Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

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Skip the muffin and drink a healthy Blueberry Muffin Smoothie that tastes like one instead! 

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A few weeks ago I mentioned that I’ve been cutting way back on sugar with the help of Jacqueline Smith’s Go Sugar Free course (<– affiliate link) and have had a lot of success. At this moment I’ve not had candy in over 60 days which is absolutely huge, and the real reason I wanted to go for it. Love(d) me some candy!

Let’s be real, I haven’t been perfect. I’ve enjoyed a couple bourbon balls a reader from Kentucky so generously sent me, several spoonfuls of homemade hot fudge sauce the sweetest reader (see what I did there) brought to a Join My Journey event last month, and a few sugary recipes I’ve posted here on IGE.

Clearly I can’t say I’ve completely kicked my sugar habit, but truly my consumption of the sweet stuff has dropped at least 95% over the past 60 days and the course has taught me to be more sugar selective moving forward. Plus my taste buds have become ultra sensitive to sugary foods. Total win in my book.

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That being said, I still crave a sweet treat at night every now and again so I’ve been turning to Blueberry Muffin Larabars which are naturally sweetened with dates, unsweetened dried blueberries, lemon, vanilla, and blueberry juice concentrate. OMG they are so good! Even better when you’ve left one in the car on a hot summer day and it tastes like you’re eating a warm blueberry muffin.

I know.

Anyway, where am I going with this…oh yes, already long story short I attempted to make homemade Blueberry Muffin Larabars the other day and it was a complete disaster. Sticky, way too sweet, and just, blech. Some things are better left to the professionals.

I was sad the recipe didn’t work out but still craving the homemade taste of a blueberry muffin, so I threw a few Blueberry Muffin Larabar-inspired ingredients into a blender and voila, Blueberry Muffin Smoothies were born! This perfectly sweet, ultra-thick smoothie recipe tastes just like a Blueberry Muffin. It’s crazy!

Vanilla Greek Yogurt (I know, it’s sweetened, but not much,) is blended with milk, frozen blueberries, frozen banana, lemon zest, ice, and uncooked oats until it’s thick, smooth, and perfectly sippable. So much healthier than a blueberry muffin and will keep you much fuller longer too.

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I credit the blueberries for giving this smoothie such a superb blueberry flavor, of course, but the addition of lemon zest, vanilla yogurt, and raw, uncooked oats really takes it from blueberry smoothie to blueberry muffin smoothie.

If you’ve never added raw, uncooked oats to your smoothies, don’t be scared. Not only does it add a boost of heart-healthy goodness to each sip, but it reminds me of the crumble topping some blueberry muffins are topped with. Gosh I love me some blueberry muffins but even before I got Celiac Disease and started the Go Sugar Free Course they made me feel like h-e-double hockey sticks after eating ‘em. WAY too sweet.

This smoothie recipe is just the ticket for a lightly-sweet and satisfying breakfast, snack, or after-dinner treat!

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Here’s the all-star-smoothie lineup. (Psst! This gluten-free oatmeal is coming to a store near you soon!)

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Start by adding 1/2 cup milk into a blender. I used unsweetened vanilla almond breeze but you can use whatever milk you’ve got on hand. Next add an individual-sized container (4-6oz) Vanilla Greek Yogurt. The vanilla flavor is one of the things that really makes this smoothie taste like a yummy muffin.

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Then toss in 1/2 cup frozen blueberries. Anyone else’s children just bonkers for blueberries? Lincoln annihilates at least a pint a week. Fresh blueberries are really easy to freeze, too. Just toss them in a freezer bag and freeze flat so they don’t clump together.

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Add 1/2 frozen banana next (or a whole frozen banana for extra sweetness.) I like to freeze bananas when they’ve got “cheetah spots.” To eat them at this stage would make me gag (it’s the texture, right?!) but they indicate the perfect ripeness level, and therefore sweetness level, to use in smoothies.

