Sweet, fruity, and delicious, this triple berry oat tropical smoothie is a refreshing way to jumpstart your mornings or recharge with a wholesome afternoon snack. It’s packed with so much flavor and takes just seconds to whip up!
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What’s in the triple berry oat tropical smoothie?
Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s triple berry oat smoothie is loaded with strawberries, blueberries, cranberries, whole grain oats, multi-vitamin, ground flaxseed, whey protein, and Splenda.
I love whipping up a cold drink on a hot day, and my latest obsession is this triple berry oat tropical smoothie recipe. It’s a wonderfully thick and creamy smoothie that offers delicious berry flavor and subtle warmth from vanilla and honey.
Extra bonus? The oats in this smoothie keep your belly happy and full for longer. Plus, oats thicken this triple berry smoothie to the perfect consistency.
The triple berry oat smoothie can be made up in just 5 minutes, and they taste like a beverage you’d get at a smoothie shop, just without the hefty price tag. You’ll love it!
This beautiful triple berry oat tropical smoothie features a gorgeous berry color, creamy texture, and the ingredients couldn’t be simpler. Refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the page for exact quantities.
- Berries: Any combination of berries will work here. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, and cranberries. You want to use frozen berries because they make the smoothie super-thick and create a creamy texture. Be sure they don’t contain any extra added sugar.
- Oats: Rich in fiber and protein, oats are among the most nutrient-dense foods. Adding oats to smoothies is an instant way to make them more satisfying and will keep you full for a while. I recommend quick or instant oats, but old-fashioned rolled oats work great, too.
- Milk is the main liquid for our triple berry smoothie. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, but you can use whatever milk you like.
- Honey (optional): A squirt or two of honey provides natural sweetness and a wonderful flavor without making it too sweet. If you prefer a berry oat smoothie without a sweetener, you can simply omit the honey.
- Vanilla extract (optional): A splash of vanilla offers unexpected warmth and rounds out the oats-berry combo so well.
Looking at the ingredients list, you can see that I simplified them somewhat, and the drink is absolutely delicious. Still, if you prefer your drink to be exactly like Tropical Smoothie Café triple berry oat smoothie, add the following 3 ingredients to your smoothie.
- Ground flax seeds pack in additional fiber + omega-3 fatty acids and thicken the smoothie even more.
- Whey protein is an excellent addition to a berry smoothie to boost its nutritional value.
- Multi-vitamin: Another way to supplement nutrition is to add the powdery content of 2 multi-vitamin capsules.
How to make triple berry oat tropical smoothie
Triple berry oat tropical smoothie looks beautiful, and the great part about it is the recipe is really easy. Just gather your ingredients, toss them into your blender until nice and smooth, and you’re all set with a frosty drink that is both satisfying and extremely tasty.
- Fill blender. Layer the ingredients into the blender, starting with the milk, honey, vanilla extract, and last frozen berries and oats. Adding the liquids first helps to create a creamier, more even texture.
- Blend. Run your blender until everything is well combined, pureed, and smooth. I like to stir the smoothie with a spoon to see if there are any frozen berries left.
- Serve. Divide the smoothie between 2 glasses. If desired, garnish with extra berries and a sprinkle of oats. Enjoy!
Tips for the best berry smoothie
I’ve put together a few clever tricks and hacks that are useful in making a juice-shop-worthy berry oat smoothie. Be sure to read through them before grabbing your blender!
- The order you blend your ingredients matters. You’ll get the best texture by starting with your liquid base and adding solids like frozen berries and oats on top.
- Opt for frozen berries instead of fresh for optimal results. Frozen fruit gives so much aroma and creates a frosty texture, whereas ice will dilute the flavor. If you have fresh berries, freeze them to later use for smoothies. Oh Sweet Basil have a helpful tutorial on freezing fruits for smoothies.
- Cut large berries in half or quarters with a sharp knife before adding them to the blender if you do not have a high-powered blender. It makes it easier to blend the fruits.
- Turn the recipe into a smoothie bowl if your smoothie ends up too thick to sip with a straw. Top it with some oats and fresh berries, and enjoy it as a triple berry smoothie bowl.
As with any smoothie recipe, this triple berry oat tropical smoothie recipe is ultra-versatile. You got so many options to change up and customize the recipe to your tastes.
- Veggies: Get your greens in with a few handfuls of kale or spinach.
- Protein: Boost the nutrition with additional protein and add chia seeds, flaxseed, hulled hemp seeds, or your favorite protein powder (I like vanilla protein powder for this berry smoothie).
- Creaminess: Increase the creaminess and healthy fats and add a scoop of almond butter or a few chunks avocado.
- Vegan: For a dairy-free or vegan triple berry oat smoothie, opt for a non-dairy milk, such as almond milk or coconut milk, and swap the honey for agave or maple syrup.
- Smoothie bowl: Double the amount of oats and add frozen banana to create a thicker smoothie base.
What are the best oats for smoothies?
Oats are nutrient-rich, delicious, and great to store. But if you’re new to the world of homemade smoothies, deciding which oats are best for smoothies can be a bit confusing. Let me walk you through a few options:
- Rolled oats are great for smoothies. They dissolve well, produce good flavor, and create a nice, creamy texture.
- Quick oats are thinner and smaller than rolled oats and create an even smoother consistency.
- Instant oats are precooked and give a wonderfully rich texture. Instant oats sometimes contain additives and sugar. So when buying instant oats, ensure the only ingredient is oats.
- Oatmeal (oat flour) works very well too.
Steel-cut oats aren’t my favorite choice for smoothies because they create a somewhat chunkier texture. Whole oat groats and oat bran aren’t suitable for smoothies.
Can I use juice instead of milk?
Of course. If you’d rather make this triple berry oat tropical smoothie with juice than milk, go for it. Orange juice or any type of berry juice would be lovely here. Try to use unsweetened juice or adjust the amount of honey, so you don’t end up with an overly sweet drink.
Is the triple berry oat tropical smoothie healthy?
This smoothie contains a lot of berries, which are associated with many healthy benefits. Blueberries contain dietary fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin K. Raspberries provide potassium, manganese, and antioxidants. And blackberries are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Berries naturally contain a fair amount of sugar. If you’re watching your sugar intake, you’ll want to maintain a reasonable portion size and refrain from consuming them daily. And if you want to meet specific dietary goals or needs, be sure to look further into each ingredient’s nutritional value and benefits.
That all being said, smoothies are still a much healthier option than other frozen treats such as milkshakes or ice cream.
- Refrigerator: Keep leftover smoothie in an airtight jar in the fridge (the less air, the better) and store for up to 1 day. Shake or stir the jar to recombine the ingredients, then enjoy.
- Freezer: Blend the smoothie as directed. Then transfer into a freezer-friendly jar and freeze for up to 3 months. Defrost the smoothie overnight in the fridge before serving. The texture might change, but it’s a good option if you want to prep ahead.
More smoothie recipes to try
If you love smoothies as much as we do, then this triple berry oat tropical smoothie will start you on a path to making so many new smoothie recipes. I’ve rounded up a couple of more that you must try! They are so delicious and different enough that you’ll find one for every taste.