This strawberry oat smoothie is made with rich coconut milk, juicy strawberries and healthy oats. It's rich, creamy and completely satisfying!
Smoothies and I have come a long way this summer. I've learned to enjoy the flavor and satisfaction of a pre or after workout smoothie and not worry so much about the fact that I'm drinking my calories. If it tastes delicious, fills me up and supplies some nutrition, who cares? I'm even beginning to appreciate the whole shoving-lots-of food ingredients into a drink aspect of smoothies. I say "beginning" for a reason: green smoothies that are packed with lots of veggies and such are still on my to-do list. I eat lots of veggies, so I don't see the fact that I've yet to explore drinking them as a problem, but having a sense of culinary adventure, I do plan to give to give some more vegetable-based smoothies a go.
Today's smoothie is loaded with not only a bunch of fruit, but also with oats. I love to eat oats too, but knowing oat-milk is gaining some popularity as a dairy substitute, I figured I'd see what oats would do to a smoothie. What they did was add just a bit of creaminess and make this my most filling smoothie to date. The other thing I like about this smoothie is that there's lots of fruit in it, which makes it even more filling and sweet enough that I didn't feel the need for any additional sweeteners. This one's all food! (Assuming you consider liquids to be food, and refined sugars not to be.) Finally, that little bit of coconut milk, while not totally crucial, adds just a touch of richness that takes this smoothie just over the line to what I'd consider rich and a bit decadent.
Strawberry Oat Smoothie
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 cups strawberries optionally frozen as well
- ½ cup oats
- 1 cup unflavored soy or almond milk
- ½ cup coconut milk or another ½ cup soy or almond milk
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Place bananas, strawberries and oats in blender and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides of pitcher as needed.
Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.