img 17051 - Dough SmoothieI’m amazed by people who can get from lunch to dinner without getting hungry in between. Of course, a lot depends on one’s schedule and activity level, but man—I could never swing that. Granted, I doubt anyone could get easily from noon to 8:30 without anything in between, especially if they’re running around to all different places and working on intense projects (aka—finals) when not in transit .

Some days the busyness can catch you by surprise, but other days, you know ahead of time what madness is in store. I know that when I know I’ll be out and about a lot and that dinner is going to be late, I make sure to leave room for a nourishing, filling afternoon snack to avoid a blood sugar crash and the accompanying ugliness.

This week I tried a snack-sized version of Kath’s blended oats smoothies. It’s so easy—all you do is leave the oat mixture to soak in some yogurt or milk (overnight is best, but even a few hours comes out great) and then blend it into a smoothie. Freaking brilliant. img 1708 - Dough Smoothie

I think I found my new beast-quelling secret weapon. I only wish I could take credit for such a creative idea!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c oats
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp ground flax
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 banana sliced
  • 3/4 c plain yogurt
  • ~1/4 c almond milk for blending

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients in a bowl and leave to soak in fridge for at least a few hours or overnight.
  2. Pour into blender, add almond milk and blend until smooth. Top with whatever the hell you want.
I sprinkled a little spoon of chocolate shavings, which was perfect. I’ve seen other bloggers mix protein powder in and use nut butter, granola, jelly, and other kinds of toppings. I will definitely be playing around with this for breakfast in the near future, though probably not before an early-morning yoga or pilates class! This is definitely better suited to a post-workout recovery meal. 

Well, all right then, time to fly out the door!

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