My blueberry bush finally has blueberries! I planted it three years ago, and nothing … nothing … and then this year: bam! Blueberries! So exciting. Except … well, crap. I’m moving. Naturally. And the blueberry bush has to stay.
But. But! Our new house? A dozen, maybe more, mature raspberry plants line one of the fences in the backyard. 20 feet, maybe more, of pure happy raspberry bliss. So, you know what? I’m good with this trade. And there will be plenty of room for blueberry bushes, too. Lots of them.
And then I will make Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothies all summer long. (And raspberry ones too!)
This is my first foray into oatmeal smoothies, and I’ve gotta say, I am kind of smitten. With school year activities about to begin, great, super-quick, grab-and-go breakfasts are totally perfect. At least, for me … I’m still working on getting my toddler to come around to smoothies. The last time I tried to give her a smoothie, she looked at me with pieces of bacon clutched in both hands, looked at the smoothie, dipped a piece of bacon into the smoothie, then declared it all “garbage.”
I promise, though, she’s wrong. This smoothie is quite the opposite of garbage.
The fiber from the berries and oatmeal, the protein from the milk and yogurt, the pure awesomeness that is frozen bananas – all combine to make the perfect filling, satisfying, grab-and-go breakfast. And it takes, oh, maybe 5 minutes to make. Total win. Totally not garbage, Toddler!
Oh, and plus, it’s a really pretty color. So it’s nice to look at, too.
With the oatmeal, the texture of this smoothie isn’t perfectly smooth – I like that, though. It makes it seem more hearty. If you’re unsure, try soaking the oats with the milk overnight first. That should soften your oats right up and give you the smooth smoothie you desire.
Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
- 1/2 medium frozen banana
- 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup rolled oats (be sure to use gluten-free oats for a gluten-free version)
- 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- Place all ingredients into a blender and puree until smooth. Pour into a glass and serve with a straw.