Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie

Start your morning off with this thick and creamy Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie that is healthy, delicious and super quick to make!  It’s also dairy-free and vegan with zero refined sugar!

Start your morning off with this thick and creamy Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie that is healthy, delicious and super quick to make! #dairyfree #vegan

I don’t know about you, but most of us just don’t have the time in the mornings to throw together a healthy breakfast which is why I love to make smoothies!  Fruit smoothies are absolutely delicious, don’t get me wrong, but sometimes you just need to switch things up and enjoy something a little more filling!  This banana oat breakfast smoothie is thick and creamy with such a delicious texture that’s different from your typical smoothie because it’s blended with oats, creamy yogurt and ground flaxseed meal which adds a delicious, nutty flavor to the smoothie as well!

Flaxseed is really great for you which is why I always like to throw a tablespoon or two into my smoothies in order to get the benefits without the taste.  Flaxseed meal is a great source of protein and fiber, as well as a rich source of vitamins and minerals so starting my day with it really makes sense!

Start your morning off with this thick and creamy Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie that is healthy, delicious and super quick to make! #dairyfree #vegan

Now let’s talk about the bananas.  You can of course use fresh or frozen bananas, but let me just say that frozen bananas reeeeally make this smoothie that much creamier!  Trust me on this.  The best way to freeze bananas, in my opinion, is to first peel them and then cut them in half (or thirds depending on their size) and double wrap them in plastic wrap.  This keeps them nice and fresh without getting freezer burn while sitting in your freezer.  Then when you’re ready to make your smoothie, simply throw them right into your blender.  I always save ripe bananas to freeze ahead of time so that I’ll have them on hand whenever I’m in the mood for a smoothie 🙂

The added banana in this smoothie also adds a hint of sweetness along with the cinnamon which is why there was no need to add any sugar or honey to this recipe.  I mean if it tastes this GOOD without the added sugar, why throw it in??  I also used vanilla flavored yogurt in this recipe as well, but if you are planning to use plain yogurt then I would suggest also adding a drop or two of vanilla extract for even more sweetness and flavor.

Start your morning off with this thick and creamy Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie that is healthy, delicious and super quick to make! #dairyfree #vegan

Speaking of yogurt, I am absolutely in LOVE with Silk’s NEW Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative!  Not only is this a great dairy-free and vegan option, but the yogurt is super rich and creamy and tastes absolutely delicious!  It was the perfect addition to this smoothie, but you could also throw it in your favorite dips, baked goods or just enjoy it all on it’s own for breakfast in the mornings!

Silk Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative comes in five delicious flavors (plain, vanilla, strawberry, peach and dark chocolate coconut – my favorite!) and each single-serving has 5-6 grams of protein straight from delicious California almonds.  Silk is also now offering new 24 oz tubs which are great for a variety of uses!  The other thing I love about Silk’s Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative is that they actually contain ingredients you can feel good about consuming.  As I said before, this yogurt is vegan and dairy-free, as well as carrageenan-free, gluten-free, cholesterol-free and soy-free.

To pick some up for yourself, make sure to check out the Store Locator on Silk’s website and here’s a FREE coupon to help get you started!

Start your morning off with this thick and creamy Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie that is healthy, delicious and super quick to make! #dairyfree #vegan

Along with using the vanilla-flavored Silk Almondmilk Yogurt Alternative, I also added a half cup of Silk’s unsweetened vanilla almond milk to really bring this smoothie together!  If you aren’t using frozen bananas I would also suggest throwing in a few ice cubes in order to get that smoothie-like consistency.  It just tastes much more creamier in my opinion!

I have also been known to add a spoonful of peanut butter to this smoothie (or you could use any nut butter for that matter!) for even more taste and additional protein!  You really can’t go wrong when making a smoothie and since YOU are the one who is going be enjoying it, make sure to make it all your own 🙂

Start your morning off with this thick and creamy Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie that is healthy, delicious and super quick to make! #dairyfree #vegan

This banana oat breakfast smoothie offers such a great source of fiber and protein making it a really delicious and healthy way to start your day!  It also couldn’t be any easier to throw together too.  All you need is 5 minutes and you can take this right out the door with you.  Your kids will love this too!

Remember if you DO make this recipe, make sure to share your photos on Instagram or Twitter hashtagging #eatyourselfskinnyrecipe so that I can see your delicious creations!

Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie
 
Serves: 2 Servings

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup yogurt (I used Silk Almondmilk yogurt)
  • 1 banana
  • 1 Tbsp flaxseed meal
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • ½ cup almond milk

Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to your blender and puree until smooth. Pour into two glasses, serve and enjoy!

