I’m still loving late-summer berries, but fall inspires heartier breakfast blends, like this dairy-free strawberry oatmeal smoothie. It’s a sweet but hefty shake that’s made with a healthy mix of ripe fruit, freshly ground oats, and vanilla. It’s naturally high in fiber, thanks to the whole grains, and low in added sugar for a satiating way to start your day.
Dairy-Free Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie with Ingredient Options
Don’t be afraid to make this strawberry oatmeal smoothie your own! We’ve include options and substitution tips in the FAQs below.
Should I Use Rolled Oats or Quick Oats?
Either is just fine! You won’t see a notable difference in taste, consistency or nutrition between the two.
Can I Use Oat Flour Instead of Grinding Oats?
I always find that a fresh grind works best, but you can substitute oat flour if preferred. 1/2 cup oats equals about 1/2 cup scooped (not packed) oat flour.
How Much is 14 Strawberries?
One pint, like you buy at the store, contains about 24 medium strawberries. So you’ll want to use a little more than a half a pint. But you can use more. Too much strawberry is rarely a bad thing!
Will Other Berries or Fruit Work Well in Place of the Strawberries?
Many will work great! We like raspberries or blueberries. Blackberries are also delicious, but you might want to pre-blend the blackberries and press them through a fine mesh sieve to remove those tiny little seeds. I shy away from fleshy fruits in this recipe, like stone fruit, since they don’t make the best texture with the banana and oats.
Can I Use All Frozen Fruit?
You can, but it might be a very thick shake. If both you are using frozen banana and frozen strawberries, you might need a little more milk alternative to get things moving. You can alternatively let the fruit defrost just a little too soften. If your blender tackles it without a problem, then enjoy that thick shake with a spoon!
Can I Omit the Banana?
If you omit the banana, it will be more of a thick strawberry milk alternative. It will be tasty, but it won’t be as smoothie-like. But you can substitute mango for a banana-free smoothie that still tastes amazing. Just be sure to use a low- or no-fiber mango, like honey or ataulfo mangos. Other thick fruits, like ripe peaches, can also be delicious.
What Milk Alternative Do You Recommend?
The recipe was created with soy milk, but your favorite milk alternative should work just fine. I like to use either almond milk or coconut milk beverage. Of course, oat milk is a great options too. For a paleo option, you can use 1/3 cup canned coconut milk with 2/3 cup water and choose honey for the sweetener.
How Much Calcium Does this Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie Contain?
The ingredients used in this recipe aren’t naturally high in calcium. But you can use a high calcium milk alternative for a mineral boost. You can also add powdered calcium to your smoothies if you want to get your calcium intake up.
Can I Make this a Strawberry Oatmeal Protein Shake?
The nutrition facts for this recipe are calculated with soymilk (what the recipe was created with), so there is more protein naturally. If you use a low protein milk alternative, or want a bigger protein boost, you can add dairy-free protein powder. I recommend starting with just 1 tablespoon. Too much protein powder can affect the texture too much.
Can I Omit the Sugar for a Sugar-Free Smoothie?
Most of the sugar in this recipe is from the fruit. There are only 3 grams of added sugar per serving in this dairy-free strawberry oatmeal smoothie. So you can’t make it sugar-free, but you can make it added sugar-free. To do this, you would omit the sugar. The flavor might be a little flat, depending on the sweetness of your fruit. If it is, you can brighten it with a few drops of pure stevia or a little of your favorite sugar-free sweetener, to taste.
Special Diet Notes: Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie
By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, peanut-free, soy-free, vegan, plant-based, and vegetarian. Just be sure to use the milk alternative that suits your dietary needs.
- ½ cup oats (rolled or quick; certified gluten-free, if needed)
- 14 strawberries (if using frozen, use fresh banana)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup unsweetened dairy-free milk alternative
- 1½ teaspoons sugar, honey, or agave nectar
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Grind the oats in your spice grinder or blender.
- Add the ground oats, strawberries, banana, sweetener, and vanilla to your blender. Pour in the milk alternative. Blend until smooth and creamy.
- Divide the smoothie between two glasses – or enjoy it as one big smoothie.