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This strawberry oatmeal smoothie recipe is the most filling smoothie recipe I have ever had. It really was “breakfast in a cup”.
The truth is, as much as I love smoothies, I always have to have something with them because I’m always hungry about 1 hour after drinking them. Even if I add extra protein powder to them. But this…. this smoothie was different. This smoothie kept me going ALL morning. In fact, I was so NOT hungry, that I forgot to eat my second meal of the day! Not too bad for this great breakfast smoothie…
This is a morning smoothie that also makes breakfast fast and portable. Plus you get all the health benefits of real food ingredients! Just pour in a cup and go! I do love my morning smoothies, and this one is my absolute favorite smoothie.
Why Add Oats?
Adding uncooked oats to a smoothie keeps you full for a really long time! You don’t need to add very much either. Even as little as 1 tablespoon will really help keep you full! The oats get ground up in the blender, but then expand in your stomach as they absorb liquid from the smoothie. So it’s a great way to have your smoothie actually fill you up instead of being hungry an hour later!
But keep in mind that these need to be rolled oats or old-fashioned oats (traditional oats). Do not use quick oats. They are highly processed and won’t fill you up as much. And if needed, opt for certified gluten-free oats.
Raw oats can also provide a variety of health benefits, including:
- High in fiber: Raw oats are an excellent source of both soluble and insoluble fiber, which can help promote healthy digestion, reduce constipation, and lower cholesterol levels.
- Lowers blood pressure: Raw oats contain a type of fiber called beta-glucan, which has been shown to help lower blood pressure levels.
- Boosts energy: Raw oats are a good source of complex carbs, which are slowly absorbed by the body, providing sustained energy over a longer period of time.
- Promotes weight loss: The high fiber content in raw oats can help you feel fuller for longer periods, reducing the urge to snack or overeat, which can aid in weight loss.
- Controls blood sugar: The soluble fiber in raw oats can help slow the absorption of sugar in the bloodstream, which can help manage blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.
- Rich in vitamins and minerals: Raw oats contain essential vitamins and minerals such as iron, magnesium, and zinc, which can help support immune function and promote overall health.
It is important to note that while raw oats offer many health benefits, they can be difficult to digest and may cause gastrointestinal discomfort in some people. Cooking oats can make them more easily digestible and can help reduce the risk of digestive issues.
That being said, I’ve never had an issue with it. But it’s good information to have in case it turns out to be you!
About The Protein Powder
If you’ve read my article on protein powder, you know that there is no such thing as a truly “clean” protein powder. It just simply doesn’t exist. That being said, you’d be hard-pressed to get anybody to give up their protein powder when they find one they like. It’s kinda like coffee. Once you’re hooked, you can’t just give it up!
So instead, I recommend finding protein powders with reasonable ingredients that you actually recognize. I like the Natural Factors brand and have used it a lot in the past. The Jay Robb brand is pretty good as well. There are a small number of good-quality protein powders out there, so you’ll have to do your research and label reading. But once you find a good one, stick with it!
That being said, if you don’t want to use protein powder, you can omit it completely. And if you want a replacement, plain Greek yogurt works well.
Note: I was not paid to promote either brand. I’m just simply sharing what I have used in the past.
Need This Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothies To Be Dairy-Free?
All you have to do is switch the protein powder and avoid dairy milk. Aside from that, no dairy!
Any of the following would make a great addition to this smoothie if you so choose.
- Coconut milk
- Chia seeds
- Vanilla extract
- Greek yogurt
- Soy milk
- Peanut butter
- Frozen banana instead of fresh
- Maple syrup instead of honey
- Veggies like spinach for a green smoothie without a change in flavor
About The Ingredients
Ice cubes – Make sure they are made with water you would feel comfortable drinking!
Banana – The riper it is, the more your drink will taste like a banana. So use the level of ripeness in correlation with how much banana flavor you want in your smoothie.
Frozen whole strawberries – no sugar added. Fresh is fine, but you won’t get that thick frozen texture with fresh berries.
Traditional oats – These are raw, uncooked oats. (a.k.a Old Fashioned oats)
Unsweetened almond milk – or regular milk. I used almond milk because that’s what I had on hand. But you can use whatever milk you are comfortable using.
Whey protein powder – I used unflavored, but vanilla flavored will work here as well. Even chocolate flavor would put a yummy spin on things!
Honey – Add to taste. Hint: Use local honey to help with allergies! Or use any other natural sweeteners you prefer in any amount that tastes good to you.
How To Make A Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
This one is tough, ya’ll! Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Phew! That was tough!
This will keep in the fridge for up to three days. The color may darken a bit from the banana, but that doesn’t mean it’s gone bad. It’s still perfectly fine.
To refresh your smoothie after a day or two, simply return it to the blender and add a few more ice cubes or frozen berries.
I love freezing smoothie leftovers because they make a delicious base for future smoothies! You can also pop them out and enjoy them for a cold, healthy treat on a hot summer day. Simply freeze them in ice cube trays and use them when you want them!
Recipe Supplies For This Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
For this recipe, you’ll need a good blender. I actually have and use the one here and I love it! You’ll also want a nice cup to drink your smoothie from. Click either image here to be taken to that product on Amazon. (Affiliate links)
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe
Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe
- 1 Blender
- 1½ cups ice cubes
- 1 medium banana
- 1 cup frozen whole strawberries (no sugar added)
- ½ cup traditional oats
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or regular milk)
- 2 scoops whey protein powder
- honey (to taste)
- Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
This recipe from the Gracious Pantry archives, originally posted on 9/16/12.