This sun butter oatmeal date smoothie just might be my favorite smoothie of all time. It requires just a few simple ingredients and can be whipped up in little time!
Most smoothie recipes I see at smoothie shops have banana in them. They’re not only added in for nutrition, but help make a nice creamy smoothie… especially when you use frozen bananas.
Guess what? I don’t eat bananas. They happen to be one of the few food allergies I have, so no bananas in this smoothie!
So if you are like me, or one of those many people who hate bananas, what can you substitute them for in a smoothie? I chose oatmeal.
Oats absorb a lot of liquid, and work perfectly in smoothies to help create that creamy texture like bananas would. Not only are they full of fiber, they will also help keep you full until your next meal. Be sure to use gluten free rolled oats if you are sensitive or have Celiac, like I do. Oats are one of those foods that can easily be cross-contaminated (you can read more about it here). I always use Bob’s Red Mill gluten free oats, but I also love the gluten free oats from Trader Joe’s!
I prefer soaking the oats in coconut milk for a few minutes before adding them to my smoothie. This lets them absorb more liquid, and will help make that creamier texture in the end. I personally think it also helps them blend better. Once they have soaked, just add the oat and liquid mixture along with all the other ingredients to a blender and blend smooth!
I like to use sunflower seed butter in this smoothie. I love the Once Again organic brand that I find in my local specialty foods store, and it does give this smoothie a pretty strong (but wonderful) sunflower butter taste. If you aren’t a fan of sunflower butter, you could use any type of nut butter you like!
This smoothie is not only gluten free, but also dairy free, soy free, and peanut free. If you need to make if completely nut free, just replace the milk with something like rice milk instead!
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