I LOVE smoothies and for the last month or so I’ve been having one for breakfast most every morning. I typically drink my Banana & Peanut Butter Smoothie, but recently I’ve been making this fantastic Chocolate & Pumpkin Spice Smoothie. I know, I know…it’s not fall yet, but I tried this one day on a whim and it’s here to stay.
Chocolate is my weakness and pumpkin spice is the epitome of fall, the most delightful time of year—combine the two and you have yourself an incredibly scrumptious cup of fall. Oh, isn’t that a cute little catchphrase!? Makes me want to squeal with excitement!
For this smoothie I use milk, instead of orange juice, because it creates a much creamier smoothie. Also in the mix are some vanilla yogurt, banana, peanut butter, oatmeal, and a touch of honey. This smoothie is simple yet so deliciously satisfying, and it will help keep you full until lunch…or at least your mid-morning snack!
Take 10 minutes to make this smoothie at night before bed, so you can wake-up to a quick and healthy breakfast…2 mornings in a row (or you can be kind and share!).
Chocolate & Pumpkin Spice Smoothie
Yields about 2 (16oz.) servings
- 2/3 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1½ cups water
- 1 cup milk (I used 2%)
- 2/3 cup vanilla yogurt
- 2 very ripe bananas (fresh or frozen)
- 2 tbsp. cocoa powder
- ¾ tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 3 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
- 2-3 tsp. honey or brown sugar
- 14 ice cubes
To a medium bowl, add the old-fashioned rolled oats and water. Microwave for 4½ minutes. Set aside to cool.
Add the milk, vanilla yogurt, bananas, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, creamy peanut butter, and honey (or brown sugar) to the blender. Blend on high until smooth.
Add the cooked oatmeal to the blender and blend again on high until smooth. If the oatmeal is still hot, make sure to open the pour hole on the lid of the blender to release the steam.
Add the ice cubes and blend on high until smooth and creamy. Pour into cups and enjoy!
If the oatmeal was hot when added to the blender, you might want to chill the smoothies for an hour or so before indulging. I always make my smoothies the night before, so this is not an issue.