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How to Make Smoothies Without Yogurt

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Lactose-Free Smoothie

Lactose-Free Smoothie

Non-Dairy Fruit Smoothie Recipe

Whether or not you suffer from lactose intolerance, you will enjoy the creamy texture and mellow flavor of this smoothie. Quick and easy to make, every ingredient will nourish and strengthen your body.

Almonds provide sustained energy and fill you up, thus controlling appetite. An ideal brain food, almonds benefit the memory, promote softer skin and regulate blood pressure. Almonds soaked overnight, the method used in this smoothie recipe, are easier to digest and assimilate. Ayurvedic wisdom recommends soaking seeds for easier assimilation of B vitamins and proteins.

Smoothies are a great way to "sneak" healthy fruits and veggies into the picky eater's diet. For those with dietary restrictions, this smoothie is gluten-free, raw, vegan, dairy-free and can be made sodium-free and sugar-free. I like to toss in a handful of baby spinach to my smoothies for an extra dose of folic acid and iron.

"In fresh fruit, vegetables and nuts are all the vitamins, minerals and high-grade proteins the human body needs to bring it to a state of physical perfection and to maintain it in that state indefinitely."

— Dr. Herbert Shelton, M.D. and author of "Superior Nutrition"

Save Money With Raw Almonds

Choosing raw almonds rather than almond milk will save you money and time. You won't need to add it to your grocery list. You won't have to recycle empty cartons. And homemade almond milk is preservative-free.

The average price for almond milk is $2.50 for a 32-ounce carton or 4 cups of almond milk. Once it has been opened, almond milk stored in the refrigerator will spoil within 3 weeks.

Raw almonds can be stored in the refrigerator for months and for up to a year in the freezer. If you buy almonds at $4 a pound, the 2 cups of almond milk you blend into this smoothie come out to around 35 cents. That's a savings of 72%!

Tips

  • If you have it, you can substitute 2 cups of almond milk for the almonds and water in the recipe.
  • In the case of almond sensitivity, you can substitute 1/2 cup sesame seeds for the almonds.
  • A pinch of sea salt brings out flavor so your smoothie doesn't taste bland. You may find you don't need even a sweetener.
  • If you'd like a sweeter smoothie, add a tablespoon or two of raw sugar, honey or agave. Another option is a little stevia. You could also toss in a few dried, pitted dates in step 3 of the instructions.
  • Throw in a handful of baby spinach for a green smoothie. You won't even taste the greens! This is a great way to get vegetables into a finicky eater's diet.
  • Blend almonds with just 1/2 cup of water for the smoothest texture.
  • See "smoothie add-ins" at the end of this page for more nutritious ideas.
  • With the method outlined below, you don't need a powerful blender. However, if you make smoothies daily, a powerful and durable blender would be a wise investment.

Cook Time

Prep timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

2 large smoothies (about 2.5 cups per smoothie)

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup raw almonds, about 40 almonds
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal, raw
  • 1 cup papaya chunks (or strawberries), fresh or frozen
  • 1 cup mango (or peach) chunks, fresh or frozen
  • 1 small banana
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt, optional (see tips)
  • Sweetener, optional (see tips)
  • Handful of ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place the almonds in a container and soak them overnight in clean, room-temperature water.
  2. In the morning, rinse the almonds and pour them into a blender container.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of water and 1/4 cup of oatmeal. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes or until smooth. If necessary, add another tablespoon or two of water while blending.
  4. Add the rest of the water, fruit, vanilla, salt, ice cubes and sweetener, if using.
  5. Blend on high 1-2 minutes longer, until smooth and creamy.
  6. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Smoothie Without Yogurt

Smoothie Add-Ins

  • For sharper vision: 1 cup of fresh spinach leaves contain 56% daily allowance of Vitamin A.
  • Improved energy and libido: 1 tablespoon of maca powder.
  • Heart-healthy Omega-3 fatty acids: 1 tablespoon of flaxseed.
  • Protect skin from ultraviolet light damage with 1/2 cup of blackberries or raspberries, which are high in ellagic acid.
  • Raise serotonin levels in the brain with 1 tablespoon of cacao powder (cacao also happens to contain 4 times the antioxidants of green tea).
  • Get 6 extra grams of protein with 1 large raw, organic egg.
  • Regulate sugar levels and boost energy with 1 tablespoon of chia seeds.

