Three weeks ago I attended the Mitten Moms Conference for Michigan (mostly Mom) Bloggers in Dearborn. It was the first blogging conference that I had attended and it was great to meet other Michigan Bloggers and to learn more about blogging. The conference ran from Friday afternoon through an optional Sunday Henry Ford Museum/Greenfield Village visit.
Part of our Saturday morning Breakfast included a presentation by Liz Della Croce who blogs at The Lemon Bowl that was sponsored by the United Diary Industries of Michigan. One of the three dishes that she served to us was Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothies. This smoothie was delicious and I love that it contains such wholesome ingredients. I love smoothies, so I immediately wanted to try it out. I loved the smoothie at the conference (and was disappointed to only receive a 2 oz serving). Of course, that week I went home to replicate the recipe.
Liz’s original recipe makes 2 16 oz servings, but I have cut it down to 1 (slightly smaller serving) so I can make it in my Magic Bullet instead of using my full-size blender. I made a few modifications since I didn’t have the exact ingredients (and didn’t look at the recipe) the first time through. The first time I made it, I didn’t have any vanilla yogurt, so I left it out. I also made it from memory, so I had forgotten about the cinnamon and didn’t measure the ingredients. The first time, I didn’t use enough oatmeal, so I have increased the amount that I am using. Other than that, I have been pleased with the result and have continued to make it without using yogurt or cinnamon. I will probably add the cinnamon the next time that I make it now that I looked at the real recipe.
To make the Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie, I fill the Magic Bullet mug about 1/2 way with ice cubes. I have found it best to add the peanut butter next, and I try to scrape it onto an ice cube instead of the side of the mug where it tends to get stuck. Then, I sprinkle in the oats (I use Quaker Quick Cooking Oats, but any oats will work) and pour in milk. Finally I add the banana. The banana is the best ingredient to go on top since it is easily compacted when you screw the magic bullet cross-blade lid into place. I then blend until a smooth consistency is achieved. If needed, I add more ice to make a thicker smoothie or more milk to make it thinner.
I have to admit that I have been somewhat addicted to these since the conference. As a matter of fact, I just had one as an afternoon snack after spending a few hours at Rolling Hills. I have probably made at least 10 of these smoothies in the 3 weeks since the conference. It would have been more, but we ran out of bananas at one point and I was only able to find green bananas so I had to wait a few days for the bananas to ripen.
A Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie makes a filling breakfast on its own. It incorporates protein from dairy and the peanut butter, fruit from the banana, and fiber from the oatmeal. It makes a quick complete meal that kids or adults can take on the go. It will be a great breakfast for those first warm weeks of school. As much as I love it, I don’t see us having a smoothie for breakfast when we’re headed to school in the Michigan winter and trying to stay warm.
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After a few years of using disposable straws, I have upgraded to reusable straws. While these aren’t the ones I have, they do look like a great option.