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VeganMoFo: Blueberry Oat Groat Shake – swell

VeganMoFo: Blueberry Oat Groat Shake

A quick post today, as I have a little bit of time to squeeze this in before weekend madness ensues (involving cleaning, making snacks for and hosting a feminist film screening tonight, a field trip to Duluth for my Master Naturalist course tomorrow, homework, farmer’s market with an avid vegan blog follower, and my first vegan-gf afternoon of baking with Kim of the Affairs of Living blog!).

Most days I’m a smoothie girl, and 95% of the time it’s a green smoothie.  But sometimes I really want a filling, hearty shake instead.  This is great for breakfast or after a good workout where, if you’re like me, you feel like eating everything in sight.  It makes use of sprouted oat groats, but you can also use just soaked oat groats (or, I’d imagine, some rolled oats or oat granola if you don’t care about it being raw/sprouted).  Sprouted foods are full of nutrients and sprouted grains are said to be easier to digest, which sounds pretty good to me!

To sprout: soak oat groats 8 hours or overnight in filtered water.  Drain and rinse them, and set them over a mixing bowl in a fine mesh colander or nut milk bag.  Rinse and drain 2-3 times a day until little tails form on the groats.  If you’re not using them all right away, keep the remainder in the fridge… I sprouted a cup of groats which resulted in about 2 – 2 1/2 c sprouted groats, and used what didn’t go into the shake to make oat milk!

I also included some extras in my shake (hemp protein powder for an extra boost, an evening primrose/flax oil blend for some EFAs and hormone balancing properties, and acidophilus powder for some healthy intestinal flora) which aren’t essential but made it more nutritious since I felt a little bit guilty about ditching my greens that morning.  Oat groats are naturally a little sweet and the banana I used was pretty ripe so I didn’t add any extra sweetener like dates or agave, but you may like to.  The result is like drinking a delicious, healthy, creamy blueberry oatmeal!

Blueberry Oat Groat Shake (serves 1):

1/2 c sprouted oat groats

1 banana, fresh or frozen, peeled and broken into chunks

1 c blueberries, fresh or frozen

1 c almond or other non-dairy milk

scoop hemp protein (optional)

dash cinnamon

1 tbsp evening primrose/flax oil (optional)

1/4 tsp acidophilus powder (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process till smooth.  (You may need to add a little extra liquid if using frozen fruit and/or depending on the strength of your blender.)  Drink up!

16 Responses to “VeganMoFo: Blueberry Oat Groat Shake”

  1. Kim Christensen says:

    A-K, this sounds awesome. Great idea! And what a completely radical color. I love blue food.

    I did notice that you forgot to include our Savory Scone baking extravaganza on your to-do list for the weekend. :) I think our meeting of the minds deserves a blog post on both our blogs after the fact -and the quality photography of your camera versus mine!

    see you Sunday :) Kim

    • a-k says:

      You’re completely right! I’m going to edit the post now. And we definitely need a mutual/corresponding blog post apiece! I’m super excited to delve into vegan gf baking :)

  2. Mary says:

    Wow, that’s beautiful. Purple is delicious.

  3. Melissa says:

    That looks just fabulous! I´m into purple foods this week on my blog- but I really have to admit, my recipes do not look as good as your clean and simple shake! Yumm!

  4. cafecyan says:

    Looks awesome! I’d be interested in learning about how you make oat milk. I have a Soyabella maker thingy, but things just don’t seem to turn out right.

  5. Mo says:

    Such a lovely color and it sounds really good!

  6. Michal says:

    My my my this looks so tasty. I love using oat groats and ill put them in almost anything, funny ive never thought about combining them with berries to make a delicious treat. I am trying this asap!

  7. cookingforaveganlover says:

    i have tons of oat groats and have been looking for new ways to use them. so excited to try this!

  8. Oh! How do I subscribe to this blog?!?!


  9. shannonmarie says:

    I’ll have to make that for breakfast one day. I love the color :-)

  10. mihl says:

    Sprouted goats in a smoothie sound nourishing and delicious!

  11. Carol says:

    That looks like a happy drink, very pretty :-)

  12. Mildred says:

    I particularly admire this in all your October recipe! I simply love the color..I want to eat one.

  13. This sounds like a great recipe! I love the layout of your new page :)

  14. oh my goodness, this looks so good! thanks for the recipe. i have been eating green smoothies for 5 days in a row now. i just started! i learned about them from your blog and then of course did more research online as well.

    but this blueberry looks amazing, and right now blueberries are on sale at my local health food store.

    i had never heard of oat groats before, so i may try this with just some oat flakes and see what happens. i like that you made the smoothie more nutritious by adding the extras. i feel i am starting on the road to health now (i’m not vegan, nor vegetarian NOR raw dieting…. but i’m learning so much from visiting your site).

    so thank you!

    i have pix of my green smoothie on my site.

    take care!


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