Comments

Cocoa Bean on December 19, 2018:

I never knew that about almond milk! I don't usually get almond milk, usually I get flax or coconut but I suppose it'd still be cheaper making your own! Thanks for the tips and the smoothie sounds refreshing :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on February 08, 2016:

Thank you for your meaningful comment breathing.

TANJIM ARAFAT SAJIB from Bangladesh on February 07, 2016:

Good and useful tips for making smoothie without yogurt. Almonds really give the smoothie a great taste. I thank the author for describing the process in such small steps. Even any amateur will be greatly helped by this post and try to make a smoothie. Also the additional information about the extra add-ins are really exciting.

The best thing is that this recipe is a healthy one. So you will be investing your time on making something that is delicious and at the same time healthy. What more can you expecting while preparing a delicious food for the very first time?

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 26, 2016:

Great delicious recipes. I would love to try this out maybe this spring.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on June 14, 2014:

Suzanne Day, all of the ingredients you mention are great for meal replacement smoothies. I'm glad you have also enjoyed the health benefits of smoothies.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on June 14, 2014:

This looks like a fantastic recipe to add to my growing collection. I own a Nutribullet and many things can help make it creamy, they do recommend nuts like almonds to help. I also like to add goji berries to red fruit smoothies and peanuts can also be used. I haven't tried soaking the almonds overnight or using oatmeal, but both of these would help to make it more of a meal and less of a drink (better for the diet!) Voted awesome and pinned!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on April 28, 2014:

CrystalTatum, I'm glad you found this useful!

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on April 28, 2014:

Thank you for this hub. I have been wishing I could find an alternative to yogurt or milk, and now I have. Pinning this one!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on August 26, 2013:

Soulfully, almonds had a good amount of protein to smoothies, too, and offer so many health benefits. I hope you can try it soon! Thanks for coming by.

soulfully on August 25, 2013:

The smoothie looks delicious. I like the soaking of almonds and seeds tip to help you absorb more nutrients from them.

I've never tried almond milk; I'll give a try sometime.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on August 04, 2013:

GetitScene, this recipe is for smoothies without yogurt...good for those who have lactose intolerance or would just like to decrease their dairy intake. Thanks for your comment.

Dale Anderson from The High Seas on August 04, 2013:

This sounds so very good. Both my wife and I like yogurt and smoothies. Voted up and useful.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on July 24, 2013:

Joy M, although I don't have lactose intolerance I enjoy the health benefits of adding almonds to my diet. I hope you enjoy this smoothie! Thanks for following me. : )

Joy M from Sumner, Washington on July 22, 2013:

Another great hub! I'm going to have to start following your work.

We love smoothies at my house, but I'm always running out of yogurt. Now I'll just give your recipe a try.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on June 29, 2013:

Vacation Trip, we drink this smoothie daily. I hope you enjoy it!

Susan from India on June 29, 2013:

I enjoy smoothies a lot and you have shared some awesome smoothie recipes. Thank you for sharing. Voted up.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on June 25, 2013:

KoffeeKlatch Gals, I'm glad you're going to try this smoothie! We try to have one daily--it's a great supplement to a healthy diet. Enjoy and thank you for coming by.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on June 25, 2013:

Carl8033, I'm glad you learned something new. We just had this smoothie for lunch! With the almonds, it's filling and nutritious enough for a meal replacement. Thanks for coming by.

Susan Hazelton from Sunny Florida on June 25, 2013:

I never realized how almond milk was made. Amazing. Your smoothie sounds amazing. Definitely on my must try list.

