Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Pear, Oat, Peanut Butter Smoothies

Chris and I have been on a smoothie kick lately.  Those of you that follow me on Twitter may notice my new found obsession with pear, oat, peanut butter smoothies.  They are super healthy and refreshing.  The raw oats give them an almost chewy texture.  Kind of like a liquid oatmeal cookie.  I made some tweaks to the original recipe.  Check out my version...

2 1/2 medium to large pears, such as red Anjou, peeled, seeded, and chopped (2 2/3 cups)
1 3/4 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup 1% milk
2/3 cup rolled or quick-cooking oats
1/3 cup ice cubes
2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons honey
2 tablespoons chunky peanut butter
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
Coarse salt to taste

1.Freeze pears in a single layer on a baking sheet overnight.
2.Combine pears, milk, almond milk, oats, ice, honey, peanut butter, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt in a blender. Blend on low speed, then gradually increase speed to high. Blend until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour into chilled glasses, and garnish with ground cinnamon. Serve immediately.


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