In my last post I showed you how to cook oat groats in an electric pressure cooker. I promised to show you the new smoothie I am drinking that provides a ton of fiber and uses the cooked oat groats. You can add or remove items that you do not like and it should take on different tastes. I decided to put pureed pumpkin in, because it has a ton of fiber, but you could change that to blueberries or some other fruit to change up the flavor.
I wanted to let you know that if you are not able to tolerate the dairy, you can leave out the Greek yogurt. The oat groats in this are put in first and ground with the water, this makes a substance that looks like milk and is a good substitute for the base.
Here is my current recipe, but I do change up the fruits myself:
1 frozen banana (broken into pieces and if they are not frozen you can add 4-5 ice cubes)
1/2 cup of pumpkin
1 – 2 squirts of Agave Nectar
1 splash of double vanilla or two splashes of regular vanilla
Sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg
1/2 cup of either Chobani Plain Greek Yogurt non-fat or Stonyfield Plain or Vanilla Yogurt No Fat
1/2 cup of Organic baby spinach or mixed greens (get the type that is washed 3 times so you don’t have to)
Blend until all the spinach pieces are gone.
This smoothie will be anywhere from brown to green, depending on how much spinach you put in it. It tastes like pumpkin pie a little. If you put in another fruit it will take on the main fruit flavor. This is a great way to get lots of fiber and use up your leftover spinach or greens. You can freeze the greens in portions before they wilt if you need to.
This makes 2 full glasses, so if you don’t finish it at breakfast, you can put it in the fridge and drink later in the day when you need a pick me up or if you get a little hungry before dinner. I usually have the second glass in the afternoon for a snack.