10 Best Oatmeal Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss and Health

10 Best Oatmeal Smoothie Recipes for Weight Loss and Health

During the last couple of years, I’ve been eating healthier and exercising, and a big part of that change was making smoothies.

While the drinks themselves are beneficial and nutritious, what helped was the fact that I was paying more attention to what I was putting into my body.

(This is especially important for pregnant women. Check pregnancy shakes here.)

At first, I made all kinds of different smoothies, and I was chugging along fine, but then I started to get tired of them. Making the same thing day in and day out was starting to get boring until a friend of mine surprised me...

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Are you adding oatmeal to smoothies? He asked. I couldn’t believe what he said. Oatmeal? In a drink?

Well, from that moment on, I started incorporating oatmeal smoothies for weight loss and because they taste great.

If you're looking to combine oats in your weight gain regime, I suggest this other recipe instead (or any others from that list).

Today I’ll be showing you my top ten recipes. By the end, you will appreciate this ingredient and make it a part of your smoothie routine. Let's jump into this:

Oatmeal Basics

When I started to add oats to my smoothies, I was a total novice. I was used to instant oats with seasoning already mixed in, but getting raw oatmeal was a new experience.

Thankfully, I learned the difference between steel-cut, rolled, and instant oats rather quickly, as will you.


When it comes to oatmeal, the varieties refer to how much processing has happened to them.

In this case, steel-cut oats have not been cooked or pressed beyond the initial roasting. They look more like rice as they have not been flattened yet. Also, they take the longest to cook and soften. You can read more here.


These oats have undergone another process by which they are steamed and flattened with a roller. The process makes them much more malleable and easier to cook.


These are rolled oats that have been cooked longer and pressed thinner. The result is that they can cook in far less time than the steel-cut or rolled variety.

So, which is best for smoothies? I prefer rolled oats as they give more texture to the drink, although instant oats work just fine. I don’t recommend steel-cut, however, as they will make your drink a lot thicker and chewier.

Is Oatmeal Good for Weight Loss?

A serving of ½ cup of dry oatmeal contains 150 calories, which is fewer calories than a couple of slices of bread. It is rich in fiber, which contributes to feeling full long after you’ve eaten it.

No wonder experts support oats as a classic ingredient for weight loss.

Just be sure to buy only plain oats. Packaged flavored oatmeal sounds tasty, but it’s usually loaded with sugar, which adds calories but doesn’t contribute to the oats' nutritional value.

In any case, the great flavor will come from the other smoothie ingredients.

So, with that out of the way, here are my top ten oatmeal smoothie recipes.


If you're not a big fan of how raw oats taste, there’s a way to make them a really delicious addition to your smoothie!

  1. Place the amount of oats you like, into a bowl or a glass.
  2. Pour liquid until it covers the oats PLUS 1/2 inch more. You can use any liquid you like - the secret here is to choose something you like, but preferably not one which is high on sugar.
    My personal favorite is this vanilla-flavored unsweetened almond milk.
  3. Let it soak for 20 minutes, then add it to the other smoothie ingredients and blend.

That's it - be sure to try this trick with one of the recipes below, and you'll see how it upgrades your smoothie!

My Best 10 Oatmeal Smoothie Recipes

#1 Berry Pie Smoothie Recipe

Picture of the strawberry pie smoothie recipe in the glass with a cut strawberry on the side.

The best thing about incorporating oatmeal in a smoothie is that it provides so much texture and smoothness to the beverage. Best of all, it adds more fiber and protein, meaning that you don’t have to use powders to get the results you want.

The best thing about incorporating oatmeal in a smoothie is that it provides so much texture and smoothness to the beverage. Best of all, it adds more fiber and protein, meaning that you don’t have to use powders to get the results you want.

For a more refreshing drink, you can freeze your almond milk to give it more zest, but the frozen fruit should be enough.

With regards to the spinach, fresh is best. If you’re using anything less than a high-performance blender or high-end bullet blender, be sure to chop it up before you put it in the blender. Otherwise, you’ll have thick spinach pieces floating in your drink.


  • ½ cup of frozen cherries
  • One frozen banana
  • Half a cup of orange juice
  • Half a cup of unsweetened almond milk
  • Half a cup of chopped spinach
  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • A handful of walnuts


Put everything together in your blender and blend until you get a smooth consistency.

For best results, top with a sprinkle of oats and walnut pieces. You can also add chia seeds for some extra nutrition.

#2 Chocolate Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

Picture of the chocolate oatmeal smoothie recipe in the glass with a spoon full of broken chocolate.

Another primary benefit of using oatmeal is that it allows you to make concoctions that are more of a decadent dessert than a traditional smoothie.

However, just because it tastes sinful doesn’t mean that it is. The thickness of the oats means that you can create a beverage that is almost like a chocolate shake but so much healthier.

Learn about the differences between a smoothie vs. a shake

If you want to make this as thick and rich as possible, then it’s best to mix the ingredients by hand and then let it cool in the refrigerator for a few hours before blending.

