In another case of hypocritical me, I used to totally be a smoothie hater.
I mean…why drink when you can eat?
The smoothie cup attachment for my immersion blender only received attention when I needed to make avocado dressing. Ice? Fruit? Never.But then–due to my new, obviously very pressing need to try every new protein powder I can find–the lovely Kaitlin obliged in sending me three varieties of Shakeology to try.And I figured that now was as good a time as any to make a smoothie. [But at least I could be contrary and make it in a bowl.* With food on top of it.]
*Not that contrary considering smoothie-in-a-bowl is (was?) a ‘thing’ for the healthy living blogger set. Like embroidered chinos in Nantucket.
And yeah. It was pretty darn good.
But it should come with no surprise that I looked upon my recent epic oatmeal creations…
–occasionally served in glass, cup-like containers*–
*also known as (apple butter) jars
Hello, Oatshake, you beautiful breakfast love child.
All you’ve got to do is blend up a portion your favorite protein powder with a little-less-than-called-for almond (or other) milk and water, with the addition of frozen fruit or applesauce to help thicken it up a bit.
[You can, of course, add more liquid, but as I discovered with watermelon it will become an oatzpacho instead. ]
While you are working on that and daydreaming which fruit and granola (or granola bar crumblies) you are going to put on top today–
–cook your oatmeal! (I use a mix of oats and oat bran, occasionally with ginger or cinnamon.)
Then, mix ‘em together! [If you mix while the oats are still hot, it will blend more smoothly. I tend to let them cool a bit, which gives more texture. I also make it the night before and let it get even thicker in the fridge.]
[Of course, if you actually BLEND in the oatmeal, and don't stir it, you run the risk of blueberry oat borscht once again...]
Once you have your oatshake base…the fun REALLY begins! *
*Toppings are the best part of sundaes…AND oatshakes.
I love these oatshakes so much, it may or may not have become lunch on one (or more) occasion(s). I foresee a potential ‘ate overnight oats every day for four months until one morning I could do it no more’ food fixation in my future.
It’s Wednesday, isn’t it? So I may as well join the What I Ate Wednesday party over at Jenn‘s (Peas & Crayons) place.* Obviously, I (and my fruit and granola crumblies) have been ‘falling’ into oatshakes.
*Of course, now that I’ve let go of the blog as an obligation, I didn’t feel the need to wake up just past midnight and try to get my WIAW link ‘in’ before everyone else to potentially reach the most number of eyes throughout the day. [Note to everyone: It doesn't really increase number of pageviews to do that.]
P.S. Thanks so much for your positive support about my blog reduction. I feel lighter already, and I hope you’ll still stop by The Smart Kitchen from time to time to see if I’m around for a chat.