With the arrival of peach season often comes warmer temperatures. And with those warmer temperatures, our eating habits start to change. We tend to gravitate more towards refreshing and colder meal options instead of warm bowls of oatmeal. For me, being the oats lover that I am, it can be a difficult transition as I find myself really missing my oats. So I discovered a way to have the best of both worlds. Put oats in my smoothie! It may sound weird if you have never tried it, but it is actually quite delicious. It adds some thickness and a nice oat flavor to set it apart from a traditional smoothie.
I recommend using frozen peaches for this smoothie. If you use fresh peaches, you will need to add more ice to thicken it up, therefore the flavors of the smoothie won't stand out as much. You will already be adding 1 cup of ice as it is. I also recommend buying organic peaches as peaches are on the Dirty Dozen list. What I usually do is buy fresh peaches and dedicate some for freezing. So I remove the skin, pit, and slice them for the freezer. You may also be able to find a decent deal on some organic frozen peaches.
Another thing to keep in mind is your oats need to be soaked before placing them into your blender. So that is my first step when preparing this smoothie. I place 1/4 cup regular rolled oats in a bowl and cover them with just over 1/4 cup hot water so they have some room to expand. When you are ready to place your oats in your blender, drain any excess water that the oats didn't soak up. If you plan ahead, you can soak your oats overnight in the refrigerator and they will be ready to go in the morning.
1 cup homemade coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
2 cups frozen organic peaches
1/4 cup regular rolled oats, soaked
1 Tbs chia seeds
2 dates, pitted
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground cardamom
1 cup ice
optional- top with unsweetened shredded coconut and chia seeds
1. Place your oats in a bowl and cover with just over 1/4 cup hot water. Set aside.
2. Gather the rest of your ingredients and place them in your high speed blender, minus the optional toppings of course.
3. By now your oats should have softened and expanded. Drain any excess water and add them to your blender.
4. Blend until smooth and add any toppings if desired. Serve immediately. This recipe makes 2 smoothies.