Take overnight oats to a whole new level with this fall-inspired caramel apple overnight oatmeal smoothie. Thick and creamy, it’s got that stick-to-your-ribs feeling of a bowl of oats that’ll keep you satisfied for hours. Vegan, gluten-free, and packed with plant-based protein and fiber, this smoothie makes a healthy and easy breakfast or snack!
I was seriously tempted to call this smoothie ‘A Cup o’ Fall.’ Or even ‘A Hug in a Mug.’
But seeing as the former is bad for SEO and the latter has already been claimed by the brew of the gods (read: coffee), I decided to go with something a little more obvious and dubbed this delightful cup ‘o fall a caramel apple overnight oatmeal smoothie instead. Not as cutesy and fun, maybe, but at least it gets the point across.
Well… kind of.
I suppose the ‘caramel’ part could be a bit misleading considering there’s no caramel caramel in this smoothie (I know, I know), but there’s nature’s caramel (read: dates)…. which is even better if you’re looking for a healthy breakfast or snack; and I always am, because… hi… those two things make up at least 75% of my diet.
So. This smoothie. This ridiculously creamy and comforting smoothie that instantly fills your mind with images of chunky knit sweaters, soft brown boots, and warm sunlight streaming through golden leaves…. It’s good stuff.
And — yes — that was the lamest excuse for a recipe description ever, but my mind kind of got lost in a fall-induced happy place and that’s the best it could come up with. Sorry.
Let’s try again…
This smoothie… is basically a blended up bowl of oatmeal. And I realize that might sound a little strange if you’ve never tried putting oats in your smoothies before, but you need to give it a shot because it will change.your.LIFE. I promise.
Say goodbye to thin, runny smoothies that leave you feeling unsatisfied and hungry again in half an hour, and say hello to the creamiest, doughiest, and most satisfying smoothies ever…
See that? Totally spoon-worthy.
Oats are great in smoothies because not only do they work wonders on the creaminess front, but they add a little bit of extra fibre and protein to help keep you fuller longer. There’s nothing worse than finishing a meal or snack only to start feeling peckish again 30 minutes later, but I promise you won’t have that issue with this guy.
And while I know apples may not be the first fruit that comes to mind when you think smoothie (bananas hold that spot for me), I encourage you to broaden your horizons and toss an apple in your blender [along with the rest of the ingredients]. The result is a creamy and comforting smoothie that tastes like apple pie and is perfect for this time of the year. Enjoy!
- ½ cup (40 g) rolled oats**
- 1 Tbsp (7 g) chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 medium apple, peeled and cored (~120 g)
- 2 Medjool dates, pitted (30 g)
- 1 cup (240 ml) unsweetened vanilla almond milk***
- The night before, add all the ingredients to the bowl of your blender and give it a stir to ensure that everything is well combined. Cover and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight.
- The next morning, blend until a smooth and creamy consistency is reached, adding more milk if the smoothie is too thick. Transfer back to a bowl or glass, add desired toppings, and enjoy!
** Be sure to use certified gluten-free oats if you need this to be gluten-free. You can also reduce the oats to ⅓ cup and add a scoop of your favourite protein powder.
*** If smoothie is too thick, add a few extra splashes of milk to the blender.
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What’s the first thing that pops into your head when you hear ‘fall?’