A healthy alternative to your blueberry muffin: The Blueberry Muffin Smoothie!
After a particularly tortuous session in the dentists chair recently, I was feeling pretty sorry for myself. Confined to a tepid liquid-only diet, I need something to lift my spirits and nourish me. Of course, a good old smoothie came to mind (this was after I had thought better of raiding my stash of Dairy Milk <—- not liquid, silly!). Not any old smoothie was going to cut it, I needed something special, something worthy of this pity-party-for-one. After a quick rummage in the fridge and a whiz in the blender, the Blueberry Muffin Smoothie was born.
Let’s talk ingredients-
Oats- A great addition to smoothies if you are looking for more of a meal than a snack. The oats kept me satisfied for ages, and gave me lots of energy.
Blueberries- Delicious, pretty, and a well recognized “superfood”, I love their musky-sweet flavour and vibrant colour. I use fresh when they’re in season, but frozen would definitely work here.
Almond Butter- This made the smoothie lovely and creamy, plus the addition of extra fat and protein made this more more of a meal smoothie.
Banana- Pretty much a necessity in smoothies (erm, except this one?). The banana imparts sweetness, creaminess and always gives me an energy boost. To keep it sweet I use a very ripe one if I can. I have also started keeping them handy in the freezer for smoothies, pancakes, banana bread, muffins…!
Milk- Pick your poison! I do prefer the taste of almond milk in my smoothies, but thats just personal preference, dairy, coconut, soy, ANY milk will work here.
Vanilla- Aha! The ingredient that elevates this smoothie to “Muffin Smoothie”. The vanilla imparts a gorgeous sweetness that makes this feel really indulgent. If you want to skip the vanilla and use vanilla almond milk instead, you could!
- ½ cup oats
- 1 cup milk (almond, dairy, whatever you want)
- 1 ripe banana
- ¾ cup blueberries
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- ¼ tsp vanilla extract
- Simply throw all of the ingredients into your blender, and blend until smooth! Add a little extra liquid if you prefer a thinner smoothie.