Banana, Almond, and Oat Smoothie

Serves 1-2

Prep time: 2 minutes

Cost: $.75

banana: .15, milk: .08, yogurt: .10, nuts: .40, oatmeal: .02)

Calorie count, should you care for that sort of thing (about 400 calories if eaten as 1 serving)

Note: Your banana must be frozen in order to make this smoothie. I always have frozen bananas on hand since I take my old ones and break them into chunks and throw them into Ziploc bags. However, if you are not me, and don't have any on hand, you can freeze them fairly quickly by slicing them and putting them single layer on a tray or cookie sheet in the freezer. (They should be smoothie-able in about 20 minutes.)

Another note on banana: The riper, the better. Not rotten, mind you, but brown spots=good.

1 banana, frozen and broken into chunks

3 Tbsp yogurt (I used vanilla since I'm out of plain, but the banana has enough sweetness to carry plain yogurt)

3 Tbsp or about 10-12 almonds (other nuts are good too; I made it with walnuts this morning and I think peanuts would rock as well)

1/4 C quick oats (old-fashioned oats would probably work wonderfully too)

1/2 C milk

1 tsp crunchy peanut butter (optional, but I like it)

Throw it in a blender and blend until smooth. 

If you want to be a super star with this, you can also add 1/3 C baby spinach (you won't taste it and you'll barely see it, although there will be a greenish hue to your drink) and 1-2 Tbsp kefir (again, you won't taste this amount and it'll give you a little probiotic boost). 

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