Fact: I love smoothies. Fact: I work at 7 am every day. Fiction: Me getting up early enough to not only get out of the door on time, but also make breakfast. In a perfect world maybe. But around here, I soak up as much precious sleep as possible… down to the very very last minute. When I saw this recipe for overnight oatmeal smoothies, I was immediately intrigued. I am all about making things ahead of time. I tried this once, and was hooked. Not only is it super easy to make, it turns into this deliciously thick treat for breakfast the next day. It’s magic (/chia seeds).
Overnight Smoothies (adapted from here) – Makes two.
1/2 cup rolled uncooked oats*
3 tsp dried chia seeds*
1 1/2 cup almond milk
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup NonFat Greek Yogurt
1 tbs coconut oil, or fiber, or vanilla protein powder
frozen fruit (Sorry, I don’t measure this. But I would say it’s about a cup or 1 1/2 cups. I use different variations every time too. Blueberries + strawberries. Pineapple + blueberries + strawberries. Etc. It’s fun to experiment!)
Sweetener (Cinnamon, vanilla extract, honey, etc. I honestly use a little bit of all three.)
Add oats and chia seeds to blender. Blend on high until you have a flour like consistency.
*If you end up loving these smoothies like I did, you can make a large batch of the flour to make the process even faster. Blend 2 1/4 cups oats with 1/4 cup + 1/2 tbs chia seeds. Use a 1/4 cup of the mixture to make your smoothies*
Add milk and orange juice. Scrape down the sides and stir the liquid to get the stuck flour from the bottom of the blender mixed in.
Add fruit, yogurt, and oil/fiber/protein powder.
Blend on high until you have a “smoothie” consistency.
Add sweetener to taste. Blend again.
Pour into your containers (these are two regular sized jars). Store in the fridge overnight.
Voila! There you have it! Look at that thick, icy cold smoothie. And all you had to do in the morning was grab it on your way out. I try to make these every night. It feels really good knowing Tyler and I are getting nutrients from a healthy (yummy) breakfast every day.
What flavors would you put in your smoothie??