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Last Updated on December 18, 2020 by Diane Hoffmaster
Are you on a mission to get healthier this year? This banana oatmeal smoothie recipe is a great way to start your day! Loaded with rolled oats and a heaping spoonful of almond butter, this healthy smoothie recipe will keep your hunger at bay so you can focus on your to do list. No more HANGRY mom running errands and being tempted by the drive through!
Is it OK to put raw oats in a smoothie?
Yes, it is totally FINE to use raw oats in your morning smoothie. And it really doesn't matter if you use rolled oats, steel cut oats, or quick cooking oats. Just measure and dump into your blender or smoothie maker. Whole rolled oats tend to blend a bit better than other varieties but that is the only real difference. You can throw the oats into your blender with the rest of your ingredients or soak them beforehand for at least an hour in milk or water. This softens them and will give your smoothie a smoother texture.
Banana oatmeal smoothie benefits:
Oatmeal has a TON of health benefits. If you don't want to sit down to a bowl of it in the morning, make oatmeal smoothies to take on the go. Here are just a few of the health benefits you get from adding rolled oats into your diet:
- Whole oats are rich in antioxidants
- Oatmeal contains loads of soluble fiber
- They can lower cholesterol levels
- Oats can help stabilize blood sugar
- Oatmeal is very filling. It may help you curb appetite and lose weight.
Bananas are a great source of potassium, which is especially important if you are working out a lot. And, of course, the yogurt and almond milk in this smoothie are loaded with calcium and protein. If you want even more protein in your smoothie, just add a spoonful of your favorite protein powder. Or, just add a few scoops of powdered almond butter! If you have more time to sit down for breakfast, check out my roundup of healthy breakfast recipes. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so try to make time for it.
Controlling the thickness of this healthy smoothie
So, some people like a really thick smoothie and others don't. You can control the thickness of this banana oatmeal smoothie recipe in a few ways. Use frozen bananas if you want a really thick smoothie or regular room temperature ones if you don't. Don't have frozen bananas for this healthy smoothie? No worries... just add a few ice cubes instead. You can also adjust the amount of almond butter and oatmeal you use or just add more almond milk. The great thing about smoothies is how flexible they are!
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Healthy Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe
This banana oatmeal smoothie recipe takes only minutes to make and is a delicious way to start your day. If you are on a mission to eat healthier this year, try making more homemade smoothies. Check out a few Paleo smoothies if you want more ideas.
Healthy Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- ½ cup plain yogurt
- 1 banana
- ¼ cup almond butter
- ⅔ cup almond milk
- 2 teaspoons honey (if desired for sweetening)
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon or nutmeg
- Place all ingredients in a blender
- Blend until smooth
- Drink immediately. Oatmeal smoothies thicken as they sit.
Serving Size:2 cups
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 342Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 87mgCarbohydrates: 37gSugar: 17gProtein: 11g
Diane is a professional blogger and nationally certified pharmacy technician at Good Pill Pharmacy. She has two college aged kids, one husband and more pets than she will admit to. She earned her BS in Microbiology at the University of New Hampshire but left her career in science to become a stay at home mom. Years of playing with LEGO and coloring with crayons had her craving a more grown up purpose to her life and she began blogging and freelance writing full time. You can learn more about her HERE.
I had to add 1/2 cup of crushed ice and some frozen strawberries to it as it was to bland and not thick enough.
banana and oatmeal are definitely not strong flavors. More frozen fruit is always a good way to thicken things up.