This Banana Oat Smoothie is a delicious and healthy breakfast smoothie that's easy to make and can be ready in five minutes, perfect for those busy mornings!
Made with nutritious ingredients, this smoothie is a great way to start your day. Breakfast smoothies such as this delicious banana oatmeal smoothie make a great option for a quick breakfast, healthy snack or post-workout recovery.
Bananas are a great source of fiber, potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. Oats are also high in fiber and provide a rich source of vitamins, minerals, protein and antioxidants. Combining these ingredients creates a breakfast smoothie that will keep you nourished and full throughout the morning.
This banana smoothie has a sweet flavor, with a hint of cinnamon and vanilla. The oats add a nutty taste and complement the flavor of bananas perfectly. Like this Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie, this smoothie is suitable for a gluten-free diet as long as you choose certified gluten-free oats. If you prefer green smoothies, you’ll have to give this Pineapple Spinach Smoothie a try!
How to Make it
This Banana Oat Smoothie recipe uses simple ingredients and is a perfect way to make use of ripe bananas which are naturally sweet. Used together, bananas, rolled oats and milk (or a dairy-free alternative) help create a creamy and thick smoothie without the use of yogurt.
Here's an overview of the simple ingredients needed to make this easy recipe for a banana oatmeal smoothie. Please see the ingredient amounts in the printable recipe card at the end of this post.
- Banana: You can use fresh or frozen bananas. I prefer to use frozen bananas as they have a way of making your smoothies taste like milkshakes 😀.
- Raw oats: You can use instant or rolled oats. If you don't enjoy the grainy texture from the oats, they can be blended into a fine powder by using a high powered blender. Do this before adding the remainder of the smoothie ingredients.
- Milk: Any kind will do. For a dairy-free alternative try oat milk for an extra dose of oats. Soy or almond milk are also great choices.
- Maple syrup or honey: If the bananas are very ripe you may not need to add any sweetener at all.
- Pure vanilla extract: Vanilla extract is a flavor enhancer and makes this smoothie taste like dessert!
- Ground cinnamon (optional): Adds more flavor and warmth.
- Ice cubes (optional): Add ice cubes for an extra cold and thick smoothie.
- Start by adding the rolled or quick oats to a high-speed blender and blend until they are a fine powder. Alternatively, if you don't mind a bit of texture in your smoothie, you can simply blend all the ingredients together.
- Add the milk, frozen or fresh banana, maple syrup (if using), vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon (if using) to the blender. If you prefer an extra cold and thick smoothie, add ice cubes to the blender jar.
- Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour into a glass and serve.
Smoothies are a versatile and delicious. Here are some ways to customize your banana oatmeal smoothie to boost its nutritional content or simply vary the flavor to suit your taste preferences:
- Almond butter or peanut butter for a creamy peanut butter banana oatmeal smoothie, so yummy 😋.
- Substitute half the banana for 1/2 a cup of mixed berries for a berry banana oat smoothie.
- Add Greek yogurt for added protein. Instead of a full cup of milk, use half a cup of milk and half a cup of yogurt.
- You can also experiment with different types of plant milk, such as coconut milk or soy milk.
- Adding a scoop of vanilla or chocolate protein powder is another delicious way to add more protein.
- Chia seeds are high in protein and fiber and help to keep you feeling full and energized.
This recipe makes one large smoothie, if you need to make more you can simply multiply the ingredients. I used a 2 percent fat dairy milk in this recipe (and in the calculation of the nutrition facts) but you can use a richer or fat-free milk.
In addition to being a healthy way to start your day and a great post-workout option, this Banana Oat Smoothie can also be enjoyed as a healthy dessert.
Though smoothies are best served as soon as they're ready, you can store it in the refrigerator overnight and give it a quick blend in the morning. Note that your smoothie will not be as thick and creamy as when served immediately after making it.
More Delicious Recipes with Oats
- Oatmeal Date Cookies
- Pear and Blueberry Crumble
- Vanilla Almond Granola
- Banana Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Muffins
Banana Oat Smoothie Recipe
- ¼ cup raw oats Instant or rolled. See note below for how to grind oats into a powder for a smoother texture.
- 1 cup milk (2% fat) Dairy-free alternatives such as soy, oat, almond or coconut milk can be used.
- 1 banana, broken in half or thirds. You can use a fresh or frozen banana.
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup Honey can also be used. Adjust sweetness to taste. If the bananas are very ripe you may not need any sweetener at all.
- ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
- ½ cup ice cubes (optional) Ice will make your smoothie extra thick and cold.
- Add all of the smoothie ingredients into the blender jar.
- Start the blender on its lowest setting and quickly increase to its highest speed. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Pour smoothie into glass and serve.
- The oats give this smoothie a bit of a grainy texture. If you don't enjoy it, you can blend the oats into a fine powder in a high powered blender before adding the remainder of the ingredients.
- I used a 2% fat dairy milk in this recipe and in the calculation of its nutrition facts.
- Use a ripe banana for a sweeter smoothie. It can be fresh or frozen. Frozen bananas help make the smoothie creamy and cold without the use of ice.