We love smoothies. But we also have a controversial opinion: a watery smoothie is not a smoothie. It's just juice, and while there is a time and a place for juice, it's not going to hit that post-workout 'treat yourself' spot quite like a creamy, milkshakey, so-thick-you-consider-a-spoon smoothie will. But, the best way to make the thickest smoothie is to add more nut butter or yogurt or fruit, right? Also adding extra calories and fats, right? Well, we’re happy to say that it’s wrong! Get ready to learn how to make the perfect smoothie and have your mind blown by a little thing called Xanthan Gum.
What is Xanthan Gum?
Xanthan Gum is an odourless, tasteless, plant-based fiber that’s a byproduct of the fermentation of glucose or sucrose. It’s given off by a specific bacteria, Xanthomonas campestris, which explains its weirdly spage-age name. But unlike its sci-fi name suggests, it's entirely natural and not an artificial chemical at all.
How do I use Xanthan Gum?
Sparingly! A little really does go a long way, so start small (1/4 tsp is usually good for a smoothie) and add in little increments if you need to. An over-Xanthan smoothie becomes a pasty, jelly mess - and that's not a blender you want to clean.
It's thickening prowess extends beyond smoothies, too — try adding some to stir-fry sauce and gravies instead of flour for a totally thick, totally gluten-free sauce.
Where can I buy Xanthan Gum?
Larger supermarket chains will carry it, as well as health food stores. You could also try online retailers like Amazon. Don’t be put off by the high price point - like we said, a little goes a long way, so the bag will last you for a very long time. Think of it as an investment. An investment in next-level smoothie magic.
We added Xanthan Gum to one of our favourite smoothie recipes, brought to us by Holistic Wellness expert Samantha Gladish. We highly recommend you kickstart your thicker, creamier, Xanthan Gummier life with this creamy green dream.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
-1 cup coconut milk
-1 frozen banana
-1 teaspoon matcha powder
-¼ tsp Xanthan Gum
-Large handful of greens (spinach or baby kale)
-2-3 ice cubes
Toss everything in a blender and blend until smooth (and thick and creamy).