Blood Orange and Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie




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Blood Orange and Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie ~ a nourishing blend of citrus, yogurt, and oats for a satisfying start to the day.

I made more homemade yogurt over the weekend.  Every time I spoon a creamy new batch into its glass storage jar I start thinking about all the possibilities.  Yogurt is beautiful. When it’s homemade, and allowed to thicken as it drains through a couple of layers of cheesecloth, it’s got to be one of the most luxurious foods on earth.

I eat it plain, with granola and honey, I bake with it, eat it alongside spicy Indian curries, and use it in everything from cool summer soups to Middle Eastern dips.  But this morning I think I’ll pair it with the jewel of winter citrus, the blood orange, enrich it with some oats and wheat germ, and drink it.

Truth is, I’ve never been much of a smoothie person, especially for breakfast.  Cold drinks, no matter how rich and full of flavor, have never quite done it for me first thing in the morning.  I don’t even drink orange juice for breakfast, I just cling to my hot steaming cup of coffee.  But this smoothie is a little different.  It’s not icy cold, and it’s got a little more substance thanks to the oats and the wheat germ.  It’s the liquid version of my favorite way to eat yogurt.  And here’s a cool trick—you can make this the night before, and it will actually thicken up in the fridge over night. You can eat it with a spoon the next morning!  (The oatmeal does it.)

Blood oranges come in a range of colors from deep sanguine red to a mottled bright orange.  You never know until you slice one open what you’ve got.  Cut off one end, then use a paring knife to slice off the rind.  Thickly slice the flesh, and pick out any seeds.

Blood Orange and Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie
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Yield: makes 1 smoothie

Blood Orange and Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Greek style yogurt
  • 1 cup blood oranges, peeled, sliced and seeded
  • 1 Tbsp rolled oats
  • 1 Tbsp wheat germ
  • 1 Tbsp honey

Instructions

  1. Blend everything together in a blender.

Notes:  You can drop the oatmeal into the blender first to grind it very fine if you want less texture.  Also, unlike frozen fruit smoothies, this one can be made ahead and refrigerated.  It won’t separate, and thanks to the oatmeal, it actually thickens as it sits.

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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Cold Press Juicer
    February 28, 2017 at 10:49 am

    Hi Sue,

    I drink a lot of smoothies but don’t think I have ever used blood oranges before. It really sounds delicious which means I am going to be trying this recipe very soon. Thanks for sharing it.

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    Joseph Carr
    March 7, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Instead of blood orange, what else can I use for it? I didn’t know oatmeal can be used to make a smoothie! That’s a new and interesting idea! Instead of honey, I add banana due to its natural sweetness. Sometimes, I even put avocado to the mix just to make it thicker and creamier, just the way I like it! Smoothie for breakfast isn’t really my thing, but If it’ll be this good, then, I don’t see any problem with that!

    Joseph Carr

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    Magnolia Verandah
    February 12, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I really must give this a try it sounds sooooo good.

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    Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez
    February 12, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I do love smoothies with substance – my fave ingredient is definitely wheat germ. These sound like a great way to start the day!

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      Sue/the view from great island
      February 12, 2013 at 7:22 pm

      Thanks, Heather, and that’s a great moniker for this, a “smoothie with substance”…sounds very official.

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    Eileen
    February 11, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    Oatmeal in a yogurt smoothie is a really interesting idea! And if you can make it in advance…hmmm. I may end up making a week’s worth of these at once! :)

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      Sue/the view from great island
      February 12, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      I was blown away when I took it out of the fridge the next day and it was thick like pudding! Then you could add extra fruit, or granola and have a really nice treat for breakfast.

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    February 11, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I love smoothies but tend to forget about them! This sounds like a delicious, breakfast-y smoothie!

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    Kate
    February 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Thanks for the newest, best smoothy recipe I’ve seen in a long time. Although I can down them daily in summer I agree that drinking a cold smoothy in winter is not happening around my table. I cling to my hot coffee cup for warmth as well as the eye opening qualities. The blog “She’s in the Kitchen” made a hot green smoothy almost like a soup that was much better than downing a cold one for me. But what a clever idea to thicken it with oatmeal & wheat germ! Your recipe elevates the bone chilling smoothy to an early morning dessert pudding. Somehow a cold fruitful pudding sounds perfect with my morning cuppa joe.
    Thanks, Sue, for yet another great recipe!

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    Sue/the view from great island
    February 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    I know, I feel like I’m going a little nuts with the oranges, but all the interesting ones will disappear soon.

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    Mary Younkin
    February 11, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    We do like our smoothies, Sue. Thanks for the link. Your smoothie sounds great. I’ve hardly played with citrus at all this year. I need to change that before it is all gone!

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