I opened up my freezer the other day to find a whole onion sitting on the shelf. I wasn’t sure how it long it had been there, but I know I didn’t intend for it to be there. This is one of those situations like finding cereal in the fridge or almost brushing your teeth with soap. The brain can do funny things. When mine goes on autopilot, I don’t catch things too well. In these instances, I end up with frozen whole onions.
I have found that although odd, these situations can open up great possibilities. On one hand, I have a chance to see how thawed onions do in a recipe. I’ll let you know!
Every once in awhile, however, my autopilot brain responses actually yield something interesting and I get lucky. When I am making multiple things at one time in the kitchen and my blender is out and things are flying and the mixture on the stove is boiling, a bit of this or that can get thrown into the wrong thing. I was making a smoothie and cookies simultaneously while talking on the phone. In the end, the oats were added to the smoothie without hesitation even though they were meant for the cookies. What’s funny is that the second I tasted this peanut butter oatmeal smoothie, I remembered tasting something similar at Holly’s house a few years prior. Her smoothie was so thick and hearty, it was like a milkshake! But like in the case of stashing an onion in the freezer, I had completely forgot about it. Not this time! It’s so good, I won’t let you forget about it either!
You’ll definitely enjoy the thick milkshake texture of this smoothie, especially if doing a sugar-free diet. It’s soooo deliciously creamy yet hearty. I love that this smoothie contains good fats and natural plant-based proteins. It makes 2 servings but there really is no judgment if you fight your partner for theirs or can’t stay away from the leftover one in the freezer. Make it totally gluten-free by using gluten-free oats and be sure to add some coconut milk if you’ve got it. If you’re doing Sugar-Free September, you definitely deserve it!
Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie
2 Frozen Large Bananas
4 Ice Cubes
1/4 cup Peanut Butter (crunchy or creamy)
2/3 cup Almond Milk or Coconut Milk
1/2 teaspoon Liquid Stevia (vanilla flavored is best!)
1/4 cup Oats
In a high-powered blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until chilled and creamy! Enjoy immediately!
NOTE: I made this for Chelsea with almond butter (she’s allergic to peanuts) and we LOVED it! Try Sunflower butter for a similar “mock” peanut flavor.