This blueberry almond milk smoothie is a delicious way to start your day! It is tasty, packed with great nutrients, and filling enough that it will make you forget about using yogurt ever again!
This smoothie recipe takes me back to when I broke my jaw long before Smoothie King, Jamba Juice, Juiceland, etc. existed. My mouth was wired shut for six weeks, so I was on a liquid diet for the entire period. Needless to say, my blender became my best friend.
I tried all different types of ingredients and combinations from savory to sweet, dairy vs. non-dairy, ice and no ice, and indulgent to healthy. Yogurt, however, was a consistent ingredient both for the consistency it brought and the protein. Given I couldn’t eat solid food a protein source was crucial.
Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie Ingredients
- Old-fashioned Oats
- Cocoa Powder
- Almond Milk
How To Make A Smoothie without Yogurt
With the exception of some cheese and limited butter use, we try to be as dairy-free as possible. Initially, this presented some challenges as yogurt has been a core smoothie ingredient for me. I knew If I were going to make a smoothie sans the yogurt, I’d need to find a replacement for both the creamy consistency and the protein source.
I relied on two different ingredients to meet each need. Almond milk was my source for consistency. When paired with a banana you get that thick creaminess similar to what yogurt adds. I added whole oats for their protein among other things. Then for a bit of indulgence, I added just a taste of chocolate.
For this all to come together add all the ingredients to the blender and blend according to your blender settings. Ice is optional, but I like it for added texture and for the big chill.
Tips For Blending Smoothies
- Add liquids to the blender first, then add remaining ingredients based on hardness (hardest ingredients should be added last). This makes it easier on your blender’s motor as well as ensures the smoothest texture.
- Ice is primarily to add a chill, but if you prefer lukewarm to slightly cold smoothie go without. Frozen or refrigerated ingredients provide sufficient temps from a coldness standpoint
- Freeze your bananas ahead of time for a thicker consistency. Check-out this tutorial for freezing bananas if needed.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What are other benefits of oats/oatmeal?
Oats have the added benefit of being high in fiber and thus adds a certain level of satiety or that feeling of being full. Oatmeal also does wonders for cholesterol and heart health. I consume it daily in some form or another but mostly in smoothies, overnight cold oats, or hot bowl of oatmeal. For more in-depth guide for cooking oatmeal and recipes using oats try my guide for how to make oatmeal.
Since I eat oatmeal daily one for the taste but two to keep the cholesterol and heart in check I use smoothies to break up the monopoly. This is a blueberry smoothie made without yogurt and features heart-healthy, cholesterol-lowering ingredients like blueberries, dark chocolate, and oats but tastes good enough to be a dessert. That lil bit of chocolate takes this to another level.
Can I Make This Almond Milk Smoothie Without Ice?
Ice is optional in this recipe. Ice has its pros and cons. Ice adds to the consistency and makes the smoothie cold and a bit more refreshing. I like my smoothies ice cold vs luke-warm so If I go without ice, I will be sure to use frozen fruit, including freezing bananas ahead of time.
For other oat based recipes you might like, try these:
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- 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
- 1/4 cup whole oats
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 banana optional
- 1/2 cup almond milk
- Place all ingredients and blender and mix until smooth