Cherry Oat Smoothie
These oats are getting oat of hand (somebody HELP, I can’t stop making oat puns). This weekend I thought I’d try my hand at apple oat pancakes, which sounded good in theory but were not, in fact, at all delicious in real life. And the poor tulip-man, who only ever wanted a good American pancake, has an American girlfriend who insists on using him as her guinea pig for gluten-free and whole wheat and whatevers-in-our-pantry pancakes. So yea, oatmeal does not equal fluffy pancakes. But it does equal creamy smoothies. Enter the Cherry Oat Smoothie.
You may be thinking, “oats…in a smoothie?”. One word, yaaaassss.
Oats not only bring a really satisfying, cozy flavor to the smoothie, but they thicken it up quite a bit! As your smoothie sits, the pieces of oats, which will have pulverized with everything else in the blender, will absorb some of the moisture from the drink, making for a thick, creamy smoothie.
Then we’ll throw in some cherries because it’s summer and cherries are a must. On Saturdays I like to travel into the center of Rotterdam to walk around the massive farmer’s market that pops up in the square. And because Rotterdam has the largest port in Europe, we can get loads of fresh fruits and vegetables for pretty decent prices. Long story short, I saw an enormous bag of cherries that cost next to nothing and I had to have them. And now they sit, looking at me, wondering if I’m going to get around to pitting them and cooking something nice or if they’ll all just rot away.
Well not today, cherries! Today, these cherries are making the best darn smoothie east of the Mississippi. We’ll add a bit of vanilla yogurt for creaminess (or you can use Greek yogurt + ¼ tsp vanilla extract), some milk, and a pinch of salt for balance. And there you have it! A filling, healthy, delicious breakfast in a glass.
Cherry Oat Smoothie
- ¼ cup rolled or instant oats 30 g
- 1 banana previously sliced and frozen
- 1 cup pitted fresh cherries 225 g
- ½ cup vanilla yogurt 118 mL, or Greek yogurt + 1/4 tsp vanilla extract, can sub dairy-free alternative
- ¼ cup milk 60 mL, or dairy-free alternative
- Pinch of salt
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blitz until smooth, adding more milk if necessary to reach a consistency to your liking.
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