Today I realized that essentially I am in the midst of a common-law marriage to a bowl of oatmeal; we're going on seven years strong. Some might view this as sad, that one of the most significant relationships in my life is with an inanimate, even (cover your ears, oatmeal!) boring food. But I truly love the warming morning porridge, and thanks to a little ingenuity and know-how, we've managed to keep things interesting, and, until recently, I had little interest in straying from my comforting daily routine.
That is, until one morning not long ago, when a seemingly innocent flirtation with a new treat in town turned my world upside-down. It might not be conventionally attractive — in fact, it's pale, short, and frankly a little bit gloppy — but, boy, does it know how to make a woman's taste buds light up. The stranger I speak of is, of course, this creamy, velvety-smooth banana shake-smoothie hybrid. It's not much to look at, but with one sip, the depths of its complex but comforting nature become apparent. As a somewhat sneaky bonus, it even comes together in a flash, and is perfect for weekday mornings, a problem oatmeal and I have been attempting to reconcile for years. And while I can't say for sure what my future holds in this bizarre love triangle, I have an inkling that it'll involve both of these charming suitors.
Keep reading for a recipe worth straying from your morning routine for.
Adapted from Annie's Eats
Banana Almond Smoothie
You can substitute unsweetened (or even dairy or soy milk) and add a splash of vanilla extract as well as a drizzle of honey to taste.
1-1/2 frozen bananas
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/4 cup sweetened vanilla almond milk
2 tablespoons almond butter
- Blend all ingredients until velvety smooth. Taste and adjust for sweetness with a drizzle of honey if needed.