Carl Junior on June 24, 2013:

I had no idea you could make smoothies without yoghurt, maybe it's because I am terrible when it comes to making food ha ha, but well, you have taught me something new today. Thanks for sharing.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on June 23, 2013:

Thelma Alberts, I'm glad you're going to try this smoothie. We make this smoothie every evening and use it as a meal replacement for dinner. It's filling and like drinking your daily allowance of vitamins and minerals! Thank you for the vote and share.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on June 23, 2013:

Now I know how to make almond milk. I´m lactose intolerant so I´m always looking for some alternatives. This smoothie is very tempting and I surely try this soon. Thanks for sharing. Voted up, interesting, useful and shared.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on June 10, 2013:

Joanna Verdan, we do try to avoid dairy as much as possible and this smoothie is just as delicious without the animal products! And soaking the almonds makes them more digestible and nutritious. I hope you can try it sometime! Thanks for coming by.

Joanna Slodownik from New Jersey on June 10, 2013:

I love the fact that you are making your smoothies without animal's milk. That's what I always recommend! It certainly looks delicious!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on June 05, 2013:

FullOfLoveSites, I also am a non-vegetarian who can appreciate healthy and delicious food. I'm glad you're going to try these non-dairy smoothie. Thanks for the vote and comment!

FullOfLoveSites from United States on June 05, 2013:

I'm not a vegetarian or vegan but this smoothie looks so creamy and delicious! Will attempt to do your recipe, vespa. Thanks for sharing! Up and useful. :)

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on May 28, 2013:

LadyGuinevere, I'm glad you found this non-dairy smoothie recipe! I am also trying to get away from dairy and you won't even miss it in this creamy smoothie. Enjoy and thanks for coming by!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on May 28, 2013:

Happy boomernurse, thank you for your kind words. This really is a nutritious and delicious smoothie and not hard to whip up. Your morning oatmeal sounds yummy, too! I appreciate all the votes and most of all, your support.

Debra Allen from West By God on May 27, 2013:

Yes, I have been looking for a non dairy smoothie recipe. I am going to share it too and voted up. Thank you very much!!!!

Gail Sobotkin from South Carolina on May 27, 2013:

Wow! Gave this awesome, nutritious smoothie recipe 5 stars, voted up and shared.

I would never have thought to make a smoothie with almonds, but I often add strawberries and almonds to my morning oatmeal. This smoothie would be a great alternative.

I also like the fact that you included different suggestions for minor alterations to this recipe.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on May 07, 2013:

InsightfulTiger, this is just the smoothie for your mother-in-law! It's so delicious that you don't miss the lactose, either. Enjoy and thanks for your comment and vote.

Insightful Tiger on May 06, 2013:

Wow great! I love all the tips, once again! My mother in law is lactose intolerant so this hubs helps! I will definitely share this hub! Voted up.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on May 01, 2013:

sgbrown, it's so much more economical to make your own almond milk and it tastes so yummy in this smoothie. Thanks for all your support!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on May 01, 2013:

RTalloni, I'm glad you enjoy healthy smoothies in the morning! They really do start the day off right. Thanks for coming by!

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on April 30, 2013:

I had no idea how almond milk was made, this is very interesting. What a great idea for really healthy smoothies. I will have to try this very soon! Voted up and more! :)

RTalloni on April 30, 2013:

Thanks much for this look at making non-dairy smoothies. We are trying to make fruit/veggie smoothies with ground flax seed everyday but I've not used the almonds or oatmeal in them. Looking forward to trying it!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 26, 2013:

MamaKim, we can't get tofu in Peru but we used to use it in smoothies, too, when we lived in the States. It is a good source of protein, but the almonds work well for us. I hope you have a chance to try it!

Sasha Kim on March 26, 2013:

This smoothie recipe is not only unique but sounds delicious ^_^ When I'm trying to make a non dairy smoothie I usually add some soft tofu but I can't wait to try your way ^_^ Thanks for the recipe, voting and sharing!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 25, 2013:

Ishwaryaa, I totally agree--healthy and tasty is the way to go. I really appreciate your meaningful comment. Thanks for all your support and the votes, pin and share!