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You never want to freeze a banana with the peel on as it’s next to impossible to peel frozen. All you have to do is peel then place inside a ziplock back and squish. There’s no need to uniformly slice the banana as the chunks will come right out of the bag.

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Finally, add 1/2 cup ice, 1/4 cup raw uncooked oats (either old fashioned or instant,) and 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest. If you don’t want to buy a lemon just for this smoothie recipe, it’ll still be good without it. With the lemon zest though, it’s GREAT. Again, really drives home that muffin flavor.

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Turn on the blender then let ‘er rip for up to two minutes or until the smoothie is very, well, smooth.

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Pour into a glass and enjoy!

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Blueberry Muffin Smoothie

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Serves 1

Ingredients:
1/2 cup milk (I used unsweetened vanilla almond breeze)
4-6oz vanilla Greek yogurt (1 individual-sized container)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 frozen banana (or a whole banana if you like your smoothies sweeter)
1/4 cup raw, uncooked oats
1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 cup ice cubes

Directions: 

  1. Add ingredients to blender in the order listed above then blend until very smooth, about 2 minutes.

 

I’m telling you – thick, not-too-sweet, and bursting with blueberry muffin flavor. Love this combo! Enjoy!

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Iowa Food and Family Project News

Just have a few updates for you central Iowans regarding my involvement with the Iowa Food and Family Project!

Free Cook Books: I will be at the Urbandale HyVee on Douglas TODAY, Wednesday, July 9th from 5-7pm handing out free cook books. Come stop by and say hi if you can! (If you live out of the area/state, the cook book will be available via free PDF download hopefully later this month. I’ll keep you posted!)

Grilled Steak Dinner Giveaway: The Iowa Food and Family Project is giving away a grilled steak dinner for two to enjoy with Ben and me on Thursday, July 17th from 6-8pm at the Rowe Family Farms in Dallas Center (just outside Waukee.) Get your farming questions answered, try different cuts of beef, and enjoy a delicious grilled dinner prepared by Justin Rowe, a beef farmer himself. Enter by Friday on Facebook >>

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Comments

  1. Do you know the nutritional values for this smoothie? Looks so good!

  2. I have a smoothie every single morning and this one looks like one I’d love. Plus, blueberries just arrived at our farmers market last week. score!

  3. I was thinking of doing a smoothie this morning instead of my usual oatmeal – I think this has swayed me!

  4. This is a recipe I have been waiting for- a good blue berry smoothie! Most blueberry smoothies I may are never really that good, so I am interested in trying your recipe!

  5. I just realized…..

    muffins in the morning = big butt and intense workout

    blueberry muffin smoothie = still yummy blueberry muffin vibe minus the muffin middle I’m acquiring. Yay.

  6. Kelly Mitchem 07.09.2014

    This looks heavenly, it has me craving a smoothie real bad!
    Can’t wit to give it a try!

  7. Awww, why didn’t I buy any frozen blueberries at the grocery store. Back I go! Looks like a great breakfast.

  8. Nothing like a smoothie that tastes as good as it looks. Thanks for a beautiful sweet treat.

  9. Blueberries+lemon zest=one of my favorite combinations. Love this smoothie!

  10. Jenn 07.09.2014

    The trick to making your own larabars not insanely sweet is a higher nut to date ratio (that unintentionally sounds horrifically dirty). When I make blueberry ones I use about 3/4c almonds, dried blueberries, 8 medjool dates and a tiny splash of vanilla. Really all you need!

  11. I love blueberry anything these days! I love the idea of this smoothie! Also, that sugar course sounds interesting. I might be a sugar addict!

  12. This looks delicious and lovely and filling Kristin! :)
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  13. Amanda 07.09.2014

    This is a must try, looks so good! :)

  14. Jenn 07.09.2014

    Yum! This looks so good. As a reader of 5+ years I would love to come and finally meet you tonight!

    P.S. Fareway has a pint of blueberries on sale for $1 this week. Stock up time

  15. Danni 07.09.2014

    THANK YOU for the unpeeled frozen banana tip! I swear my fingers have nearly gotten frostbite trying to peel them in the past. Looks delish!

