Oats have so many benefits, and I feel like they’re just now coming back into the mainstream. They’re full of fiber, selenium, magnesium and zinc. I also love the fact that they keep you full all day and give you energy. Maybe that’s why oatmeal has been a breakfast staple for so long!
Oatmeal can be a little heavy in the morning for some people, however, which is why I came up with this smoothie version- it combines all the power of oats in an easy, fruity, much lighter context! In this recipe, I used frozen strawberries. You can really add any of your favourite fruit or vegetables to this mix (I prefer frozen fruit so it creates a nice, cold smoothie right out of the blender!), but my son’s favourite flavour is strawberry, so that’s what I went with! The more varied the fruit is in this smoothie, the more nutritionally diverse it becomes- blueberries, melon, bananas, and avocado would all be excellent in this recipe.
I chose to sweeten my smoothie with honey, because I like its natural sweetness and antioxidant properties. If you don’t eat honey, agave nectar or maple syrup would work just as well. I also used almond milk, which is rich in calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc, amongst other nutritional benefits. While you could certainly sub in your favourite non-dairy milk, I also enjoy the flavour of almond milk best for this smoothie.
To add a bit more protein (which keeps you fuller longer as well as provides you an extended amount of energy after the carbs wear off), I added vegan protein powder. Protein powders come in a variety of flavours and can be purchased at most health food stores and high end grocery shops. If you don’t have any protein powder, simply increase the amount of yoghurt in the smoothie for a little more protein, although it won’t have as high a protein content as the powder can provide.
This smoothie comes together super quickly, and is really yummy! It’s perfect for those mornings when you’re running late and need something you can sip on the road to fuel your body for the day. Eating well should be convenient as well as delicious. Always remember, eat well to live well!
Oat Protein Smoothie
- 1 cup Frozen strawberries
- 1 cup GF Oats
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1/4 cup Almond milk
- 1/4 cup Coconut yoghurt
- 1 tbsp Coconut oil
- 2 tbsp vegan Protein Powder
- Combine all ingredients in a blender until smooth. If the smoothie is too thick, add a little more almond milk. 2. Serve immediately.