Oatmeal Breakfast Smoothie

I am a huge fan of the smoothie. They’re a delicious way to get a bunch of nutrition in a single sip.  Mostly a fan of fruit smoothies, I was wary of oatmeal smoothies for a while. But I decided I couldn’t knock it until I tried it … So I finally found a complete and simple recipe, at Mindfully Frugal Mom. And you know what, it was delicious! More importantly, two of my kids loved it! I like to think of smoothies as a sort of mommy genius, sneaking nutrition and protein into my kids that they might otherwise not have eaten.

Wynnie and her oatmeal smoothieI admit that moments after this picture was taken, I had to transfer her smoothie into a sippie cup with a permanent straw. And she’s still learning the secrets of straw drinking, so she got about half of it down before it just became too messy of a game. But they can’t learn if they don’t practice, right?

IMG_2724Ella is my true lover of smoothies. She sucked this down in a minute flat.

Here’s the recipe:

  • 1/2 cup milk (or any milk of your choosing)
  • 1/2 cup Vanilla Yogurt (I used what I could find at Smart & Final)
  • 1/2 cup quick oats, soaked in 1/2 cup water 5-10 minutes (regular Quaker Oats work great! Avoid steel-cut.)
  • 1 banana
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter (or other nut butter of your choice; use sunbutter if you’re nut-free)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder (optional)

Pour everything into your blender, and blend for up to a full minute. The more you blend, the smoother your smoothie will be.

I haven’t tried the chia seeds, because I didn’t have them, but they are a great way to add a little extra nutrition to your smoothie. I did use the cocoa … because it’s cocao, people. Why WOULDN’T you use it?

In her blog post, Frugal Mom suggests making your smoothie the night before. Though I haven’t left one overnight, I did make one in the morning, put it in the fridge, and then had it for a snack that afternoon. It was fully chilled and delicious!

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Smoothies also taste best when using a pretty straw. Just FYI.

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