I don’t know about you, but I’ve never been a fan of oatmeal. I think it’s really about the texture because the flavor has never offended me.
Seeing it sitting in the bowl looking like mush just doesn’t make me want to eat it. And the sucking sound it makes while stirring it… Ick.
BUT, I really do like oatmeal in smoothies! Frankly, I’m becoming somewhat addicted to using oats in smoothies. They make a fantastic thickener without any of that weird texture thing.
They also add a very mild and warming nutty flavor I find goes well with any smoothie ingredient. Adding oats to smoothies is quickly becoming my go-to comfort food.
If you haven’t tried oats in smoothies, I highly recommend them. I used whole rolled oats in this smoothie but there are many other options. You can learn more about how to use oats in smoothies here.
Nectarines are low in calories – one large nectarine has fewer than 70 calories – and are packed with many health promoting compounds, minerals, and vitamins.
They are a great snack (or great in a smoothie!) for losing weight because they make you feel full with very few calories.
Nectarines are packed with the antioxidant vitamin C, and are a great source of vitamin A and fiber. They contain very high levels of potassium – almost 10 percent of the recommended daily amount.
Cacao powder has more antioxidants than wine or tea. It’s also packed with nutrients that help lower blood pressure and improve your mood.
Oats are a healthy thickener to add to any smoothie. They blend well with any smoothie flavor because of their very mild nutty taste. Oats are loaded with fiber, which can help with weight loss (they help keep you full for longer), stabilize blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol, prevent constipation, and boost energy.
Almonds are one of the lowest calories nuts (tied with cashews) at 160 calories per one ounce. They have more calcium than any other nut, 9 grams of monounsaturated (heart-healthy) fats, 6 grams of protein, and 3.5 grams of fiber per serving.
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Nectarine Chocolate Oat Smoothie
- 1 cup nectarine chunks (1 whole with pit removed)
- 2 tbsp cacao powder
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg or cinnamon
- 1/2 cup rolled oats or gluten free rolled ots
- 1/8 cup almonds
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract (optional, skip this if you are using vanilla protein powder)
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (optional, the one I use can be found here)
- 3/4 cup water (more if using frozen fruit)
- 4 to 5 ice cubes (skip if using frozen fruit)
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
Want to know what I use to create these delicious smoothies? Visit my Resources page to learn more.
If you’d like to try other thickeners in smoothie check out my guide 23 thickeners to use in smoothies.
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