Friday, July 19, 2013

Peach Pie Oatmeal Smoothie

I used to slurp down tons of smoothies. At the beginning of my junior year of college, I used to whip up some relatively extravagant breakfasts (by college student standards, anyway).*  Sometimes that included oatmeal, but not always. (It wasn't until January or February of that year that oatmeal became a daily ritual.) Often, I would make smoothies. These were usually banana-based (because that's what I could afford), but I occasionally splurged on mangoes, peaches, or pineapple.

*If you're interested, here's a post from my old blog where I documented all my breakfasts for the week.


I never really added oatmeal to my smoothies, though. I thought of that concept a little over a year ago when I made my Green Monster Oatmeal Smoothie, which was actually just a cheap trick to add variety to my blog (at least I'm honest). I was like, "Hey, I'll put oats in a smoothie, so I can have something other than porridge recipes on my blog! Har-har!"

But here I am, adding another smoothie recipe to my blog. This time, however, it's not just a cheap trick. The idea for this recipe came about the other day when I was attempting a new pancake recipe. As I licked the batter, the flavors and creaminess delighted me. It tasted exactly like a peach pie! I realized then that oats in a smoothie add more than just fiber and bulk; they add flavor, too! A smoothie without oats just tastes like peaches. A smoothie with oats tastes earthy and sweet, like someone took a slice of peach pie (crust and all) and blended it up.



This recipe makes enough for one 8 oz glass. If you want a larger serving or you intend to serve multiple people, double or triple the recipe as needed.

Peach Pie Oatmeal Smoothie

by The Oatmeal Artist
Prep Time: 5 min
Ingredients (serves 1)
  • 2 yellow peaches, sliced and frozen
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice
  • 1/3 cup instant oats (I use Country Choice Organic)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
optional add-ins
  • 1/4 cup plain or vanilla yogurt
  • flax (milled or whole seed, it doesn't matter)
  • 1/8 tsp molasses
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients (and any optional add-ins) in a blender and blend!
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Variation:
Go green! Make this a Green Monster smoothie by blending in your favorite leafy green (spinach, chard, kale, etc.). If you're new to the game, go with spinach: you'll barely taste it! If you're hardcore, try chard or kale. Remove the stems before adding.


**You can also find hundreds of other oatmeal recipes (as well as tons of other meatless recipes) on my Pinterest account!  You can also like The Oatmeal Artist on Facebook. Thanks!

17 comments:

  1. I love oats in smoothies; it makes them taste 'doughy'!

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  2. I'm going to give this one a try! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. You're welcome! Thanks for commenting!

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  3. Hi Lauren - I love smoothies too! :) Definitely going to be making this one as at the moment we have an abundance of ripe peaches (got to love summer!) I clicked on the link to your old blog documenting your breakfasts and love the fact that you liked Alpen! I love alpen - if I am in a serious rush and have no time to cook anything properly it is my go-to muesli! When did you visit Ireland? I am a quarter irish and will be visiting my grandparents in Dublin in a couple of weeks :) Did you get to England while you were over here?
    Stevie

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    1. Hey! I was in Ireland in July 2011. Dublin is my favorite place in the entire world...I'm so jealous of you. :( When we were there, we had a very full agenda. We were given one free afternoon in Dublin, and considered making a rushed trip to England, but decided to go to Howth instead. So no, I did not see England. :(

      Alpen is SO good. I miss it!

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    2. I am sure you will get there one day! England is amazing too. I love Howth - I love the walk to the lighthouse! WHen we go we always buy a load of fresh fish at the market and cook it ASAP and it is wonderful! (Obviously only if you like fish!)

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    3. I definitely remember the fish scent! I love fish, but I gave it up when I went vegetarian (shortly after I came back from Ireland)!

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  4. Your rules for breakfast are similar to mine. Especially the first rule. I fell in love with muesli in Munich where it has a cafe/store called My Muesli. I was VERY sad when I finished both of the canisters I brought back to the states.

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    1. I'm mad at myself for not buying some Alpen and bringing it back to the States with me. :(

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  5. oatmeal smoothies are the best for hot days!

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  6. Can't say I've ever heard of an "oatmeal smoothie", but I'm definitely giving this a try tomorrow morning. It's peach pie... how can I resist?

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  7. This turned out really thick, so much so that my pretty powerful blender got very upset. I ended up adding nearly a cup of milk to thin it out. This unfortunately toned down the peach flavor, but I did end up with 2 servings, which was nice. Any suggestions? Should I have blended just the milk and frozen peaches first, then added the oats?

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    1. Hmm...I didn't have this problem! I think your peaches might have been harder than mine. Try defrosting them slightly so they have a little "give" to them (but are still frozen).

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  8. Ever thought of coming up with more oatmeal smoothie recipes? This one was delicious :)

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