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Slow Thawing Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie #BackToSchoolReady

Some doors open and some doors close – that’s all in the name of balance right? But, I am beginning to learn that sometimes, those doors that swing open and throw a welcome mat out are not meant to be walked through at all. This summer, my daughter and I travelled to New York as a before-senior-year-starts trip. One particular day, my daughter and I stood for several humid minutes on the subway platform, waiting for a train and when one finally approached, we were elated. When the train approached, a slew of people jostled their way in through the doors and just as my daughter and I got to them – they slammed shut! Just as we were about to go all Inspector Gadget and deploy the suction cups attached to our feet and hands (I wish), the doors to one subway train car (and only one) flew open. Of course, we zipped on in so glad to find plenty of seating room.

However, by the next stop, we were drenched. I wish I could say we were drenched because the sprinkler system deployed, but, alas, there was no air conditioning on that train car. And, no air movement at all. As we sat there (wishing we had something super cold like this Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie to balance off the heat with) we began to realize that that was the reason this was the only train car with seating room on it! Live and learn – right?

Slow Thawing Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie #BackToSchoolReady

Speaking of learning, parenting my gal on my own has been one heck of a rewarding learning process. And, over the years, I have come to accept that not every dinner will be home-cooked and not every breakfast will be enjoyed at leisure around the kitchen table -especially during back to school season. And, instead of closing the door on all home cooking during those hectic mornings and busy evenings, I try my best to balance off our crazy schedules with better-for-us meal/snack solutions like this Slow Thawing Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie!

Slow Thawing Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie #BackToSchoolReady
Slow Thawing Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie #BackToSchoolReady

The beauty of this Slow Thawing Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie is that it not only super easy to make, but it can be made the night or day before and stored in the freezer.

It is day 3 of senior year for my daughter, and we are trying to fall back into our routines now that we are in the middle of back to school week. Sometimes, when we are short on time to enjoy breakfast, or a snack before evening activities, we just grab one of these Slow Thawing Tropical Oatmeal Smoothies and head out the door. Sometimes, I grab one before I head off to work, throw in some shredded coconut and chia seeds, and it thaws out while I sit in traffic so when I get to work, I have my own, chilled smoothie.

Slow Thawing Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie #BackToSchoolReady

Sometimes, My daughter grabs one before she heads to school and other times, she grabs one for her and her friend as a snack to enjoy while driving around trying to make sure they have all their back to school supplies in order. When my daughter and I were at Walmart this past weekend, doing some of our back to school shopping, I also purchased our favorite OUTSHINE® bars and NIDO. These Slow Thawing Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie are made with OUTSHINE® Pineapple Fruit bars, OUTSHINE® Mango Fruit bars, OUTSHINE® Peach Yogurt Bars, NIDO, water and Oats. Simple and according to my daughter and her friend “so so good!

Slow Thawing Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie #BackToSchoolReady
Slow Thawing Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie #BackToSchoolReady

Slow Thawing Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Shashi
This Slow Thawing Tropical Oatmeal Smoothie is not only super easy to make and super tasty, but it can also be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer till needed.


  • 2 OUTSHINE® Pineapple Fruit bars
  • 2 OUTSHINE® Mango Fruit bars
  • 2 OUTSHINE® Peach Yogurt Bars
  • 4 Scoops NIDO
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons Rolled Oats
  • Toppings: Chia Seeds Shredded Coconut


  • Place all ingredients in a blend and blend till smooth
  • Half fill 2 Mason jars with smoothie and store in the freezer till needed
  • When needed, remove from the freezer, add your favorite toppings and let thaw and enjoy.
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  1. cakespy says:

    Brilliant smoothie idea – the oats seem like they would make it much more hearty!

  2. Kelly says:

    Hope you and your daughter had a great time in NYC! Yikes! Yes, their subway trains are SO hot during thee summer! These smoothies would have been a great way to cool down! Love that they are slow thawing! Such a great idea!

  3. OH NO Shashi!!! The wrong door. I have also stepped through the wrong door, more metaphorically than anything else. Your NYC story remind me of a very short, interesting monologue “Two Roads Diverge” by folk musician David Wilcox that always entertains Jon and me – “Two Roads Diverge” – — I also love his song that follows the monologue – “Hold It Up to the Light” We first saw David at The Handlebar in Greenville, SC years ago but later here on the outskirts of Boston. Enough about David! Let’s talk smoothie!! So clever to use the fruit bars, totally cuts down on prep. I love Outshine bars, and oats are so filling. Delicious! Have a wonderful weekend friend. XO

  4. Farrah says:

    I haven’t thrown oatmeal into a smoothie in a while and I really don’t know why–thank you for this recipe! <3 I love OUTSHINE bars, and throwing em' into a smoothie is such a good idea! 😀

