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Honey Triple Berry & Soaked Oats Smoothie
March 31, 2016 in Breakfast · Dairy-Free · Drinks · Gluten-Free · Refined Sugar-Free · Spring · Summer · 18 Comments

Honey Triple Berry & Soaked Oats Smoothie {recipe}

While I was in Long Beach a few weeks ago visiting my friend Meg, she made sure we got to the Sunday farmers market for juicy California strawberries. As their season has just begun in the sunny state, they were freshly picked, evident from the dew still dancing on the wood crate. I ate several before I had even handed over my $5, all that goodness concentrated into one perfect, succulent bite. I stood and coveted the moment, a wide grin beaming from ear to ear as I wiped the juice off my chin.

In Minnesota we have a very short berry season due to the northern climate, typically from early June to mid-July. And although I can freeze some of them after gorging myself for days in response to their fleeting appearance, it just doesn’t compare to that experience of eating them fresh.

So imagine my eyes when 10 pounds of blueberries, blackberries and strawberries arrived at my door from California Giant Berries. And although I love eating what my local farmers grow, it’s hard for a girl to wait until June to have them in her kitchen! I’m so excited to be partnering with them over the course of this year to bring you a few jammin’ new recipes for fresh berries.

And a quick note to be completely transparent – California Giant does not use any GMOs, which you may be thinking because of the name. Their farmers rely on traditional breeding methods used by University breeders in developing the most flavorful and highest quality fruit. Both conventional and organic berries are grown, so you’re able to choose according to your lifestyle and budget. Their farmers control pest damage by working with nature and the University of California, relying on natural pest enemies, monitoring, cultural practices and other methods to minimize the need for pesticides in their conventional fields.

Honey Triple Berry & Soaked Oats Smoothie {recipe}Honey Triple Berry & Soaked Oats Smoothie {dairy-free recipe}

Let’s hop right to it with this creamy , dairy-free Triple Berry & Soaked Oats Smoothie. There are a million smoothie recipes, but there’s a little secret to the super thick texture in this one that doesn’t come from yogurt or ice……

Often these slurp-able drinks are made with frozen berries, which gives them thickness, but not always the same puckery sweetness as fresh. Or fresh berry smoothie recipes usually include a lot ice to get the texture right, which ends up watering down the flavor. My answer? Soaked oats (as in, overnight oats). By letting these whole grains take a bath in almond milk, they plump up, soften, and when blended, create a thicker, heartier drink.

Soaked Oat Triple Berry SmoothieHoney Triple Berry & Soaked Oats Smoothie {recipe}

Added bonus: Soaking the oats makes them easier for our bodies to digest, and because they have a hefty dose of fiber (and manganese – great for bone structure), this smoothie is all the more satisfying. I really liked the kiss of vanilla and local honey blended in, totally elevating delicious strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. For a healthy fat boost, I added a bit of coconut oil, and extra hemp seeds sprinkled on top.

Thick, wholesome, and hearty. It’s a berrylicious triple threat in my opinion. Enjoy!

Honey Triple Berry & Soaked Oats Smoothie {dairy-free}Thanks to California Giant Berries for sponsoring this post and also wanted to let you know they are giving away a BLENDTEC BLENDER !! + fresh berries, Cabot cheese, and Natural Delights dates shipped right to your door for their Splendid Spring Smoothie celebration. You can enter HERE 

Triple Berry & Soaked Oats Smoothie
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Recipe type: dairy-free
 
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put oats and almond milk in a glass jar. Stir and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Add soaked oats to a blender in the morning, followed by remaining ingredients.
  3. Blend for 30 seconds using a high powered blender, until smooth and creamy. Add a little more milk if you would like. Sprinkle with hemp seeds and extra berries!

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18 thoughts on “Honey Triple Berry & Soaked Oats Smoothie

  1. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    What a great partnership, Amanda! Fresh berries delivered to your door sounds pretty awesome! Our season is a bit longer here, but still relatively short and I’m jealous of all those Californian’s and their extended time to enjoy fresh berries! Love the idea of soaking the oats. Can’t wait to try it!

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  2. Abby @ Heart of a Baker

    I really should make overnight oats more often than I do, especially when berries start coming into season! I am like you, since we have such a short growing season for these gems, I buy tons of them, freeze them, then use them when winter is still holding on :) This smoothie is beautiful Amanda, your pictures just get prettier and prettier! xo (p.s. See you next week!!)

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  3. Sherrie

    TEN POUNDS! That’s heavenly. And so is this smoothie. The flavors melt together so beautifully. I am going to try soaking my oats for smoothies immediately. xx

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    1. amandapaa Post author

      oh, i know! i’m having a hard time thinking we have to wait until june to do that. the berries out in CA were beautiful a few weeks ago already! midwest just takes a little while…. thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Faith (An Edible Mosaic)

    A berry delivery like that is pretty much the best mail day ever! <3 The berries are absolutely gorgeous and I love the trio you used here. I've never tried overnight oats in a smoothie – brilliant!! xoxo

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    1. amandapaa Post author

      this smoothie has gotten me on the train. i typically don’t make a lot of them, but i’m loving how juicy and creamy this one is! oh, and the fact that I had A LOT of berries to use up. :) i would have brought some to you for scone making if you would be my neighbor :) xo

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  5. Willow | Will Cook For Friends

    That color! I never would have thought to use overnight oats in a smoothie, but it is pure genius. Definitely trying it next time I have some fresh fruit. (Jealous of those berries – I feel like everyone lives in California and is posting about all the fresh produce, and I’m here in Michigan like, “hey, it’s snowing today!”) Patience, Willow, patience.

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    1. amandapaa Post author

      i totally hear you on the having patience for warmer weather. i forget that april in Minnesota still means 40 degrees some days, and for that matter 28 like yesterday. but alas, the smoothie helps bring vibrance! xo

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    1. amandapaa Post author

      Kind of a fun concept! Works best in a vitamix or blendtec, which I’m sure you have. I always add 2-3 ice cubes to make it cold. Enjoy! xo

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  6. Tessa | Salted Plains

    Ok, so since you posted this earlier in the week, I have been making overnight oats for myself every day this week! :) I cannot wait to get my hands on some berries to make this beauty of a smoothie. xo.

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