Oatmeal and protein breakfast smoothie

Lately I’ve been posting pictures on Instagram of my daily oatmeal and protein breakfast smoothie and a few of you have asked what’s in it, so I thought I’d share.

The recipe is vegan, but the oats aren’t technically gluten free so it’s not completely vegan and gluten free like I’m trying to eat most of the time.  But oatmeal doesn’t seem to bother me too much, so I’m forging ahead until my stomach tells me otherwise.

I suggest you do the same.  *ahem*

oatmeal breakfast smoothie

I’m a huge fan of this protein smoothie just the way it is but as always with a good recipe, do whatever makes you feel fancy inside.  If you hate almonds, try another nut.  If you hate oats, try wheat germ or chia seeds or whatever it is you have floating around your kitchen.

oatmeal protein breakfast smoothie

Ingredients for Oatmeal and Protein Breakfast Smoothie:

  • protein powder
  • almonds
  • oatmeal
  • almond milk
  • ice cubes
  • flax seed, optional
  • fruit, optional

Here’s how I make the oatmeal smoothie:  I layer about 1/2- 2/3 cup of oats in the bottom of my Blendtec, add 2 scoops of protein powder and throw a handful of almonds on top.  I’ve never measured the almonds but if you’re very detail oriented { or O.C.D. like myself} and need specific directions, it’s probably about 10-15 almonds.  Most days I add about 2 tablespoons of flax seed just to make sure I have enough fiber in my diet.

Yep, I just sounded super old lady right there.  It’s okay, I’m comfortable with who I have become.

Once all the dry ingredients are completely mixed I add about 12-16 ounces of cold almond milk.  It’s the best.  It doesn’t matter if it’s original or vanilla flavored, just dump it in.  If you’re not vegan, add your regular cow milk to the pitcher.  Mix that all up until you have a slushy oatmeal mix.  Now’s the time, if you’re so inclined, to add fruit.  If you want to add a banana, go nuts.  Frozen strawberries, peaches, pineapple, mango, papaya?  Sounds tasty.  Mix it up, and add about 1-2 cups of ice cubes.  Make sure they’re cubed; it’s a thing.  Blend, blend, blend {name that movie} until everything is combined and you have yourself an oatmeal and protein breakfast smoothie.

I’ll let you in on a little secret… sometimes I have these for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Nobody’s judging.

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Hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. I do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, home remodel projects, and cool DIY crafts you totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!


  1. Erin @ Brownie Bites :

    I love protein shakes and enjoy finding new recipes. Almond milk is a staple in my house!

    • Allison :

      Me too! Hope you like this one.

  2. Cynthia :

    I just made this and mine came out very good and interesting at the same time. I’ll start out to say I didn’t measure anything so that may have been a problem right there. since my protein powder and milk is unsweetened I added a couple of dates and a little bit of frozen fruit. It came out really thick and creamy, but not like a smoothie more like an oatmeal pudding. LOL… I still enjoyed it and really, really filling with the oatmeal. Thanks…

    • Allison :

      Hmmm. Sometimes that happens to mine when I use too much protein powder, so maybe that’s it?

  3. Michelle :

    Just curious… what kind of protein powder to you use? My tummy doesn’t like diary/whey so much :(

    Also, do you blend the dry ingredients to a powder or paste; or just to mix it up?

    Thanks for the post.

    • Allison :

      My gym sells vegan protein powder, and I have friends who’ve used hemp powder before. I think there are a lot of whey/dairy free options on the internet too.

      Good luck!

      Blend dry ingredients first.

  4. Dana :

    I wonder if you could use steelcut oats instead? Also, what kind of vegan protein powder do you use? I became a vegan last September and I’m always surfing for new recipes. P.S. It’s nice to see you use a Blendtec instead of everyone else’s Vitamix! After months of off and on research (and a hard time whipping out that kind of cash) I’m getting my Blendtec in the mail on Thursday and I can’t wait! P.P.S. I read your blog all the time but this is the first time I’ve commented. Sorry, but I’m a lurker! :)

    • Allison :

      You totally could use steel cut oats, I just don’t because they’re more expensive and I prefer to eat the steel cut instead of blending them up. I need to look up the name of my protein powder, but it’s vegan. I know some use eggs, and I’m okay with eggs so I don’t mind that but you can find protein powders online if you don’t have it locally.

      P.S. the Blendtec will BLOW YOUR MIND. Thanks for commenting, I love you for it!

  5. Maria :

    Love this smoothie!

    • Allison :

      Me too! Thanks Maria.

  6. Kalli :

    Dis looks yummy!!

    • Allison :

      you need to make some before you go work out in the Sanpete cold.

  7. Allison @ Alli 'n Son :

    This sounds like a smoothie that would power you through the morning. Love it!

  8. Cindy Fisher :

    Allison, I just made up a batch, and it was super great! We actually happened to have protein powder, which my husband bought from Costco (or maybe Walmart?) called Body Fortress Whey Protein. I put in two scoops, but I think I’ll experiment with only one next time. Do you drink the whole amount, or do you share it with your family? How much should I drink, do you think, for optimum nutrition?

    P.S. I’m starting a 10-day plan of drinking green smoothies for two meals and a low-fat meal for dinner. Dr. Watabe (a friend of yours and mine) suggested I do it to help me jump start my weight loss goals. I’ll try adding a green to your morning drink and see if it affects it at all.

  9. Chrisy :

    THIS will be my breakfast this morning. Can’t wait to try! And, there’s nothing wrong with maintaining one’s regularity. Very important.:)

    • Allison :

      Nothing wrong at all! In fact, it’s pretty fabulous once you’re past all those juvenile years of taking things for granted. AHEM. {wink}

  10. Michelle :

    Made this for breakfast today and it was DELISH!!!

  11. Michelle :

    Made this for breakfast this morning and it was delicious!!!!