On days that I don’t go to the gym in the wee hours of the morning, I try to give myself a bit of extra time to make breakfast at home instead of just eating oatmeal at my desk. Now that summer produce is boomin’, I can’t get over the smoothies, but a fruit-filled smoothie hasn’t been keeping me full long enough to get me to my morning snack (yes, snacks are life). I began experimenting with my favorite old fashioned oats to create a thick and creamy breakfast smoothie that would keep me full thanks to natural protein instead of relying on protein powder, which I use sparingly.
Each smoothie (this recipe makes 2) is like a bowl of oatmeal cookie oatmeal, thanks to the vanilla, cinnamon, and nut butter undertones. For 340 calories and 13 grams of all natural protein and heart-healthy carbohydrates, I think this will help you start your mornings off on the right foot. Grab a straw and read below for the recipe!
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 1 cup soy milk or dairy milk
- ½ cup water
- 1 and ½ cups ice cubes
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅛ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Soak oats overnight, or at least 2 hours, in milk and water.
- Once the oats are soaked, combine all ingredients including the soaking liquid into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Add additional ice for a thinner smoothie.
Soaking rolled cereal overnight improves its nutritional benefits and makes them easier for your body to digest! If you don’t have frozen bananas in the freezer already, break a banana into chunks and freeze it in a plastic bag.
If you like the oatmeal cookie smoothie idea, you can add some additional oats and chocolate shavings or chocolate chunks to the smoothie after blending. I loved eating this smoothie with a spoon, and had the second serving for breakfast in the car via a straw. I love thick smoothies that stick to my stomach for a few hours, and this one fit the bill perfectly!
What’s your favorite smoothie creation?