Start Your Day with a Smooth and Creamy 5-Minute Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie

When it comes to making smoothies, I am the one that always goes for the classic fruity combinations. I will combine all sorts of fruits with some dairy and ice, then happily gulp it down for a refreshing way to start my day.

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However, sometimes these oh-so-fruity breakfast drinks don’t really keep me full until lunchtime rolls around. Isn’t that the point of drinking a beverage like this for breakfast though?

If you are struggling to stay full for long enough after your morning smoothie, it’s time to start incorporating a new ingredient – oatmeal!

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In this case, I’m talking about raw rolled oats in particular.

I know it might sound a little strange if you haven’t tried it before, but holy wow do oatmeal smoothies really fill you up and keep you feeling full all morning long.

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It’s actually not like adding oats to blended beverages in the morning is a new thing – I’m actually a little late to the party over here.

To be honest, I’ve always been a little hesitant to try my favorite morning beverage with the addition of oatmeal. I thought it might be too heavy, or the flavor would not taste right.

Once I finally worked up to trying it, I was hooked immediately. Hey, better late than never, am I right?

Vertical overhead image of two glasses of homemade pumpkin oatmeal smoothie with red and white striped paper straws, on a dark gray surface with scattered rolled oats and cinnamon sticks, a gold decorative pumpkin, and a small dish of orange squash puree, with a blue-gray cloth at the top of the frame.

The best part is that not only is this drink rich in healthy dietary fiber, it’s also so flavorful. I think it tastes just like a pumpkin pie, packed with tasty warming spices.

To me, it’s just what my body needs after my workout in the morning. It’s more than just a healthy recipe, it’s also a treat that actually tastes indulgent. Try it for a light lunch on the go, or even a snack in the afternoon to hold you over until dinnertime.

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To make it, simply throw all of the ingredients in your blender. Just be sure to layer up everything in the order in which the ingredients are listed for the recipe.

By layering the heavy ingredients on top furthest from the blade, the ice will push down the other ingredients, ensuring that the combination comes out perfectly smooth and creamy.

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If you want to give this smoothie an extra burst of flavor, try making your own pumpkin pie spice blend at home. And with the arrival of fall and baking season to come, remember to check those dates on everything in your spice rack, and toss anything that’s been hanging around for too long.

The best flavor comes from whole, freshly ground spices. And though spices remain shelf stable for awhile, quality does go down with time.

You won’t need to worry about grabbing a PSL on the way to work with this delicious drink in hand. It’s the ultimate way to start any fall morning off – with a nutritious slice of pie in a glass.

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5-Minute Pumpkin Oatmeal Smoothie


  • Author: Meghan Yager
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 serving 1x

Description

This healthy five-minute pumpkin oatmeal smoothie is a refreshing and creamy way to start your morning that will keep you satisfied until lunch.


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Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Layer all of the ingredients in the order they are listed on the ingredients list in a blender, with the ice furthest from the blades. Secure the top and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and serve immediately.

  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: Blender, No-Cook
  • Cuisine: Fall

Keywords: pumpkin, pumpkin spice, oats, oatmeal

Cooking By the Numbers…

Step 1 – Measure

Measure out all of your ingredients as listed on the ingredients list.

Feel free to use canned pumpkin, or a homemade version made from scratch. Kabocha or butternut squash puree would also work well in this recipe.

Step 2 – Layer

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Add ingredients to a blender in the order they are listed.

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By doing this, you will ensure that the ice ends up on top.

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This is important, since the harder, frozen ingredients will help to push everything else down towards the blades.

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For bottom-loading blenders like the Nutribullet, reverse the order of the ingredients.

Step 3 – Blend

Secure the top and blend the mixture until it’s smooth.

Horizontal overhead image of a frothy orange blended pumpkin smoothie in the bottom of a clear plastic blender pitcher, on a dark brown wood surface.

Serve immediately in a glass.

What If I Don’t Have Rolled Oats?

Do you have a different kind of oats on hand? Not to worry, you can also use quick-cooking oats if you need to for this smoothie.

If you elect to use instant oatmeal in a pinch, try to avoid using sweetened or flavored varieties – all that added sugar, artificial dyes, and other ingredients like preservatives may outweigh the benefits of the smoothie itself.

Horizontal image of two clear lowball glasses with a crackle surface, filled with a homemade pumpkin spice and oat smoothie, with red and white striped paper straws, on a dark gray surface with a gold decorative pumpkin, a blue-gray cloth, and scattered rolled oats and cinnamon sticks, against a black background.

If you need some additional smoothie options to enjoy, check out these flavor combos for inspiration:

Have you tried adding oats to your smoothies yet? Tell us in the comments below. Once you try this recipe, be sure to come back and rate it.

Photos by Meghan Yager, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on September 18, 2012. Last updated: October 1, 2019 at 0:20 am. With additional writing and editing by Allison Sidhu.

Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

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About Meghan Yager

Meghan Yager is a food addict turned food and travel writer with a love for creating uncomplicated, gourmet recipes and devouring anything the world serves up. As the author of the food and travel blog Cake 'n Knife, Meghan focuses on unique foodie experiences from around the world to right at home in your own kitchen.

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