Oat-Mango Smoothie with Blackberries

Oat-Mango Smoothie with Blackberries

If you're ever looking for a super-quick, healthy and delicious pick-me-up for breakfast — or any other time of the day, for that matter — oat and fruit smoothies are the way to go, as my good friend Holler from Tinned Tomatoes has discovered. The mild flavor of oats provides just a hint of nuttiness without overcoming the tang of yogurt and the sweetness of fruit that makes these drinks so appealing, while providing an especially good source of B vitamins, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, protein, and soluble fat and fiber. Together with the vitamins from mangoes and blackberries, notably C, B6, B9 and A, and the easily digestible milk protein in fermented yogurt, what's not good about this smoothie?

Like other glutinous grains, oats must be fermented themselves to make their proteins digestible and available for absorption. For my smoothies, I use the yogurt with its whey content to soak and ferment the oats in a variation of the muesli technique. While some may find the idea of leaving yogurt overnight at room temperature unappealing, it is perfectly safe since the broken-down lactic acid in yogurt prevents harmful bacterial culturation, and it really brings out the natural tangy flavor of yogurt besides.

Oat-Mango Smoothie with BlackberriesOat-Mango Smoothie with Blackberries
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Adapted from Tinned Tomatoes
Published on January 20, 2008

Wholesome, refreshing and delicious breakfast or snack smoothie made with oats, yogurt, mango and blackberries with a gentle hint of cardamom, sweetened with a small amount of honey

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Ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup rolled or steel-cut oats
  • 1 1/2 cups whole-fat yogurt
  • 1 medium red mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 pint blackberries
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • pinch of ground cardamom
  • 4 ice cubes
Instructions:
  • Stir the yogurt into the oats and let soak overnight at room temperature in a covered non-plastic bowl.

  • In the morning, blend the soaked oats together with all the other ingredients in a blender until smooth and frothy. Serve with breakfast or as a snack.

Makes 4 large servings
Oat-Mango Smoothie with Blackberries

5 comments:

Mona said...

The smoothie looks too good ! Full of all the goodies, and with oats in it, its even healthier. Thanks for sharing..

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JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

This slunds great Lisa! I love the idea of oats in soothies. Your pairing of mango and blackberry sounds great too!

DK said...

My usual smoothie has oats,mixed berries,banana,honey and yogurt! Havent tried the mango yet! :) good idea

Padma said...

Never tried to make smoothies at home, but that glass of smoothie is tempting me... I bet the color was wonderful and the smoothie full of antioxidants

Anonymous said...

I will give cardamom a try. I typically use Saigon Cinnamon, which seems to work well with the fruits.