That will also make it more refreshing, as you have no cold or frozen ingredients in this recipe. The only thing you will leave out is the milk.

The vanilla extract does add a new layer of flavor, but if you don’t have it, then don’t sweat. The almond milk and butter do most of the heavy lifting.


  • ½ cup of rolled oats
  • One tablespoon of almond butter
  • Two tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • One cup of vanilla almond milk
  • One tablespoon of maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract


Once you’ve chilled your mixture, then toss it into the blender until you get your desired consistency.

For best results, sprinkle some chocolate chips or tiny marshmallows on top to make it extra special.

#3 Apple Cinnamon Smoothie

Picture of the apple cinnamon oatmeal smoothie in the glass with two cinnamon sticks in it and with a couple of cinnamon sticks from the left and upper side of the glass.

If you are a fan of regular instant oats, then you most likely have tried variations that included apple cinnamon.

These three ingredients go together like peas in a pod, so it makes perfect sense that we would make a smoothie out of them.

This is also one of the best breakfast smoothies I’ve done in a while!


  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • One cup skim milk
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¾ cup applesauce
  • Two tablespoons peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • One teaspoon honey


It’s best if you let it sit for a few hours after mixing it. However, that is just to let it soften and get a little thicker, so if you like your smoothie to be a bit smoother, then feel free to drink it right away.

Mix all of your non-liquid ingredients first and blend them until even. Then add skim milk or another low-fat milk and honey until you get your desired consistency.

Tip: if you are planning on letting it sit, then make it a little thinner than normal as it will congeal in the fridge.

#4 Pineapple Coconut Oatmeal Smoothie

Picture of  pineapple coconut oatmeal smoothie in two bottle glasses with straws in both of them with annas in the background, coconut from the left side, banana as well

Do you like Pina Coladas? What about getting caught in the rain? Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Anyway, this particular recipe is like a non-frozen version of the famous cocktail, only without alcohol and a lot thicker (that's because of the Greek yogurt and the coconut milk, both fatty and thick). Nonetheless, the flavor profile is very similar.

Related: 5 Coconut Milk Smoothie Recipes You'll LOVE & Greek Yogurt Smoothies Recipes here

Anyway, this particular recipe is like a non-frozen version of the famous cocktail, only without alcohol and a lot thicker. Nonetheless, the flavor profile is very similar.

For best results, freeze your milk and pineapple beforehand so that it will make everything cooler and more refreshing.


  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • One cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • One cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • One teaspoon honey
  • ⅓ teaspoon vanilla extract


Put all ingredients into a blender and mix until you get your desired consistency. For an added bit of zest, drizzle some honey (or agave syrup) over the smoothie when finished.

#5 Banana Bread Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

Picture of banana bread oatmeal smoothie in the glass with oats bowl on the right side of the glass and with two bananas on the top of the glass.

Who doesn’t love banana bread? At least this way, you can get the same flavor and similar texture without having to wait for the yeast to rise and the bread to cool.

Walnuts are a natural choice for a banana bread in my humble opinion, so you’d want to sprinkle some crushed walnuts on top or just blend the crushed walnuts with the rest of the ingredients.

The peanut butter provides this smoothie a creamy texture and healthy fats; just be sure to use only 100% natural peanut butter without added sugar.


  • ½ cup of oatmeal
  • Two frozen bananas
  • One cup almond milk
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 spoon natural unsweetened peanut butter
  • One teaspoon maple syrup
  • Handful of walnuts (optional)


Toss all ingredients into your blender jar and blend until smooth. As I mentioned, walnuts go great on top, or you can drizzle some extra honey or syrup for flavor.

#6 Caramel Apple Smoothie

Picture of caramel apple oatmeal smoothie in a jar with straw in it with apple from the left side and 

Although the ingredients for this mixture scream fall, you can make it any time of the year, and it will still be delicious.

However, once autumn rolls around, you have to make this at least twice; otherwise, what’s the point?

If you can’t find dates, then don’t fret. You can substitute more apple if you want or a banana to give the whole thing a creamier texture.

As you will notice, there is no mention of caramel in the recipe. The reason for that is caramel won’t mix with the rest of the ingredients, making it a moot point to include it. However, feel free to drizzle some on top.


  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • One whole apple, peeled and cored
  • One cup vanilla almond milk
  • Two dates, pitted


Toss all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth.

For best results, you will want to let this mixture chill for a few hours before you drink it. Blend everything together all at once and then let it sit until you get your desired consistency.

#7 Vegan Strawberry Green Smoothie

Picture of vegan strawberry green oatmeal smoothie with two straws in each jar with strawberries and bananas around it.

Thus far, we’ve only seen recipes that included all kinds of animal byproducts. If you’re a vegan, then this green oatmeal smoothie recipe is for you. It’s both delicious and won’t give you an identity crisis, which is a win-win situation.

As with the rest of these smoothies, having more frozen ingredients is best. Thus, feel free to freeze your milk into ice cubes before you make this concoction.

The nectar and vanilla are there to add some flavor to the blend, but you can do without if you are getting tired of adding vanilla to everything.


