coconut milk is So Delicious’ Sugar-Free Coconut Milk which you can find on Amazon here.
5. Sugar-Free Cashew Milk
Another sugar-free plant-based milk you can use as the base for your smoothie is sugar-free cashew milk. Some cashew kinds of milk do contain added sugar or naturally occurring sugar (you can read more about it here – How Much Sugar is in Cashew Milk – Let’s Find Out). It is rare to find cashew milk that has 0g of sugar per serving, but Pacific Foods Cashew Milk is one of these rarities.
You can find Pacific Foods Unsweetened Cashew Milk on Amazon here.
6. Sugar-Free Macadamia Milk
Sugar-Free macadamia nut milk is another awesome smoothie ingredient. My personal recommendation for sugar-free macadamia nut milk is from Milkadamia (I mean it’s worth buying just for the name, right?). You can find Milkadamia unsweetened macadamia nut milk on Amazon here.
If you want to read more about the sugar content of macadamia nut milk you can here – Is There Sugar in Macadamia Milk – Let’s Find Out?
7. Sugar-Free Hemp Milk
Hemp is one of the more unusual plant-based milks out but there are some sugar-free versions that exist. For example, this hemp milk from Pacific Foods is sugar-free which you can find on Amazon here.
If you want to find out more about low-sugar hemp kinds of milk, you can here in the post I wrote on the topic – How Much Sugar is in Hemp Milk? Let’s Find Out.
8. Sugar-Free Almond Milk
Of course, unsweetened almond milk is another sugar-free base for a smoothie. Califia Farms make great unsweetened milk which can be found on Amazon here.
9. Sugar-Free Oat Milk
The final sugar-free liquid I am going to talk about is my personal favorite plant-based milk – oat milk! I mean oat milk is just so creamy and delicious in my opinion. Califia Unsweetened oat milk is one of my favorite oat milk.
It can be found on Amazon here and it is a great sugar-free base for any smoothie.
If you want to read more about the lower sugar oat milk options, you can here – Which Oat Milks Do Not Contain Sugar? 25 Oat Milks Ranked By Sugar.
Vegetables are a great sugar-free addition to any smoothie! I personally love adding spinach or kale to my smoothies. Make that smoothie green.
11. Unsweetened Peanut Butter
You really can’t go wrong with adding some unsweetened peanut butter to a smoothie, particularly a banana-based smoothie. Just bear in mind that even unsweetened peanut butter will still contain some naturally occurring sugars.
The lowest total sugar peanut butter I have come across is Santa Cruz organic light peanut butter. There is no added sugar in this peanut butter and just 1g of total sugar per serving.
You can find Santa Cruz unsweetened peanut butter on Amazon here.
You can read more about the sugar content of peanut butter here; in the post, I wrote on the topic – Which Peanut Butters Have The Least Sugar?
12. Unsweetened Almond Butter
Another unsweetened nut butter you can jazz up your smoothie with is almond butter! I cover the sugar content of almond butter in the following post I wrote – Is Almond Butter High in Sugar? One of my personal favorites is Justin’s unsweetened almond butter.
You can find Justin’s unsweetened almond butter on Amazon here. I adore the fact that this almond butter is simply made from 2 ingredients.
13. Unsweetened Cashew Butter
The final unsweetened cashew butter you could add to your smoothie is cashew. Cashew butter definitely adds a deliciously unique touch to a smoothie. Just like with peanut and almond butter unsweetened cashew butter will still contain some total sugar content from the cashews.
The lowest-sugar cashew butter I have come across is from Kevala. Their cashew butter contains 0g of added sugar and 0g of total sugar per serving. You can find Kevala cashew on Amazon here.
You can read more about the sugar content of cause butter in the post I wrote on the topic – Is Cashew Butter High in Sugar?
14. Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
Unsweetened cocoa powder is an awesome sugar-free ingredient you can add to your smoothie if you want it to feel decadent and indulgent but without the sugar. Cocoa would be a particularly great addition to a smoothie made with plant-based milk and nut butter. Yum.
Just make sure to always pick sugar-free cocoa powder.
15. Unsweetened Matcha Powder
Unsweetened matcha powder is a sugar-free smoothie ingredient you can add if you want to add both caffeine and antioxidants to your smoothie. Matcha works particularly well in a green vegetable-based smoothie.
If you are interested in reading more about the sugar contents of matcha lattes ordered out and about you can here in the post, I wrote on the topic – Does Matcha Contain A Lot of Sugar?