Nutritional Information
Serving Size: ½ of recipe • Calories: 210 • Fat: 7.5 g • Saturated Fat: 0.6 g • Carbs: 32.5 g • Fiber: 4.8 g • Protein: 5.6 g • Sugar: 12.3 g • WW Freestyle Points: 3

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

Start your morning off with this thick and creamy Banana Oat Breakfast Smoothie that is healthy, delicious and super quick to make! #dairyfree #vegan

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Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas

These Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas are sweet and spicy with tons of flavor and are easily made in just 20 minutes with little to no clean-up!

These Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas are sweet and spicy with tons of flavor and are easily made in just 20 minutes with little to no clean-up!

If you haven’t made foil packets yet, you are seriously missing out.  No really, you are.  Not only are foil packets a great way to cook your entire meal all at once in perfect sized portions, but they actually cook the salmon to perfection leaving you with tender, flaky fish!  There is also ZERO clean-up involved which definitely makes this recipe a winner in my book.

I placed the salmon filets on top of spiralized carrots and some chickpeas that I tossed with a little sea salt, paprika and cumin then topped everything with a sweet and spicy harissa sauce that is just so incredibly flavorful!  This entire meal only takes about 20 minutes to throw together too making it the perfect weeknight dinner when you need to make something in a pinch 🙂

These Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas are sweet and spicy with tons of flavor and are easily made in just 20 minutes with little to no clean-up!

These Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas are sweet and spicy with tons of flavor and are easily made in just 20 minutes with little to no clean-up!

Doesn’t that look delicious?!

I created this recipe to share for Ali of Inspiralized, which is one of my favorite go-to blogs for healthy recipes and all things spiralized!  Literally.  Her spiralizer is truly the only one I’ve ever used and it has been such an important asset in my kitchen, so when she asked me to create a recipe for her while she was on maternity leave I was absolutely honored 🙂  I wanted to share this recipe with you all in case you missed it on her site because it’s one of my favorites and great for the upcoming spring and summer months!

These Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas are sweet and spicy with tons of flavor and are easily made in just 20 minutes with little to no clean-up!

I mean how can you go wrong with tender, flaky salmon baked to perfection on a bed of seasoned chickpeas and spiralized carrots all cooked together in one easy foil packet!  This really is the easiest, most flavorful dinner you could make and everything is ready in just 20 minutes.   This also makes amazing leftovers so make sure to add this to your menu this week! 🙂

Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas
 
Serves: 4 Servings

Ingredients
  • 4 (6 oz) salmon fillets, fresh or frozen, thawed
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 large carrots, peeled and spiralized
  • Optional toppings: 1 to 2 Tbsp chopped cilantro
For the Chickpeas:
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
For the Sauce:
  • 3 Tbsp harissa (mild or spicy, depending on your preference)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 ½ tsp fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika

Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. While oven is pre-heating, spiralize the carrots into noodles and toss chickpeas with olive oil, sea salt, cumin and smoked paprika until completely coated.
  3. Using four pieces of heavy duty foil (18×12 in. each), evenly distribute carrot noodles and chickpeas in the center of each piece. Season salmon fillets with salt and pepper and place (skin side down) on top of the carrot noodles and chickpeas, making four foil packets.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together harissa, olive oil, lemon juice, ginger, honey, garlic and smoked paprika, until combined, and spoon sauce over top of each salmon fillet.
  5. Fold the sides of the foil together to seal, covering the fish completely. Place foil packets on a large baking sheet and bake in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until salmon is cooked through. Unwrap foil, top with chopped cilantro and enjoy!

Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 foil packet • Calories: 469 • Fat: 13.4 g • Saturated Fat: 2.1 g • Carbs: 33.5 g • Fiber: 6.1 g • Protein: 49.2 g • Sugars: 6.6 g • WW Freestyle Points: 3

These Moroccan Salmon Foil Packets with Carrot Noodles & Chickpeas are sweet and spicy with tons of flavor and are easily made in just 20 minutes with little to no clean-up!

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Salted Caramel Overnight Oats

Salted Caramel Overnight Oats drizzled with a sweet homemade caramel sauce easily made in just minutes the night before giving you a deliciously decadent breakfast as soon as you wake up!

Salted Caramel Overnight Oats drizzled with a sweet homemade caramel sauce easily made in just minutes the night before giving you a deliciously decadent breakfast as soon as you wake up!

Ever just crave dessert for breakfast??  Well then this recipe is definitely for YOU.  It doesn’t get much better than that sweet nutty flavor you get from all things salted caramel so why not let that be the first thing you enjoy when you wake up!  The reason I love making overnight oats so much is that they take less than 5 minutes to make the night before and you can just wake up, add your favorite toppings and indulge!  Perfect for busy people on the go who don’t have a lot of time in the mornings to spend cooking, or I mean just lazy people too…no judgment at all 😉

This recipe also has a delicious banana flavor too which not only makes these oats creamier, but I’m pretty sure I will now forever drizzle caramel sauce over my bananas from this point forward.  It just tastes THAT good!