  5. Shashi this smoothie looks yummy!! Love the tropical twist! 🙂

  6. Wow. That Inspector Gadgetry sounds absolutely amazing. Can I suction cup some of these oatmeal smoothies over here? Before the doors close? 🙂 Aw that stinks… or sweats. Hehe. Of course the only one open was the… er, less than pleasant one. Hmph!
    I love that you’re always coming up with easier and more convenient ways to get our nutritious foods in. In all honesty, I don’t have the time to make everything from scratch (even though I really want to…). Type A, right? Love that you made it possible to prep these well before. <– key to getting ahead and actually getting to breathe, right? Love this Shashi! I hope back to school hasn't been to hectic! 🙂

  7. This is such a great easy breakfast! I think it’s so clever that you used fruit bars 🙂

  8. Oh boy, a subway car with NO A/C?! Gahh.. that does NOT sound fun!! Indeed, live and learn.. and NEVER hop on that subway car EVER again! lol. Love this smoothie, Shashi!! You are always SO creative!! I’ve never thought of doing a slow thawing smoothie, or a smoothie with oatmeal, but this is GENIUS!! Such a great way to start the day in a non-hectic way! Can’t wait to try this! Cheers, dear friend! xo

  9. Oat smoothie is my breakfast these days, so I am sure I will love this! This smoothie looks so creamy and delicious. Using a fruit bar in a smoothie sounds like a brilliant idea, Shashi. I will have to look for some fruit yogurt bars here! 🙂

  10. Puja Darshan says:

    Great recipe Shashi. What could be better then the handy recipe like this for breakfast when you are in hurry. Healthy and Filling. 🙂

  11. That’s a unique idea of a slow thawing smoothie Shashi. What a great way to prep a whole meal in advance!

    Love the pic of your daughter driving the car! Oh so carefully I assume………… 🙂

  12. Sylvie says:

    Such a smart idea to use fruit bars and love that it can be made ahead of time!

  13. WOW, Shashi, your smoothie looks easy & delicious!! A refreshing summer treat.

  14. Ashley says:

    Ugh that happened to me a few times when I lived in DC and took the metro to work! And sometimes I just had to get on so I wasn’t late! No no fun when the AC is out on them during the summer!! But I would happily slurp on one of these smoothies! They sound so refreshing!

    • Shashi says:

      I didn’t know you lived in DC, Ashley – I was there for a bit too and I’m not sure if I remember correctly (oldtimers), but the DC Metro was way cleaner than the NYC subway – right?
      BTW – Thanks so much, my friend!

  15. Ben Maclain says:

    What a cool idea to freeze a smoothie, Shashi! And you know what’s also great about them (Besides their taste)? You can throw one or a few in a parcel and send somewhere…let’s say Canada (just an example), and let them slowly thawing while being delivered. By the time the parcel is delicered, the smoothie is fully ready to be served. How convenient is that, eh?:) Would you like sending a box (just to try this out)?:)

    • Shashi says:

      Hahaha – Oh Ben – you make me laugh with your comments about trying to convince me to ship my treats to you! But, I have a better suggestion, why don’t you and your hubs come down here and visit me in Atlanta? Yeah? 🙂
      Btw, thank you so much!

  16. I really like the concept of slow thawing smoothie, it’s so inventive and creative. I’m definitely going to copy it and – needless to say it – give you full credit for it.
    About NYC subway during the summer, it doesn’t get any worst than that: smelly, humid, crowded, etc. In one word HORRIBLE (but so so efficient)

    • Shashi says:

      Duuuuude – you aren’t kidding – the NYC subway system might emit some toxic odors but it sure is efficient! Think it’s only rival is the British one – at least IMO. BTW – you can copy all you want – cos, duuuuude – it’s good to see you back here visiting!

  17. Nice! This would make some great smoothie ice pops too.

  18. Great way to use oats! Fun read, fun recipe — thanks!

  19. Ah, well with none of our cars having AC….I know the feeling 😉 A slow thawing smoothie may be a good remedy!

  20. I love the picture of lil Shashi heading out (to school I assume?) in the car! I also love what you did here with these smoothies. We don’t make smoothies very often (I have no idea why), but we almost always make them for road trip breakfasts. I love this tropical version you’ve got going on here…sounds delicious! Also, traffic is over-rated. I say stop it. 🙂

    • Shashi says:

      Hahaha – David – am gonna try rolling down my window tomorrow when I’m in the thick of traffic and yelling “stop it” – if they don’t listen, am throwing my smoothie at them! GAH – who am I kidding, I have sharing issues! 🙂
      BTW – thanks so much! Actually, Lil Shashi and her friend were heading out to pick up some school/college stuff – her friend is a year older than her and off to college this weekend!

  21. Love the addition of oats and coconut! Such a great smoothie idea.