Raspberry-Banana Oat and Chia Seed Smoothie

raspberry banana oat chia seed smoothie

I haven't entirely jumped aboard the chia seed bandwagon, but even if they're not the universal panacea as has been suggested, I don't mind taking advantage of the omega-3 acids, fiber, iron, calcium, protein, vitamin C, potassium and antioxidants that chia seeds provide. Apart from delightful chia seed puddings, chia seeds are easy to incorporate in smoothies, which I frequently enjoy for a healthy, easy-to-digest and quick and easy no-cook breakfast pick-me-up. And since chia seeds benefit from the same soaking and fermentation method that make the proteins in rolled oats digestible, they're a simple addition to the oat and yogurt mixture that I prepare the night before my smoothie in a variation of the traditional muesli technique — simply stir oats and chia seeds into plain whole-fat yogurt and leave overnight at room temperature, and the next morning you've got a nourishing, tangy and delicious base for adding any variation of fruits and natural sweeteners to make a smoothie.

This combination of yogurt, oats, chia seeds, raspberries and bananas makes for a particularly refreshing and substantial breakfast smoothie — so tasty, in fact, that it felt like I was drinking a fresh dessert!


Raspberry-Banana Oat and Chia Seed SmoothieRaspberry-Banana Oat and Chia Seed Smoothie
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Published on May 5, 2013

Wholesome, refreshing and delicious breakfast or snack smoothie made with oats, yogurt, raspberries and bananas with a dose of nourishing chia seeds

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Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup rolled or steel-cut oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 cup whole-fat yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen red raspberries
  • 1/2 banana, chopped
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 ice cubes
Instructions:
  • Stir the yogurt into the oats and chia seeds. 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. Add more honey if desired.

Makes 6 cups or 3 to 4 servings
raspberry chia seed smoothie

Other smoothies you will enjoy:
Oat-Mango Smoothie with Blackberries
Blueberry and Maple Syrup Oat Smoothie
Pomegranate & Blueberry Oat Smoothie
Pink Mango Smoothie - Tinned Tomatoes

8 comments:

Jacqueline Meldrum said...

What a great idea Lisa. I've yet to try chia seeds, but must. I posted a smoothie recipe today too, but mine had baobab powder in it. We must link to each other.

Torviewtoronto said...

Yummy this smoothie looks super healthy

Vanamala Hebbar said...

Wonderful smoothie

Tanusree said...

such a lovely smoothie !

rackoo said...

This would make a great dessert. Thank you for this recipe. Now I learn to make this smootie.

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flavors of asia said...

I love it

Unknown said...

Would it be ok to use uncooked steel cut oat? Dosn't it need to be cooked?

thanks,
Nipa

Lisa Turner said...

Just make sure you soak the oats overnight. Steel cut oats would be fine to use.