I don’t know about you all but around here it feels like it went straight from winter to summer. One day it was 50 and suddenly it is about 80 or 90 every day. What happened to the glorious 70′s? Well, I’m still wondering that myself. But, now that this warmer weather is here and the berries are coming into season it is the perfect time of year for making cool drinks. Smoothies are an especially great way to use up all those delicious berries that might have a bad spot or bananas past their prime. Just cut any bad places out and you’re good to go. Oh, in case you’re wondering about the oatmeal making the smoothie taste funky, you will actually not even realize it is in there. Just put the oats in the blender before you add your other ingredients and blend it until the oats form a fine powder. Nothing like sneaking in some more fiber and protein :)
For me a perfect smoothie is really thick so this recipe is for a smoothie that you could almost eat with a spoon- like ice cream. Not that I’ve ever fed this to my child calling it ice cream. He gobbled it up like it was the best treat ever :) If you don’t want yours quite that thick, just add a little more milk. And, you may want to add a tiny bit of sugar if you use berries that are not very sweet.
Berry Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
makes enough for 1 hungry person or 2 smaller servings
1 banana cut in slices and frozen
4-6 strawberries, cut up (freeze them if you like a really thick smoothie)
1/4 cup oats
1/2 teaspoon vanilla (try making your own homemade vanilla extract)
3/4 cup milk (more or less to suit your tastes)
Put the oats in the blender and let it run until they are ground up to be a powder. Add the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth. You may want to add more milk to thin out the smoothie as needed. I ended up adding 1 cup of milk in all.
See you soon,