You'll love this Oatmeal Smoothie with Raisins! It tastes like the batter from oatmeal-raisin cookies but is vegan and guilt-free! Don't miss my tips for making smoothies with oats!
I've been making this Oatmeal Smoothie with Raisins for more than a decade! I love healthy breakfast smoothies that taste like dessert.
With ingredients like raisins, walnuts, coconut, vanilla and cinnamon, this banana-oat smoothie tastes like the batter from oatmeal-raisin cookies, or maybe banana bread or the best cake ever!
If you're not a fan of raisins, don't worry. They're pulverized in the blender, leaving only their sweetness and fruity flavor without the texture. The same goes for the coconut.
This is a decadent oatmeal drink that's good for you. Bottom's up!
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Oats: Use old-fashioned, rolled oats (affiliate link) or plain, quick-cooking oats for smoothies. They'll be easy to blend. I don't recommend using steel-cut oats, because they have a coarser texture and won't break down as well.
Note that if you need this to be a gluten-free smoothie, you must use gluten-free oats that haven't been cross-contaminated with wheat products.
Banana: You can use a fresh or frozen banana, as long as it's ripe. If it's fresh, choose one that's spotted for the best texture and flavor.
If you use a frozen banana, you'll just need to add four or five small ice cubes to the smoothie to make it cold enough. Don't add too much ice with a frozen banana, or you'll end up with a thick, ice-cream consistency.
Almond Milk: I use plain, unsweetened almond milk in all of my smoothies for a delicious, creamy, non-dairy option. I haven't tried using oat milk here, but that should be a good alternative. You also could use cashew milk for this smoothie with oatmeal.
Of course, dairy milk would be fine if you don't need this to be a vegan smoothie.
Raisins: Raisins bring fruity flavor and natural sweetness to this oatmeal smoothie. I always use black raisins, but feel free to use golden raisins. You also could substitute a couple of pitted dates if you have them.
Walnuts: Smoothies with nuts taste amazing, and I find walnuts provide the best flavor here!
Walnuts also bring a nutritional boost and are loaded with healthy fats and antioxidants that help the heart, brain and gut, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
If you don't eat walnuts, you can omit them. Or, try macadamia nuts instead, if you can have them.
Coconut: I love the delicious coconut accent in this oatmeal-raisin smoothie. I use unsweetened coconut flakes, which provide natural sweetness, but you can skip them if you prefer, or use sweetened coconut.
How to make an oatmeal smoothie
See the card at the end of this post for the full recipe, but here's an overview.
- Add the banana halves, almond milk, oats, ice and remaining ingredients to a high-speed blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- If you have a high-speed blender like a Vitamix (affiliate link), you can add the oats in with the remaining ingredients without blending them separately. You'll just need to blend the smoothie a bit longer to make sure the smoothie isn't gritty from the oats.
- If you don't have a high-speed blender, you can add the oats to the machine first and pulse them a few times to break them up before adding the remaining ingredients.
- For an oatmeal protein shake, add one or two scoops of protein powder. (Use a vegan powder if you need this to be a vegan drink.)
Frequently asked questions
Yes, you can put uncooked oats in a smoothie, if you blend them well. I've been adding oats to my smoothies for years to help me feel full longer.
Use ⅓ cup of rolled oats in a tall smoothie. If you want less fiber, go with ¼ cup of oats.
Adding oats to smoothies brings the health benefits of oatmeal to your breakfast drink.
Oats contain lots of fiber and help you feel full longer, so they may aid in weight loss, according to Healthline. Healthline also states that oats may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure as well as promote blood sugar control.
More breakfast smoothies
- Pineapple-Coconut Smoothie
- Grape Smoothie With Strawberries
- Cherry Almond Smoothie
- Cranberry Smoothie with Walnuts
- Carrot and Banana Smoothie
- Vegan Pumpkin Smoothie
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Oatmeal Smoothie with Raisins
- 1 ripe banana (broken in half)
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (You can use dairy milk if you don't need this to be vegan.)
- ⅓ cup rolled oats (or quick oats)
- ⅛ cup raisins
- ⅛ cup unsweetened coconut
- ⅛ cup shelled walnut halves
- ⅓ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3 sprinkles cinnamon
- ½ cup ice (If using a frozen banana, just use 4-5 small ice cubes.)
- Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and mix until smooth. You'll need to blend it longer if the oats are making it gritty. (See notes if you don't have a high-speed blender.)
(Recipe Source: Cooking with Mamma C. Originally published on November 6, 2014 and updated now with new photos and additional information. Photos by Kanyi Muraguri for Cooking with Mamma C.)