Strawberry Oat Smoothie

If you love strawberries and cream then you’ll really enjoy this healthy strawberry oat smoothie! Bursting with juicy strawberry sweetness, energising oats and creamy protein-packed yoghurt – this quick and easy recipe is sure to become your new go-to nutritious breakfast or snack! 

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I’ve been on a bit of a health kick lately after overindulging on my summer holiday. For my birthday this year I received a smoothie maker and ever since then I’ve been making lots of smoothies like this Detox Green Smoothie. However, this time I wanted to experiment with some new flavours and ingredients. My friend and I recently had a catch-up dinner and after a yummy main course we wanted to treat ourselves to something for dessert. There were many decadent desserts on the menu like chocolate fudge brownie, pecan pie and classic sponge cake with cream and jam, but it was a strawberry milkshake we both picked.

Strawberries and cream desserts will forever be my favourite! 🙂

The milkshake was delicious, but I’m sure it was loaded with lots of naughty things. That’s why I decided it was time to create a smoothie inspired by the tasty milkshake and for those times when a sugar craving strikes!

This healthier alternative is creamy, smooth and just as delicious as my favourite strawberry milkshake, minus all the bad stuff. And the best part you ask? It’s also a great way of getting towards your 5 a day.

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I like to use strawberry yoghurt for even more intense strawberry flavour and it also makes this smoothie a great healthy option because it’s packed with protein and healthy ingredients. You can use any flavour yoghurt you like, I used a small pot of bio yoghurt which doesn’t have any refined sugar added. Also, my strawberries were super sweet so I didn’t need to add any sweeteners, but if you feel like your smoothie needs an extra touch of sweetness you can add a little bit of honey.

It’s only recently that I’ve started adding oats to my smoothies. Adding oats means this smoothie is great for breakfast and it also helps create the perfect consistency. Strawberries are quite watery so it’s essential to add oats to make a nice creamy and thick smoothie.

Since developing this recipe I have been making it practically non-stop. I love it first thing in the morning or for a snack after coming home from a tiring day at work. You wouldn’t even guess it’s good for you because it tastes amazing.

(Makes 1)

Ingredients:

25g (1/4 cup) oats

200g (1 cup) fresh or frozen strawberries, hulled and halved

1 x 120g pot (1/2 cup) natural or strawberry flavoured yoghurt

60ml (1/4 cup) milk

Method:

1. Place the oats in the blender and process until they are finely ground. Add the remaining ingredients and process again until smooth. Adjust consistency of smoothie with more milk then pour and serve in a glass.

Enjoy!

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Raspberry Smoothie

Only 3 ingredients are required to make this creamy raspberry smoothie! It’s the perfect healthy breakfast or snack! 

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I’m a really big smoothie fan and I always have lots of fun trying out new smoothie flavour combinations. I’ve previously shared this super healthy Green Detox Smoothie, but now I wanted to create a smoothie that showcased one of my favourite berries.

I’m beyond excited for berry season. Blueberries, raspberries and strawberries are pretty much the main reason I love spring and summer as much as I do. That as well as sunny weather, light evenings and the excuse to eat copious amounts of ice cream… 😉

But let’s get real, I cannot eat ice cream or decadent desserts all the time and be healthy, even though I’d love to. So that’s why I’ve put my favourite flavours into a healthier treat that I can still enjoy without any guilt.

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This creamy raspberry smoothie has a beautiful natural sweetness and tartness released from the raspberries. Every summer we love picking our own raspberries, usually we eat them all in one go, but sometimes we’ll freeze them ready for later use in smoothies or cakes and cupcakes.

I love having frozen fruit in my freezer ready for whenever I’m fancying a smoothie for breakfast or for a snack. I’ve always enjoyed smoothies because they’re super easy to prepare and this smoothie recipe in particular requires just 3 ingredients and will take you less than 5 minutes to prepare. My preference is to use frozen raspberries over fresh because then the smoothie is really well chilled and you can serve it right away!

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To serve, pour into glasses then you can sprinkle over chia or linseeds and top with a few extra raspberries. Grab a straw, these pretty pink straws are from my friend Carly at The Shire Bakery for those wondering, then all that’s left to do is enjoy your gorgeous homemade smoothie and satisfy your sweet cravings! 🙂

(Makes 1)

Ingredients:

150g (1 and 1/2 cups) fresh or frozen raspberries (if using frozen allow to thaw slightly)

100g (3.5 ounces) raspberry yoghurt

125ml (1/2 cup) milk, plus extra if needed

Method:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender. Process until smooth and frothy and then pour and serve in a glass. The recipe can easily be doubled to make more smoothies.

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Enjoy!

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Green Detox Smoothie

My favourite Green Detox Smoothie. Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and packed with goodness. It tastes amazing and you wouldn’t even guess it’s good for you!

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I’m starting the new week on a healthy note with this Green Detox Smoothie. I originally posted this recipe back in January 2014. It’s a firm favourite of mine so I wanted to update the photos and share it once again.

This is my absolute favourite green smoothie. It makes a delicious and nutritious snack or breakfast and whenever I sip on this smoothie I always feel energised and my skin is glowing.

This last month I’ve been eating really well and trying my best to eat more healthily as I’m always baking so many sweet things like cakes and cookies. I’ve been experimenting and testing out new healthy recipes recently like these energy bites.

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The one thing I love most about this green smoothie, is how beautifully vibrant and naturally colourful it is. Almost just as appealing as a plate of homemade cookies! Almost… 😉

This green smoothie has a tropical twist. A gorgeous combination of mango and pineapple adds the natural sweetness. It tastes like sunshine and transports me back to the summer.

Smoothies are seriously one of the easiest things you could make. Once you have you ingredients on hand, grab a blender and blend everything all together until smooth and no lumps remain. Then pour into glasses (this recipe makes two small smoothies), grab a straw and enjoy it. I sometimes make smoothie bowls. Just pour the smoothie into a small bowl and top with fresh fruit, nuts, seeds and granola.

Makes 2 small smoothies (or 1 large glass)

Ingredients:

1 large mango, peeled and cut into chunks

165g (1 cup) pineapple chunks

2 large handfuls of fresh spinach

120ml (1/2 cup) apple, orange or pineapple juice

Method:

  • Place the mango, pineapple, spinach and juice in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add more juice if you want the consistency thinner. Serve immediately. The smoothie will store in the fridge for one day.

Recipe Notes:

  • The mango and pineapple can be blended fresh or frozen.
  • You can swap the spinach for kale, if preferred.
  • The juice can be replaced for coconut water.

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Enjoy!

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