I’m cutting back on blogging this month to spend time with my new baby! I’m so thrilled to have some talented friends stepping in to share amazing DIYs, recipes, and more with you, lovely readers. Today, my good friend Lindsey from Cafe Johnsonia is here to share a fantastic breakfast smoothie recipe, complete with her trademark stunning food photography. Enjoy!
Hi everyone! I’m Lindsey Johnson and I blog over at Cafe Johnsonia. I’m happy to be visiting over here while Melissa is snuggling her darling baby.
I am a smoothie lover through and through. I started making them back when I was in fourth grade. (True story.) Though I suppose I used the term “smoothie” loosely as my smoothies often contained a few scoops of rainbow sherbet. My smoothies have definitely evolved in the past 25+ years!
I typically like to start my day out with a smoothie. I love them because 1) I can make them quickly and the clean up is close to nil, 2) They’re easy to sip on the go, and 3) It’s easy to make them healthy and nourishing. It’s also a way I can get a few servings of fruit and veggies into my day without too much effort.
This one is still on the healthy side (even without spinach or kale!) and is packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats. You know how sometimes you’re hungry an hour after you drink a smoothie? Not with this one. All of the ingredients add up to a satisfying, filling smoothie that tastes like a milkshake.
Now, I love a good bowl of warm oatmeal as much as the next girl, but I really do love adding uncooked oats to my smoothies. Oats add fiber and makes the smoothie extra thick.
The apples make it sweet without being too sweet. The hemp hearts add a lot of protein. If you don’t have them on hand or they aren’t available, chia or flax seeds work, too. (Add a little extra liquid because both flax and chia have a lot of thickening power that hemp hearts don’t have.)
This recipe makes a good 20-24 ounces, which is great as a meal replacement. But it can also be split into two smaller servings. It keeps well for one to two days in the fridge, so you could even make a double batch and be set for a few days.
Apples n' Oats Breakfast Smoothie
This yummy breakfast smoothie has apples, oats, and plenty of spice for a delicious (and good-for-you!) morning treat.
- 1 cup milk of choice (non-dairy or dairy)
- 1 large or 2 small apples, any variety
- 1/3 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 2 Tablespoons hemp hearts (can substitute chia or flax seeds)
- 1 Tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 cup ice (optional, to make it cold)
- Place milk and oats into a blender. Let stand for a few minutes to soften the oats.
- Core apple. Peel if desired.
- Place all of the remaining ingredients into the blender. Puree until very smooth. Can be made a day in advance and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.
If using flax or chia seeds, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup extra liquid so the smoothie doesn't thicken too much.
18 thoughts on “Apple n’ Oats Breakfast Smoothie”
This looks so, so good Lindsey!
She’s a smoothie master! And the photos are to-die-for!
Ladies: this looks too good for words! I think I’ll make it today for my children, as an after school snack; as well as one for mom! I love any new smoothie recipe-and this looks amazing…
And Melissa~keep on snuggling 😉
Melissa M!! How are you?? I need to make this for my kids too; I think they’d go crazy for it!
Melissa, this looks healthy and yummy! Hugs
Hi Katherine! I’ve heard raves about it so far! And I just picked up some Hemp Hearts yesterday so that I can try it!
Hi. thanks for this recipe. Would love to try it. I am on a diet so I was wondering if anyone would know how to figure the calories to this amazing recipe?
Hi Stacey. You could probably find a reliable calorie calculator online (or there are great books out there that you can use) to figure out the calorie content of recipes.
What’s hemp hearts?
Hi Dee. Hemp hearts are raw, shelled hemp seeds. They’re really high in protein, and don’t impart any flavor to your smoothies.
Looks great. Will make Saturday morning and try it.
I hope you love it!
Do you know the calories?
Sorry, Kari. I don’t have the calories calculated for this recipe.
This is amazing really. Thanks for my new morning breakfast. Because I don’t have almond butter, I take my homemade peanut butter instead, and it is still delicious!
Just made a modified version for breakfast–yum! I used PB2 powder instead of almond butter, and it was delicious.
***For those wondering about calories, it comes to 353 if you use regular almond butter and unsweetened almond milk, and drink the whole amount.***
Just googled “apple sauce and hemp milk” as I just happened to combine the two and stumbled upon this post, and page. Sadly, at age 44, I’m incredibly uncreative in the kitchen however this post has inspired me to become more creative. In particular, the addition of cinnamon and uncooked oats sounds right up my alley. Thanks for the inspiration! Bookmarking this site.
Glad you found this recipe!!