Oatmeal Smoothie -The Easy Way to Enjoy your Oats

oatmeal smoothie

Breakfast, it is the most important meal of the day.  We all know that.  But it’s also probably the one meal of the day that receives the least attention.  How many of us automatically just reach for the cereal pack without giving it a second thought?  Or think that oats are only used for porridge or muesli?

What if I told you it’s possible to make a wonderfully delicious oatmeal smoothie using good old oats? 

Does this make breakfast sound more interesting? Well it should.  Because not only does oatmeal make a thicker smoothie but there’s an added nutritional boost.

Oats contain more soluble fiber than any other grain.  Specifically a type of soluble fiber called beta-glucan which has been proven to help lower cholesterol and therefore possibly reduce the risk of heart attack.  You see after harvesting, oats are roasted, cleaned and hulled.  This process does not remove the bran and germ, which is where the fiber and nutrients are concentrated.  

Not only that, but the soluble fiber results in slower digestion, leaving you feeling fuller for longer.  A great weight loss strategy.


Can you Put Raw Oatmeal in a Smoothie

Oatmeal doesn’t need to be cooked first before adding to smoothies.  Just measure out the required amount, (usually between a quarter and a half a cup), add to the blender, pulse on high for a few seconds,  then add the rest of your ingredients.  This makes the oatmeal much easier to blend.

Know your Oats

Oats are rich in soluble fiber, which can improve heart health, lower your risk for type 2 diabetes and help with weight control by keeping you feeling full for longer.  So it just makes good sense to throw them into your blender.  But which oats should you use?

Regular Rolled Oats

What is generally known as oatmeal is made of whole groats that have been steamed, then flattened by larger rollers. My preference for smoothies.

Quick-cooking Instant

Quick oats are steamed, finely cut and rolled, making them quicker to cook and with a softer texture than rolled oats.  Regular rolled oats that are flattened even more, then cooked and dried.    These contain less fiber because most of the bran has been removed.

Oat Groats

Oat groats are the whole oat kernel that has not been flattened.  Often used in salads the same way you would use barley.

Steel-Cut

Steel-cut oats are groats that have been sliced and they have a chewy texture, ideal for using in porridge or cereal. The least refined of the oat cereals, these are whole-oat groats that have been halved or cut into three pieces.  This process results in a nutty flavour and chewier texture which is fine for cooking but impractical for smoothie making.

How to Store

Oats can turn rancid more quickly than other grains.  Store them in a cool, dry place, or in the refrigerator for up to two months.



Strawberry Peanut Butter Oatmeal

strawberry peanut butter oatmeal smoothie

Ingredients

1 banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
½ cup frozen pineapple
½ cup rolled oats
2 cups coconut milk
1-2 tablespoons peanut butter

How to Make

In a blender place the banana, strawberries, pineapple, oats, coconut milk and peanut butter.  Blend until everything is a smooth consistency.

Serve and enjoy.  This will make 2 large glasses.


Raspberry Pear Oatmeal Smoothie

raspberry pear oatmeal smoothie

Ingredients

1 frozen banana
½ cup frozen raspberries
1 pear, cored and chopped
½ cup rolled oats
1 ½ cups almond milk
2 tablespoons cashew butter

How to Make

Blend together the banana, raspberries, pear, rolled oats, almond milk and cashew butter until everything is velvety smooth and creamy.

Pour into two tall glasses.


Mango Orange Oatmeal Smoothie

mango orange oatmeal smoothie

Ingredients

1 cup frozen mango
1 whole orange, peeled and segmented
½ cup vanilla yogurt
1 ½ cups coconut milk
½ cup rolled oats
½ inch grated ginger

How to Make

Add the frozen mango, orange segments, vanilla yogurt, coconut milk, rolled oats and grated ginger to your blender.  Whizz everything together until thick and creamy. 

Pour into two glasses, top with toasted coconut and enjoy.


Chocolate Oatmeal Smoothie

chocolate oatmeal smoothie

Ingredients

½ cup rolled oats
½ cup frozen raspberries
1 cup vanilla yogurt
½ cup almond milk
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 tablespoon cacao powder
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ teaspoon honey

How to Make

First of all place the rolled oats into your blender.  Pulse on high for a few seconds until powdery then add the frozen raspberries, vanilla yogurt, almond milk, almond butter, cacao powder, cinnamon, vanilla extract and honey.  Blend until everything is smooth.

Serve in glasses, top with nuts and your favorite fruit and enjoy.


Oats Peanut Butter and Honey

oatmeal peanut butter and honey smoothie

Ingredients

1 frozen banana
½ cup rolled oats
2 tablespoons peanut butter
½ cup vanilla yogurt
1 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon honey

How to Make

Add the rolled oats to your blender then pulse for a few seconds until finely ground.  Then add the frozen banana, peanut butter, vanilla yogurt, almond milk and honey.  Continue blending until your smoothie is thick and creamy.

This will make 2 small glasses.




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