Ishwaryaa Dhandapani from Chennai, India on March 25, 2013:

A delicious smoothie recipe! I am for anything that is not only tasty but also healthy. Yes, definitely! is what I voted in your poll. Your clear instructions, easy-to-find ingredients and inviting photos made me want to try it. Rated your recipe 5 stars! Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 22, 2013:

beginwell, I'm glad you approve of this method. We have one of these smoothies every morning--they're so delicious and good for you. Thanks for your support!

beingwell from Bangkok on March 22, 2013:

Voted up, vespawoolf! I love the idea of making almond milk at home. Of course!! That's brilliant! Sharing this to my hub followers, as well.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 19, 2013:

JustAskSusan, I'm glad you're going to try this smoothie. It's one of our favorites and we have it most every morning during the week. Flax does have a stronger taste so it will change the flavor of the smoothie, but a couple of tablespoons does add a lot of fiber and Omega 3's. You could also omit the oatmeal if you'd like, although the smoothie will be thinner in consistency. Enjoy! Thanks for coming by.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 19, 2013:

Sounds delicious. I enjoy smoothies for breakfast as I only usually cook breakfast once a week. Will try your recipe as soon as I buy some almonds. Do you think substituting the oatmeal with flax would make a huge difference to the taste?

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 17, 2013:

Alocsin, I'm glad you approve of this smoothie recipe. Almonds are so nutritious, too, and the smoothie has the staying power to make you feel full for several hours. I hope you try it! It's always nice to see you around.

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 17, 2013:

I didn't even know you needed yogurt to make smoothies because I generally don't like yogurt. I could drink this one in one gulp, though, because it has mangoes and almonds, two of my favorite foods.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 11, 2013:

Om Paramapoonya, I'm glad you like the sound of this smoothie! It really is healthy and so delicious. I hope you can try it sometime.

Om Paramapoonya on March 11, 2013:

Thanks for the nice recipe and tips! Papaya, mango and banana sound like a lovely combination. I've never used almonds in my smoothies, but I'm sure they'll work wonderfully. Your smoothie looks great!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 10, 2013:

Au fait, I hope your daughter enjoys this recipe! It really is delicious and does meet the standards of both vegans and those who have lactose intolerance. Thank you for coming by.

C E Clark from North Texas on March 10, 2013:

Looks good! I'm going to share this with my daughter who is vegetarian and refuses to drink milk. Almond milk is her thing, so this might be something that would provide lots of nutrition and also meet her picky standards. ;)

Voting up, and will share!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 07, 2013:

GlimmerTwinFan, my husband loves it with the spinach and he isn't a vegetable lover. You really don't notice much of a difference in my opinion. I hope you try it! Thanks so much for the share and pin!

Claudia Mitchell on March 07, 2013:

Had to come check this out since yogurt does not always agree with me, but I love smoothies. I wonder if adding the spinach changes the flavor a lot? Great recipe and shared/pinned.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 07, 2013:

MelChi, the almonds and fruit are delicious together and so healthy. Thank you for coming by!

Melanie Chisnall from Cape Town, South Africa on March 07, 2013:

This is great for those who are lactose intolerant. Thank you for sharing! I love almonds and the fruit you've used in this recipe, and the alternatives.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

prasetio, I'm glad you are going to try this smoothie. Enjoy and thanks for the vote!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

tammyswallow, I'm glad this recipe can be of use to your lactose intolerant relatives. We aren't lactose intolerant in our household, but we appreciate the nutritional content and easy preparation. Thanks for your comment!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

Ruchira, I'm glad you like this recipe. Enjoy!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

carozy, I'm glad you can use this vegan recipe. It's so nutritious, easy and quick. Enjoy and thanks for coming by!

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 06, 2013:

I love the recipe of smoothie yoghurt. It sound delicious. I can wait to make it soon. Just looking at the picture makes me thirsty. Thanks for share with us. Voted up!

