Chestnut choco oats smoothie

The perfect autumn alternative to hot cocoa - Chestnut choco oats smoothie. A filling, healthy smoothie with chestnuts, oats, cocoa.

Don’t you just love it when someone you like, a company or a person, contacts you? Acknowledges that you exist? I sure do. I recently got an email from Williams-Sonoma and they asked me to participate in their Smoothie Week. The email could just say “hi” and that would totally make my day, but they gave me a challenge I couldn’t refuse. I love smoothies and I love a good challenge.

Smoothie week is all about crazy smoothies, smoothies with a weird ingredient or made with an interesting technique. I think with smoothies we can have as many combinations as there are people. The list of recipes is just endless, because we all have our own preferences.

The perfect autumn alternative to hot cocoa - Chestnut choco oats smoothie. A filling, healthy smoothie with chestnuts, oats, cocoa.

I thought a lot about the “weird” ingredients and came to the conclusion that what we consider weird is still very subjective. I may like something you don’t and that would be a weird ingredient.

But because we’re in the middle of this great season called fall, my mind immediately went to chestnuts. I love roasted chestnuts. I wait all year for them and can’t wait to see all the stands fill the streets, where I can get fresh roasted chestnuts any minute.

But chestnuts in a smoothie? I’ve never tried that before. I wasn’t even sure I wanted to do it and waste perfectly fine ingredients for a smoothie I might hate in the end. But I tried it anyway. And I’m glad I did, because I got this wonderful chestnut choco oats smoothie.

The perfect autumn alternative to hot cocoa - Chestnut choco oats smoothie. A filling, healthy smoothie with chestnuts, oats, cocoa.

The perfect autumn alternative to hot cocoa - Chestnut choco oats smoothie. A filling, healthy smoothie with chestnuts, oats, cocoa.

I bought roasted and peeled packaged chestnuts and they taste really good. I think freshly roasted would work too, but the store-bought are more convenient.

The mix of chestnuts, milk, raw cacao and cinnamon is so, so good; the banana and oats add texture and thickness, the honey adds sweetness and they all make this smoothie such a fall and winter treat. I would ideally drink this after an early morning walk in the woods, wrapped in a blanket while I sit by the fire. Dreamy!

The perfect autumn alternative to hot cocoa - Chestnut choco oats smoothie. A filling, healthy smoothie with chestnuts, oats, cocoa.

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Chestnut choco oats smoothie

The ultimate autumn smoothie!
Recipe makes 1 large smoothie.

  • Author: Alice | Mitzy At Home

Ingredients

  • 50g (1/2 cup) rolled oats
  • 360ml (1 1/2 cups) milk
  • 1 medium banana
  • 80g (about 1/2 cup) roasted and peeled chestnuts
  • 3 teaspoons honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon raw cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  1. First grind the oats. Put oats in a blender and blend on maximum speed until they turn into powder. Pour in milk and blend until incorporated. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour smoothie in a glass, sprinkle with more cinnamon and oats, if desired.

Notes

Make vegan: use milk of plant origin. I think almond milk would work great.

 

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10 Comments

  1. Kelsey M wrote:

    What a wonderful idea! A few weeks back one of the local farmers (from whom I buy eggs) let me pick a bunch of chestnuts that had fallen. I picked so many though, that sadly I wasn’t able to use them all in time. I sure did enjoy the freshly roasted ones! Next time I visit and pick up more I’ll have to keep this recipe in mind!

    Posted 11.4.14 Reply
    • Alice wrote:

      Thanks Kelsey, I’m glad you found a new way for using the chestnuts! 🙂

      Posted 11.6.14 Reply
  2. Ciorba wrote:

    I love chestnuts and this recipe is very tasty thanks.

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
    • Alice wrote:

      Oh, thank YOU! 🙂

      Posted 11.7.14 Reply
  3. Trish wrote:

    Oh man…. this is a genius idea! I’ve actually never cooked with chestnuts before, but have been thinking about giving it a whirl this holiday season. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Trish

    Posted 11.7.14 Reply
    • Alice wrote:

      Thanks Trish! You should definitely give it a try. Chestnuts also work in desserts or with green vegetables.

      Posted 11.8.14 Reply
  4. Patricija wrote:

    OMG, I need to try this next time chestnuts are in season!

    Posted 2.6.15 Reply
    • Alice wrote:

      Let me know if/when you do!

      Posted 2.10.15 Reply
      • Patricija wrote:

        I’ll probably be in Slovenia at that time getting a new visa, so I’ll definitely give it a try then. Can’t wait 🙂

        Posted 2.11.15
      • Alice wrote:

        Great, and let me know when you’re in the area! 🙂

        Posted 2.12.15