When school is back in and fall schedules pick up, it’s sometimes hard to squeeze in a balanced breakfast. Oatmeal is prized for its high fiber and low fat content, as well as its ability to lower cholesterol, but there isn’t always time to simmer a pot. Why not try it in a smoothie? Adding oats to peanut butter, banana, yogurt and milk and whirling it smooth makes it perfectly sippable, providing that nutrient boost, protein and fiber to help get you through the day. Drink it at your desk, or pour into an insulated coffee mug and take it to go.
Peanut butter and banana are a classic combo – especially sweetened with a drizzle of honey. For each 1-2 servings (depending on your energy needs or appetite) break 1 ripe banana into a blender with 1 cup plain yogurt, 2 Tbsp. peanut butter, 1/2 cup milk, 1/4 cup quick-cooking oats and a squirt of honey to taste. (Quick or instant oats will more easily puree into the mix.)
For a chocolate version kids would love, add 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder, too.
Whiz everything until smooth and serve immediately. Have a great day!