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Vanilla Banana Smoothie

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At least once a day either for a meal in itself or a snack between meals, my husband will say, “Babe…can I have one of those smoothies?” I know what this means: this chocolate soy milk, bananas, peanut butter (preferably this one), and lately also powdered chocolate peanut butter. He has deemed the concoction “God’s Nectar,” (bwahaha! I shit you not!) and says that one day he will certainly live off of the stuff. Happily.

The truth is, when you combine frozen bananas (this part is essential), milk, and chocolate, vanilla, and/or peanut butter, the end product is very milkshake-like. Without the guilt… Not that I feel guilty about drinking milkshakes; I am a firm believer in moderation…and could drink a vanilla or chocolate milkshake every day guilt-free.

Milkshake diet aside, I decided to try a little spin on my husband’s chocolatey-peanut-buttery-smoothie. I wanted something a little lighter tasting, which would still be filling and refreshing. The oats and frozen bananas make this smoothie milkshake-thick and will keep you full. You can add unsweetened cocoa and peanut butter if you wish, as well!

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Vanilla Banana Smoothie

Serves 2.

2 teaspoons old fashioned oats
2 cups whole milk (vanilla soy, almond, or your preferred nondairy milk would be okay!)
3 medium bananas, frozen
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of fresh nutmeg

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In a spice grinder, pulverize the oats into a fine powder. (My “spice grinder” is actually just our coffee grinder, cleaned out really well.)

In a blender, combine the ground oats, milk, bananas, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

Blend on high until smooth. Divide between two glasses and enjoy immediately.

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A Golden Smoothie


Usually when my husband and I travel, we’re fortunate to be able to do that together. For the first time in a while, that wasn’t the case this weekend. My husband’s in the Bay Area working and I’m in Ashland hanging with our dogs – one of which is needing extra care these days (her back legs are completely paralyzed) – and up until this evening, my two stepchildren (with the assistance of my mother in law, because let’s face it – one 6+ foot-tall nearly 15-year-old boy and one 8-going-on-20-year-old almost-taller-than-me boy, is a lot for a girl to deal with single-handedly).

What does single step-motherhood require? Doughnuts for breakfast? Obviously. With the off-set of a good smoothie that’s filled with other-than-sugar goodness. While 14-year-old Vincent isn’t keen on bananas at all, thrown into this smoothie, they’re both hardly recognizable and offer some substance to the drink. (Plus, 8-year-old Silas was more than happy to include an ingredient his big brother doesn’t approve of… Since said-big-brother was still asleep at 11, 12, 1, 2…)

This recipe is large enough for three gigantic smoothies. It can be halved easily. Great for a summer meal or beverage, this smoothie is not overly sweet, but delicious and filling.


A Golden Smoothie

Yields three or four HUGE smoothies.

2 medium sized ripe bananas, peeled
1 large mango, peeled and seeded
½ a small cantaloupe, rind removed
2 large ripe peaches, halved with seed and stem removed
8 oz. greek peach yogurt (or your preferred thick yogurt flavor)
10 oz. frozen mangoes
½ tsp. vanilla extract



Combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth and completely combined. Serve immediately, cold.