By Jeannette Ordas of Everybody likes Sandwiches
Mornings are dark, so lighten things up with a quick breakfast smoothie. This creamy drink is chockfull of healthy goodness. Oats, yogurt, dates, banana and almond milk are blended with a touch of spice for a breakfast shake to start your day.
You can use any milk you choose, from cow to soy, but almond is my number one choice here. I used the dates for a natural sweetness, but if you want to sub in maple syrup or honey, go right ahead. I used an immersion blender to keep things simple (I hate a complicated morning clean up), but feel free to use your blender instead.
First, oats and almond milk gets zapped in the microwave for a couple minutes. The hot mixture then gets blended with the dates first and then the yogurt, blending well to cool things down before adding the frozen banana slices. Frozen bananas help to keep this drink extra creamy. I always keep frozen bananas in the fridge for smoothies or banana bread. I'm sure it would easier to peel and chop the bananas before freezing, but I'm lazy, so I always end up with nearly-black scary looking bananas in the corner of my freezer. I'm okay with that and so is this smoothie.
The final result is a creamy, filling drink with a hint of spice, nuttiness and sweetness.
Banana, Oat & Date Smoothie
If you've got leftover plain oatmeal, feel free to use that instead of the oats + milk in the first step. If you don't like banana, throw in some ice cubes and; a spoonful of almond butter.
1/4 cup whole organic oats
1/4 cup almond milk
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1 frozen banana, peeled & sliced
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
pinch of ground cinnamon
1/4 cup almond milk (more or less)
Put the oats and almond milk in a bowl and microwave for 2 minutes.
Place oat mixture into a blender or tall blending jar (if you're using a stick blender), along with the dates. Blend until well mixed. Add in the yogurt and blend again. Toss in the frozen banana slices, nutmeg and cinnamon and give it a whirl until thick. Add in a little almond milk to make a thinner consistency, if needed. Serve immediately in a tall glass or 2 small ones.