If I had just one word to describe this smoothie, I’d pick two and say “comfort food.” Not the sweetest smoothie I’ve ever had, the blend of oatmeal, berries, milk, and juice is a balanced breakfast wrapped up in one comforting drink. For those times I don’t want a sugar high from a fruity beverage, this is a nice alternative. K-Hubs really likes blueberry/orange combinations, but many of the smoothie recipes we’ve enjoyed in the past contain ingredients we no longer keep in the house. So I set out to find a blend we could all enjoy, allergies be damned.
This one has been a hit in our house. Toodle curiously sips it when she thinks I’m not looking. Twinkle gets excited whenever I offer it. And K-Hubs thought it was so good the first time he tried it, he was convinced it wasn’t my recipe. The conversation went a little like this: ME: I just made a new smoothie concoction. What do you think? K-HUBS: Wow, it’s really good. ME [Grinning from ear to ear]: Yeah? K-HUBS: Yeah. Whose recipe is it? ME: Mine. K-HUBS: No, I mean, where did you get the recipe? ME [Grin fading a little]: From myself. K-HUBS: You? You made this? You came up with this? ME: Yeeeessss. Is that hard to believe? K-HUBS: I just…it’s just…you were grinning so I thought you were hiding something…I just… ME: No, I played around with the ingredients and this is what I came up with. Some people grin when they are excited. K-HUBS: Ah, yes, well…it tastes soooooo delicious. It really is a masterpiece. You knocked this one out of the ballpark. Yep, you’ve outdone yourself. [Taking another sip] Complete masterpiece. Nice save. Nice save, indeed.
It is a thick smoothie, so I played around with how much of each liquid to add. A little orange juice goes a long way. If you decide you want more liquid, I’d increase the amount of milk. Too much juice and it just turns bitter…trust me. And if it’s still too thick for your liking, the next time you make it reduce the oatmeal by a 1/4 cup or so.
Speaking of which, this recipe is great for getting in a daily dose of fiber. That’s why I keep the amount of oatmeal at one cup. This recipe makes enough for two people, so each person gets a daily serving of oatmeal in their smoothie. Success.
I try to eat high-fiber foods, but sometimes it’s just work. How much more broccoli can I stand to eat in one sitting? I’ve eaten three pieces and hit my max for the day. Someone, please hand me a slice of cheese or at least slather the broccoli in butter or dip or something.
I come by this attitude honestly. Mom and I tried to eat celery once during movie night at home. And then what, you ask?
That’s the end of the story.
We tried to eat it once. But Doris Day and Rock Hudson aren’t as funny if you’re eating celery. Mom went in search of peanut butter, but then we had more peanut butter on the celery than actual celery. Finally we gave up and ate the peanut butter by itself. We patted ourselves on the back for the initial effort.
With this recipe, I get my flavor and my fiber. Since I can’t knowingly subsist on Ruffles potato chips alone (although there are days I’d love to try), food combos like this are a godsend.
- 1 cup plus ½ cup Rice Dream vanilla-flavored rice milk
- ½ cup orange juice (I just prepare frozen orange juice from concentrate according to package instructions, nothing fancy)
- 1 cup gluten-free old-fashioned rolled oats (I use Bob’s Red Mill brand)
- 2–2½ cups blueberries, just slightly thawed
- Combine 1 cup of milk, ½ cup orange juice, and oats in blender on high speed for 1-2 minutes.
- Add blueberries and blend another 1-2 minutes.
- Add remaining milk and blend until smooth.
And there you have it. A healthy comfort food perfect for rainy days or breakfast on the deck.