We're getting crazy in then kitchen with overnight oats today and turning them into a hearty peanut butter and grape smoothie!
Have you noticed how insanely delicious grapes taste this time of year? It's because grapes from California are in season right now, and I can't get enough of them! Much like when peaches are in season, I'm wanting to put grapes in and on everything right now - salads, burgers, pizza - and now in this smoothie! It's a combo of what I love to eat for breakfast and snacks - overnight oats w/ peanut butter at breakfast and frozen grapes for a cold snack on hot afternoons. AND it tastes like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
I'm not sure if you knew or not, but I've been working full-time recently as a dietitian in our local hospital covering a maternity leave. The hospital is right next to Ryan's work, so we carpool together so we only have to pay for one campus parking pass. It's good in a way, but hard because in order to go to work with him, we have to leave at 6:00 am every day! That means I have to pack a lot to bring along - my breakfast, lunch, makeup, workout clothes for the end of day (we workout @ the school before heading home) - it's quite the ordeal sometimes! The only thing that helps me be successful with these long days is having everything laid out the night before - which includes pre-prepping my breakfast and lunch.
This smoothie recipe is a perfect option because it involves soaking oats overnight, freezing a banana and grapes, and then just blending it up in the morning. It's portable and easy to drink while I put some makeup on at work. A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do sometimes!
What are some planning and prepping hacks you have for a long work week? I'd love to hear your tips in the comments below!
Overnight Oats Peanut Butter and Grape Smoothie
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- ½ cup milk of choice (plus more for blending)
- ¾ cup seedless red grapes
- 1 small banana
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter (or other nut butter)
- ½ cup tart cherry juice (can substitute water, cranberry or grape juice)
- In a blender, combine the oats and milk. Place in the refrigerator overnight, and up to 8 hours.
- Place the grapes and banana in the freezer and freeze overnight.
- In the morning, add the banana and peanut butter to the oats and milk in the blender. Blend until smooth, adding additional milk as needed until desired consistency is reached. Pour in a glass of choice.
- Add the grapes and cherry juice to the blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into the center of the oat mixture in your glass and stir with a straw to create a swirled effect. Enjoy cold!
- You can garnish with extra frozen grapes, peanut butter, and granola if you like to make it pretty!