Velvety Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie is a delicious, filling, and easy option for breakfast, lunch and breastfeeding mamas.
Velvety Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie
The transition from college student, to moving back home after graduation, to working a grown-up job definitely took some adjustment. I remember it being especially hard to get up in the morning, get ready, eat breakfast, and get out of the door on time. It didn’t help that my commute to work was 45 minutes, and that was without traffic!
Soon I began skipping breakfast, unable to take the time to sit down to enjoy the first meal of the day. This is when my dad introduced me to a peanut butter oatmeal smoothie, an easy to make smoothie that I could take on the go and would keep me full for hours.
Years later, this smoothie continues to be one of my favorites. There are days when I crave the combination of peanut butter, oats, and banana that make up this velvety and delicious smoothie. Currently, since I am now a breastfeeding mama again, I have been having it more often. Many believe oatmeal can actually help increase milk production and with three kids at home, sometimes this quick, filling smoothie is a great choice for my breakfast or lunch.
So let me tell you more about this Velvety Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie.
What’s in this smoothie?
This is a simple recipe that really only requires 4 ingredients, peanut butter, oatmeal, banana, and milk. However, there are times when I add a few different variations. All of the ingredients are broken down below:
- Natural Peanut Butter – I love the taste of peanut butter, especially when combined with banana. This is probably one of the main reasons I like this smoothie so much. For the healthiest choice, buy natural peanut butter that only has peanuts and maybe a bit of salt as the ingredients. Peanut butter is low in carbs, high in healthy fats, and is a good source of plant-based protein.
- Rolled Oats – Another one of my absolute favorite flavors! I think the smell and taste of oats are just simply divine, plus they have so many health benefits. Oats are a whole grain, are high in fiber, rich in protein, and contain various vitamins and minerals. They may also help lower blood sugars, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. Plus, although not scientifically proven, many people such as myself, believe oats help breastfeeding mothers produce more milk.
- Banana – Bananas add creaminess and a natural sweetness so there is no need to add any sweetener. Plus, bananas are rich in potassium and are great for digestive health.
- Almond Milk (or milk of choice) – In all my smoothies I opt for non-dairy milk because too much cow’s milk is just not good for my stomach. In this smoothie, I prefer to use unsweetened almond milk because it’s low in sugar and has a mild flavor. Cashew milk is also a great choice in this smoothie.
The following ingredients are optional, but great ways to vary the flavor or add some more nutritional value:
- Flax Meal – Flax seeds are considered a superfood because they are packed with so many nutrients, such as omega-3 fats, fiber, antioxidants and so much more. Ground flax seeds make it easier for our bodies to absorb the nutrients, so flax meal is a great choice for smoothies.
- Chia Seeds – Instead of flax meal, you can choose to add chia seeds. Like flax seeds, chia seeds are rich in fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, plus they contain high-quality protein, several minerals, and antioxidants.
- Honey – Just a touch of honey is enough to make this smoothie taste like a sweet treat. Honey is a healthier alternative to refined sugar and contains many antioxidants.
- Cinnamon – Adding a teaspoon of cinnamon makes this smoothie taste like an oatmeal cookie in a glass. Cinnamon also contains many antioxidants and has anti-inflammatory properties.
- Protein Powder – Add a scoop or two of your favorite protein powder for some added protein. You can use unflavored protein powder or for another variation that is also quite delicious, use chocolate protein powder.
Find out even more nutritional information about all these ingredients by doing a search on healthline.com.
Some Useful Tips
- If your bananas are ripening too quickly, peel them and slice them up. Then place the slices in a freezer bag and in your freezer. Frozen bananas blend up beautifully and add a great texture to smoothies.
- If you like your smoothies cold and frosty, and you don’t have frozen bananas, add a few ice cubes to the blender.
- Store your flax meal in a tightly sealed container and in the refrigerator so it doesn’t become rancid. If stored properly, flax meal can last in the refrigerator for up to six months.
- Chia seeds work best if you use a high-powered blender. This ensures they are broken down properly for a smooth smoothie.
You can find the steps and full recipe for this Velvety Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie below.
I hope you enjoy!
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Velvety Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie
- 2 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup rolled oats (can use gluten-free oats)
- 1 banana
- 1 1/2 - 2 cups almond milk (or milk of choice)
Optional Add-Ins (See Blog Post)
- 1 tbsp flax meal
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp honey
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 scoop unflavored or chocolate protein powder
- 1/4 cup ice
- Add all the ingredients to a blender.
- Blend at medium-high speed until all ingredients are fully combined.
- Drink immediately.