Sep 9, 2013

Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie



If you're looking for a heart healthy, dairy-free breakfast loaded with fiber you can eat on the run, this is it!

In South America, it's common to drink avena, a delicious oatmeal shake usually made with whole milk, cinnamon and sugar. My oldest daughter loves it, you can see my original recipe here. I've made it with pumpkin, but I was curious to see what would happen if I used unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze almond milk instead, along with blueberries and banana. The outcome was really good, I added some raw sugar to sweeten it, but you could even use stevia or whatever sweetener you would normally use.

This is best if you make it and drink it right away. If you only need one serving, cook all the oatmeal in water as instructed below, but use only half of the cooked oatmeal in the blender and save the other half for the next day.


Blueberry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
Servings: 2 • Size: 1-3/4 cup • Old Points: 4 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 5 pt
Calories: 180• Fat: 2 g • Carb: 38 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 3 g • Sugar: 8 g
Sodium: 52.5 mg • Cholest: 0 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup raw quick oats*
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup Almond Breeze vanilla unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 ripe medium banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup ice

Directions:


Cook oats and water in a small pot for about a minute or two, stirring often until it becomes thick and bubbly. Remove from heat and let it cool a few minutes.


In a blender add almond milk, blueberries, banana, cooled oats, vanillas, sugar and ice. Blend on high until very smooth. Pour in a glass over ice. Enjoy!!

Makes 3 1/2 cups.

*Use gf oats to make this gluten-free. 

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almond Breeze. I only share products I use in my own kitchen on a daily basis. I created this recipe and received compensation to do so.

39 comments :

  1. I've never tried cooked oats in smoothie. Usually add it raw. Bet it adds a touch of creaminess! Yum!

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    1. Yes, it's super creamy, I love it more than raw.

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  2. I really love a blueberry banana oatmeal smoothie in the morning! It was fun to see how you make it compared with how I make mine! Thanks for the inspiration to add some cinnamon and sugar to mine - I'll have to try that out in the morning :)

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  3. I've never tried oats in a smoothie, but this sounds so good and filling!

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  4. question, can I use splenda instead of actual sugar? how does this cange the calorie count?

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    1. There's 15 calories in a teaspoon of sugar, and 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon. So 2 tablespoons of sugar is 90 calories

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  5. this looks DELICIOUS! nothing better than oats in a smoothie mm!

    xo

    unorganisedchaos.com

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  6. Yummy, I just bought half a flat of blackberries at the gardeners market this weekend. They would be perfect in this. Thank you for this recipe.

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  7. Yum, yum!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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  8. I honestly didn't love this, just made it with dinner. I think it was the cooked oats that I didn't love, I felt like I was drinking oatmeal and something about that didn't sit well with me. However, my 6 year old loved it, go figure. It's so healthy so I'll definitely make it again for him. I think I might like it better if I didn't cook the oats. Love your recipes though! You are awesome!

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    1. It should be really chilled, over ice. My daughter loves them too!

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    2. I will chill it and have it over ice next time, I think that would make it better. Thanks again!

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  9. Do you think this would work with skim milk? I dislike the taste of almond milk...

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  10. Yum! this is pretty much my breakfast every day. I use rice milk, no sugar, and put vanilla protein powder in.

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  11. Looks yummy! I love your whisk, by the way -- I just recently bought a bunch of brightly colored kitchen utensils to go with my brightly painted kitchen :)

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  12. In Colombia we have a drink (similar to the mexican Horchata) called "Avena Helada" or something like "Iced Oats".... it's made with oatmeal, milk, sugar and cinnamon and you just remind me of that! :) looks yummy!

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    1. My Mom is Colombian, and makes it all the time. That's where the inspiration came from :)

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  13. This looks delish. I use almond milk in all of my morning smoothies, so many health benefits and tastes better than milk!

    xx

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    1. Doesn't almond milk have a lot of fat in it?

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    2. N/M...I think I'm confusing almond milk with soy milk.

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  14. Could I use steel cut oats in this? I know I would need to cook longer.

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  15. Sounds delicious! Perfect for busy mornings! :)

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  16. Is that the right ratio of water to oats? My box says 1 cup water per 1/2 cup oats and it's not thickening.

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    2. Melty: I just made some oatmeal this morning with the quanties as you stated above and mine thickened up after cooking on the stove for about 5 minutes, on a simmer. Make sure you measured correctly...and don't rush it. Should take about 5 minutes...Stir once or twice too.

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  17. Sounds amazing, Im on a healthy eating diet so this sounds great. :-) KB xx

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  18. I didn't have any blueberries so I exchanged dark red pitted cherry and added 2 tsp of honey, it was yummy making this again! Thank you.

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  19. loved the purple striped straw, where did you get them?

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  20. I read this quickly yesterday and tried to wing it this morning. I used 1/4 c of uncooked oats. and a blender stick so it chopped up the oats very well. It was AWESOME and reminded me of the European Muesli and yogurt that I love. Thanks so much for my new favorite breakfast smoothie!

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  21. I am allergic to almonds is there an alternative to the almond milk that I can use?

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  22. I don't like oatmeal, but I think oats in the smoothie sounds great. I need some variety for breakfast so I'll have to give this a try.

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  23. I do not like oatmeal I never have. Is this really like eating regular oatmeal? I don't want to purchase oatmeal to only find out I will not like this.

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  24. I'm confused about serving it over ice. Use crushed ice? Picture looks like ice is mixed in the smoothee.

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  25. It looks sooooo delicious!! I eat oatmeal with strawberries and blueberries every morning and tomorrow I'm going to try this version :)

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  26. Love the website I found this recipe on, Dysdine,com, but havent checked out the recipes so much yet. This particular recipe sounds pretty yummy actually (for my own tastebuds) but I'm wondering if it meets the level of pureed texture I, as a speech pathologist, recommend for my clients. I would feel hesitant to recommend this recipe because there is no clarification regarding the bits of blueberry or any additions should really be strained first before drinking, to make it truly a pureed texture. Some individuals can aspirate fine bits of particles from berry skins, in this case. Maybe I missed the detailed instructions (which should be explicit for a dysphagia recipe), but I'm thinking if a recipe is included on the website I found it on, the pureed texture should be stressed and absolutely clarified for those with dysphagia. Thanks, Erin

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