pb & chocolate banana oatmeal smoothie: it’ll keep you full until lunch!

PB and Chocolate Banana Oatmeal SmoothieAfter my fiasco with PB2, I’ve been working on perfecting a peanut butter chocolate banana smoothie for my morning breakfast. I wanted something healthy, tasty but, most of all, substantial. If I’m gonna call a smoothie a meal, it sure as heck better fill me up (not an easy task when you’re eating for two). A few weeks and a few tester batches later, I’ve finally come up with a smoothie that meets all the criteria.

BEHOLD! The Extra Thick PB & Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Smoothie!

Extra Thick PB & Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

Prep Time: 4 minutes

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 5 minutes

Extra Thick PB & Chocolate Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

A glass of this delicious, extra thick smoothie will fill you up until lunchtime!

Ingredients

  • 5 ice cubes
  • 4 tbs vanilla greek yogurt
  • 3 tbs ovaltine
  • 2 tbs oats
  • 1 tbs peanut butter
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 banana
  • splash of milk

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to blender. If you are using an individual cup, make sure to add peanut butter, milk and ice last. Pulse until desired consistency is reached. Enjoy!
  • Note: Feel free to experiment with ingredient ratios (most of my tablespoons were heaping)!
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This bad boy won’t let you down. It’ll keep you full until lunch! Must be all that fiber, protein and omega-3… Delicious and nutritious!

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from pin to project: homemade frozen smoothies.

My Pin: Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures’ Homemade Smoothie Mix

Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures’ Homemade Smoothie Mix

My Project: Homemade Frozen Smoothies

I tried this: November 2013

Alterations: Instead of freezing my yogurt into cubes, I just used fresh yogurt with frozen berries.

Thoughts: I used a 32oz container of vanilla yogurt, pre-packaged frozen fruits and milk to make my smoothies. My method was to add to my blender one cup of yogurt, then two cups of frozen fruit and then to fill the blender with milk until the berries were just about covered with liquid. Then I blended until completely pureed and voila! Homemade smoothies to rival Jamba Juice! This method yielded 12 half pint mason jars full of smoothie, leaving about half and inch of room at the top of each jar (in case they expand when frozen). I popped them all in my freezer, and we’ll move them to the fridge the night before we want one for breakfast. Quick and easy!

I made two different recipes this time: strawberry/peach/mango and mixed berry/banana. Both are delicious! For my next batch, I’m going to keep the base the same (vanilla yogurt and milk), but I’ll add banana/peanut butter/ovaltine (chocolate) powder for a protein and vitamin-rich breakfast.

What are your favorite smoothie recipes?

from pin to project: roasted cauliflower and cheddar soup.

My Pin: Two Peas And Their Pod’s Roasted Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup

Two Peas and Their Pod's Roasted Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup
Roasted Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup

My Project: Roasted Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup

Roasted Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup
My delicious Roasted Cauliflower and Cheddar Soup!
I tried this: October 2013

Alterations: I left out the celery and thyme, because I don’t really like either in soups. I also substituted chicken broth for the vegetable broth that was called for, since I already had it in the pantry. Finally I roughly tripled the amount of cheese in the soup, because we love cheese and that’s all there is to it.

Thoughts: For a soup with no cream, no meat and no noodles, this soup is exceptional. It is hearty, flavorful and especially filling when paired with some crusty bread. This soup can stand alone, but I dipped breaded chicken into mine, and my husband ate his with a hot-off-the-grill brat. This soup is a new fall fave for our family!