Banana Nut Oatmeal Smoothie

Happy Friday! Today, I wanted to share my favorite morning smoothie— it's thick and filling, plus full of protein— and can even be used as a meal or dessert replacement. I loved the nut milk drink from the juice cleanse and spent a few weeks perfecting this smoothie; originally it did not have oats and chia, but I wanted a good, thick breakfast smoothie with more sustenance so I wasn't starving by 11 a.m. I especially love using a super ripe banana to get a stronger flavor— if the banana is disgustingly brown and spotty, it's perfect for this smoothie!  

Tropical Green Smoothie
- 1 Banana (the more ripe the better!)
- 1/3 cup Raw Cashews
- 1/3 cup Oatmeal (Old-Fashioned Oats)
- ~1 cup Vanilla Almond Milk
- ~1 cup Ice
- 2-3 tablespoons Greek Yogurt
- 1 tsp Cardamon
- 1 tsp Cinnamon
- Pinch of Nutmeg
- Pinch of Ginger (dry spice)
- 1 tablespoon Chia Seeds
- Squirt of honey

Place raw cashews in bowl the night before and cover with water to allow to soak overnight. If you have a strong blender (Vitamix or  NutriBullet), you can skip this step as high-powered mixers blend the non-moist nuts well. If not, soak your nuts. Tee hee hee!

Side Note: If you're looking for maturity, it apparently won't be found in this post. Also, moist has to be one of the worst words in the English language. Not a pretty word.

This next step may come off as a little strange, but I do have my reasons strain your oats in water. I find that if you don't, the smoothie has this odd, powdery taste and texture to it. If you like powdery tastes, by all means don't strain your oats. Next, put the oats in a bowl and cover with water-- nuke them in the microwave for about 30 seconds to soften them up. If you're super OCD like me, you can even strain them again. 

Combine the rest of ingredients in blender and blend, adding more almond milk as needed if you'd like a thinner consistency. Yummy!

On the search for more smoothie recipes? Try my Red, White & Blue Berry Chia Smoothie or my Tropical Green Smoothie

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