Ingredients used to create this recipe assembled on a wooden cutting board.

Nut Butter Banana Oat Frappé (Smoothie)

In honor of Heart Health Month

This frappé (smoothie) recipe is one of many that I make almost every morning for my daughters. I will tell you they come running into the kitchen with a look of love and adoration (shockingly, I am not kidding!) every time they hear the sound of the Vitamix whirring through the air.

Updated in name and ingredients, this was an everyday snack when I was growing up. Usually prepared by one of my brothers, we would have it after school, on the weekends or anytime in between.

Back then we called it a frappé, today we call it a smoothie. My brother would prepare this with tropical fresh fruit indigenous to our island like mangoes, guava, barbadine, soursop, bananas or even peanut butter. He then added evaporated milk, lots of ice and to make it really sweet and super delicious…condensed milk! If you have never heard of condensed milk, you are missing out, although certainly not an ingredient considered heart healthy! Save it for dessert time!

Nut Butter Banana Oat Smoothie

Yield: 2 -16 oz frappés
Prep time: a few minutes


1 ½ cups oat or almond milk

½ cup rolled oats

2 heaping Tbsp of your favorite nut butter

2 ripe bananas, riper the better

3 Medjool dates, seeded and cut into a few pieces

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1 Tbsp ground flax seed (2 tsp of whole flax seed)

¼ tsp of cinnamon

Ice approximately 2 cups to start


Instructions

Place all ingredients in your blender, I use a Vitamix, so start on the lowest setting and increase the speed as the ingredients combine. Blend until smooth. Adjust thickness by adding more liquid and temperature by adding more ice. Pour in your favorite tumbler, ours is the 16 oz. Classic Tervis Tumbler. Your heart and tastebuds will thank you!

One Happy Customers Opinion
Here is a direct quote from my daughter Paola, “When I haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep or just simply do not want to get out of bed and go to school, I try and think of reasons to drag myself from the warm comfort of my covers. On numerous occasions, what ultimately gets me out of bed is knowing that there is a possibility that a delicious smoothie is waiting downstairs for me (my favorite is peanut butter, banana, chocolate)”.

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