Prasetio

Tammy from North Carolina on March 06, 2013:

What a great idea! I am going to share this with some lactose intolerant family members. This could be a wonderful alternative. Awesome!

Ruchira from United States on March 06, 2013:

Wow...got to try this out.

Thanks for the idea:)

carozy from San Francisco on March 06, 2013:

This smoothie looks delicious. I'm always on the lookout for more vegan recipes. I'm going to try this one. Thanks for sharing.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

PeggyW, thank you for the kind words! Almond milk is easy to make and since it's not available here in Peru, we quickly learned how. A lot of the nutritionalists here are recommending it for women of mature age since it's full of nutrients. I really appreciate the votes, share and comment.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 06, 2013:

I love making smoothies and will definitely give your recipe a try. We normally have almond milk in the refrigerator but have never attempted making it. It certainly sounds simple enough and economical as well. I like all of your suggestions of how to add to this smoothie recipe. Great job with this hub. I have come to expect only the best from you! Up votes and sharing.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

JayeWisdom, it's nice that you use almond milk in your smoothies. Even though I'm not lactose intolerant, I like the nutritional boost almonds give to this smoothie. We have a Vitamix, so you can't even tell there is raw oatmeal in the smoothies and it's so good for regulating cholesterol and glucose levels. Thanks for coming by!

Jaye Denman from Deep South, USA on March 06, 2013:

I found a brand of organic almond milk that comes in a one-quart container so it doesn't get wasted. I make smoothies using almond milk, organic fruits, vanilla extract, a few drops of liquid stevia and, sometimes, a bit of low-fat peanut butter. When I'm not hungry for breakfast, a tasty smoothie provides nutrition in the morning in a delicious way.

Thanks for the other ingredient suggestion, though I can't see myself adding raw oatmeal to a smoothie...thanks just the same! Ha-ha.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

Ktrapp, this is the perfect recipe for you since you already have almonds stashed in the freezer. Many homemade almond milk recipes call for straining the milk after blending, but it's not necessary with this smoothie recipe as it acts as a thickening agent. I hope you enjoy it! Please let me know if you get a chance. Thanks for all your support.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

Moonlake, glad this non-dairy smoothie recipe has inspired you to get back to smoothie making. They really are so good for the health. Thanks for the vote and share, too!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

YourCousins, glad you're going to give this a whirl--literally! The almonds make the smoothie even more nutritious and papaya is so good for the digestion. Enjoy and thank you for commenting!

Kristin Trapp from Illinois on March 06, 2013:

I am definitely going to try this. I often make smoothies with non-fat yogurt and fresh fruit, but since I have a freezer bag full of raw almonds, I am anxious to try this out. I had no idea you could make your own almond milk by soaking the almonds overnight. Sometimes, mid-morning I eat a few raw almonds to keep me from feeling hungry before lunch time, but this would be a great breakfast smoothie that would accomplish the same thing.

moonlake from America on March 06, 2013:

Liked your smoothie recipe and all the information. I need to get back to making smoothies I have not been doing it and I should. Voted up and share.

Your Cousins from Atlanta, GA on March 06, 2013:

This sounds really good. I make smoothies every morning, but I've never used almonds or papaya. I love blending new recipes and will give this one a whirl.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

Angelo, thank you for the share and vote! This smoothie without yogurt really is tasty and so easy, too.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

pstraubie, I'm so glad that this Hub can be of use to you and your family. Yes, it is so nutritious and easy, too. Thank you for all your support.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

loksmi, thank you for your kind words. This really is a nutritious smoothie, one you could consume on a daily basis. And of course it's quick and easy, too. I hope you enjoy it and thank you for paying me a visit!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

unknown spy, this smoothie is sooo delicious!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 06, 2013:

rajan jolly, I'm glad you're pleased about the links. Your Hubs have a wealth of information and they complement this one so well. I'm glad you're going to try the recipe! Please let me know what you think if you have a chance. Thanks for coming by!

