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Leftover brown sugar-cinnamon oatmeal smoothies (4 recipes)

These days my family is in a stage of eating hot oatmeal for breakfast. On weekends we are more likely to have pancakes for breakfast but during the week we eat oatmeal.

Many times while I get busy with morning chores my oatmeal gets cold.

I don’t like cold oatmeal.

Many times when my daughter is not in the mood she won’t even touch her bowl. It doesn’t happen very often but when it does and I end up with two bowls of cold oatmeal.

So a few weeks ago I had an idea how to re-use that cold oatmeal and not to throw it away (because I really don’t like to throw out a perfectly good foods).

My recipe for oatmeal:

2 cups whole milk 

1 cup oatmeal (quick oats or old-fashioned, it works with both). 

3 tsp brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

Directions:

Mix everything together and cook on medium high until the oatmeal is cooked and thick. 

We eat it hot topped with sliced bananas, fresh blueberries or strawberries (or nothing ;) )

As for the smoothie, so far I made four kinds based on this leftover oatmeal:

1. Strawberry-banana-oatmeal

2. Strawberry-oatmeal

3. Apple-banana-oatmeal

4. Orange-grapefruit-oatmeal

Here are the recipes:

1. Strawberry-banana

1 cup leftover oatmeal

1/4 cup plain yogurt

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/2 banana

1/8 tsp almond extract

2. Strawberry-oatmeal

1 1/2 cup leftover oatmeal

1 1/2 cup fresh strawberries

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp honey

3. Apple-banana-oatmeal

1 cup leftover oatmeal

1 banana

1 granny smith apple, with the peel

2 Tbsp flax seed meal

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

4. Orange-grapefruit-oatmeal

1 cup leftover oatmeal

1 small orange

1 small grapefruit

3 tsp honey

1 tsp vanilla extract

Personally I  really like grapefruits. I always have. Grapefruits are my mom’s favorite fruits and I grew up watching her eating them without any sugar or any other topping. She always would eat them like oranges. These days I do the same which always surprises my husband who is used to people eating grapefruits with a spoon and sprinkled with sugar (bleh… , btw)

I think I liked the last smoothie the best. It had really great and unique flavor. The thing is that to make that smoothie the “right way” requires a very good blender. Something like Blendtec, Ninja or Vitamix. With regular blender the smoothie won’t get the “smooth” consistency without strings of orange or grapefruits here and there, and that is the key when it comes to making smoothie with those fruits. The strings don’t taste good and they always destroy the good flavor and I think that’s why people don’t like to use them in smoothies (or use only juice). 

Have a great day, my friends

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Homemade and fresh: Coconut Milk

Coconut milk, delicious, creamy and thick, that’s how I like it… with a hit of sweetness.

It’s been a while since I bought coconut or almond milk. I like to make my own and the way I like it. It’s not only cheaper but it’s made fresh and it taste better.

Normally I buy peeled coconut which I have to open on the top and scoop out the white soft part. I keep the coconut water for smoothies or soups.

It’s pretty hard work to open it but it’s really worth it.

Most recipes for homemade coconut milk call for:

3 cups of water

1 coconut (the white soft part)

Of course, this way the milk is less thick and you get more for your buck.

I normally use only:

2 cups water, filtered,

1 coconut,

1 Tbsp agave nectar

This way I get more thick milk (if I don’t strain it, it’s even thicker).

The white part after it’s scooped out needs to be washed.

Then blend everything together, add whatever sweetener you use and blend a little more.

Enjoy or store in the fridge for further use.

It stays fresh for up to 4 days in the fridge.

All the recipes I found online say that you need to strain it after blending. I do not do that and I LOVE IT that way. It’s really thick and creamy. Yumm!!!

I think that if you have Blendtec, Ninja or Vitamix kind of blender it does pretty good job in blending and you don’t need to strain it but it’s only my opinion.

I can drink it just as it is without anything else.

