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Peanut Butter Vanilla Oat Milk Smoothie

I love trying new plant-based milks even though I usually buy West Soy unsweetened soy milk. I go for milks that have the least amount of ingredients and are organic. West Soy unsweetened plain soy milk is organic soybeans and water. Beautiful. If I don't buy milk, I make it myself, either almond or oat milk. Yesterday I bought oat milk and it is DELICIOUS!

It's so easy to be dairy-free, I don't get why it's still such a big deal. I walk into Whole Foods and the plant-based milks are just as numerous as the cow's milk. In fact, companies that sell dairy are now getting in on the plant-based milks. It's always funny to see people who have a plant-based milk in their fridge for smoothies but still use cow's milk for their cereal or coffee. You already know you like almond milk, just use that! People get to veganism at different times...or sometimes never so I try to remember that what is best for one person, isn't best for another person.

I bought oat milk yesterday instead of making it because I wanted to taste test a store brand. I bought Pacific organic oat milk and I like it. It has a bite to it (may be the oat bran in it) and it's very sweet (contains no added sugar though) and it has very little ingredients but it's not low calorie. It's 130 calories for 1 cup and it has some fiber but not a ton. I love it in my coffee and I just made this smoothie with it. I would buy this brand again (this is not a sponsored post!)

Oats are so good for you. They contain alot of fiber, they are low in fat and they are very filling and nutritious. I crave oatmeal all the time; I have it pretty much once a day everyday. Of course, I put everything under the sun in it, which is probably why I crave it (peanut butter, coconut sugar, banana etc etc). Check out this smoothie.

1 cup of oat milk
2 frozen bananas
2 tsp of vanilla extract
3 tbsp of filtered water
2 tbsp of natural peanut butter

Blend everything together until smooth. The oat crumble I added to the top of my smoothie is simply quick oats mixed with peanut butter and a little coconut sugar. I pressed it into a small loaf pan and  I keep in the fridge for when I want something sweet and chewy.

To kick this recipe up a notch, add in a scoop of your favorite plant-based vanilla protein powder (get some here). To thicken your smoothie, add 1/4 cup of rolled oats to this recipe. To thin it out, add a little more water or oat milk. You can add cinnamon to your smoothie as well. Add another nut butter like cashew or sunflower seed. Use this recipe as a base and build on it. Enjoy!

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