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!
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).
STRAWBERRY-PEANUT BUTTER OATSHAKE
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.