  16. Alicia H. 07.09.2014

    Possible solution to cutting more sugar out of your yogurt consumption: Siggi’s Vanilla Skyr style yogurt. I know they sell it near you because I am an Iowa girl as well and love me some Hy-Vee action. Siggi’s is thick like Greek yogurt, possibly a little thicker, but no stirring required. Also, for a container of Greek yogurt you know the sugar is astronomical, for Siggi’s they usually keep it at 12g or under depending on the flavor. The protein is comparable to Greek yogurt, but the sugar is way lower and I think Siggi’s is better than Greek yogurt. Might be worth a try since you are lowering your sugar intake.

  17. Ashley N. 07.09.2014

    This smoothie looks AMAZING! I will definitely be saving this recipe and making it this weekend.

    Sugar consumption is definitely something I need to work on. I was so surprised to see how expensive the Sugar Free course is, yikes! I will have to find some other resources to guide me.

    • Kristin 07.09.2014

      Hi Ashley! Totally not trying to convince you to take the course – just wanted to explain why the price was set where it’s at for anyone else who’s curious too. The course includes a daily email for 9.5 weeks with lessons, “homework” and personal weekly check ins with Jacqueline, as well as lifetime access to course materials and a support group. Really the price reflects the lifetime value of the course. Again, not trying to talk you into it whatsoever, just wanted to give anyone reading a little insight! :)

      • Ashley N. 07.09.2014

        Thanks so much for your insight, Kristin! I think the price is definitely justifiable with all that you will gain from it. I thought it was more of an “just” an e-book format, so thank you for clarifying. :)

  18. Jodi 07.09.2014

    Kristin, any suggestions for a substitution for someone who cannot eat bananas?

    • Kristin 07.09.2014

      A couple pitted medjool dates would be good, or just more frozen blueberries with a drizzle of agave nectar or honey would also be good!

  19. Caroline 07.09.2014

    I am totally into blueberry smoothies right now and this kicked it up a notch. Will definitely be trying one soon! Im curious what your opinion is on truvia? I’ve been using that in my smoothies to make them a little sweeter since Ive been using plain greek yogurt. You looked great in your pictures from last weekend…Added bonus of no sugar!

  20. love the banana freezing tip! i’m pretty sure that will change everything for me.

  21. Rachel 07.09.2014

    You could also try using plain yoghurt and sweeten it yourself! With honey or another less-refined sweetener.

  22. Sara 07.09.2014

    Looks perfect! After making raspberr zucchini bread this morning, I
    Made a zucchini and raspberry smoothie to take and sip during my kids’ swim lessons this morning. Hopefully the smoothie tastes as good as the bread smells ;)

  23. Tracy 07.09.2014

    You could reduce the sugar by using plain yogurt and adding vanilla extract! I also like using Nunaturals vanilla stevia in my smoothies.

    This smoothie combo sounds delish! I especially can’t wait to try it with the lemon zest :)

  24. Amber Jordan 07.09.2014

    Do you have to use a frozen banana or can you use one that’s still ripe fresh off the counter? :-)

  25. Matt Robinson 07.09.2014

    What an amazing smoothie, absolutely beautiful too!

  26. Yum! I love adding berries in my smoothies! Blueberries are one of my favorites!

  27. YES! Another way to use up the 100lbs of bluebs I picked now that they’re in season! Adding a drop of butter extract for extra muffiny-ness :-)

  28. This looks amazing, what a great idea! Perfect way to use up the blueberries in my fridge :)

  29. Alexa 07.09.2014

    Just tried the Maple Brown Sugar Instant Chex Oatmeal this week. Mmmmmmmm, delicious (but not low sugar by any means!)

  30. Katy 07.09.2014

    I just made this smoothie with a few minor changes and I’m LOVING it :)! I subbed lemon chobani, as that’s what I had in the fridge, and used a whole banana. It came out fabulous! Totally love the addition of oats to a smoothie!

