Are you a smoothie lover?
I make smoothies pretty regularly. Mostly for my kids because they don't always get the fruit and veggies that they need (yes, this is an issue for dietitians too!). They'll even eat kale when it's blended into a fruit-filled smoothie.
But I also like smoothies, especially when I don't have time to sit down and eat breakfast. To clarify, I like homemade smoothies made with simple, nutrient-rich ingredients including fruit, sometimes veggies (e.g. kale, spinach or shredded carrot), milk (yay Vitamin D!), and plain, protein-packed Skyr or Greek yogurt.
Smoothies are a great way to pack a whole lot of goodness into one glass.
One of my favourite smoothies is peanut butter and banana. I've worked on the recipe for a while, tweaking it slightly and I think I've finally hit the scrumptiousness jackpot!
This smoothie is super creamy thanks to a surprise ingredient that also delivers long-lasting energy.
That surprise ingredient: large flake oats!
But doesn't that make the smoothie grainy you might ask? (my husband actually did ask) NOPE!!
The oats actually make the smoothie lusciously creamy -- as long as you let them soak in the milk at least 10 minutes. I usually add the milk and oats to the blender and then go do something else (unload the dishwasher, clean the kitchen, do a load of laundry...you get it!).
When I come back, I add in the yogurt, peanut butter and banana and whirl away!
This smoothie makes a super satisfying breakfast that will power you through your morning. Give it a try and let me know if you do!
Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie
Makes: 1 breakfast smoothie or 2 snack-sized smoothies
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup large flake rolled oats
1 ripe banana, frozen
1/2 cup plain or vanilla Skyr yogurt
2 Tbsp natural peanut butter
How To Make:
Put milk and oats into a blender and let sit for 10 minutes until oats soften.
Add frozen banana, Skyr yogurt and peanut butter and blend until smooth.
I prefer a less sweet smoothie and so use plain Skyr yogurt (which has even more protein than Greek yogurt), but you can use vanilla if you prefer – I just suggest you choose a lower sugar variety (e.g. Siggi’s).
Boost the protein in your smoothie (and make it even more peanut-buttery) by adding in a couple of tablespoons of powdered peanut butter.