This 4-ingredient berry breakfast smoothie with oats is exactly what you need for a dynamic start to your day. It's super fruity and refreshing and will keep you full for a few hours.
There's nothing more convenient than tossing everything in a blender and having breakfast ready in only 5 minutes. I'm sure you'll quickly become a fan of breakfast smoothies if you haven't tried them yet. You may also like this incredible iced coffee breakfast smoothie or this classic banana breakfast smoothie.
Why you'll love this recipe
- If you don't like bananas in your smoothies, this berry breakfast smoothie is made for you! The frozen berries make it super thick and creamy even without banana.
- Drinking this smoothie as breakfast makes you eat two servings of fruits right after waking up.
- You can easily drink it on the go on busy days.
- It also makes a great mid-day snack for you and even your kids. If you want it to be a little less filling, leave out the oats or try this frozen strawberry smoothie.
Key ingredients and substitutions
- Orange juice is my liquid of choice for this recipe. It's makes it super sweet and refrishing. If you'd like to reduce the amount of (fruit) sugar in this smoothie, you can reduce the orange juice by half and substitute it with milk. I like unsweetened soy milk.
- Frozen berry mix adds flavor and thickness to the smoothie. They are super convenient and perfect when berries are not in season. I like using berry mixes as they are usually a little cheaper, but you could also make this smoothie with only raspberries or blueberries.
- Yogurt makes this smoothie extra creamy. I like unsweetened soy yogurt for its neutral flavor but you can use any plant-based yogurt you like. Plain Greek yogurt works too if you're not vegan or dairy-free.
- Oats are known for being high in beta-glucans, a type of soluble fiber that keeps you full for longer periods of time. I like using quick-cooking oats as the thinner flakes get blended more easily and result in a smoother smoothie. Use gluten-free certified oats if necessary.
How to freeze berries for smoothies
If you find fresh berries at a great price during summer, you can freeze them yourself for smoothies in the coming months.
STEP 1: Rinse the berries under cold water. You can use strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, or any other berries you like. Cut off the stems (if necessary) and gently pat them dry.
STEP 2: Freeze the berries. Place the berries in a single layer in a Tupperware or on a baking sheet. Freeze the berries for 24 hours. Then, transfer them to a zip bag or airtight container to save space in your freezer.
- Grab a few bags of frozen mixed berries whenever there's a promotion.
- Invest in a high-speed blender if you make smoothies on the regular. They really provide an ultra-smooth texture that's impossible to get with a smaller blender. My Kitchenaid K400 is my most-used kitchen appliance and definitely one of my best purchases so far. It also has a fair price for such a powerful blender 5-speed blender.
- Blender cleaning hack: after using your blender, rinse it with lukewarm water. Fill it with a little water and soap and blend on high (or use the cleaning cycle) to clean it completely. Rinse it under cold water again and let it dry. It's so easy and only takes 30 seconds.
STEP 1: Add all the ingredients to your blender jug. Start with the liquid, then add in the frozen berries, yogurt and finish with the almond butter. This prevents it from sticking to the sides or the bottom.
STEP 2: Blend until perfectly smooth. I use the smoothie blending program on my blender. If yours doesn't have that, gradually increase the speed and let it blend for about 1 minute to make sure the oats are finely ground.
Watch how to make it
- Banana – Add half a frozen banana for an even thicker texture and sweeter taste.
- Spinach – is a great way to add greens to your blender. Plus it's super hydrating (90% of spinach is water). You can also try this tropical spinach smoothie with fruit.
- Chocolate – you can add 1 teaspoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. It pairs really well with berries and milk.
- Protein powder – if you want to increase the protein content of your smoothie, add a scoop of your favorite protein powder. Both vanilla and chocolate taste great.
Frequently asked questions
You can obviously use fresh berries in this breakfast smoothie. However, the result won't be as thick, as creamy and as cold as with frozen berries.
While you won't taste the oats, you will slightly feel them in a smoothie. My tip is to use a powerful high-speed blender to obtain the finest texture possible. I swear by the Kitchenaid K400 and use it for all my smoothies. Alternatively, soak the oats in water overnight and add them to your smoothie.
Smoothies taste best right after making, especially when using frozen fruits. It only takes several minutes to make, which is why I'd recommend making it right before drinking it.
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Berry Breakfast Smoothie With Oats
- 1 cup (240 ml) orange juice or blood orange juice
- 1 cup (130 g) frozen berry mix
- 3 tablespoons yogurt I like unsweetened soy yogurt
- 3 tablespoons quick-cooking oats gluten-free*
- Start by adding the orange juice to your blender. Next add in the berries, yogurt, and oats.
- Blend for 30 seconds to 1 minute until perfectly smooth while gradually increasing the speed.
- Transfer the smoothie to a smoothie jar or your favorite to-go cup.
- To reduce the amount of (fruit) sugar in this smoothie, you can reduce the orange juice by half and substitute it with milk. I like unsweetened soy milk.
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