Mango Oatmeal Smoothie


my parents are big advocates and followers of the saying “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” they ensure that they have a good, healthy breakfast every single morning – and cooked oatmeal is one of their breakfast staples. oatmeal put me off completely and i was happy to stick to other options such as sandwiches and cereal. but given that oats is a very nutritious breakfast choice (what with its high fibre content and nutrients), i did want to get over the hesitation and include it in my breakfast options. thinking a bit deeper on this, i realised that i don’t really favour hot breakfasts (maybe living in a hot and extremely humid country has something to do with it). so i decided to tweak their regular oatmeal version and convert into a cold smoothie – cool huh? :) and given that the mango season is starting off in full swing, it only seemed right to make it a mango smoothie :) so there it is: a yummy smoothie that is also nutritious. breakfast shall never be missed again🙂

Ingredients:
3 tbsp Quick cooking oats
1 big Mango, cut into pieces
1 cup cold Skim milk
2 tbsp Almond powder (dry grind some almonds with their skins on)
2 tbsp Honey
2 tsp Sugar (optional)
6 Ice-cubes
Chopped almonds

Making the Mango Oatmeal Smoothie:
Mix the oats with a quarter of the milk and cook in the microwave on High for about 2 mins (adjust the timing according to your microwave’s power). (Keep the rest of the milk in the fridge until you need it.) Halfway in between, stop the microwave and stir the mixture – if it is too dry, add in a couple of tablespoons of water, mix and put back in the microwave. Take out and cool. Once the oatmeal has cooled down, add in the remaining milk, almond powder and honey and mix it all well. Pop the mixture into a blender, add the mango pieces and ice-cubes and blend it all together. If you want it to be sweeter, add in the sugar and blend it again. Pour into glasses, top with the chopped almonds and serve. Cheers! 🙂

Notes: This smoothie is one that probably falls into the “acquired taste” category, given the addition of oatmeal. So here are a few suggestions that you can use to tweak it to your taste:

– Cook the oatmeal in water instead of milk
– If you don’t generally like the taste of oats, reduce it to half
– Increase/decrease the milk and mango fruit content to taste (you can use canned mango pulp as well)
– Health-conscious folks can use all honey to sweeten it and omit the sugar

2 comments

  1. Vasudevan · · Reply

    This looks good and healthy… you got to make it for me when I come over there.
    cheers,
    Pa

    1. Sure thing dad🙂 your mango smoothie has been reserved🙂

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