Have a wonderful Monday and stay thirsty, my friends :)

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Almond milk dark chocolate peanut butter smoothie

I am not the biggest fan of drinking any kind of nut milk just by itself. When I had to stop breastfeeding for the first month I had to feed my daughter with almond and coconut milk because she wouldn’t drink the formula or cow milk. Btw, today she a milkaholic where milk means the real stuff :)

A few weeks ago, when I had to start taking iron supplement I’ve decided to change my diet a little bit, as well.

The easiest way for me was to make all kinds of smoothies but instead of regular milk or fruit juice I’ve decided to start using almond milk. Homemade almond milk. I buy all our nuts in bulk and the first few times I bought already blanched and cut almonds. Though, after comparing prices of not blanched and blanched (and cut) almonds I stopped acting lazy in this case ;)

The recipe couldn’t be any easier to make and to find on the Internet. So being a little redundant, here is the recipe:

1 cup raw almonds (soak overnight, peeled and rinsed)

3 cups of filtered (bottled) water

Blend, extract milk from the pulps by using a nut milk bag, a clothe, strainer…

Honestly I still don’t drink that milk by itself but in a smoothie is really delicious. I think, I’m hooked to it. In addition I do not strain pulps from the liquid. I love the thick texture and more nutty flavor it creates in smoothies. I did it once just to have a picture of it for this post :)

I kept it, though and later added to my smoothies.

As for the recipes I almost never remember the quantity of fruits and veggies I use. I always have the idea of what I want to incorporate in a smoothie and I follow the plan. Almost always, though, when I try it there is something missing in taste so I start adding a little bit of this and a little bit of that to make it taste better.

The same happened this time.

More or less the ingredients were:

1 cup of fresh made almond milk (with pulps, of course),

1 apple,

1/2 small banana,

1 Tbsp, fresh squeezed lemon juice (more if desired),

1/4 cup chia seeds,

1 Tbsp, Dark Chocolate Dreams,

fresh mint leaves, to garnish (they would work perfect if blended together, as well).

A little more about Dark Chocolate Dreams – I bought that stuff thinking that it will help me to eat more peanut butter but when I tasted it at home I didn’t like it at all. As a somebody who really doesn’t like throwing food away I kept it. Finally I found a great use for it. Smoothies. I use it instead of sugar or honey or any other sweetener. It works beautifully for that purpose.

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Iced Inka & Milk Drink

I don’t know if that happened to you, but it happened to me twice.

First time when I got coffee maker. Before, I used to drink a la Turkish coffee and I was just fine. I was saying that I actually don’t need a coffee maker. After I got it I though: how could I lived for soooo long without it?!

The same happened this year. I feel like I’m happy with what I have, speaking about my kitchen tools. I mean, I need this or that, but at the end I always can go around and find a substitute if I’m missing one or two things (like, for example cookie cutter). I think everybody does that.

Till now, when (which these days means “every day”) I wanted a smoothie I would use my blender. This poor thing blends and chops almost anything for me.

NOT ANYMORE.

Now I have “frozen treat & drink maker”. To not to sound like I’m writing a review for which I got paid (I didn’t) I will just say it’s called Ninja and I love it. I don’t know how I could lived without a mixer like that for so many years ;)

A few days ago when I made a smoothie it actually looked and tasted like ice cram. Gosh… so good!

Today for breakfast, I fixed myself something I call “Iced Inka Milk Drink”… with whipped cream and chocolate on top(!!!!). That’s right – for breakfast.

What’s Inka?

This is Inka:

old picture from my archives

Simply it tastes like coffee. Not quite the same but very similar.

Iced Inka Milk Drink:

Ice cubes of milk and inka (equal amount of each). I used 12 small cubes of each.

Blend it together adding a little bit of not frozen milk.

Topped with whipped cream and shredded chocolate.

And the whole world just stopped turning for a few minutes.

Me, my breakfast and an interesting email… .

…and if you remember me talking about my daughter sleeping with almost all her teddy bears (toys) and books – here is the evidence: