Take overnight oats a step further. Transform them into a tahini and wild blueberry smoothie.
By posting this Oatmeal and Wild Blueberry Smoothie recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by the Wild Blueberry Association of North America and I am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.
Meet my new favorite smoothie, inspired by making overnight oatmeal. This smoothie recipe was born from the idea of mixing oatmeal with liquid and other flavorings, to soak overnight before enjoying for breakfast. However, instead of grabbing the container straight from the refrigerator on your way out the door, we’re blending it up into this bright and colorful smoothie for this year’s Wild Your Smoothie Recipe Contest. It only takes 5-15 minutes of morning prep —depending on how much is done the night before—to enjoy a this portable breakfast that will keep you full and satisfied. Well worth any additional morning effort in my book.
While you may have added blueberries to smoothies before, what sets this recipe apart from others is the use of frozen wild blueberries. Unlike the cultivated kind, which you are probably more familiar with, wild blueberries grow naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada. Don’t be fooled by their smaller pea-size shape; wild blueberries pack a powerful punch. They have a more intense flavor, with a mix of tart and sweetness. Due to their growing conditions, they have twice the antioxidant capacity of larger cultivated blueberries. At harvest, 99% of the Wild Blueberry crop is frozen, locking in these benefits. Find them in the frozen section of the supermarket, for a convenient serving of fruit to add to breakfast, snacks and frozen treats. At only 80 calories and 25% daily value of fiber per cup, wild blueberries make a delicious addition to a morning smoothie.
Aside from the ingredients and their nutritional benefits, another reason to try this wild blueberry smoothie recipe is how simple it is to prepare. Make it in the morning or the night before, depending on your preference. Quickly cook the oats in boiling water before adding to the blender in the morning. For an “uncooked” version, add the ingredients to the blender the night before and allow to soak overnight, just like you would for overnight oats. At breakfast time, simply blend it into a smoothie.
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 date, torn into pieces
- ⅓ cup boiling water
- ½ cup frozen Wild Blueberries
- ½ cup milk of choice (2% dairy milk used here)
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon tahini
- 1-2 cups ice, divided
- Add the oats, dates and boiling water to a small bowl. Cover with a plate and let sit for 5-7 minutes, until most of the water is absorbed.
- Meanwhile, place the remaining ingredients (except the ice) into the blender. Add the cooked oatmeal. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Add 1 cup of ice and blend again until crushed. Serve over additional ice (optional). Makes 2 cups (1 serving)