Banana Oat Green Smoothie
Thanks to two of my lovely “blends” (for those of you not down with the lingo—that’s blog friends. Blends.) Carol and Alissa, I’ve been on a serious smoothie kick for the past three weeks and there’s no end in sight. The Green Pina Colada Smoothie and the Thin Mint Smoothie had me hooked. Can you blame me?
I really look forward to my morning smoothie for a few reasons: they are easy to make, they taste absolutely divine, they keep me full for hours, and I sneak in an extra serving of greens without even tasting it.
Yes, you can trust me on that last one.
I was always fairly certain that everyone was lying right to my face when they said “I swear you can’t taste the [insert green vegetable that does not belong in my smoothie here].” But, what do you know? Turns out they were right and I was wrong. Stranger things have happened.
Though Carol and Alissa’s versions of the green smoothie were on the menu most mornings, I did experiment with a few other flavors. This being my favorite:
My banana oat green smoothie is inspired by a smoothie that they sell at one of the stores on my boycott list, Bocca. It’s a good smoothie, but the only exception to my Bocca boycott is a bagel and a diet soda. And that only happens when I’ve quite possibly had one too many adult beverages the night before and cannot live without a bagel with cream cheese (the origin of the boycott, btw. Who puts only a skid mark of cream cheese on the bagel and then charges you an arm and a leg when you ask for a little more? Not cool.) and a diet soda.
Anyway, the original smoothie has banana, granola, honey, and non-fat frozen yogurt. All bias aside (ha!) mine is better for a few reasons: I do not have to give $4.50 to a store I do not like for a single smoothie, mine has less calories, and mine sneaks in that extra serving of veggies.
Like I said, I’ll take my version any day and now I’m going to share it with you all, so you can enjoy it too.
You can, of course, add protein powder, flax seeds, or anything else you want to give this smoothie an extra boost. I find, however, that this will keep me full for about three hours without anything else added to it!
- 1 frozen banana (chopped before freezing)
- 2 tablespoons old fashioned oats
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Combine all four ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.