In this house, we are smoothie people. We love smoothies. It started with my 10 yr old son, Max, and I way back when he was about 4. I had gotten my first decent blender, and a copy of The Ultimate Smoothie Book. Max would stand on a stool, helping me make our smoothies, and he’d be the official taster, telling me what we needed more of. He was (and still is) my little smoothie connoisseur. Back then, we always drank our smoothies out of wine glasses with a plastic straw. We like to keep it classy.
Since those days, we’ve mastered the smoothie. Even my husband who was never a big smoothie fan got on board after a year or two, and I think we are all in agreement that there’s nothing like a good smoothie. Our recipes have become more sophisticated, and chock full of power fruits and veggies (see green smoothie above) since we first got started. It’s a great way for us to get in most of our whole foods for the day.
(I shared a couple of my family’s favorite smoothie recipes here, as well as the tip to freeze any leftovers into ice cube trays for popsicles!)
So, this morning when my husband was kind enough to ask me what type of smoothie I was in the mood for… I said, “I don’t want a smoothie, I’m in the mood for a shake, but a healthy one, and NO protein powder!” I know I just touted the glory of smoothies, but I’m pregnant, therefore my palette is fickle.
After an extensive search that had us eating breakfast about 45 minutes later than we would have (thanks for the patience family!), I found a recipe on allrecipes.com that sounded delicious, nutritious, and for which we had all the ingredients. Score! And let me tell you we all thought it was fabulous. Even my picky 4 yr old had seconds.
Strawberry Oatmeal Breakfast Shake
2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice–I used the original, sweetened almond milk)
1 cup rolled oats
28 frozen strawberries
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Sweetener of choice to taste (honey, maple syrup, stevia, sugar–I didn’t need anything.)
Add almond milk, oats, bananas, and half the strawberries to the blender. Blend until smooth. Add the rest of the strawberries and the vanilla. Blend again, stopping to stir if needed, until totally smooth, and not icy. (All those frozen strawberries need to get totally incorporated.) Taste–this part is important!– and add sweetener a tsp at a time until it tastes the way you like it. We didn’t need any at all, but that might be because we started with sweetened almond milk.
TIP: If you don’t have a high-powered blender, like a Vitamix, Blendtec, or Ninja, then you might want to let the oats soak in the milk (in the blender) for 10 minutes or so, then blend up really, really well before adding the other ingredients.
You’ve seriously got to try this recipe. It was so thick and creamy, the way a shake should be, and no one would ever in a million years be able to tell that there’s any oatmeal in it. The oats are what make it thick and “shake-like,” and they also make it much more filling than it would be without them.
Try it soon, and let me know what you think!