Can’t decide whether to have a smoothie or oatmeal for breakfast? You don’t have to with this green smoothie overnight oats recipe that allows you to have the best of both worlds. This healthy breakfast is gluten free, clean eating with vegan, dairy free option.
I’ll be the first to admit that I love a LOT of healthy variety in my meals. However, my creative juices often don’t get going until later in the day. So for breakfast I usually rotate between 3 nutritious go-tos: a green smoothie, oatmeal or eggs.
Until one day I had the idea to combine two of those. It was during a spell of eating refrigerator oatmeal every morning for about a week because I didn’t feel like turning on the blender first thing in the morning.
It dawned on me then that I could be making my green smoothie the night before and soak my oats in it overnight – so this green oatmeal breakfast bowl was born.
While I usually like my smoothies on the thicker, creamier side, for this recipe a thinner green smoothie base is required to provide enough liquid for the oats to soak in.
I kept the smoothie quite simple with just a cup of kale leaves, 1/2 to 1 banana and a whole cup of milk, which can also (partially) be substituted with water.
I’ve become quite accustomed to the taste of green smoothies and usually don’t need any sweetener, especially when I use some ripe frozen banana in it.
I remember though, in the early days of blending greens a little honey or some blended up dates helped me get over any ‘grassy’ taste there may have been.
These green oats are also a great toddler meal. At least my toddler happens to love oatmeal and also green smoothies.
So she doesn’t see anything wrong with a breakfast that combines the two. I am sure a little older kids’ scepticism may be turned around by calling these Shrek or Hulk Oats.
If you are new to the concept, you may wonder how to make overnight oats. It’s really simple, so simple in fact, that this is a great recipe to involve your kids in the preparation.
Now, I know from firsthand experience that having a kid/toddler around for meal prep, can be quite a hassle, but I truly believe that it is a very valuable teaching opportunity to set the basis for life-long healthy habits.
I have very fond memories of helping my mom in the kitchen and I credit her for instilling in me a love for healthy, varied food that included a lot of vegetables. I was never a vegetable-hating kid (as far as I recall), nowadays I even drink them in my smoothies. And if things continue as they have been, Olivia will continue on in these vegetable loving ways.
- 1 cup kale (or spinach)
- 1 cup milk of choice (dairy, almond, soy...)
- ½ to 1 (frozen) banana
- sweetener to taste (with a very ripe banana I find no sweetener necessary)
- ⅓ cup oats (I used Coach's Oats, old fashion rolled oats are great too)
- Make a simple green smoothie by blending kale, milk and banana in a high powered blender until smooth. Add sweetener like dates, maple syrup, honey if necessary.
- Combine the smoothie with the oats, cover and soak overnight in the fridge.
- If necessary, add a little more milk for serving in the morning. Top with sliced bananas, seeds, nuts etc.
If you are looking for the best blender to make smoothies, check out my guide on what to look for in a smoothie blender. I am also reviewing my 6 favorites.
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