Creamy and tart Raspberry Oats Smoothie is a nice option for breakfast drink, or something to go with your snack. This is a 4 ingredients oats smoothie, simple and easy. I had been making quite a lot of oat drinks, smoothie drinks and hot chocolate lately so I thought why not share it with you guys. Last week I shared a simple Banana Almond Smoothie, another simple smoothie recipe if you miss it, I have the link at the end of this post. Now let’s talk more about this Raspberry Oats Drink or Smoothie if you feel it is more appropriate to call it that.
Raspberry is usually more expensive than any other Berries, and they come in quite small package if you’re buying it fresh. For Oat drink like this, using fresh Raspberry is the better option so you get a more drinkable liquid consistency which I find better for breakfast drink or to go for something during snack time. But this doesn’t mean you cannot use frozen, you can but the consistency will be different. It will be thicker more like a traditional thick iced smoothie. I give the choice to you, better yet why not try both options. Make one the uses fresh Raspberry and another one that uses frozen Raspberry and see what you like best and don’t forget to let me know how it goes. I like hearing feedback from you.
Amount of Sweetener Will Vary
Raspberry has a more tart sour taste as compared to other Berries. This is why the amount of sweetener could slightly vary, sometimes I add more than 4 teaspoon when the Raspberry is quite tart. Adjust the sweetener as needed.
How Rolled Oats Are Made
Since we are using ‘raw’ rolled oats to make this drink, I think it is a good idea for us to understand how rolled oats are made. Understanding the process will make us feel comfortable in using it ‘raw’ in our drink.
First of all, often times we use the word ‘raw’ for anyting uncooked because that what it is by definition. When it comes to rolled oats, ‘raw’ oats doesn’t necessarily mean 100% uncooked because the oats that we buy in the market were already processed. It was heated, cooled and pressed, it may not be cooked the way we imagined cooked rolled oats but it is definitely not 100% raw. Why do you think we have endless no bake oatmeal recipes online? Now for the process, this is how the process works.
Oat grains are de-husked, the grain is heated and cooled to make an oat groat—considered the most “raw” form of an oat you can buy in the market. Groats are then either rolled by machine (giving us rolled oats) or cut and broken into smaller pieces (giving us steel-cut and Scottish oats). Rolled oats can be pressed into flatter, thinner grains, such as those from Quaker Oats (labeled “traditional”) or slightly thicker grains (labeled “thick-cut” rolled oats).
I have to reiterate that this is NOT a professional opinion and should not be taken as one. Do what you think is best for you and what you are comfortable with.
Worried About Drinking Raw Oats?
I hear you and I am with you. If you want peace of mind, there are 3 ways that you can do to slightly cook it before using.
- Microwave the oats with the milk for 1-2 minutes: This will somehow cook and soften the oats. After that, you can transfer it in a blender, add fruits and sweetener and blend until smooth. Worried that it will be too warm, simply add small amount of ice to cool it or chill it in the refrigerator before drinking.
- Toast the Rolled Oats: You can do this in the oven, or on stove top. If using oven, toast the oats at 300F for 15 minutes, mix halfway through for even toasting. If using stove top, simple heat the pan without oil and toast until slightly cook. Take note the doing this option will give a slightly grainy texture so you will need to use a high powered blended to finely breakdown the toasted oats.
- Soak the Oats & Milk: If you plan to make it for breakfast, have the oats soaked in milk overnight like you would make an overnight oatmeal only this one is thinner consistency. In the morning, transfer in the blender, add Raspberry and sweetener then blend until smooth
Toast the Oats in Big Batch
If you think that you will be making oats drink often, you can toast a big batch of rolled oats and store it in jar. This saves you time when you want to make oat drink. Simply scoop the amount needed and blend with the rest of ingredients.
How To Sweeten Raspberry Oat Drink
There are several options of how you can sweeten oat drink, and they are just like how you would sweeten a regular smoothie. Honey is my first choice to sweeten this drink, but maple syrup, agave, regular white sugar or any plant based sweetener will work too. Please note that the amount of sweetener depends on the type of sweetener that you use, do not use the exact measurement of honey when substitute it with any of the other sweetener option. When doing the substitution and you are not sure how much to add, add it gradually and adjust as needed.
What Type of Milk to Use for Oat Drink
Just like the sweeter, there are several options that you can use for milk. Regular milk is the basic, any fat percentage works but remember the higher the fat the creamier the taste of the drink. You can use non-dairy milk substitute like oat milk, coconut milk, almond milk, soy milk and cashew milk. If you are using a homemade oat milk, it is not recommended to re-heat it before using. Homemade oat milk tends to get thick when heated, so juts be aware of this.
Thick or Thin? Choose Your Sweet Spot
I’ve tested this oat drinkover and over (and I’ll do it again and again without any complain) again until I reached the point where I said “this is it!”. I played around adding more rolled oats, decreasing the milk and adding different portion of fruits. This is what I came up to, and you can choose whichever you like. This recipe was for a thin consistency which I prefer, but if you like it thick, here’s what you need to do:
- Thick Consistency – 1/3 cup of rolled oats. The consistency will be thicker but it will still be drinkable, just like any thick smoothie.
