Frozen wild blueberries are blended with oats and kefir to create a delicious and healthy smoothie that is loaded with probiotics! You just have to try this Blueberry Oatmeal Kefir Smoothie now!
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The first time I tried Kefir was when I was in my health-obsessed teen years. I had read an article in a magazine all about how much better kefir was for you than milk or yogurt, or any other run of the mill dairy products. The author insisted you try plain unsweetened kefir poured over granola as a sort of cereal option.
I tried it.
It was disgusting.
And I abandoned kefir for many years, thinking of it as tart and sour. It wasn’t until several years ago that I tried kefir once again. When I tried kefir for the second time, blended with frozen fruit, I fell in love. Yes, it was tart, it was sour, it was bubbly. But paired with sweet frozen fruit it became a slightly addictive delicious kefir smoothie. In fact, it was one of the few things I could actually stomach during my early pregnancy with my son. I think in the future I need to post what I called my “Pregnancy Smoothie” since it was pretty much all I could eat (drink?) when I was feeling most sick.
What Are the Health Benefits?
There are many alleged health benefits to kefir (read this BBC article if you’re interested), but all I have is anecdotal experience. My experience is simply that drinking a kefir smoothie just makes me feel so much better. I don’t know why I feel better after drinking a kefir smoothie, but I do!
This Blueberry Oatmeal Kefir Smoothie is one of my favorite ways to enjoy kefir. Wild blueberries are blended with kefir, old fashioned oats, and maple syrup for added sweetness. This combination makes for a super easy smoothie, but also a very healthy and delicious smoothie!
I try to eat oats several times a week, but I don’t often feel like preparing oatmeal in the morning, so throwing some oats in my smoothie has been a great way to incorporate them. I also happen to love the texture oats add to the smoothie. The one caution I have with this is to ensure you have a high quality blender. I could never get my smoothies to blend up properly until I used a good blender. For years I had been buying your regular department store varieties, but none of them seemed to break up hard frozen fruit. After reading the reviews for Ninja blenders, I bought this one and used it for years. I absolutely loved it! I recently upgraded to this one, and it is absolutely amazing.
Whatever blender you have, ensure that it is high quality or you will end up with a lumpy result, which is NOT enjoyable at all!
What Do I Need to Make a Blueberry Oatmeal Kefir Smoothie?
- Frozen Wild Blueberries: These are the little ones with a dark blueish purple hue. The flavor is much better than cultivated blueberries.
- Plain, Unsweetened Kefir: Now that I’m a certifiable kefir addict I make my own kefir using kefir Grains, but you can use store bought as well!
- Old Fashioned Oats: These are the large flake oats, sometimes called rolled oats.
- Maple Syrup: I use maple syrup as a sweetener, but you can use any sweetener you like.
- Cinnamon: This is completely optional. Most of the time I don’t add cinnamon at all to my Blueberry Oatmeal Kefir Smoothie, but it is a nice addition that compliments the blueberries.
- 2 cups Plain Unsweetened Kefir, homemade or storebought
- 1 cup Frozen Wild Blueberries
- 1/4 cup Old Fashioned Oats
- 1 tbsp. Maple Syrup
- pinch Table Salt
- Sprinkle Ground Cinnamon, (optional)
- Add all ingredients into the jug of a large, high quality blender.
- Blend on high until smooth and the oats are well broken down.
- Taste and adjust sweetness to your taste.
- Pour into a large glass or quart sized mason jar and enjoy!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 439Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 1084mgCarbohydrates: 73gFiber: 10gSugar: 36gProtein: 25g
Nutrition information is an estimate only.