Apple, Peanut Butter, Cinnamon Oatmeal Smoothie

These easy, make-ahead smoothies are packed with nutrition. Refrigerate or freeze them in individual servings for a quick, healthy grab-and-go breakfast or snack. See original post for detailed instructions, photos, troubleshooting tips, plus 5 additional flavor varieties and an "invent your own" formula. www.theyummylife.com/blog/2012/04/299

Photo by Denise G.

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Ingredients

  • 1/4

    cup uncooked oats (old fashioned rolled oats recommended; do not use steel cut oats)

  • 1-1/2

    teaspoons dried chia seeds

  • 1

    cup skim milk

  • 1/4

    cup low-fat yogurt (Greek yogurt recommended)

  • 3/4

    cup applesauce

  • 2

    tablespoons peanut butter or PB2 (powdered peanut butter)

  • 1/2

    teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1-2

    teaspoons honey, optional (or substitute preferred sweetener)

Directions

Add oats and chia seeds to blender; blend on high until texture of flour. Add milk to blender; use spoon or spatula to stir in oats/chias from bottom. Add yogurt. Add applesauce, peanut butter (or PB2), & cinnamon. Blend on high until desired smoothness. Taste and add sweetener, if needed. Blend again. Transfer to pint (2 cup) jar or container; refrigerate overnight, or a minimum of 4 hours, so oats & chias can soften. Will keep in refrigerator at least 2-3 days. Shake before drinking. IF TOO THICK after the fridge soak, add more juice or milk and shake jar/container or return to blender to combine. FOR A SMOOTHER CONSISTENCY, return to blender after the fridge soak and blend again. TO FREEZE: May be frozen after the 4 hour soak in the fridge. To thaw, move to fridge a day ahead so it is thawed for drinking the next day. For faster thaw, place frozen jar/container in bowl of cold water on the counter for 1-2 hours. Shake before drinking.

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