- Thin consistency– this is the recipe in this post, 1/4 cup of rolled oats
Ingredients for Raspberry Oats Drink
- Milk – Any kind of milk will work, although full fat milk will make it creamier still go easy on the milk. I like to use skim milk or no sugar added almond milk or coconut milk
- Honey – You can use other sweetener like Maple syrup but it will slightly give a strong maple taste. You can also use plant based sweetener like stevia. Add the sweetener gradually as the measurement differs for any of this substitute sweetener
- Quick Cooking Oats or Rolled Oats – I find these two be a good option and they breakdwon easily when blended.
- Raspberry – fresh or frozen, but bear in mind that frozen Raspberry produces thicker consistency but either way they are both equally delicious in different way.
How to Make Raspberry Oats Drink
Really simple. You can do this without a recipe guide. How difficult it is to put everything in the blender anyway? I measured this while I was testing it, so I kind of know now by heart the amount of milk and oats that I need. The sweetener is the only one that I adjust depending on the Raspberry that I am using. Did I mention that all you need to do is blend everyhting in a blender? So easy!
Do’s and Don’t of Making Breakfast Smoothie or Oat Drink
Breakfast smoothie are great grab and go quick breakfast option, until you get the chance to sit down and eat proper breakfast. It can be as delicious and nutritious as any solid breakfast food, but it is also easy to sabotage it and turn it into a high calorie sugar loaded breakfast drink. To avoid getting to that route, here are some tips to get a delicious and nutritious breakfast smoothie. After all, what is the point of having a breakfast smoothie when what you are getting is a high sugar loaded breakfast drink?
Measure It Out
It is so easy to get carried away and just throw everything in the blender, right? I’m guilty of that too. But although that is probably the fastest and easiest way to make smoothie, that could also be dangerous as you might end up with a breakfast drink that has more calories and even less healthy than a normal solid breakfast. Measuring the ingredients also give you a consistent and delicious and most of all nutritious smoothie.
- DON’T: Throw everything into the blender.
- DO: Measure your ingredients. Best way and efficient way to do this to have them in packs and keep it in the freezer or refrigerator until ready to use. This way, you only must measure the liquid and sweetener when you out it in the blender.
Think About Liquid
There are variety of choices when it comes to the kind of liquid that you can use for smoothie. The addition of liquid is very important in making smoothie as it helps blend the ingredients easily. If you care about drinking a healthier smoothie that is not loaded with sugar, then use low calorie, reduced sugar or sugar free liquid. Fruit juices are usually high in sugar, unless you can find sugar free one.
- DON’T: Add fruit juice.
- DO: Use Greek yogurt or coconut milk or almond milk or even coconut water
Play with Protein
Looking for ways to get more protein in your smoothie? Although there are tons of protein powder available for smoothie, using an ingredient with natural protein is still the best way to go. I do not have anything against protein powder, but for me natural is always the best way if you can go that way. Aim for a protein intake in your breakfast smoothie of about 15 to 30 grams, depending on your size and activity level.
- DON’T: Pour in protein powder.
- DO: Try nut butters, flax seeds, or tofu.
Too Much Fruit
If you are drinking smoothie for a healthy option snack or meal, do not go overboard with using too much fruit. Use a balance choice of fruits, about 1.5 cups of fruit per smoothie. And go for options that are high in fiber and antioxidants, such as berries rather than fruits that are high in sugar.
- DON’T: Use less high sugar fruits
- DO: Use high fiber and antioxidants fruits
Feeling like going green? If you are one of those people who like green smoothie, then go for it. But since green leafy vegetables tend to be bitter, try to use a milder green leafy vegetable and a mix of different others. Kale is not the only one that you can use, using a stronger green vegetable will most likely drive you to add more sweetener to remove the bitter taste. mix and match, and do not be restricted to one type of vegetable.
- DON’T: Reach straight for kale.
- DO: Start with spinach.
This post is NOT to encourage anyone to make smoothie or oats drink as meal replacement. Make and drink your smoothie or oats drink according to your preference and health condition.
- 1 1/4 cup cold Milk (Any milk will work)
- 4 teaspoon Honey (or Maple, or any sweetener of your choice)
- 1/4 cup Rolled Oats
- 1/3 cup Fresh Raspberry
Pour the milk in a blender then add the honey, rolled oats and fresh Raspberry. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust sweetness as desired. The amount sweetener could vary depending on how sweet the Raspberry. Raspberry has a more tart/sour taste than other Berries, so taste the Raspberry and adjust the sweetener as needed.
- Some rolled oats might require more liquid to soften. If you find your mixture too dry or thick and the oats are not yet soft, add a little bit more milk. Adjust the consistency according to your preference.
- It you are mixing it directly in the jar or container where you intend to store it, make sure to use bigger jar. This makes the mixing easier, or you can even just shake it to mix it. This is very convenient especially if you are having it to go.
- You can also mix everything in a big bowl and just transfer it into a jar or container for storage in the fridge.
- For best result, add the mix-in and toppings the day that you want to eat it.
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