Strawberry-peanut butter oatshake

Strawberry-peanut butter oatshake

I know what you’re thinking.

An oatshake. Really? 

You go two weeks without posting and you come back with a recipe for an OATSHAKE?

Ha, YUP. And to add insult to injury: I have a fully functioning kitchen again (!!!) and I’ve been baking up a storm (chocolate-studded coconut oil brownies will be coming your way soon). But I came here with this recipe today because it’s not just any ol’ oatshake. It’s the shake that’s been on repeat – literally – for the past month and a half. I go to bed craving it. I wake up craving it. And, as a result, we’ve gone through pounds and pounds of peanut butter and even more pounds of rolled oats because this shake encompasses everything I look for in a smoothie-like beverage: it’s creamy, it’s refreshing, and it’s delicious. It’s also so damn satisfying (that fat and them oats, yo!) that you could totally get away with drinking it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner – which, admittedly, I’ve done more than a few times because it seems as though I’ve turned into one of those people whose appetite is adversely impacted by the heat. Does this mean I’m getting old?

Don’t answer that.

In all seriousness though, it’s safe to say I drink one of these shakes damn-near every day. Sometimes, yes, in place of a meal, sometimes as a post-workout snack, and sometimes in the middle of the day when it’s blazin’ hip-hop and I’m regretting my decision to be all anti-AC when it’s not even summer yet (fun fact: this year’s summer solstice is our wedding anniversary) (yes I did that on purpose). And while I’m not proud to admit that I’ll occasionally indulge in an oatshake for dinner, I’m a firm believer in listening to your body and following its lead. So when my body says FEED ME LIQUID FOOD OR DIE, I’m more than happy to oblige. Especially when it’s in the form of an oatshake.

But back to that fully-functioning kitchen thing because CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? We have a kitchen sink (!) and running water (!!) and – as of last Saturday – we’re no longer washing dishes in our bathtub (all thanks to my handy ass husband). For 15 long weeks I hunched over the rounded ledge of that tub and washed the same four bowls, three pans, and two plates over and over and over again. And there are no words to adequately convey how thrilled I am to finally be standing over a kitchen sink (even if it is a single-basin sink) (I’m a two-basin kinda lady but I’ll explain why we went single-basin, later) instead of smashing my ribcage into the side of our cast iron tub. We’ve still got some work to do (hang the range hood and exposed shelving, set the backsplash, install trim, etc.) but things are finally starting to feel a little more normal around our place, so hopefully they start to feel a little more normal around here, too.

Anyway, it’s Friday. Which means I’ve gotta go lift and then start binge watching OITNB soooo see ya!

PS – My pals David and Luise (aka the cookbook-making dream team) sent me a copy of their new smoothie book and you should totally go pre-order it because it’s a stunner, you guys.

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Notes: If you don’t have quick rolled oats, you can certainly use thick rolled oats but – heads up – your smoothie will have a bit more texture to it. For a thicker oatshake, reduce the almondmilk to 1 cup. To guarantee the best flavor, I highly recommend freezing your own strawberries; if you buy them frozen from the store, they may be on the tart side (which you want to avoid). If you’re not a fan of strawberries (YOU CRAZY), frozen blueberries are delicious, too. And every once in a while (like days when I’ve already consumed three servings of peanut butter) I’ll replace the peanut butter with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and 3 tablespoons of powdered peanut butter (which is totally gross as peanut butter but awesome in blended beverages).


1/2 cup quick rolled oats
2 tablespoons natural peanut butter
1 1/4 cups frozen strawberries
1 medium ripe banana
Pinch of fine sea salt
1 1/2 cups unsweetened vanilla almondmilk

Add all ingredients to a high powered blender, such as a Vitamix, and blend until smooth and creamy (about one minute). Pulse 15-20 times to remove the air bubbles then pour into a glass (or two) and enjoy.

Servings: 1 big smoothie (or 2 small smoothies)

Peanut butter-banana oatshake – Omit the strawberries and use 1 1/2 frozen bananas.
Strawberry-coconut oatshake – Replace the peanut butter with 1 tablespoon of coconut butter and use toasted coconut almondmilk.
Mocha oatshake – Omit the strawberries and peanut butter, use 1 1/2 frozen bananas, add 1 tablespoon of cacao powder, and replace 1/2 cup of the almondmilk with cold-brew coffee.
Protein oatshake – Add a scoop of your favorite protein powder (preferably unflavored) and increase the almondmilk by 1/2 cup.
Superfood oatshake – Add a tablespoon of lucuma, maca, maqui, etc.

Strawberry-peanut butter oatshake


  • Reply Janel | Peach and the Cobbler 17 June 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Oatshakes FTW! Seriously addicted to them rn and this one is heading into my lineup ASAP!

  • Reply Ashley 17 June 2016 at 8:06 AM

    You have no idea how happy I was to wake up this morning and see a post from you in my feed! I’ve been loving your kitchen updates on snapchat and actually screamed a little when I saw you had running water again. Enjoy your functioning kitchen!

  • Reply Sarah 17 June 2016 at 10:21 AM

    This sounds absolutely amazing! So glad you’re back and enjoy your kitchen :)

  • Reply Katrina 17 June 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Hey, I love a good oatshake so this is A-OK with me! Plus, I usually stick to PB+Banana and Strawberry+Oat. I need these things TOGETHER!

  • Reply Kiley 17 June 2016 at 12:13 PM

    I totally agree with you on the PB2 – so good in smoothies and oatmeal. But does not taste “just like peanut butter” on toast! Where did you get the little Maldon Sea Salt? I love that container.

