I used to slurp down tons of smoothies. At the beginning of my junior year of college, I used to whip up some relatively extravagant breakfasts (by college student standards, anyway).* Sometimes that included oatmeal, but not always. (It wasn’t until January or February of that year that oatmeal became a daily ritual.) Often, I would make smoothies. These were usually banana-based (because that’s what I could afford), but I occasionally splurged on mangoes, peaches, or pineapple.
*If you’re interested, here’s a post from my old blog where I documented all my breakfasts for the week.
I never really added oatmeal to my smoothies, though. I thought of that concept a little over a year ago when I made my Green Monster Oatmeal Smoothie, which was actually just a cheap trick to add variety to my blog (at least I’m honest). I was like, “Hey, I’ll put oats in a smoothie, so I can have something other than porridge recipes on my blog! Har-har!”
But here I am, adding another smoothie recipe to my blog. This time, however, it’s not just a cheap trick. The idea for this recipe came about the other day when I was attempting a new pancake recipe. As I licked the batter, the flavors and creaminess delighted me. It tasted exactly like a peach pie! I realized then that oats in a smoothie add more than just fiber and bulk; they add flavor, too! A smoothie without oats just tastes like peaches. A smoothie with oats tastes earthy and sweet, like someone took a slice of peach pie (crust and all) and blended it up.
This recipe makes enough for one 8 oz glass. If you want a larger serving or you intend to serve multiple people, double or triple the recipe as needed.
What you'll need:
- 2 yellow peaches, sliced and frozen
- 1/3 cup milk of choice
- 1/3 cup instant oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- pinch of salt
- 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
- flax (milled or whole seed, it doesn't matter)
- 1/8 tsp molasses
- pinch of nutmeg
- 1 tbsp almond butter
How to make it:
- Combine all ingredients (and any optional add-ins) in a blender and blend!
Just an FYI:
Variation: Go green! Make this a Green Monster smoothie by blending in your favorite leafy green (spinach, chard, kale, etc.). If you're new to the game, go with spinach: you'll barely taste it! If you're hardcore, try chard or kale. Remove the stems before adding.