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High calorie smoothie ideas with no dairy? (450 +)

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Hi guys,

I recently was so excited to discover the joys of drinking something so low dense yet high calorie that even my little tummy didn't feel that full after!

(2 tbsp pb, 1 tbsp nutella, 1 banana, 1 cup fortified soy milk = 480 cals)

Now, I want to have a very high cal smoothie like this everyday. (I also have a veggie smoothie of 2 cups spinach, 1 fruit serving, 1 cup soy milk, 3 tbsp flax seed - not that high cal but gets in a lot of my fruit and veggie serving - approx 250 cals)

I've been searching the net and these forums and can't seem to find a place for fave, high-cal, non-dairy, smoothie recipies that you guys have. So, could you either direct me to one, or use this thread to post your absolute fave high cal smoothie ideas?

Criteria: Has to be over 400 calories with no ice cream/dairy (I'm intolerant)



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if you like tofu try blending that in, it gives it a creamier texture. there are other milks out there too (almond, rice, oat). some people with intollerances can stomach sheeps milk. maybe find some and test how your body reacts towards it. ensures are also lactose intollerant and dont contain dairy so as well as other supplement drinks. you could also try lactose free, soy or sheeps milk yoghurt or ice-cream.

there are heaps of ways to boost a smoothie without adding dairy. just gotta be creative! pumpkin and avocados also adds as a good thickner

just use milk substitute...soymilk is pretty close in cals to regular milk.

i love making green smoothies with avocado, banana, spinach, and flaxseed. really calorie dense and tasty.

I hope you are all grinding your flaxseed or buying it already ground.  It will just go right through you if it's whole and you won't get any of the great benifits. 

Also Almond Milk is very good and would work well in smoothies.  Almond milk, banana and peanut butter would be a good start for a smoothie.

I'd like to cast a vote for hemp milk--you won't need to buy (or grind) flax seeds to get your omegas and the taste and texture is divine.  

Pureed pumpkin/squahes/sweet potatoes, avocados, nut butters, coconut milk are all healthy additions that will bump the caloric total of your smoothies (and give you satisfying and heart-healthy fats).  

here are some ideas...

1 cup coconut milk

1 frozen banana

4 tbsp nutella

1 oz almonds

2 tbsp maple syrup

---700 calories or so


1 cup rice milk

1 cup soy yogurt or tofu



2 tbsp honey

flax seeds



2 servings silken tofu

2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tbsp maple syrup

4 tbsp peanut butter

1/2 cup coconut milk

~700-800 (estimate)


1 avocado (seems weird but apparently it's not overpowering in smoothies)

1/4 cup maple syrup or honey

1 cup strawberries frozen

1 banana frozen

2 tbsp flaxseeds


Just play around with it. You'll find that most combinations are pretty tasty! I hope this helps get your creative juices flowing.



Agave nectar is also a great sweetener if you don't care for honey or maple syrup.

hey guys, thanks for the great ideas! This does get me thinking =)

Ok, but I have a question... do you guys find that drinking like a 700 cal smoothie makes you feel like... "oh well, I'm almost half way to my (say) 2,000 cal goal today... so I don't have to eat as much if I don't want to."

I find that I sometimes think this (mostly when I'm busy running around), and think - well I can skip lunch since I had a high cal shake and can eat nuts etc etc and make it up to that 2,000 goal versus eating a proper rice and meat dish (which when I'm busy, I don't have time to do).

How bad is that? Making it up by munching other random things like nuts, avocado throughout the day etc is still a healthy way to do it even if its not an actual traditional meat and rice type meal is it not? (I'm a slow eater and need to get creative during work hours - so mostly, I graze throughout the day and have high cal smoothies)

You could use coconut milk to boost the calories without dairy - it's very high calorie, and the fats are good for you. It would make a good base for either a fruit smoothie or a chocolate or pb-type smoothie.

Celest, If you are getting healthy proper nutrition and you feel satisfied (physically and mentally) then I don't see the problem.  Different people have different styles of eating.  I often have all fruit and veggie smoothies for brekkie on mornings when I have to get up and get going.  My breakfast smoothie looks something like....

3 whole bananas
1/2 cup frozen mixed berries
Half a peach
2 cloves garlic
1.5ish cups chopped kale

I don't add milk, yogurt, whatever.  If I want to thin it out some, I add a little water.  Here are some actual raw, vegan smoothies I have regularly that I have put in my recipes.  These aren't high calorie, but they are easy to make up and you can easily add peanut butter, avocado, soy yogurt, hemp milk, etc to up the cals.  

http://caloriecount.about.com/mondo-fruit-smo othie-recipe-r22461

http://caloriecount.about.com/mondo-fruit-smo othie-recipe-r224612

http://caloriecount.about.com/major-fruit-smo othie-recipe-r224647

I still think, though, that it is important to set aside meal times.  If you are crunched on time, prepare things in bulk and portion them out so you can take them on-the-go.  This will not only ensure that you ARE eating enough, but that you are getting balance nutrition.

1  banana frozen (100)

with 2 tbsp PB or any nut butter (190)

1/2 cup frozen or fresh mango(50)

coconut milk canned type 1/4 cup full fat kind. not light.(115)

spices like cinnamon



banana 100

2 tbsp nutella 200

cocoa powder 1 tbsp 30

silken tofu 70

1/2-1 tbsp honey or maple



1 cup hemp milk 100

banana 100

frozen berries 40

1 tbsp pb 90

1 scoop protein powder 120?



banana 100

1 tbsp honey 60

2 tbsp PB 190

soy creamer vanilla 1/4 cup 80



banana  100

bluberries frozen 1 cup 80

flax seed 2 tbsp blended in(never tried but my dad does it, and loves it lol) 90

silken tofu 70

maple 1 tbsp 50

top with 1/4 cup granola. (90?)



banana 100

1/2 an avocado (150-160?)

1 tbsp honey

spinach 10

bluberries 1 cup 80


*you could use non dairy ice cream like rice milk ice cream or soy ice cream...hemp milk is great!!(MY FAVORITE!) and almond milk? or soy yogurts?

hope this helped!




thanks Maya - gives me variety to keep up my smoothie regime without getting bored!

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Here's my current favorite:

1 CUP mashed avocados- 380 

1 Banana-120

3 Tablespoons Macadamia Nut oil- 360

1 Tablespoon Cacao Butter- 120

1 Tablespoon Raw Honey-60

1/2 Cup Raspberries/Blueberries

1 Tablespoon Raw Cacao

1 Tablespoon Maca

1 Teaspoon Ashwanganda

Grand total of approx 1020 Calories

For liquid I used Chaga Tea. Best thing for your immune system, doesnt taste like much and goes great with Chocolate. I get mine from http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShogunChaga?section_ id=13531050



HAve you tried amasake--it's a fermented rice beverage that is lovely and sweet and full of good probiotics.  You could add that to smoothies--it's delicious and comes in flavors like hazelnut, almond and i think there is one made with organic chocolate too. 

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