If there’s one thing that’s a hit around here, its BANANAS. I swear, if there was some sort of pie graph or non-food-named graph for the various fruits eaten in this house, bananas would be the winner. Hands down. It wouldn’t even be a fair fight.
They’re just so versatile. You can use them in EVERYTHING. Smoothies. Sandwiches. Muffins. Freeze them and make ice cream. Bake them in bread. Freeze them in chocolate on a popsicle stick. Stick them in a pie. Or just eat them on their own. And even the pickiest eaters will eat them!
That’s why they make the perfect thickener and fruit base for this extremely quick and easy smoothie.
When the cupboard is bare, this is what does it.
Start with your rolled oats and add whatever whole-grain/healthy grain/random thing you want to add. I’ve added flax seeds, chia seeds, anything and everything, really. Today I’m putting in chia seeds.
So many whole grains you’ll be healthy enough to shake a stick at ’em.
Whirr that around in the blender for about 20-30 seconds, just to make the pieces smaller and the smoothie less gritty (because who wants to dash out of the house with chia seeds in their teeth? not me!)
Break up your banana into small chunks and toss ‘er in. Add that peanut butter, because all smoothies need protein!
Now the milk! I’ve used all kinds of milk and milk replacements in this, and they’re all good. Sometimes I’ll even add chocolate soy milk or almond milk, YUM.
And voila, a quick and easy smoothie that you can make in minutes!
Add a little cocoa powder on top if you so desire.
- 1/2 cup raw rolled oats
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds or flax seeds
- 1 banana
- 2 Tbsp peanut butter
- 1 1/2 cups milk (soy/almond/cashew milk also work here!)
Place the rolled oats and chia seeds in a blender. Blend for 20-30 seconds to break them up a bit.
Break apart the banana, and place in the blender. Add the peanut butter and milk.
Blend until smooth.