This Pineapple Peach Oatmeal Smoothie includes toasted oats for an extra layer of flavor. It’s perfect for warm summer days!
A couple of weeks ago, Laura was out of town for the week for work. In years past, that would have meant me living like a bachelor again. But not anymore. Now it meant solo-Dad duty as I chased Robbie around the house and the yard. That’s ok, though. The little guy and I had some great bonding time! In fact, when Laura came home, Robbie hid behind my leg and started crying. (Don’t worry…he loves his Mom. I think he was just surprised to see her.)
We’ve had a bunch of rain this week, but fortunately the weather was great when Laura was out of town. Robbie and I enjoyed cruising around the yard each afternoon. It was a great way to show him new things…and also a great way to entertain him until dinnertime! One of the things I taught him during the Daddy-Robbie Week of Fun was how to smell flowers. He calls them babbers, but it’s close enough. As you parents out there know, you become an expert at translating toddler talk into English. So once Robbie understood flowers, I taught him to go up and smell them. And now he can’t stop smelling flowers!
In fact, Robbie’s love of smelling flowers has led him to smelling everything that’s green in the yard…flower or not. The leaves on the hostas? Robbie smells ’em. The leaves on the tulips? Robbie smells ’em. (The tulips themselves have already flowered, but the leaves are still there.) And then he took it to a whole new level by smelling (and then picking) a dandelion. I mean, I get it! It does look like a flower. And he was so proud marching around the yard with his dandelion in his hand!
Just like his Dad, Robbie has a thing for fruit. It doesn’t matter what kind of fruit. He loves it all! So during our Week of Fun, I decided it would be fun to whip up a smoothie for the little guy. He’s recently figured out how to use a straw, too, so that’s a bonus. I mean I can’t imagine him trying to drink a smoothie without a straw! Dad would’ve been cleaning up that mess for an hour. Hah!
Have you guys ever used toasted oats in a smoothie? Hint: Do it. They’re delicious! Using oats in a smoothie is a fun way to add extra fiber and protein, and toasting those oats adds a whole new level of flavor to your favorite smoothie. For this Pineapple Peach Oatmeal Smoothie, I used pineapple (or babbles as Robbie calls ’em), peaches and a banana. Toss in some vanilla Greek yogurt, and you’ve got a creamy, fruity glass of deliciousness!
When it comes to oats, Bob’s Red Mill is my source. (In fact, Bob’s Red Mill is my go-to for all sorts of grains, flours, beans, etc.) Oatmeal raisin cookies are a favorite around here, so you can be sure that I always have a bag of Bob’s Red Mill Old Fashioned Oats on hand. And Robbie enjoys oatmeal for breakfast, too. (But oatmeal only happens on the weekends when we can whisk him away to the bathtub. He’s started using a spoon a little bit, but his favorite way of eating oatmeal is with his hands. Just stop and picture that for a moment.)
Robbie and I sat on the back porch sipping on this smoothie. Well, he sipped while I held the glass. But he loved it! That’s no surprise at all, and I’m definitely going to work smoothies into the regular rotation for the little guy now. We love making smoothies around here in the summer, and I make sure to always keep frozen fruit on hand. (I like using frozen fruit as it yields a thicker smoothie without needing as much ice.) This Pineapple Peach Oatmeal Smoothie is definitely going to be making an appearance again soon.
What is your favorite smoothie flavor? Have you ever added toasted oats to your smoothie? (If you’re looking for another fun smoothie flavor using toasted oats, try this Banana Muffin Smoothie!)
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