I recently purchased a blender/food processor combo. This is quite possibly the best culinary purchase I have ever made- I kid you not! I am in love with the ability to make soups, sauces, dressings, and smoothies so easily!!
I would definitely recommend this tool for your kitchen, as it provides a function that is not really possible manually and it also doesn’t take up too much counter space. This is not a kitchen “gadget,” as I would say. Gadgets are unnecessary. They just take up space in the kitchen- things like mixers and garlic peelers and whoopie pie molds. I mean, let’s be honest- how often are you really going to use those things? How much time to they actually save you?
I am not at all into excess. My kitchen is necessarily Spartan, as I just don’t have much room to store things. But ,but, but,the blender is soooo necessary. It really opens up the possibilities for your kitchen, and is functional in a way that I never suspected, but will never take for granted again!!
So, in honor of my new purchase, I am doing a smoothie series. These are easy smoothie/drink recipes that can be made in a blender. They are all absolutely delicious and I am convinced that it would actually be difficult to go wrong with fruit in a blender!!
Banana Oatmeal Smoothie
(adapted from the NYT)
Makes 2 smoothies
2 tablespoons chia seeds
8 tablespoons water
4 tablespoons oats
6 tablespoons boiling water
2 cups almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 teaspoons agave nectar
Do Ahead: Put your chia seeds in a large ramekin, and cover with the water. Let them soak in the refrigerator for 3 hours. Peel the bananas and put them in the freezer for 3 hours.
Hint: peeling the bananas is really really necessary. I did not do this the first time and a frozen banana is not easy to peel.
First, take your soaked chia seeds from the refrigerator and your banana from the freezer to let them warm up a bit.
Put the rolled oats in a ramekin with the boiling water and let them sit and cook for about 15 minutes.
Slice the bananas, and place them into the blender with the almond milk.
Add in the chia seeds, vanilla extract, almond butter, and agave nectar.
Check on the oatmeal and make sure that it is cooked.
Add the oatmeal into the blender.
Blend everything together on high speed, until the mixture is smooth.
Enjoy immediately or refrigerate for later consumption!