  • Reply Erica 17 June 2016 at 2:42 PM

    Hooray for new kitchens! I’m sure it’s a beaut ;)

  • Reply Abby | Lace & Lilacs 17 June 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Yay yay yay for a new kitchen! And this smoothie looks so delicious… I adore your photos. <3 xx

  • Reply Pia 18 June 2016 at 4:22 AM

    How on Earth you have managed to go so long without a proper kitchen, I absolutely fail to understand; I would lose my mind. No joke. So super duper big *thumbs up*for that!
    Aside from that, I say, have smoothies parties whenever you fancy. There are no rules, so need whatsoever to feel bad.
    Happy weekend, Ashlae :)

  • Reply Chelsea 18 June 2016 at 5:03 AM

    I’ve been seeing a lot of people put oats in their smoothies lately but haven’t given it a shot yet – this sounds too good not to try though!

    Also yay for having a functioning kitchen again!

  • Reply danielle | rooting the sun 18 June 2016 at 8:56 AM

    I would wait ten years for an oatshake from you, lady! Strawberry and Banana are my all time favorite dream team. Also, congratulations on your kitchen! xo

  • Reply Heather 18 June 2016 at 11:59 AM

    High-fives for oat shakes and fully functioning kitchens!

  • Reply dixya @food, pleasure, and health 18 June 2016 at 12:11 PM

    i have been looking for ways to use the powered peanut, thanks for the coconut oil recommendation to make smoothie! strawberries are sooo good, this time of the year – cant get enough.

  • Reply Tara 18 June 2016 at 2:35 PM

    OATSHAKE. My new favorite thing! I made it with frozen blueberries and almond butter and it was divine. I’ll be checking back regularly for that coconut oil brownie recipe. I am so happy you’re finally going to post it!

  • Reply Liz 19 June 2016 at 1:21 PM

    Thank you for this wonderful recipe! I made it with blueberries and a tablespoon of cocoa. Delicious!!

  • Reply MJ 20 June 2016 at 10:12 AM

    At first I was like, ‘An oatshake. Really?’ But then I was like, ‘An oatshake! Really!’
    Made this the last two mornings for breakfast, and I’ve been saying MMM ever since.

  • Reply Elenore Bendel Zahn 20 June 2016 at 1:14 PM

    What do you even mean, babe?! I’s never EVER be disappointed when you come with oats.. #ILOVEOATS. Meaning, I’ll make this asap! Just got some really awesome peanut butter yesterday (the company is called ´Mother Earth´soooo) – it’s all perfect. Will get strawbs tomorrow and will be washing pink stained clothes tomorrow eve.

    luv ya!

  • Reply Randle Browning 20 June 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Love your pretty pictures! And I’m also obsessed right now with (1) oat shakes and (2) frozen liquid meals in general. :P I like to add cinnamon and vanilla and make it taste like cake batter! I’m definitely going to try your berry PB version. :) And woohoo for the functional kitchen!!

  • Reply Amy | The Whole Food Rainbow 21 June 2016 at 7:53 AM

    Hey Ashlae! This has made me crave peanut butter even more and I daily eat it from the jar (with my finger! It’s only my jar so I think that’s okay…). Loving the variations too this is going to be so much fun… <3

  • Reply Julia 21 June 2016 at 12:32 PM

    You know what? When I saw that you posted an oat shake I thought “This must be “the bomb” if Ashlae is posting it on her blog!” and headed straight over here to see that I was right :) Never ever underestimate your devoted readers <3 And congrats on your kitchen finally coming together!

    • Reply Julia 23 June 2016 at 2:04 AM

      I just had this for breakfast and it was sooo good! First oatshake i ever had, can you imagine that?! Will try the mocha version tomorrow morning!😋

  • Reply Gemma 21 June 2016 at 4:24 PM

    This is my go-to smoothie! I love the PB and strawberry combo and I usually prepare it after my workout sessions, adding a scoop of maca, pea protein, hemp…etc.

    Lovely pics as usual! =)


  • Reply Chelsea | Baked Greens 22 June 2016 at 7:01 AM

    I’m never disappointed with your posts- oat shakes or otherwise. I made this yesterday but subbed half an avocado for the peanut butter. It was a PB toast, PB cookies, spoonfuls of peanut butter kind of day, and I needed a little break from the glorious golden spread that is peanut butter. The shake was wonderfully thick and just what I needed between lunch and dinner!

  • Reply Chantel 23 June 2016 at 10:25 AM

    I definitely want to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Samantha 23 June 2016 at 1:32 PM

    Please don’t ever underestimate the value of a good frozen beverage. ;) So far I’ve made three of your variations but the original strawberry PB oatshake is still my fav.

    P.S. The kitchen is looking so good!
    P.P.S. I can’t wait for that brownie recipe.

  • Reply Lynda S. 26 June 2016 at 4:40 AM

    The perfect marriage of strawberry and peanut butter. Thank you so much for sharing. My kids thank you even more :)

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  • Reply Lavues 29 June 2016 at 12:59 PM

    Lovely healthy drink for brunch during my weekend!

  • Reply Lauren 4 July 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Drinking a cherry almond butter oatshake right now as breakfast and I must say, this recipe has now pretty much replaced my previous go-to that was heavy on the berries and tasted more like a PB&J sandwich. Also delicious, but this is creamier with them oats added in! 👯🙌👌 Thanks lady!

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