Angelo52 on March 06, 2013:

Great article with lots of info. Seems like a tasty addition to anyone's diet. Shared and voted up.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on March 06, 2013:

Goodmorning

Family members have lactose intolerance so this sounds like a great option. The variety--almonds and oats--- of ingredients make it healthful and it sounds so good.

Thanks for sharing. Sending Angels your way this morning :) ps

Life Under Construction from Neverland on March 05, 2013:

wow. that's smoothie looks so tempting!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on March 05, 2013:

Vespawoolf, am thrilled and honored with the inclusion of my links. Thanks. This dairy free smoothie is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing and I'll be trying it out soon.

Great job!

Voted up, useful and awesome. Shared and pinned as well.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013:

lindacee, I hope you enjoy this smoothie with the dairy replacement of almond milk. It's so delicious and sticks with you all morning. Enjoy and thanks for paying me a visit!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013:

Rebeccamealey, we love almond milk but it's not available commercially in Peru. This is an easy way to incorporate it into a smoothie without all the extra work of straining, etc. I hope you can try it sometime. Thanks for your comment!

Linda Chechar from Arizona on March 05, 2013:

Wow! Another awesome recipe, vespawoolf! Your family is soooo lucky! I don't normally make smoothies, but will try this non-dairy version. I enjoyed all of your tips and variations. I love almonds, so this is a must-do! Thanks! :)

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 05, 2013:

The non dairy smoothie sounds great. I really want to try it, for sure. It sounds really beneficial to the body and really yummy too. I think that is what we all need. "Bad for you foods" always taste so good. We have to get creative to replace them. You did!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013:

Suzanne, when I wrote this Hub I right away thought that you would probably make a mask out of this smoothie. Please let me know what you think if you have a chance to try it. Enjoy and thanks for all the votes, shares, tweets and pin!

Suzanne Ridgeway from Dublin, Ireland on March 05, 2013:

Hi Vespa,

What great ideas here! LOVE them! Thanks so much for mention and the links, you are such a thoughtful and generous friend! Votes, shares, tweets and pinned this to try out with my blender!! Can't wait!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013:

Flashmakeit, I'm glad this recipe inspired you! It really is delicious and so healthy. Thanks for coming by!

flashmakeit from usa on March 05, 2013:

I know that smoothie must be very tasty and that recipe give me a great idea!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013:

Kohuether, you can substitute almond milk or almond butter. We are using an Oster beehive right now, which isn't a high speed blender, and it still blends up the almonds fine with this method. I imagine it would work in most blenders. I hope you can try it! Thanks for your comment.

Katherine Olga Tsoukalas from New Hampshire on March 05, 2013:

This looks delicious! I would assume that you can use almond milk or almond butter instead of whole almonds, too? It's just that my blender isn't as good as the Vitamix so may have trouble pulverizing the almonds.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013:

Randomcreative, this is a great recipe to use in a pinch as almonds are easy to store in the fridge or freezer. We enjoy this recipe for all the nutrition it offers. Thanks for coming by!

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 05, 2013:

I am not lactose intolerant, but I usually don't have plain yogurt in the house. It's great to know that there are some good alternatives out there. Thanks for the recipe!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013:

DeborahNeyens, I hope you enjoy it. Even though my husband and I don't have dairy intolerance, we still enjoy this smoothie for the health benefits. It's a great way to start out the day.

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013:

Kalmiya, almonds are a great source of protein and so beneficial to the health in many ways. Thanks for your vote and comment!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013:

DDE, they really are simple and so nutritious. Enjoy!

Vespa Woolf (author) from Peru, South America on March 05, 2013:

cherrycrime, enjoy the smoothie! They really are addictively delicious and so healthy. Thanks for your comment!

Deborah Neyens from Iowa on March 05, 2013:

I'll give this a try sometime. I've never made a non-dairy smoothie.

Kalmiya from North America on March 05, 2013:

Almonds and almond milk/butter are a great alternative to milk and provide protein. Thanks for the photos and recipes for ways to use almonds! Voted up.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 05, 2013:

Smoothies without yogurt is such a simple way and sounds good too