Strawberry Almond Oat Smoothie

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Strawberry Almond Oat Smoothies are filling, slightly sweetened with almond extract, and come together in just minutes. It’s the perfect quick and easy breakfast to start your day.

Photography Credit: Sally Vargas | Art Banner Credit: Elena Resko

Despite all my efforts to vary my morning eating routine, the only breakfast I really like is fruit and yogurt. These Grab-and-Go Oatmeal Cups are my go-to breakfast most days of the week.

But even creatures of habit need a change every now and then so I started working on a slight variation of my favorite foods and created this Strawberry Oat Smoothie. It has made a strong showing as of late, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

Why This Smoothie Makes a Great Breakfast

Here are 10 reasons why it makes the cut for me:

  1. It’s quick.
  2. It’s easy.
  3. It’s healthy.
  4. I always have the ingredients in my freezer and pantry.
  5. It’s free from added sugar.
  6. It’s got my yogurt and fruit requirements.
  7. I can drink breakfast in the car.
  8. It’s filling.
  9. It’s soooo fruity and refreshing.
  10. I can make little packets of the ingredients and keep them in the freezer.
  11. BONUS (Number 11!): It makes me think of summer and sunny days, even when it’s gray outside.

Two tall breakfast smoothies in tall glasses. One has a sprig of mint on top. Clockwise around the glasses are sliced strawberries, a spoon with the pink smoothie on it. Lastly, are two bright pink straws behind the glass.

WHAT ARE THE BEST OATS FOR SMOOTHIES

Oatmeal makes this smoothie very filling because it contains a lot of fiber (soluble and insoluble), and then there’s the bonus of the minerals in the oats.

Uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats give you the best texture in this smoothie, but if you don’t mind a coarser texture you could use steel-cut oats. Quick-cooking oats are fine too, but make sure they don’t have any additives. Oats, along with frozen fruit, make this smoothie extra thick, too.

DAIRY VS NONDAIRY SMOOTHIES

Since I have no problem with dairy, I make this smoothie with yogurt, but you could substitute almond milk for the yogurt if you want to avoid it.

Add a few drops of lemon or lime juice to replicate the tanginess of the yogurt if your smoothie isn’t tart enough for your taste. You could also use any other non-dairy milk or yogurt interchangeably here.

Side view of two tall glasses of healthy strawberry almond oat smoothie. Whole strawberries are on the table to the right of the glass in front and two spoons are to the left. A bowl of whole strawberries are behind the glasses.

THE BEST WAY TO SWEETEN AND FLAVOR YOUR SMOOTHIE

Everyone has their own particular tastes (mine are pretty simple, don’t judge) which makes smoothies a great breakfast option. Each person can adapt the recipe to suit his or her style.

  • A few slices of bananas add sweetness and help create a creamy texture.
  • Add a spoonful of honey or agave if you like it extra sweet.
  • Start sweet by adding sweetened nut milk or yogurt.
  • Boost the flavor with a little pure almond extract — a little goes a long way.
  • Add a few drops of vanilla extract.
  • Boost the protein power by adding a tablespoon of almond butter.

MORE GREAT SMOOTHIE RECIPES

Strawberry Almond Oat Smoothie Recipe

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 2 (12-ounce) servings

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup uncooked old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup plain yogurt (regular or Greek, any fat percentage)
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or milk of your choice)
  • 1/2 medium banana, fresh or frozen, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract
  • 1-2 teaspoons honey (optional)

Special equipment:

Method

1 Combine the ingredients: In a blender, combine the oats, strawberries, yogurt, almond milk, banana, and almond extract.

A blender of easy strawberry almond oat smoothie ingredients. A slightly brown banana, bowl of strawberries and container of oats are to the left of the blender.

2 Puree the smoothie: Starting on low speed, puree the ingredients. Turn the blender on high and continue to puree until smooth. Serve right away.

Blended breakfast smoothie in a blender with a bowl of strawberries to the left.

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Sally Vargas

Sally Pasley Vargas is a freelance writer and the author of three cookbooks (Food for Friends, The Tao of Cooking, Ten Speed Press, and The Cranberry Cookbook). She currently writes the column The Confident Cook for The Boston Globe along with seasonal recipes for the Wednesday Food Section.

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