I’ve made a green monster smoothie with oats before. That’s not what this is.
THIS recipe is for green monster oatmeal. As in…a warm, cozy bowl of porridge, laced with nutritious leafy greens. 🙂
Do you taste the spinach? No. Does it taste like grass? No. Does it look like a bowl of baby diarrhea? ….Maybe. But you’ll come to appreciate its alarming hue after a while.
I used spinach, but feel free to use whatever green you want! Oh, and you could take this concept and apply it to a variety of different oatmeal recipes (especially if they contain banana, like this one), but this is my favorite way to prepare it. 🙂 Check out my banana oatmeal recipes from yesterday!
I hope you like it! (Oh, and remind me to eat this for St. Patrick’s Day next year.)
In other news, today I was featured in Babble’s 21 Dessert-Inspired Oatmeal recipes. But I wasn’t just featured once… They highlighted SIX of my recipes! 😀 I’m so overjoyed! Thanks to everyone for reading, trying my recipes, sharing my blog with others, and commenting. I am so appreciative of my “audience” (and absolutely delighted that other people love oatmeal as much as I do)!
What you'll need:
- 1 cup milk of choice, or water
- 1 overripe banana
- 1-2 cups of fresh spinach, stems removed
- 1-2 tbsp nut butter
- 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of nutmeg (optional)
- pinch of salt
How to make it:
- Bring 1 cup liquid (I use an equal mixture of almond milk and water) to a boil.
- Meanwhile, in a blender (or using an immersion blender), blend banana with spinach and nut butter. You may need to add some liquid to help it blend.
- Once your liquid begins to boil, add 1/2 cup regular rolled oats, and reduce heat to medium. (If you'd like to add flax or chia seeds, do so now.)
- Wait about a minute, and then stir the banana-spinach blend into the oatmeal. (If you add the blend--which is pretty thick--too early, then the oatmeal will just kind of gurgle instead of simmering normally.)
- Once more of the liquid has absorbed, add vanilla extract, cinnamon, salt, and optional nutmeg.
- If you'd like to add any extra ingredients (coconut oil, dried fruit, nuts, sunflower seeds), do so now.
- When you're pleased with the consistency of the oatmeal, transfer to a bowl. Serve with another splash of your milk of choice and any other additional toppings (shredded coconut, nuts, etc.).