  31. Emily 07.09.2014

    Kristin, have you noticed real weight loss and/or clothes fitting better after doing this sugar detox? I’m sure you have – candy and sweet things are my weakness, too.

    • Kristin 07.09.2014

      I’m still dealing with some celiac disease issues so my weight is up and down right now. That said, yes, one of the big bonuses of eliminating processed sugar is losing some weight. The course also helps you eliminate refined grains if you choose, which can tend to pack on the pounds too!

  32. Julianne 07.09.2014

    Looks so delicious! Another simple blueberry shake is to use a light whey protein powder (i like chocolate), with blueberries and milk. so delicious as well. this seems a little more fresh though, which is awesome!

    xo Julianne
    http://reallifesurreallife.blogspot.com/

  33. Debtgirl 07.09.2014

    Ah hem…. Where’s the new pic of Lincoln???? I love to see them!!! Xoxo

  34. I drink a smoothie a day! This is totally calling my name..happening tomorrow! I LOVE oats in smoothies!

  35. I recently began having a smoothie every day in place of my overnight oats since it’s too hot outside to enjoy warm oats. This smoothie looks super delish!! Looove extra ripe bananas for smoothies!

  36. Amanda B 07.10.2014

    Just made this but added a handful of baby kale and used plain Greek yogurt and added a little vanilla extract! Yummy!!

  37. Chicago Jogger 07.10.2014

    I LOVE making smoothies with frozen blueberries, but I’ve never tried it with oats before. Definitely adding this to my list to make soon! I usually pair my blueberry smoothie with almond butter, or a few scoops of PB2. A “PB&J” smoothie. Yum :)

  38. I am totally sold! A smoothie that tastes like a muffin sounds perfect! I love the oatmeal addition. And I just so happen to have blueberries and bananas in my freezer – yay!

  39. Shira 07.10.2014

    Looks great. Just wanted to suggest potentially exploring homemade almond milk (or organic dairy milk) – my husband went through cancer treatment this winter that really encouraged me to review labels (he was on a special diet) – the seaweed additive (and salt!) in processed almond milk is really no bueno. Making it yourself (and storing in a mason jar for a week) is really easy!!!

  40. Jackie 07.10.2014

    This sounds amazing!

  41. Trisha 07.10.2014

    I want to paint a whole room this blueberry muffin smoothie color. Maybe the whole house. It’s such a happy color! And looks delicious, to boot.

  42. Molly 07.10.2014

    I made this for breakfast this morning and it was delicious! So surprising what a little lemon zest can add to a smoothie! Loved it and will definitely be making it again (maybe tomorrow!). Thanks for all of your great recipes and posts as always! :)

  43. Lauren 07.10.2014

    Tha looks so good – can’t wait to try iit!

  44. Jill 07.10.2014

    Have you tried giving Lincoln smoothies yet? I have a 10month old who I think would love them, I’m just worried about the mess if I tried letting him have sips from a glass or trying to spoon it into his mouth.

    • Kristin 07.14.2014

      I’ve given him tastes with spoons before – he hasn’t quite mastered the straw yet. ;)

  45. I love smoothies, but I’ve never added oatmeal to them before. It sounds a little scary, honestly, but I trust ya, so I’m pinning this recipe to try very soon. Your pics are gorgeous, as always. Thanks for the recipe!

  46. pilla 07.11.2014

    Looks totally like my cup of tea!

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  48. Laura 07.11.2014

    I tried this yesterday for breakfast and it was one of the best smoothies I’ve ever had. Wow. The lemon really adds to it.

  49. Aunna 07.11.2014

    THIS WAS INCREDIBLE!!! LOVE IT 100% Keep the easy smoothie recipes coming… any ideas what adding spinach or a green would do?

    • Kristin 07.14.2014

      I think adding a handful or two of spinach would be just fine!

  50. Alexia 07.12.2014

    Definitely trying this recipe. Great idea!

    xoxo
    Lexi

    lexialive.com

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