The first ones I made were not fantastic. Triple berry and pineapple do not work together. I'll admit it. Plus, that particular recipe yielded a little too much smoothie for us to handle. So I did some tweaking with the measurements and made my own flavor, and I do believe I found the honey hole.
What you'll need (MAKES ABOUT 4 SMOOTHIES):
- 2/3 c of oats (don't use steel cut! rolled will be your best bet - super cheap in the bulk section of your grocery store)
- 2/3 c of yogurt (I use Chobani Vanilla 0%)
- 2 2/3 c of fruit (either frozen or fresh, I use half strawberries, half triple berry blend)
- 2 2/3 c of juice/milk (I used half milk/half juice the first time. On the good ones, all apple juice)
- 4 tsp chia seeds (we found ours at Whole Foods)
free to add your own stuff!
- 2 2/3 tsp (or more) sweetener (honey, agave nectar, etc)
- 2 2/3 tbsp (or more) jam/preserves (to add a little more punch with the fruit flavor)
- 1/3 to 1 1/3 tsp spice (apple cinnamon flavor in the fall anyone?!)
- 2 2/3 (or more) tsp cocoa powder
- 2/3 tsp to 1 1/3 tsp vanilla (see Monica's Cherry Vanilla Smoothie, looks DELISH.)
This part is key. Put them in fridge for at least 4 hours. We usually do overnight. Like Monica said, this is so the oats/chia can soften/thicken/absorb all of the above and make a thick creamy smoothie that is delish. Once that time is up, toss those bad boys into the freezer to make 'em nice and cold. Since we keep ours in the fridge overnight usually, I toss them in the freezer right when I get up, so by the time we run out the door they're cold enough but thawed so we can have them asap.
So tell me, how crazy busy are your mornings? Do you get a chance to read the paper and have your coffee/smoothie, or are you like Kyle and I and run out the door like a chicken with your head cut off? Any good flavors you've discovered? Share them!
PS: Check out Monica's blog The Yummy Life. She has a TON of fantastic recipes for everything. She also has a make-ahead oatmeal recipe that might just be your cup of tea!