Fresh citrus is a reason to love January.
A month that I find rather difficult to fully embrace sometimes. I don’t know if it’s the post-Holiday blues or the relentless assault of winter, but it’s all too easy to casually slip into a bit of a slump these days.
So to keep my spirits up, I try to find the joy and celebration in the small things that January has to offer. Like bright pink grapefruits and intoxicatingly fragrant Meyer lemons. And if you take a peak at the list of this months #EatSeasonal recipes, I think you’ll notice that my fellow blogging friends might be feeling the exact same way as me. Because it’s a bit of a citrus party up in here!
I’ve been feverishly buying up every variety of citrus that I can get my hands on. And now, I’ve got way more than one person can reasonably consume. Whenever I find myself with an embarrassingly large quantity of something, it generally ends up in morning smoothies. Hence, the birth of this Oatmeal and Citrus Smoothie.
I used half of a pink grapefruit and a whole orange, but you could certainly use whatever combination of citrus fruits you like/have on hand. However, this smoothie isn’t very sweet to begin with, so I’d definitely recommend sticking with the less pucker-inducing varieties. This was also my first time adding toasted oats to a smoothie. The oats result in a thicker smoothie and provide a nice little nutritional boost as well. It’s definitely something worth repeating. Since I was sticking with the “oat-theme”, I used a bit of oat milk in the recipe. But if you can’t find oat milk, you can use whatever variety of non-dairy milk you prefer.
Make sure you check out Becky’s seasonal produce guide, and the recipes from my blogging friends below, to get inspired to shop, cook and eat seasonally during the month of January. And don’t forget to show us what you’ve got! If you make my Oatmeal and Citrus Smoothie or any of the other recipes for this months list (or if you come up with your own seasonal creation!), be sure to post it and tag it with the hashtag #eatseasonal on social media so we can see it!
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned oats
- 3/4 cups oat milk (or other non-dairy milk)
- 1 tablespoon agave nectar
- 2 tsp. chia seeds
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 peeled and frozen banana, cut into chunks
- 1 orange, peeled and cut into chunks
- 1/2 pink grapefruit, peeled and cut into chunks
- In a small dry skillet, toast the oats over medium-high heat until they become fragrant, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside to cool.
- Add the toasted oats, milk, agave nectar, chia seeds and vanilla extract to your blender. Let this sit for about 5 minutes. Then add the banana, orange and grapefruit. Blend on high until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.
January Eat Seasonal Recipes
Butternut Squash, Carrot and Orange Detox Soup by Vintage Mixer
Winter Minestrone Soup with Pancetta by Flavor the Moments
Broiled Grapefruit by Bless This Mess
Gluten Free Gingersnaps with Lemon Cream Filling by Cafe Johnsonia
Meyer Lemon Tart by Kitchen Confidante
Potato and Leek Soup with Kale by Mountain Mama Cooks
Grapefruit and Avocado Green Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette by Food for My Family
Creamy Mushroom and Leek Chicken Breasts by Foodie Crush
Blood Orange Brûlée Upside Down Cake by Suitcase Foodist
Maple-Cayenne Sausage, Brussels Sprouts and Potato Sheet Dish by Project Domestication
Pink Grapefruit with Burnt Honey Custard by Letty’s Kitchen
Yogurt Brûlée with Winter Fruit by Completely Delicious
Grapefruit Pound Cake with Ginger Marshmallow Icing by Climbing Grier Mountain
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I always get in a bit of a winter slump, too. This smoothie looks like just the drink to break me out of that! I love the fun flavors in here, Liz! Sounds like this would make a delicious breakfast or snack!
We gotta do what we can to beat the winter blues! Thanks, Gayle!
This looks so good! I’m typically not a huge smoothie person in the winter. I need to try this one though!
It can definitely be hard to get down with the smoothie train when it’s freezing out. But I still love ’em! I hope you try it out, Carrie!
Glad I’m not alone in my winter slump. This should just fill the bill….
Ugh, the winter slump is the worst. I’m trying really hard not to get sucked into it too deep! I hope you have a great day, Lydia!
I just tried using oats in a smoothie last week and loved it too! I love citrus — it’s such a day brightener — and it sound delicious in this smoothie!
