This blueberry smoothie is made with oats, yogurt and lemon juice for a satisfying breakfast with bright & zesty flavors! And it's banana-free!
If fall and winter are for breakfast bowls, spring and summer must be for smoothies. Anything this light and refreshing is made for warm spring and summer mornings!
- All you need is 6 ingredients and 5 minutes to make this smoothie!
- Light and refreshing but filling enough to have for breakfast
- Banana-free (but I have tips to add one if you want!)
- Great as a grab-and-go breakfast on busy mornings
- Can be adapted to be dairy-free/vegan
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What you'll need
Frozen blueberries add creaminess and all of the sweetness. For more sweetness add 1-2 teaspoons of liquid sweetener like maple syrup, honey or agave syrup.
Lemon juice & zest adds a bright, zingy flavor. One lemon usually makes ~3 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon zest. We're only using 1 tablespoon lemon juice but you can add more if desired.
Rolled oats make this smoothie more filling. The oats blend up well in my run of the mill blender, but you can soak the oats in the soy milk for an hour before making the smoothie to ensure they are super smooth.
Greek yogurt adds protein and makes this smoothie filling. You can replace this with plain yogurt or vegan yogurt if you prefer. I love using lemon yogurt for extra lemon flavor!
Step by step instructions
This recipe is as easy as:
- Add ingredients to the blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Taste for lemon juice and add an extra splash of milk to thin if needed.
How to make a filling smoothie
- Choose complex carbohydrates. Blueberries are our flavorful, fiber-packed fruit of choice. Add uncooked rolled oats for an extra creamy, filling smoothie. You won't even notice that they're there!
- Add protein. Greek yogurt is a protein-rich choice, but vegan yogurts will also work. For dairy-free vegan options, soy or pea milk-based options will usually have more protein than almond or coconut based yogurts. Add a scoop of protein powder for even more protein.
- Add milk instead of water. At 4 grams of protein per ½ cup, soy milk has the greatest nutrition equivalence to dairy milk. You can also try oat milk, almond milk, cow's milk, or whatever kind of milk you have on hand.
- Enhance the flavor. When paired with blueberries, fresh lemon juice really pumps up the flavor. If you have extra time, I recommend adding 1 tablespoon lemon zest for an extra kick of flavor.
- Add healthy fats. Chia seeds, flax seeds and hemp seeds provide healthy fats which make smoothies more filling. Just one tablespoon of chia seeds provides 5 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein. When blended into the smoothie you'll hardly even notice this nutrient-dense ingredient is there!
Yes! But I recommend either freezing the blueberries first or adding in a few pieces of ice to the smoothie. Otherwise the smoothie won't be very cold.
Yes! I recommend freezing the banana before adding it so that the smoothie stays cold. To do this, slice the banana and transfer the cutting board and the banana to the freezer. It will take 1-2 hours to freeze.
I don't recommend making it more than an hour in advance because the frozen blueberries will melt and no longer be cold. Instead, assemble all ingredients in a jar, except for the yogurt, lemon juice and milk, and freeze until ready to use.
You can make it in a small food processor. If using a large food processor, you may need to double the recipe to make sure that it's thoroughly blended.
Strawberries, raspberries and blackberries all go well in this smoothie. You can also add a splash of orange juice for a bright, zesty flavor.
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Lemon Blueberry Smoothie
- Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth. Add extra 2-3 ice cubes for a thicker smoothie. Taste for lemon juice and sweetness. Enjoy!
- Yogurt: 6 ounces is the size of most individual yogurt cups, but any 4-8 ounce yogurt will work. Replace with non-dairy yogurt if preferred. Lemon flavor yogurt is also delicious here.
- Lemon zest isn't required but adds a great pop of lemon flavor.
- Sweetness: For more sweetness add 1-2 teaspoons of liquid sweetener like maple syrup, honey or agave syrup.
- Nutrition information is calculated using soy milk and 6 ounces of Greek yogurt.