Warm Oatmeal Smoothie

to add nutrition into our often lacking diets.  And, delicious.

Let's face it.  Those healthy Summer Fruit Smoothies have little appeal when the weather begins to chill and our thoughts turn to gold, yellow, brown and falling leaves, jackets in the morning and all things Fall.  

Our summer fruit and vegetable drinks were such a pleasant way   

We started thinking about breakfast Fall flavors and naturally Oatmeal was one of the the first.  Our Warm Oatmeal Smoothie is both nutritious and comforting.  So what are we waiting for?

Let's Get Cooking!

1/4 C Steel Cut Organic Oatmeal

1         Banana Medium

1/2 C Raisins

1         Apple (With Skin), 1 Medium 

8 oz    Silk/Soy Milk

           Cinnamon to Taste**

(1 oz Walnuts, Raw - Optional)*

Servings: 2+

Calories: 250/Serving

                 330/Serving with Walnuts*

The night before, place the Steel Cut Oats in enough Soy Milk to cover by an inch (we have used them without soaking, however soaking adds a better consistency.)  Refrigerate them overnight. You will be surprised at how much they expand.

If you have a high powered blender like a Vita-Mix, the entire Smoothie can be made in one step, including the warming.  Just place all the ingredients into the blender and move the power control to high slowly until is reaches maximum speed.  Blend until you see steam and you're done.

(Be VERY careful when removing the lid and pouring.  The last thing you need on a busy morning is a steam burn)

Pour into cups and garnish with a Cinnamon Stick.

If you do not have a Vita-Mix, place the apple, raisins and walnuts (if using) into your blender and chop until they are in small bits (it may require a little of the soy milk to get it going.) Next add the soaked Oats, Banana, Soy Milk and Cinnamon.  Blend, stopping the machine to scrape down the sides when necessary.  Add additional Soy Milk to achieve the perfect consistency for your taste.  

When blended, carefully add it to a pan to warm it or microwave it for just a minute or two.  And sip your Warm Oatmeal Smoothie.  Just delicious!

*We have mixed emotions about the addition of Walnuts.  They add approximately 80 calories per serving, however they are heart healthy and the fat they add to the Smoothie helps keep you full for a significant period of time, discouraging eating unhealthy snacks in between.  

**If preparing this for children you might want to sweeten it a little with Agave Nectar or pure Maple Syrup -- just 1 or 2 teaspoons. What a great breakfast for the entire family! 

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