BreakfastAugust-September 2012

Gluten-Free Java Oat Smoothie


Gluten-Free Java Oat Smoothie

Busy morning? When you need to bolt out of the house quickly, this perked-up coffee breakfast smoothie is just the trick. If your blender has trouble pulverizing dates, try soaking them overnight. Don’t add too much cardamom, as it can easily overpower the other flavors in the smoothie. If desired, sweeten with a touch of maple syrup.

1˝ cups strongly brewed coffee, cooled
    to room temperature
1 cup unflavored hemp, rice or other
    milk of choice
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
⅓ cup pitted dried dates, chopped
⅓ cup gluten-free rolled oats (quick-cook, not instant)
1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
-Dash of cardamom
1 frozen chopped banana

1. Place all ingredients into a blender container in the order listed.

2. Blend until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes. Divide between 2 serving glasses.

Each serving contains 253 calories, 6g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 83mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate, 6g fiber, 5g protein.

Switch Hits

  • Replace coffee with an additional cup of another dairy-free beverage.

  • Swap out cardamom for ground cloves or cinnamon.

  • Try chia or salba seeds in lieu of ground flaxseed.

Living Without contributor Matthew Kadey, RD, ( is a dietitian and food writer. He is author of The Muffin Tin Chef and The No-Cook, No Bake Cookbook.

Comments (2)

I've been enjoying the Java Oat Smoothie for some time and look forward to sampling some of these others (maybe even for lunch today) in the New Year as I continue to stay healthy . Thank you for sharing. I love it that you include nutritional info ~ that's so helpful. I have a question for baked goods ~ when you call for xanthum or guar gum, can they be left out? I don't like including them and I by pass many of your yummy looking baked goods b/c of that. Thank you for all your sharing and Happy New Year!

Posted by: gv | January 1, 2016 11:05 AM    Report this comment

This delicious recipe can be simplified further by using vanilla-flavored milk products, and skipping the vanilla extract. Also, if you only have original (not quick-cooking) oats, you can convert them to quick-cooking by whirling or pulsing them briefly in a food processor or coffee grinder. You could also whirl the whole oats for 10-15 seconds on High in a high-powered blender such as a VitaMix, before adding and blending the other ingredients.

Posted by: AlisonA | June 27, 2013 1:22 PM    Report this comment

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