A quick post today, as I have a little bit of time to squeeze this in before weekend madness ensues (involving cleaning, making snacks for and hosting a feminist film screening tonight, a field trip to Duluth for my Master Naturalist course tomorrow, homework, farmer’s market with an avid vegan blog follower, and my first vegan-gf afternoon of baking with Kim of the Affairs of Living blog!).
Most days I’m a smoothie girl, and 95% of the time it’s a green smoothie. But sometimes I really want a filling, hearty shake instead. This is great for breakfast or after a good workout where, if you’re like me, you feel like eating everything in sight. It makes use of sprouted oat groats, but you can also use just soaked oat groats (or, I’d imagine, some rolled oats or oat granola if you don’t care about it being raw/sprouted). Sprouted foods are full of nutrients and sprouted grains are said to be easier to digest, which sounds pretty good to me!
To sprout: soak oat groats 8 hours or overnight in filtered water. Drain and rinse them, and set them over a mixing bowl in a fine mesh colander or nut milk bag. Rinse and drain 2-3 times a day until little tails form on the groats. If you’re not using them all right away, keep the remainder in the fridge… I sprouted a cup of groats which resulted in about 2 – 2 1/2 c sprouted groats, and used what didn’t go into the shake to make oat milk!
I also included some extras in my shake (hemp protein powder for an extra boost, an evening primrose/flax oil blend for some EFAs and hormone balancing properties, and acidophilus powder for some healthy intestinal flora) which aren’t essential but made it more nutritious since I felt a little bit guilty about ditching my greens that morning. Oat groats are naturally a little sweet and the banana I used was pretty ripe so I didn’t add any extra sweetener like dates or agave, but you may like to. The result is like drinking a delicious, healthy, creamy blueberry oatmeal!
Blueberry Oat Groat Shake (serves 1):
1/2 c sprouted oat groats
1 banana, fresh or frozen, peeled and broken into chunks
1 c blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 c almond or other non-dairy milk
scoop hemp protein (optional)
1 tbsp evening primrose/flax oil (optional)
1/4 tsp acidophilus powder (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process till smooth. (You may need to add a little extra liquid if using frozen fruit and/or depending on the strength of your blender.) Drink up!