Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl is a perfect blend of hearty oats, fresh fruits (and hidden veggies), plant milk and nut butter. Customize it with your favorite toppings like berries and honey for a delicious start to your day. It's not just breakfast; it's a flavorful and healthy treat that tastes like fall.
I love oats for its versitality and nutritious quality. We have oats for breakfast a lot, from classic oatmeal with fresh fruit, to creamy Biscoff Oatmeal, to baked oats, like this Apple Pie Baked Oatmeal or the trendy Blended Baked Oats, to healthy Oatmeal Pancakes and Overnight Oats. Oh, and let's not forget baked goods, like this Banana Oat Bread or Banana Strawberry Oat muffins. The possibilities are endless!
Today I'm sharing yet another way to serve oats: Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl. I love this recipe because it requires no cooking and almost zero prep. The result is a thick, creamy, sweet and seriuosly tasty smoothie bowl that can be topped with fresh fruit, nuts, nut butter, granola or whatever you're craving for breakast. Try it and fall in love with this fall-inspired sweet breakfast or snack.
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Why you'll love this recipe
- A new, creative way to enjoy oatmeal
- Easy and quick healthy breakfast
- Nutritious and Delicious - oats bring fiber, bananas offer natural sweetness, and cauliflower adds a surprising creaminess
- Kid-friendly recipe with ice-cream-like texture
- Great as healthy dessert
- Customizable - add whatever toppings you like or blend with your favorite fruit to make it your own
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Oats: both old fashioned rolled oats an quick oats will work
- Frozen Banana: I freeze ripe banana in chunks or slices. If you have whole frozen bananas, no problem! They can be easily sliced with a sharp knife
- Frozen Cauliflower: use frozen cauliflower florets or cauliflower rice
- Plant-Based Milk: any milk will work: almond, coconut, soy or oat milk. I used unsweetened almond milk
- Nut Butter: almond butter, peanut butter or cashew butter are all great choices. Check labels for ingredients - I like but butters made with only two ingredients: nuts and salt.
- Cinnamon: to add warmth and spice to the smoothie bowl
- Salt: it really helps the oatmeal flavor pop!
- Vanilla: use natural vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
- Maple Syrup: pure maple syrup is best. You can also swap it for honey or agave
How to make an Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl
STEP 1: Start by placing the oats in your blender (Image 1). Pulse a few times until the oats are ground into a fine powder (Image 2). This step ensures a smooth texture for your bowl.
STEP 2: Add frozen banana chunks, cauliflower florets, almond butter, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt to the blender (Image 3). For a touch of sweetness, you can add maple syrup, but that’s entirely up to your taste preferences.
STEP 3: Blend all the ingredients until you achieve a smooth and creamy consistency (Image 4). If the mixture appears too thick, it's ok! Simply add a bit more milk, one tablespoon at a time, until you reach your desired texture.
STEP 4: Pour your velvety blend into a bowl and here comes the fun part – toppings! Get creative with fresh fruits, crunchy nuts, or a sprinkle of granola.
STEP 5: Serve immediately and enjoy.
When it comes to smoothie bowls, it's all about the toppings! They add a ton of flavor, color and texture making your breakfast or snack a fun and exciting experience. Try garnishing your smoothie bowl with the following:
- Unsweetened coconut flakes (raw or toasted)
- Chocolate chips or cacao nibs
- Hemp seeds, chia seeds or pumpkin seeds
- Fresh berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries or slices strawberries)
- Chopped medjool dates, dried cranberries, raisins or cranberries
- Nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew or mixed nut butter)
- Chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, almonds, hazelnuts)
The beauty of this bowl is that you can flavor it however you want. Here are some suggestions:
- Chocolate-Nut: add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to the mix and top with a handful of chopped nuts, a drizzle of almond butter, and a sprinkle of chocolate chips for that delightful crunch.
- Tropical Paradise: add frozen mango chunks and a splash of coconut milk into the blender. Garnish with fresh fruit such as slices of kiwi, pineapple chunks, and a handful of shredded coconut for a taste of the tropics.
- Strawberry Fields: blend in a handful of frozen strawberries and crown your bowl with extra fresh berries, a dollop of Greek yogurt, and a sprinkle of granola for a strawberry oatmeal smoothie bowl.
- Pumpkin Spice: during the fall season, add a generous spoonful of pumpkin puree to the mix. Sprinkle with pumpkin spice seasoning and top with roasted pecans or pepitas for a warm, comforting flavor profile.
- Matcha Latte: add a teaspoon of matcha powder for a unique earthy flavor and a boost of antioxidants. Garnish with sliced kiwi, a swirl of honey, and a sprinkle of chia seeds for a visually stunning and delicious bowl.
- Peaches and Cream: blend in a couple of frozen peach slices. Top with chopped fresh peaches, a dollop of Greek yogurt and a swirl of honey for a peach smoothie bowl with oats.
Smoothie bowls are best when consumed right after blending. However, if you have leftovers, the best way to store them is in the freezer. Store leftover smoothie bowl in an airtight container in the freezer and enjoy within a few days. Allow it to thaw slightly for a creamy, soft-serve ice cream texture.
Blending oats doesn't significantly destroy their nutrients. While blending can lead to some nutrient loss due to exposure to air and light, it's generally minimal.
Use frozen fruits or vegetables to achieve a soft serve ice cream texture. Fresh fruit are not a good choice for smoothie bowls as it can significantly affect the texture.
Add small amounts of liquid, starting with around ¼ to ⅓ cup of milk or water. You can add more later if necessary.
Use a high-speed blender that can cut through ice for the best results.
Be patient while blending; if your blender gets stuck, turn it off, scrape the sides and under the blades, and then restart. Repeat this process until the mixture becomes smooth.
Avoid blending for too long to maintain the thick consistency, as excessive blending can cause the frozen fruit to thaw and lose its thickness.
Yes, it is generally safe to eat raw oats. Oats are whole grains, and they can be consumed in their raw form without any harm. Many people enjoy raw oats in various ways, such as in smoothies, overnight oats, or as a topping for yogurt. However, some individuals might find raw oats to be harder to digest.
I wouldn't reccomend steel cut oats because they are harder to blend to a fine powder and the texture of the smoothie bowl may be too grainy.
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Oatmeal Smoothie Bowl
- ¼ cup rolled oats old fashioned rolled oats or quick oats
- 1 cup frozen banana in chunks or slices
- ½ cup frozen cauliflower florets or cauliflower rice
- 1 tablespoon almond butter or peanut butter
- ¼ cup almond milk or other plant milk
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup optional
- Place the oats in the bottom of a blender and pulse a few times until ground into powder.
- Add frozen banana, frozen cauliflower, nut butter, vanilla, cinnamon, salt and ¼ cup plant milk.
- Blend until smooth and creamy, stopping the blender to scrape the sides and bottom, as needed. If the mixture is very thick, add more milk but only 1 tablespoon at a time.
- Taste and add maple syrup if you want. Blend again to incorporate.
- Transfer to a bowl and serve immediately with your favorite toppings.