Yay for oats in smoothies. It’s so good!
I LOVE the citrus this month has to offer as well, Liz. While my entire body is cold, at least I have citrus to help trick my soul into feeling the warm, beachy vibes. This smoothie looks absolutely delicious! LOVE that you added toasted oats to this!! Can’t wait to try this, girlfriend! Pinned! Cheers! <3
Thanks, Cheyanne. I’m ready for warm, beachy weather (although my body is NOT!). 🙂
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Sometimes I put OJ in a smoothie but why have I not thought about putting more citrus fruits?! I too am loading up on grapefruits and blood oranges this time of year. And little Everett understands your post holiday blues… he can’t quite seem to get over that the Christmas season is over 🙂
Ha ha. Ok, me and Everett are on the same page then. Maybe we should have a phone call to sort through our feelings? 🙂
LOVE that you toast the oatmeal first—so excited to try this alchemy of citrus and cozy winter flavors. Yum!
Thank you! I know you’ll love it!
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Meyer lemons are the best! I’ve got to get my hands on some so I can try this delicious smoothie!
Yes! I love all citrus but Meyer lemons might just be my favorite!
Yes and yes!! Bring on all the citrus and a major high five for adding it to oatmeal!
Thanks, girl! Yay yay!
I’m obsessed with oats in smoothies and my weak immune system will always be crying out for some citrusy goodness 🙂
I know you’ll love this one, Medha!
Love the idea of drinking my oats 🙂 The combination with the citrus sounds great!
Thanks, Jennifer! I hope you try it out!
I drink a smoothie almost every day–and have for oodles of years. I’ve never thought of adding toasted oats–you’ve made me a convert! Thanks Liz!
That’s awesome, Letty! I know you’ll love it!
I am a smoothie lover but I have yet been brave enough to add the oatmeal. I think I’m going to give this a go in the morning!
Let me know how it goes! 🙂
Love this Liz, January is my favorite foodie season!
Thanks, Sue! I hope you love it!
I think the toughest thing for me during most of January is feeling like I just want to hibernate!! I want to lay in bed or sit in front of the fire and either read books or watch movies. Every day. A few weeks before we left for Hawaii, I bought a huge bag of mandarins. – Huge Liz. like 3 1/2′ tall. It was on sale at the co-op. One has to support small farms, right? I couldn’t resist. Rob said, will we be able to eat all those before we leave? I said, just watch. And we did, taking the last 5 on the flight! We had smoothies every day and now I’m addicted to fresh orange smoothies. What I love about this one is that you’ve toasted the oats! I usually just throw them in.. but toasted, brings out their nutty flavor! I love this! Genius!
Yeah, I think toasting the oats is key. I know you’ll be hooked once you try it! Oh and I’m impressed that you two managed to get through THAT many oranges. That takes dedication!
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What a refreshing way to start the day! Thank goodness for citrus to get us through the winter slump!
Yes! Citrus is a life saver!
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Especially when it is the first major snow storm. I just want some citrus for life!!
Right? Citrus totally saves me from going crazy in the winter.
Yes to all the citrus! My fruit drawer is loaded to the brim. I’m going on the hunt for blood oranges this weekend. Love this smoothie to pieces. Pinned.
Oh blood oranges are so glorious! I need MORE of them!
I’ve tried adding oatmeal to my smoothie before and was so happy that it actually kept me feeling full for once! But I’ve never tried citrus (not sure why!?). Looks delicious, Liz!
Thanks, Denise. I hope you add some citrus to your next smoothie!
What an interesting looking recipe! Looking forward to giving it a try.
Let me know how it goes, Alison!
I totally agree – citrus is like the one bright and cheery part about winter! This smoothie sounds fantastic! I don’t know why I don’t use citrus in my smoothies more often… silly silly.
You gotta fix that! 🙂
This looks so easy and so perfect for a quick breakfast!
I love that you used pink grapefruit! I can’t wait to try this combo. I make smoothies every single day and I’ve really grown to love adding oats. They get so creamy and thick. Mmm! Bring on the oatmeal smoothies!
Yeah! I’m so down with oats in my smoothies now. It really makes them filling. Thanks, Lindsey!
This looks fantastic. I love the toasted oats as a thickener. I can’t wait to try it.
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