I simply acquired again from a magical weekend in Bar Harbor, Maine visiting the wild blueberry fields and processing amenities and studying all about this wonderful fruit. A part of our tour was to participate in a wild blueberry smoothie competitors so I assumed I’d share my Wild Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie recipe with you! This journey was sponsored however the put up isn’t – I simply wished to share it with you as a result of its scrumptious.
Wild blueberries are completely fascinating. Do you know that they’re fully completely different from the tall bush cultivated berries that we generally see recent within the grocery retailer? Wild blueberries are the tiny berries that you just typically discover frozen. The rationale for that’s as a result of they solely develop in rural Maine and they also’re arduous to ship out recent to the remainder of the nation. The excellent news is that frozen fruits and veggies retain their vitamins extremely effectively. They’re typically extra inexpensive and last more than recent so it’s an enormous win and a simple approach to eat wild blueberries – particularly when you don’t reside wherever close to Maine!
Why Wild Blueberries are Tremendous Wholesome
These tiny berries are actually distinctive and have particular well being advantages. Since they’re smaller than the large, cultivated blueberries, there’s extra pores and skin and seeds which suggests extra anti-inflammatory antioxidants and well being advantages.
Wild blueberries are wealthy in b-vitamins, vitamin C, and manganese.
They include anti-inflammatory antioxidants known as anthocyanins discovered uniquely in purple and blue meals. You’ll discover a whole lot of these meals highlighted in my How you can Eat to Beat Illness cookbook due to the wonderful well being advantages together with decreasing irritation, defending your DNA from harm and even stopping angiogenesis (or problematic blood vessel progress).
Making the Wild Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie
It is a tremendous straightforward drink to whip up! All you do is ensure that your ricotta is whipped. I merely blended it within the blender first and set it apart.
Then, use the identical blender (no have to rinse it) and pour in your blueberries, milk, oats, banana, and cinnamon. Pulse it just a few occasions till it’s a thick, creamy smoothie consistency.
Mix the honey and vanilla into your ricotta and maintain that on the facet.
Crush up your graham crackers and pour them on to a small bowl. I wish to crush the graham crackers in a plastic bag so that they don’t make a multitude. A finer crush is finest.
Subsequent, take a pinch of the honey – I even use my pointer finger and thumb – and rub it on the rim of a mason jar or smoothie glass. Coat it fully in order that it’s type of thick after which flip the cup upside-down onto the graham cracker plate in order that the rim will get coated within the crumbs.
Pour the smoothie into the cup, being cautious to not knock off any of your graham cracker rim. Then pour your ricotta combination into the cup. Some will keep on prime and a few will sink to the underside which makes it a enjoyable drink to take pleasure in!
Garnish the smoothie with the lemon zest and as a lot extra graham crackers as you want!
Wild Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie FAQs
1. Can I make this smoothie vegan?
Simple! Simply sub the honey for agave or maple syrup as an alternative. You may omit the ricotta all-together. Merely add the vanilla extract to the smoothie combine.
2. Can I take advantage of different varieties of berries or the large blueberries?
Sure – no downside. Use the large blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or cherries. The style and colour can be slightly completely different is all.
3. Is that this gluten-free?
No – due to the graham crackers. You may both omit the graham crackers or get a gluten-free selection which you’ll find in some shops now. Make sure that your oats are “gluten-free” which suggests they haven’t been processed in a facility that additionally processes gluten-containing meals.
4. Do the berries and banana must be frozen?
Not essentially, nevertheless it’s higher that method. If you happen to use recent banana and/or berries, think about including a pair ice cubes to thicken up the smoothie.
If you happen to love the concept of wholesome berry smoothies, I’ve acquired one other Wild Blueberry smoothie that’s one among my hottest posts of all time: Wild Blueberry Vanilla Matcha Smoothie. You’ll additionally love my Anti-inflammatory Calming smoothie, Melon Vanilla Smoothie, or Vegan Pumpkin Spice Smoothie. Discover extra of those anti-inflammatory recipes in my Anti-Inflammatory Diet Meal Prep cookbook!
Mix the wild blueberries, oat milk, oats,banana, and cinnamon in a blender and pulse till fully mixed.
Place your whipped ricotta in a small mixing bowl and whisk in ½ teaspoon of honey and the vanilla extract.
Place your graham cracker crumbs on a small plate. Coat the rim of a mason jar or different glass with the rest of the honey then dip the rim into the graham crackers.
Rigorously pour the wild blueberry smoothie in to the glass in order to not disturb the graham cracker rim. Gently prime the smoothie with the ricotta combination. Some will float to the underside and that’s simply superb. Garnish the smoothie with the lemon zest and extra graham cracker crumbles from the plate.