Spiced Cranberry Oat Smoothie

Are smoothies passé yet? I feel like they might be, but on the other hand, I really hope they’re never “out.” They’re such a great way to pack in a ton of nutrients – and satisfy a sweet tooth attack too.

Spiced Cranberry Oat Smoothie - Tart cranberries join up with warm winter spices for a festive vegan smoothie with no added sweetener.

This version’s a bit heartier than some, thanks to the addition of oats. I’ve done that once before, in this Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie, and I figured it was time I did it again.

Spiced Cranberry Oat Smoothie - Tart cranberries join up with warm winter spices for a festive vegan smoothie with no added sweetener.

Oats are an awesome addition to smoothies. Aside from the added fiber, they bulk up your typical fruity base to help keep you satisfied for longer.

I love cranberry smoothies this time of year – not only for the health factor, but also because they’re just so darn seasonal! I mean, you can’t not look at this smoothie’s rosy hue and NOT feel good, am I right? (To feel even better, drink it too!)

Spiced Cranberry Oat Smoothie - Tart cranberries join up with warm winter spices for a festive vegan smoothie with no added sweetener.

Oh, and just an aside: pineapple may seem like a strange ingredient to add to the list, but stay with me here! The sweetness of the pineapple is the perfect counterpoint to the tart cranberries – no extra sweetener needed.

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Spiced Cranberry Oat Smoothie

Tart cranberries join up with warm winter spices for a festive smoothie with no added sweetener.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened almond milk (or your milk of choice)
  • 1/3 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/3 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 1 medium ripe banana
  • 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

Directions:

Add all ingredients to the pitcher of a blender and puree until smooth. Serve.

Depending on the oats you use, they can lend a bit of a gritty texture to the smoothie. I don’t mind it, but if you do, you may want to try soaking your oats in the almond milk overnight (refrigerated). That will help!

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Karen Raye

Kare is a vegetarian home cook living among carnivores. She loves creating irresistible and flexible recipes that help multi-vore families like hers keep the peace - deliciously.