These easy, make-ahead smoothies are packed with nutrition. Refrigerate or freeze them in individual servings for a quick, healthy grab-and-go breakfast or snack. This recipe is a formula for combining your own preferred flavors. See original post for detailed instructions, photos, troubleshooting tips, plus specific recipes for 6 smoothie flavors. www.theyummylife.com/blog/2012/04/299
1/4 cup uncooked oats (old fashioned rolled oats recommended; do not use steel cut oats)
1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
1 cup liquid (dairy or non-dairy milk or juice, or combination)
1/4 cup low-fat yogurt (Greek yogurt recommended, but any yogurt may be used, including non-dairy)
1 cup fruit, fresh, frozen (unthawed), or canned (drained); or 1/2 cup dried fruit*; or 3/4 cup fruit sauce or puree (i.e. applesauce)
1 or more teaspoons sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave syrup, or your preferred sweetener)
1 or more tablespoons fruit jam, preserves, or spread
1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon or other sweet spices
1 or more teaspoons cocoa powder
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract or vanilla bean paste
Add oats and chia seeds to blender; blend on high until texture of flour. Add liquid (milk/juice) to blender; use spoon or spatula to stir in oats/chias from bottom. Add yogurt. Add fruit and any additional flavorings. Blend on high until desired smoothness. Taste and add sweetener, if needed. Blend again. Transfer to pint (2 cup) jar or container; refrigerate overnight, or a minimum of 4 hours, so oats & chias can soften. Will keep in refrigerator at least 2-3 days. Shake before drinking.
IF TOO THICK after the fridge soak, add more juice or milk and shake jar/container or return to blender to combine. FOR A SMOOTHER CONSISTENCY, return to blender after the fridge soak and blend again. TO FREEZE: May be frozen after the 4 hour soak in the fridge. To thaw, move to fridge a day ahead so it is thawed for drinking the next day. For faster thaw, place frozen jar/container in bowl of cold water on the counter for 1-2 hours. Shake before drinking.
*If using dried fruit, increase liquid (milk/juice) by 1/4 cup.