Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!
I don’t have class until one today, so I woke up early, made a giant mug of chamomile tea, straightened up a bit, then had a giant green monster. I’ve been craving fruits and veggies for a few days, so I knew it was time for a hearty dose of spinach for breakfast. In cookie dough form.
This green monster has a special ingredient–you may have guessed it based on the above picture. Drumroll, please!
Yes, oatmeal. You all know by now that I love oatmeal in any form, and old-fashioned oats were on sale at Waldbaum’s yesterday–buy one get one free, basically. It cost $4 for two of those big oats containers–yay! We haven’t had anything other than steel-cut oats for a while, so I was excited to get back to these guys.
Cookie Dough Green Monster
- 1 C skim milk
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/3 C uncooked old-fashioned oats (though you could use quick oats, too)
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 2 T vanilla Carnation Instant Breakfast (ugh–still trying to get rid of these)
Using the standard layering order of green monsters, I added milk, instant breakfast, oats, spinach, and banana on top.
I had a few very ripe bananas lying around last week, but I knew I wouldn’t have time to make anything with them. Rather than throw them away, I peeled ’em and froze them in large chunks. This is perfect for green monsters, ’cause I don’t need to add ice to have a cold smoothie, and no wasting old bananas!
Blend for a few minutes until smooth, and enjoy. I made one for Fritz this morning, too, in an attempt to help him get over a summer cold.
The Carnation Instant Breakfast isn’t my favorite thing in the whole world, but it did give a nice vanilla cookie dough flavor with the oats. It was a little sweet for my taste, so once I’m finally rid of these things, I’d probably just add a teaspoon of vanilla extract and skip the added sugar. If you need it at little sweeter, you can use sugar, honey, vanilla protein powder…
I love the flavor of the blended oats. They give the green monster a really nice texture and doughy taste.
I also tried blending some granola in a green monster the other day, but it also turned out to be too sweet. Similar texture as the oats, though, which I did like. My bananas lately have been extra ripe, so the sweetness factor is already pretty high. Other things to try in this particular mix: adding cinnamon for an oatmeal-raisin cookie dough, and cocoa for a chocolate chip cookie dough. Yum!
In other news, guess who’s been feeling better lately?
Have a good day today!