Strawberry Kefir Smoothie with Oats

This is a variation of our kefir smoothie base recipe. Drinking a strawberry kefir smoothie is a great way to start the morning, fuel a workout, or satisfy a craving for something cold, creamy, and sweet!

Are Smoothies Healthy?

While eating whole fruit is normally best, a smoothie can be a great way to get lots of fruits and/or vegetables in one easy serving. Beyond fruit, this smoothie also features kefir and oats which are both healthy ingredients!

What is Kefir? What Kind Should you Buy?

Kefir is a fermented milk beverage – basically a pourable yogurt drink. It is high in probiotic cultures, which makes for a happy gut. We recommend buying plain varieties to avoid added sugars and organic, if you can afford it. Select a fat content that works with your overall diet. If you tend to consume a lot of foods high in saturated fat (i.e. lots of animal products), a low-fat or fat-free variety is the best choice. If you limit saturated fat in your overall diet, whole milk varieties are okay. For more information, check out our ingredient guide.

Oats in a Smoothie?

Yes! Oats add fiber and complex carbohydrates. Fiber is important for digestion, satiety, stable blood sugar, good cholesterol, and healthy gut bacteria. The soluble fiber in oats acts as a prebiotic to feed the healthy bacteria in your gut. Complex carbohydrates are important for steady energy and focus (1,2).

Which Blender is Best for Smoothies?

Any blender will work! While a Vitamix probably makes the creamiest smoothies, any full-size blender, single-serve blender, immersion blender, or even a food processor will do the job.

Culinary Tips for the Best Strawberry Kefir Smoothie

If you want to make strawberry kefir smoothies for breakfast and are in a time crunch, place all of the ingredients, except the frozen strawberries, in your blender’s jar and place it in the fridge the night before. Add the strawberries in the morning and blend!

Spinach has a milder flavor than heartier greens like kale, so if you are unsure about the flavor of greens in your smoothies, start with spinach. Leafy greens will turn your beautiful pink smoothie a greenish/brownish hue, but we promise it will still taste great!

Place the oats in the blender before adding the other ingredients and blend into a fine powder if you are unsure about the texture of oats in a smoothie.

Add the oats 1 Tablespoon at a time and taste test between each addition if you are unsure about the flavor of oats in your smoothies. Do this until you reach your desired flavor.

If your smoothie is too thick after blending, add more liquid. If it is too thin, add more fruit or ice.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • Banana: sub another creamy fruit, like mangos or avocados.
  • Strawberries: sub your favorite frozen fruit.
  • Kefir: sub 1/2 cup plain Greek or regular yogurt + 1/2 cup milk/milk substitute for 1 cup kefir.
  • Oats: sub quick oats, but not steel cut. Steel cut oats need to be cooked for optimal digestion.

Recipe Variations

Add a dash of real vanilla or almond extract for extra flavor. If too tangy, add some honey or agave. For more protein, add 1 Tablespoon of nut butter. For a chocolate dipped strawberry kefir smoothie, add 1-2 Tablespoons of cocoa powder. The variations are endless!

Interested in creating your own kefir smoothie variation? Check out our base recipe!

Serving Suggestions

Pair this smoothie with a handful of our energy bites for a quick grab and go breakfast!

Leftover Strawberry Kefir Smoothie?

Keep leftovers in the fridge and enjoy the next day. This smoothie can hold for longer than a day in the fridge, but could start to separate. Simply shake before drinking, and voila! Delicious, nutritious smoothie goodness.

Interested in Other Smoothie Recipes?

Check out these easy, healthy recipe ideas!

Dairy Free Smoothies Base Recipe

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Banana Berry Kefir Smoothie

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strawberry kefir smoothie with oats, banana, strawberries, kefir
Strawberry Kefir Smoothie with Oats
Prep Time
5 mins
 

Cold, creamy, sweet, and pink! This delicious strawberry kefir smoothie makes a perfect snack or breakfast drink!

Course: Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 cups (might make slightly more or less)
Ingredients
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup kefir
  • 1 cup lightly packed leafy greens (optional)
  • 1 large ripe banana (~1 cup)
  • ¼ cup old fashioned oats
  • 6-8 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If using greens, start with spinach for a milder flavor.

 

If your smoothie is too thick after blending, add more liquid. If it is too thin, add more fruit or ice.

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  1. Maneck j Bharucha

    Loved it and I make it almost everyday since we have been blocked in due to cv… regardless the stuff is nutritious and tastes great

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