Salted Caramel Overnight Oats drizzled with a sweet homemade caramel sauce easily made in just minutes the night before giving you a deliciously decadent breakfast as soon as you wake up!

OH and can we talk about this rich and creamy caramel sauce?!  I literally just wanted to eat the whole thing with my spoon.  Zero shame.  This sauce is super simple to make and only takes about 3 ingredients, which is a much healthier alternative to store-bought caramel sauce.  It’s also easily made the night before as well OR you could make this right before eating your overnight oats if you prefer drizzling the warm sauce over top while it’s fresh off the stove.  The key to making this sauce is cooking it low and slow for about 40 minutes until it becomes thick and creamy so keep that in mind when deciding the best time to make this 🙂

This caramel sauce is vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free and can also be stored in the fridge for up to two weeks so use this sauce however you’d like!  I usually only drizzle about a tablespoon over top of my oats, obviously not the entire recipe you see below, so finding creative ways to use the leftover sauce is really fun.  Your kids (and YOU) can enjoy dipping apple slices in it, topping your favorite ice cream or even drizzling over pancakes!

Salted Caramel Overnight Oats drizzled with a sweet homemade caramel sauce easily made in just minutes the night before giving you a deliciously decadent breakfast as soon as you wake up!

Salted caramel might just be one of my favorite indulgences so when I saw that Silk carried a caramel flavored almond creamer, I just knew I had to snag some!  It was such a delicious addition to these overnight oats without packing on the sugar and calories AND it even made the oats a bit creamier.  ALL of Silk’s Almond Creamers are vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free with zero cholesterol or saturated fat and are also verified by the Non-GMO Project so you can feel good about the product you are purchasing.

Not a fan of caramel?  Silk also offers vanilla and hazelnut flavors as well as their NEW Sweet & Creamy Almond Creamer that has a great nutty flavor and added sweetness!

Salted Caramel Overnight Oats drizzled with a sweet homemade caramel sauce easily made in just minutes the night before giving you a deliciously decadent breakfast as soon as you wake up!

The great thing about making overnight oats is that there is absolutely NO COOKING involved at all.  You just mix all your ingredients together the night before and wake up to a delicious breakfast!  Just remember anything you add to these oats will become absorbed overnight so if you like a good crunch you’ll want to wait and mix those in right before eating.  There are endless amounts of toppings that you could add to these oats, but for this particular recipe I sprinkled some chopped cashews, cacao nibs, some sliced bananas, and of course a drizzle of delicious caramel sauce!

Obviously this is not a breakfast I would suggest eating every day because it is definitely more dessert-based, but it IS delicious and just too good not to share with you all!

These overnight oats with homemade caramel sauce are dairy-free, refined-sugar free and vegan and made with all clean, wholesome ingredients.  A delicious breakfast (or dessert!) made in just minutes the night before that you can easily grab and go the next day!  Hope you all enjoy this recipe as much as I did!

Salted Caramel Overnight Oats
 
Serves: 1 Serving

Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup rolled oats
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 Tbsp caramel flavored almond creamer
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds
  • ½ banana mashed
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • Toppings: cacao nibs, chopped cashews, banana slices & caramel sauce
For the caramel sauce:
  • 1 cup full fat coconut milk
  • ⅓ cup coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients (except for toppings) mixing well, cover tightly with a lid or plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  2. To make the caramel sauce, combine coconut milk, coconut sugar and sea salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Once it starts to boil, reduce the heat and let the sauce simmer for about 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. (You may want to stir the sauce more frequently in the last 5 minutes to avoid the bottom from burning)
  3. Remove caramel sauce from heat and mix in the vanilla extract. Sauce will thicken as it cools.
  4. Spoon a tablespoon or two over top of the oats and store the leftover caramel sauce in a sealed airtight container in the fridge.
  5. Top the overnight oats with cacao nibs, chopped nuts and banana slices if desired. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information
Serving Size: 1 bowl + 1 Tbsp caramel sauce • Calories: 274 • Fat: 8.4 g • Saturated Fat: 0.7 g • Carbs: 43.6 g • Fiber: 7.7 g • Protein: 5.9 g • Sugars: 9.5 g • WW Freestyle Points: 9

Salted Caramel Overnight Oats drizzled with a sweet homemade caramel sauce easily made in just minutes the night before giving you a deliciously decadent breakfast as soon as you wake up!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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