16. Cinnamon Powder
Another great sugar-free ingredient you can add to your smoothie is cinnamon. Adding cinnamon is a great way of adding some sugar-free “spice” to your morning smoothie – especially during the Fall months. Some cinnamon powder would go particularly well in a smoothie that contains apples.
17. Nutmeg Powder
Another great sugar-free flavorsome powder you can add to your smoothie is nutmeg. Nutmeg is a wonderful sugar-free smoothie addition if you love powerful flavors or want to add some warmth or spice to your smoothie. Nutmeg, again, is another sugar-free smoothie ingredient that works particularly well in the Fall months.
18. Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a fab way of adding some Omega-3 fatty acids as well as fiber without any sugar to a smoothie.
19. Hemp Seeds
I talked above about adding unsweetened hemp milk to your smoothie, but you can also add hemp seeds too. Hemp seeds are another awesome seed smoothie addition which is also high in Omega-3 whilst being sugar-free.
20. Flax Seeds
The final seed I sometimes add to my smoothie is flax seed. Just like hemp and chia, flax is high in Omega 3 fatty acids and fiber.
21. Sugar-Free Coconut Yogurt
Yogurt adds a certain creaminess and thickness to a smoothie. However, many yogurts are high in added sugar, and dairy yogurts are high in naturally occurring sugar. That said there are several dairy-free yogurts that are added sugar-free and low in naturally occurring sugar.
You can read more about it here – Are There Any Sugar-Free and Dairy-Free Yogurts? In this post, I let you in on several sugar-free coconut yogurts.
My personal favorite sugar-free coconut yogurt is from Coconut Cult. Coconut Cult’s coconut yogurt is unsweetened and super high in probiotics. So, if you want to add a sugar-free creaminess that is high in probiotics to your smoothie, check out Coconut Cult on Amazon here.
22. Sugar-Free Cashew Yogurt
An unsweetened cashew yogurt is another great way to add some creaminess to your smoothie without any sugar. I personally adore this unsweetened vanilla cashew yogurt from Forager (you can find them on Amazon here) for adding some vanilla creaminess to my morning smoothie sans sugar. There is 0g of added sugar and 1g of total sugar per serving in these awesome cashew yogurts.
If you want to find out about other low-sugar cashew yogurt options, make sure to check out the following post I wrote on the post – What Are the Best Low Sugar Soy And Cashew Yogurts?
23. Sugar-Free Almond Yogurt
Finally on the yogurt front, if you are an almond fan how about a dollop of unsweetened almond yogurt in your smoothie? My personal recommendation is this almond yogurt from Kite Hill which can be found on Amazon here.
You can find out about other zero and low-sugar almond yogurts in the post I wrote on the topic here – Which Almond Yogurts Are Lowest in Sugar?
24. Sugar-Free Oats
Oats are a great sugar-free addition to a morning smoothie, especially if you want it to fill you up. Just make sure the oats you add to your smoothie are sugar-free like this one on Amazon.
25. Sugar-Free Sweeteners
If you really love your smoothie with a real sweet kick to it, you can always add a dash of a sugar-free sweetener such as stevia or monk fruit.
Sugar-Free Smoothie Ingredients F&Q
What Should Be Added to Homemade Smoothies to Prevent High Sugar Levels?
The best way to do so is to add liquid such as water. To prevent making a smoothie with high sugar levels you want to use sugar-free liquid such as water, unsweetened iced tea, coffee, unsweetened alternative milk, unsweetened nut butter, vegetables rather than fruit, unsweetened plant-based yogurt, powders such as cinnamon or matcha, seeds such as chia, oats and/or sugar-free sweetener.
What Is the Best Sugar-Free Liquid for Smoothies?
The best sugar-free liquids to add to smoothies are:
- Unsweetened iced coffee
- Unsweetened iced tea
- Sugar-Free Coconut Milk
- Sugar-Free Cashew Milk
- Sugar-Free Macadamia Milk
- Sugar-Free Hemp Milk
- Sugar-Free Almond Milk
- Sugar-Free Oat Milk
25 Sugar-Free Ingredients You Can Add to Your Smoothie! – The Final Bite
Sugar-free ingredients you can add to your smoothie. What have we learned from the above? Well, when it comes to making a smoothie, if you want to reduce your sugar content there are several things you can do. Firstly, you want to avoid adding extra sugary ingredients, and where possible use low-sugar and sugar-free bulkers (such as water or sugar-free milk and milk alternatives). If you are looking to bulk out your smoothie, then using fresh greens or sugar-free peanut butter can be a great way to get a thicker and more indulgent smoothie option. I personally love a thick green smoothie – not only are they filling, but you feel great after having them too.
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