Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie {Healthy Oat Smoothie}

This Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie boasts fiber, protein, and vitamins, yet it tastes like a freshly baked treat!

Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie with text overlay

Well hello there, friends...and a happy 2016 to you all! It feels like it's been awhile. In fact, I truly intended to share a new recipe before the 4th -- almost 5th -- day of the year. However, we were busy squeezing in a few last, precious moments of family merry-making. And while I've been cooking and photographing over the past week, this is the first time that I've actually sat down to edit photos and put together a post. So I hope you'll forgive me, and I hope your holiday season was as relaxing and enjoyable as ours! I needed the break more than I realized, and now I'm feeling refreshed and recharged to tackle this new year. *fist bump*

Strawberry Smoothie sprinkled with oats and garnished with a fresh whole strawberry

When coming up with recipe ideas for early January, I always gravitate towards smoothies. It's no wonder why...this is the time of year that I notoriously resolve to eat a healthy breakfast every day. Not just feed my kids one, mind you...but actually eat one myself. 😉 And what's an easier (and yummier) way to meet that goal than with a thick, creamy smoothie?!

Aerial view of Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie with pink polkadot straw

This Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie is a natural evolution of the Blueberry Muffin Smoothie and the Peach Cobbler Smoothie that I shared this time last year. And then I added a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie to the repertoire last fall. The common denominator between all of these smoothies is that they're healthy oat smoothies, which simply means that they start by finely grinding some uncooked oats in the blender before adding the rest of the ingredients. This thickens the texture of the smoothie while simultaneously boosting its fiber, protein, and vitamins.

Bowl of fresh strawberries

And then -- because I think the oats already give the smoothie an underlying "baked goods" quality -- I like to play up those flavors a bit more. So to my regular ol' smoothie ingredients, I add a smidgeon of cinnamon and splash of pure vanilla extract. But with these Strawberry Shortcake Smoothies I decided to get even wilder and crazier by adding the teeensiest bit of pure almond extract as well. I know...hold me back.

Should you so desire, you can boost the nutrients of this smoothie even more by blending in some chia or flax seeds. Or -- if you prefer to go a different direction entirely -- you can take it over the top with a (modest) amount of strawberry shortcake topping, AKA, whipped cream. Ha!

Glass garnished with whipped cream, polkadot straw, and fresh berry

Okay, that photo was actually kind of a joke. But this one's not:

Toddler taking a sip of the smoothie

My 3-year-old sucked this smoothie DOWN! And when my boys got home, they saw the remnants in the bottom of the blender and begged for a taste, too (which amounted to about half of a sip each), leading them to request Strawberry Shortcake Smoothies for breakfast tomorrow.

With whipped cream, of course. Because we've got to numb the pain of going back to school somehow... 😉

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Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie {Healthy Oat Smoothie}

This Strawberry Shortcake Smoothie boasts fiber, protein, and vitamins, yet it tastes like a freshly baked treat!
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 servings (Approximately 24-ounces, 12-ounces each)
Calories: 258kcal
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Ingredients

  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 ½ cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Scant ⅛ teaspoon pure almond extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Measure oats into blender. Blend until ground into a fine powder. Add frozen strawberries, vanilla yogurt, almond milk, honey, vanilla extract, almond extract, and cinnamon. Blend until completely smooth. Serve immediately.

Notes

  • You may use nonfat, lowfat, or regular vanilla yogurt. You may use whole milk, 2%, skim milk, almond milk, or your favorite type of milk.
  • The flavor of the vanilla and almond extracts will really come through in an unbaked recipe like this, so it's especially important to use high-quality extracts that won't end up tasting like alcohol. 😉
  • On that note, don't use too much almond extract, because its flavor can be very overpowering.
  • Feel free to tweak the honey based on how sweet your strawberries are.

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 507mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 53IU | Vitamin C: 64mg | Calcium: 312mg | Iron: 1mg
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    1. Hi Bill! You should be able to plug the recipe into MyFitnessPal.com to get the info you need. 🙂

  1. The HUGE Smiley face that was included as part of the printable recipe might be cute for you, but for me it was a HUGE waste of paper and ink. What would normally be half a page at most, printed out at two pages (with one page being tossed). Please keep such things out of printable recipes. I'm sure the recipe will be just as tasty without it.

    1. Hi Shaul! I'm not sure why that smiley face shows up so large for you and I apologize that it wasted a sheet of your paper plus ink. When I view and print the same recipe, the smiley face is of normal size and the recipe prints on one page, so I'm not able to replicate your problem. I don't know if it's due to a difference in browsers or something else. I don't include smiley faces in my writing to be "cute" (or to tick people off, for that matter)...I usually just use them in an attempt to convey tone. I do understand your frustration, however, so any time I print a recipe from somewhere, I always check the preview before hitting "print." If the information I need is all contained on the first page, I switch from printing 'all' pages to only printing page 1. Hope that helps and hope you have a great Friday!

  2. This sounds so fresh and yummy for breakfast! I've got to give it a try! Thanks so much for sharing on the Weekend Potluck 🙂

  3. Happy New Year, Samantha! This smoothie is the perfect way to start off a healthier new year! I love the flavors and the color is so so pretty!

    1. Ha, Amy...you're a stronger gal than I! But I will happily hold my coffee mug in one hand and this smoothie in the other... 😉

  4. This healthy smoothie looks so refreshing and I love adding oatmeal to my drinks. It's my fave breakfast menu and I'll try this recipe, too.

    1. I love what oatmeal does to smoothies as well, Linda! I just wish I had discovered that little trick years ago... 😉 Hope you enjoy this smoothie if you have a chance to try it!