Skinny Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

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On Monday, Mother Nature decided to be all like “Hey, I know it was 100 degrees yesterday, but I think I’ll make it 53 degrees this morning.” Of course, I went outside Monday morning wearing shorts and a T-shirt thinking I was going to be sweating like crazy, but in reality, I had to go back inside and throw on a big ‘ol sweater just to keep my tiny little arms warm. Yep.

However, today was another blazer and gardening was a little on the NOT FUN side of the spectrum. Sweat pouring down my face, shirt drenched—I won’t go into the details. But at least I was able to whip up this skinny banana oatmeal smoothie (which is totally delicious and refreshing) in less than five minutes when I came inside. 

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I may be, uh, slightly obsessed with this smoothie. A.K.A. I practically swallowed the glass whole and then proceeded to make a second smoothie. Don’t judge.

This smoothie is like a taste of fall that’s still clinging on to summer. The cinnamon-ginger-nutmeg combo pretty much screams autumn, but how refreshing this smoothie is enough to convince me to make it every season of the year. Every DAY of the year. Wait, I think I took that a little too far. But I think you get my point.

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The banana in this recipe acts as a thickener, and obviously a flavorer, but that’s beside the point. Instead of adding ice to the smoothie, which can water it down and make a less-than-desirable smoothie, you add chunks of frozen banana. To make frozen chunks of banana, peel a ripe banana, cut it into 4 pieces (they don’t have to be equal), toss those suckers in a Ziploc bag, and freeze ‘em. 

The banana also helps to make this vegan smoothie creamy. Creaminess is a must when it comes to smoothies. 

I use my Ninja Mega Kitchen System to make all my smoothies and love it. If I’m making a large batch of smoothies at one time, I’ll use the blender attachment but if I’m just making a smoothie for me, I like to use the single serve blender attachment. One of the best investments I’ve ever made.

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I can already tell that this smoothie is going to be making a regular appearance at my house. A few of the kids were doing their studies at the kitchen table that morning and asked for a sip (of the second glass), and they LOVED IT! I wish I had thought to freeze more bananas, because it was a HUGE hit with my family.

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This skinny banana oatmeal smoothie is practically liquid gold. Drink up!

Here’s the recipe:

Skinny Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Yield: 2 cups
 
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup old-fashioned oats (or quick-cooking oats)
  • 1 frozen banana, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or non-dairy milk of choice)
  • 1½ tablespoons organic maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • pinch of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Pour the oats into your blender and blend until finely ground.
  2. Add in the rest of the ingredients and blend for 1-2 minutes, or until smooth.
Notes
Recipe adapted from Gimme Some Oven

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Comments

  1. says

    Thank you for sharing this skinny banana oatmeal smoothie post at City of Creative Dream’s City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)

  2. Kristy says

    Have you made using ripe bananas that are not frozen?
    I’ve used frozen bananas in a strawberry smoothie and was surprised how much I disliked frozen versus ripe bananas on the counter.

    • says

      Hi Kristy! I usually freeze ripe bananas that I have peeled and cut into chunks for my smoothies, but I haven’t tried it with fresh banana. If you try it, please let me know how it works for you. ;)

  3. Brittny A. says

    Aah, this banana oatmeal smoothie is my new favorite thing to have for breakfast!! So good! I sometimes would have oatmeal for breakfast, sometimes even a banana, but I never thought to combine the two to make a delicious smoothie!! Genius! :) Thanks for sharing :)

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