  • One cup almond milk
  • ½ cup oatmeal
  • 1 ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • One frozen banana
  • One teaspoon agave nectar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract


Toss all ingredients into your blender jar and blend until smooth.

#8 Strawberry Cheesecake Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

Picture of strawberry cheesecake oatmeal smoothie in the glass with straw and strawberry placed on the edge of the glass.

Considering that cheesecake is my favorite dessert of all time, the fact that I can reproduce the flavor and creaminess of it in a smoothie is both mind-boggling and incredible. I hope you feel the same way.


  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • ¾ cup almond milk
  • ½ cup frozen raspberries
  • ½ cup frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • One teaspoon honey
  • One teaspoon sugar


Toss everything into the blender and mix until you get your desired consistency. If it’s not quite cheesecakey enough for you, then add more yogurt and cottage cheese. To top it off, drizzle some honey or put some sliced strawberries over it.

#9 Banana Peanut Butter Smoothie

Picture of banana peanut butter oatmeal smoothie in the glass with three slices of banana on the top of the smoothie.

This might sound like a bunch of random ingredients thrown together, but trust me, it works. The flavors complement each other wonderfully, and the texture is smooth as silk. This is actually one of my favorite recipes.

You will want to freeze the milk for the best results. With this particular mixture, you can add some extra goodies like chia seeds or protein powder if you want, as the flavor will be enough to mask anything you add to it.


  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • ½ cup chopped cashews
  • Two cups almond milk
  • Two tablespoons peanut butter (or almond butter)
  • One frozen banana
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Two tablespoons honey
  • One tablespoon flaxseed


Blend everything together until you get your desired consistency.

#10 Salted Caramel Cookie Dough Smoothie

If you want something truly decadent, then here you go. The title says it all.

The dates are pretty important here, as they add flavor that you can’t get with anything else. If you can’t find dates, then it will throw the whole thing off.

You will also notice that caramel is absent, like other recipes here, but you can drizzle it on top for an extra bit of zest.


  • ¼ cup oatmeal
  • Half a frozen banana
  • Three small dates
  • One cup almond milk
  • One tablespoon almond butter
  • Pinch of salt


Blend everything together and then let it sit for a couple of hours in the fridge. If it’s too thick, then eat it with a spoon. It works as a dessert or a smoothie, so either way is fine.

Oatmeal Drinks for Losing Weight

While oatmeal may be something you would typically find for breakfast in a bowl, you can see there are many ways you can incorporate oatmeal into smoothies for a nutritious and beneficial meal replacement.

It can be an integral component of a low-calorie diet to help you lose weight. Oatmeal is high in fiber and protein, and the nutrients it contains can help you feel fuller for longer with less total calories. The oats can also absorb fats, which not only helps with your weight loss goals; it is also very beneficial for your heart health as well.

Oatmeal Nutrition Information

When calculating the calories, you can use the nutrition facts that are on the oatmeal label to help you determine how many calories and how many nutrients you are incorporating into your smoothie. Oats, water, milk, ice, sugar, and cinnamon, for example, comes out to around 125 calories and contains 2 grams of fat as well as 7 grams of protein.

Scientific Studies

In 2013, a scientific trial was conducted to prove that incorporating oats into your diet can help prevent obesity. It was published in the journal, "Plant Foods for Human Nutrition". However, the study was done in cereal form, rather than drink or smoothie form, so they are unsure if it would yield similar results.

Meal Replacements

Cutting your calories is one of the keys to successful weight loss, so when you use oatmeal smoothies as a meal replacement, you are effectively reducing your total number of calories that are consumed in one day, but you are still allowing yourself to get some much-needed vitamins and minerals.

You want to be careful not to add excess sugar into the smoothies and instead keep with nutrient rich ingredients that are also low calorie. Ingredients that go well with the oats are banana chunks, fresh berries, frozen berries, mixed berries, and nonfat plain Greek yogurt - just to name a few. Any combination of these ingredients is sure to delight your taste buds.

Further Action

Just adding oats into your smoothies isn't going to necessarily be enough to help you reach your ultimate weight loss goals. Therefore, you should concentrate on consuming fewer calories during your regular meals and continue this eating pattern consistently. Regular exercise and a more active lifestyle are also good for weight loss.

A Plant-Based Protein Source

Yes. Oatmeal can be considered an important and beneficial plant-based protein source. To put this into perspective, when you cook just one cup of oatmeal, you will find 6 grams of protein in that one cup.

It is a filling source for you and is a healthy grain your health will definitely benefit from. The 6 grams of plant-based protein you will find in that one cup of cooked oatmeal is equivalent to the protein you would find in one ounce of meat.


Oatmeal smoothie recipes are definitely something to consider as you begin your weight loss journey and spend more time focusing on your overall health. However, as with all diet and exercise routines, you want to discuss your plans with the doctor or registered dietician before you proceed with any plans you may have to lose weight.

Sally Aquire

Sally is a veteran health & fitness author who enjoys writing about natural health and wellness in particular. She's a fairly recent convert to smoothies and loves experimenting with different ingredients and recipes.

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