Perfect for a quick sippable breakfast or mid-day delight. This cold drink gives you a healthy boost of energy by using a delicious blend of fruits, oats, greek yogurt, and almonds. Almond Breeze sponsors this article, but all opinions are my own.
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Let’s face it, life is busy, and we don’t always get a chance to sit down for breakfast. So a quick fruit smoothie is the next best thing. In just 5 minutes, with proper planning, you’ll never have to miss out on the most important meal of the day. I also enjoy this cold refreshment in the afternoon to get me through those sluggish days.
This smoothie recipe uses a mix of frozen and fresh fruits to give a thick, smooth consistency. The texture is elevated by using uncooked oats and Greek yogurt, which also increases the nutritional benefits. For a tasty flavor, almond milk and a drizzle of honey provide just the right combination of sweetness.
A good kitchen blender with a strong motor works best to finely puree all the smoothie ingredients. To ensure that the harsher dry ingredients are completely broken down, it’s important to add them to the blender in a particular order.
Place the almond milk and yogurt first, followed by the almonds and oats. The banana slices and frozen berries get incorporated afterward. This sequence ensures the hard ingredients get incorporated better with the liquids.
I find that the fruit’s natural sweetness is enough, but a little bit of honey, or your preferred sweetener, can further heighten the flavor.
Use frozen strawberries
Strawberries constitute a majority of the drink, and using frozen berries makes the smoothie thicker while staying colder longer. Frozen strawberries are the key ingredient to the preferred texture without diluting the flavor. If using fresh strawberries, start adding 1 cup of ice to the mix to create a thicker consistency.
Make it creamy and thick
Creating a creamy smoothie texture involves frozen ingredients, starchy fruit, healthy fats, and fiber-rich oats. Bananas naturally contain starch that releases when blended.
The yogurt and almonds have rich fats that incorporate into the mix. When dried oats get finely chopped, their fibers help with thickening. These ingredients suspend with the frozen fruit particles to creates the optimal texture.
What are the health benefits?
This strawberry banana smoothie recipe has all of the elements of an energy-packed breakfast; fresh fruit, almonds, yogurt, and old-fashioned oats. The fruits contain fiber, phytonutrients, vitamins, and minerals. The bananas, nuts, and yogurt provide a boost of protein. The oats add soluble and insoluble fiber to help you feel fuller longer.
Use ice cubes only as a last resort
Smoothies should be creamy, have a nice chill, and be thick enough to sip through a straw with slight resistance. You don’t want a smoothie that’s super icy or runny. At least half of the recipe should be frozen; 2/3 is preferable. Use ice cubes only if you have to. Frozen fruit yields the best result and won’t melt as quickly or dilute the flavor.
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Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- Add the almond milk, yogurt, almonds, oats, banana, strawberries, and honey (if using) in a blender.
- Blend on medium speed for 30 seconds, using the tamper if needed to push the ingredients down. Increase speed to high and process until smooth and creamy, about 30 to 60 seconds.
- Taste and add more honey as needed.
- Make it Dairy-Free: Use dairy-free yogurt (coconut, soy, oat) instead of Greek yogurt.
- Using fresh strawberries: start by adding 1 cup of ice to the blender to create a thicker consistency.
- Thicker Consistency: use frozen banana slices.
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