This rich and creamy Chocolate Malt Oatmeal Smoothie is my transport to a less complicated time, when drinking a chocolate malt for breakfast could be deemed sensible and met with enthusiasm.

Healthy Chocolate Malt Oatmeal Smoothie

Perhaps having a shake for breakfast was never technically acceptable, but my childhood self certainly would have embraced the concept. Now in my semi-prudent adult life, I’ve turned to oatmeal smoothies to start my day and, fortunately for all young and old, the two—shakes and smoothies—need not taste quite so different.

I’ve been a fan of oatmeal in my smoothies for a few years (it makes them gloriously thick and filling), and of chocolate in my everything (including Chocolate Oatmeal) since the days of my kindergarten milk cart (we could have chocolate or plain—not a hard choice), but malt is a recent addition to my pantry. I’m not entirely certain why it took me so long to put it in my grocery cart, but with my affinity for nostalgic flavors and dishes, I am confident that malt is here to stay.

A healthy oatmeal smoothie that tastes just like a chocolate malt!

Oatmeal Smoothie that tastes just like a chocolate malt!

Though a trip to the ice cream shop no longer eradicates my problems quite as effectively as it did when I was nine, drinking a healthy oatmeal smoothie that tastes strikingly similar to a classic chocolate malt does give my adult self quite the mood boost. The base of the oatmeal smoothie is frozen bananas, which give it a thick, ice cream-like consistency. The addition of oatmeal (fiber + an even more decadent texture), cocoa powder, and today’s special guest, malted milk powder, carry it from smoothie to healthy shake. (If you’re not in the mood for chocolate, consider this Oatmeal Smoothie option!)

What is Chocolate Malt?

Malt (or malted milk) powder is the single ingredient that transforms a standard milkshake into a malt. It’s sweet and slightly nutty. Though its taste won’t strike you at first, as you slowly sip, the malt flavor builds, leaving a lingering, caramely finish that makes me long for simpler times and old-fashioned ice cream parlors. I’d like to pour myself an extra large chocolate malt oatmeal smoothie, put on a pair of saddle shoes, and step into a Norman Rockwell painting.

Oatmeal Smoothie with Chocolate Malt

My favorite liquid to use in any smoothie is almond milk, because it maximizes the creamy factor.

To finish these chocolate malt oatmeal smoothies with flair, I added a shower of chopped malted milk candies. Though you might want to skip the extra garnish if you’re having these oatmeal smoothies first thing in the morning or after a workout, the candy edges them from breakfast to dessert.

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All we are missing are two bendy straws and maybe a set of those soda jerk white paper hats. Bonus if the hat disguises my morning bed hair!

Healthy Chocolate Malt Oatmeal Smoothie

Chocolate Malt Oatmeal Smoothie

A filling oatmeal smoothie that tastes just like a chocolate malt! Perfect for making healthy breakfast shakes or dessert.

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 5 mins

Servings: 1 smoothie

Ingredients
  


Instructions
 

  • Place the oats in your blender and pulse a few times to pulverize. Add the banana, almond milk, cocoa powder, and 3 tablespoons malted milk powder and blend until smooth.
  • Taste and add maple syrup 1 teaspoon at a time, as desired. For a stronger malt taste, add 1 additional tablespoon malted milk powder. Enjoy immediately, topped with chopped malted milk candies as desired.

Notes

*Malted milk powder is available in nearly all grocery stores. Check the baking aisle beside the powdered, evaporated, and condensed milk or beside the hot chocolate. You can also purchase it online here.

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    1. Hi Jude! Although from January 2016 on I calculate calories for my recipes, unfortunately due to time constraints, I am unable to calculate it for all of the older ones. The good news is that you can do so yourself for free at myfitnesspal.com. I hope that is helpful for you!

    1. You can certainly make it with dairy milk Taylor! I’m not a registered dietitian, but I know dairy milk has wonderful health properties too.

  1. This sounds wonderful. I don’t see any nutritional info though. How many calories are we talking here?

    1. Hi Pat! Nutritional information is something I started adding to recipes in January 2016. Unfortunately, it’s a time-consuming process, so I’m unable to go back to all my past recipes to add it. The good news is that you can calculate the calories for free at MyFitnessPal (there are other similar sites too). I hope that can be a helpful resource for you!

  2. While all the other smoothie recipes contain nutrition information, this particular recipe does not. Is it possible to find that information some place, or could you provide it to me?

    1. Hi Melodee! Nutritional information is something I started adding to recipes in January 2016. Unfortunately, it’s a time-consuming process, so I’m unable to go back to all my past recipes to add it. The good news is that you can calculate the calories for free at MyFitnessPal (there are other similar sites too). I hope that can be a helpful resource for you!

    1. Hi JoAnn! Nutritional information is something I started adding to recipes in January 2016. Unfortunately, it’s a time-consuming process, so I’m unable to go back to all my past recipes to add it. The good news is that you can calculate the calories for free at MyFitnessPal (there are other similar sites too). I hope that can be a helpful resource for you!

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