Breakfasts during Veganuary have often looked a bit like this, a concoction known as 'Smorridge' in our house... a cross between a smoothie and porridge. The great thing about smorridge, (or an oaty smoothie bowl if you prefer), is that it has all the advantages of porridge, (keeping you full until lunchtime, lots of health benefits of eating oats regularly, oh and tasting awesome), but without the need for all that stirring and waiting... I'm not very good at either of those first thing in the morning.
I know trendy green smoothies are REALLY good for you, (usually made from a handful of spinach, half an avocado, a squeeze of lime and maybe an ice cube if you're really pushing the boat out), but I just can't keep going 'till lunchtime without something a bit more substantial.
These oaty smoothie bowls really hit the spot - much better for you than a bowl of sugary cereal, but a hearty and protein-packed start to the day.
And 'smoothie bowl art' becomes quite addictive.... a pale cream smoothie like this one is a perfect canvas for all sorts of gorgeous sprinkles to arrange artistically: fruits, seeds, nuts, berry powders or even shavings of very dark chocolate. Gorgeous.
A good quality high-speed blender is a must if you're using oats in your smoothie, (and the same goes for woody kale stalks, seedy raspberries etc). My trusty Optimum 9200A makes very light work of this so it isn't in the slightest bit grainy, but a lesser beast or hand blender won't really cut the mustard, (or oats), here.
Oaty Banana Smoothie Bowl
- 1 banana
- 50 g oats
- 250 ml nut milk (I used Almond Milk)
- 2 tsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- Put all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blitz for 30 seconds. Pour into bowls and garnish to your own taste. Serve immediately.
... and for more breakfast inspiration check out my Pinterest board Breakfasts: Vegetarian & Vegan
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