Strawberries ‘n Cream Oatmeal Smoothie

toddler friendly smoothie

Strawberries ‘n Cream Oatmeal Smoothie (and yes, that’s a green smoothie in the background…gotta have it!)

What!?!

Ok.  If I’m being completely honest, this recipe was mostly just a series of mistakes.  Mistakes that turned into a gloriously tasty smoothie (if you don’t believe me, ask SweetPea).

It started with homemade yogurt.  That didn’t turn out.  Way to soupy.  But I wasn’t going to throw it away…that would have been a waste of perfectly good milk.  Besides, when I make refrigerator oatmeal I add both yogurt and milk…so soupy yogurt is the perfect combination, right?

Well, it was the first few times I made it.  Then I finished that jar of homemade yogurt and started on another jar…which was even soupier.  How does that happen?  It was from the same batch.

Whatever.  I still made my refrigerator oatmeal like I have been.  However, when I pulled it out the next morning it was still soup.  Not a nice creamy oatmeal consistency at all.  More like liquid…with oatmeal flakes floating in it.

That’s when I had to get creative.  I threw it in the blender.  Then added a handful of strawberries.  And came up with this.  Which tastes just like strawberries ‘n cream instant oatmeal packs that I ate when I was younger.

It’s super delicious.  And healthy for you.  And my toddler loved it (and the pink smoothie mustache she got from drinking it 🙂 )

Now, I can make this again with my soupy yogurt…but when I run out of that, this will be the recipe I follow (and it uses no soupy yogurt).

Ingredients:

1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
3/4 cup milk
2 tsp honey (add more or less to taste)
1/4 tsp cinnamon
handful of strawberries (I used fresh, but I think frozen will work just as well)

Directions:

The night before:
Put the first four ingredients in a mason jar.  Stir, shake, roll…anything to get everything mixed together.  Put in fridge.  Leave overnight.

The morning of:
Dump all of the mason jar contents into a blender.  Add your strawberries (sans stems).  Blend until smoothie consistency (feel free to more milk if it’s too thick).

Drink and enjoy!  And if you’re feeling particularly giving, share it with a toddler or a husband…but know this makes a small smoothie…so you might need to up the ingredients if everyone wants some!

Apple Spice Bread Update

In case you were wondering, Apple Spice French Toast is ah-mazing.  Seriously, it was so good.  My husband gobbled it up.  SweetPea gobbled it up.  I gobbled it up.

What a great way to start the morning, especially when we’re supposed to get a couple of inches of snow today.  Isn’t nature aware that spring has sprung!?

breakfastThis picture was pre goodies, because yes, we loaded it up with butter and maple syrup (or powdered sugar, depending on who was eating it).

I would’ve taken a picture of SweetPea eating, but I was too busy trying to get bites into my mouth between getting bites into her mouth.  Sorry 😉

The Apple Spice Bread recipe can be found here.

Health Nut (that’s me)

And let’s not forget the statement I made when I got up.  “I think I’ll eat puppy chow for breakfast” (for those of you unfamiliar with this term it’s a delicious treat also known as muddy buddies).  But honestly the main ingredient is Chex corn cereal, so it’s totally a breakfast food, right?  A breakfast food coated in chocolate and peanut butter…wait a minute, that sounds like a lot of cereals that are marketed as breakfast foods.  At least I know the puppy chow is dessert.  And I just choose to have dessert for breakfast from time to time 🙂

Mmmm…cupcake…maybe for lunch…