Get those greens in with this deliciously creamy Vanilla Mint Overnight Oatmeal Smoothie! Based off the flavours of the infamous Shamrock Shake, this healthy green smoothie is made with whole foods and natural sugars. Vegan, gluten-free, and packed with plant-based protein and fiber, it makes a perfect breakfast or snack!
Tomorrow is St. Paddy’s Day!
And I don’t know about you guys, but I plan to start
drinking celebrating nice and early. I’m thinking somewhere around breakfast, and I’m thinking I’ll start by throwing back one of these colds ones…
Not what you were expecting? Sorry 😜
Truth be told, I’m not really much of a drinker, and I don’t even think I’ve ever really celebrated St. Patrick’s Day… at least not in the traditional sense.
BUT! I’m celebrating today [at least, #ontheblog] because I’ve been meaning to green-ify one of my overnight oatmeal smoothies for a while now, and I figured what better time to do it than on the eve of St. Paddy’s, where 5-minutes of prep work will let you start drinking bright and early tomorrow too 😉
I based the recipe for this creamy overnight oatmeal green smoothie off of McDonald’s infamous Shamrock Shake, only mine is made with seven ingredients instead of fifty-four.
Fifty-four ingredients. In one shake. Like… how is that even possible? Granted, it’s [only] 33 unique ones, but still! How do you cram that much crap into one 22/16/12 ounce cup?!? And how do you do it with a clear conscience when the majority of those ingredients are sugars, dyes, chemicals, and/or preservatives?! Did you know that a large Shamrock Shake contains 115g of sugar? 115!!! Cut back to a medium and you’re looking at 93g. You guys know I have a huge sweet tooth, but that sounds like insanity… even to me.
We’re not here to bash Shamrock Shakes, though… We’re here to make our own healthier version that’s just as delicious, but made with good quality whole foods and natural sugars.
We start with the basic overnight oatmeal smoothie base. This just means soaking a serving of oats (and a few add-ins) in the fridge overnight so that they can absorb the liquid and get suuuuuuuuper creamy. You guys… this step has completely revolutionized my smoothie-making process, and I’m not sure I could ever go back to drinking oat-less smoothies again. Try it out and thank me later.
Post-soaking, we take the smoothie base out of the fridge, toss in the remaining add-ins that we didn’t want to turn brown overnight, whirl it around in the blender for a handful of seconds, transfer it to a glass, toss on a few mini chocolate chips (<– MUST!!!), and dig in!
I realize that sounds like a tonne of steps when it’s all written out like that, but it literally takes all of 5 minutes to do. And the best part is that you’re left with a creamy overnight oatmeal green smoothie that’s vegan, gluten-free, packed with plenty of vitamins and minerals, and tastes pretty freaking fantastic.
I’m sure we can all drink to that.
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- 1/2 cup (40 g) rolled oats**
- 3/4 cup (180 ml) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- pinch of salt (optional, but recommended)
- 1/2 cup (15 - 20 g) baby spinach***
- 1 medium-size (100 g) ripe banana, frozen
- 2 Tbsp (25 g) avocado (optional)
- a few drops of mint extract****
- 1/2 - 1 Tbsp (7 - 15 ml) sweetener, to taste (optional)
- The night before, add the oats, almond milk, and vanilla 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, remove your blender bowl from the fridge and add the spinach, frozen banana, and avocado (if using). Blend on high until a smooth and creamy consistency is reached, adding more milk if the smoothie is too thick for your liking. Add a few drops of mint and blend for a couple more seconds. Take a small sip and add extra mint and/or sweetener, if desired.
- Transfer it 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 1/4 cup (20 g) and add a scoop of your favourite protein powder.
*** Feel free to sub the spinach out for another leafy green. I like using baby spinach because of it's mild taste.
**** Start with a few drops of of mint and gradually add more to taste. Mint can get overpowering super fast, so always err on the side of caution.
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What’s the first thing you drink in the morning? Water; lately with a spoonful of ACV.
What was the last green thing you ate? I had a big salad as part of my dinner last night, so… spinach and mixed greens?
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