Oatmeal Vanilla Almond Protein Shake
This morning, I felt like bringing breakfast to my adorable husband Lulu. He is lactose-intolerant and he's a vegetarian. It's always a challenge for me to make a variety of foods that he can eat. This oatmeal vanilla almond shake is perfect for him, it's dairy-free and full of protein with almonds and whey protein powder, just like at Jamba Juice! It's also cholesterol free (if you don't add the dollop of whipped cream of course...)
After several tests with agave nectar in the past few weeks like my Broiled Agave Nectar and Honey Grapefruit , Agave blended Homemade Yogurt with Kumquat Preserves (without using a Yogurt Maker) and Toasted Sesame Tofu Caramelized with Agave Nectar, Wasabi and Soy Sauce, I used the delicious nectar in my protein shake.
So prepare a tray with freshly baked bagels, some cream cheese, a freshly cut rose from the garden, and of course your delicious oatmeal vanilla almond shake. Bring to your love with a big smile and say "Bonjour mon coeur, t'as bien dormi?" translation: Hi my love, did you sleep well?
Yields: 4 servings1 package bananas & cream oatmeal, (1.23 oz)
1 cup vanilla soy milk, as needed
3 cup ice cubes
1 Tbs almond mill
1 banana, ripe
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp banana extract
1 package vanilla soy protein powder, (1 oz)
1/3 cup agave nectar, to taste
4 dollops vanilla flavored whipped cream, optional
Combine the bananas and cream flavored oatmeal and 1/3 cup of vanilla soy milk in a small bowl. Place in the microwave for 2 minutes.
Combine the oatmeal, the banana, almond mill, vanilla soy protein powder, ice cubes and vanilla and banana extracts in a blender. Blend all the ingredients for about 2 minutes. While the mixture is blending, add the remaining vanilla soy milk. The consistency of the smoothie should be thick but still easy to drink.
You'll get about a yield of 3 cups. Pour into 4 glasses. Add a dollop of whipped cream.
Have a great day, and check back tomorrow for my tiramisu parfait recipe!
You can either buy ready-made almond mill/flour, or make it yourself. I add extra from my baking. I often make the shake with the leftover flour from my Gluten Free Chocolate Almond Bites with Butterscotch Frosting. Place the whole almonds in a metal bowl, then cover them with boiling water. Let it sit for no longer than 2 minutes. Strain and transfer them into a cold water bath. Pat them dry on a towel, and the skins should come right off. Then grind them with a food processor or spice grinder. Make sure you stop before it turns into almond butter. I use the VitaMix Dry Blade Container. The result should be a fine white mill. You can also use the leftover almond flour for Apple Tarts with Almond Cream.
Agave nectar, sometimes called agave syrup, is a natural sweetener. In France, it's called Agave honey. Unlike honey, agave nectar has a long shelf life and does not crystallize over time. Agave nectar is made out of the purified sap of cactus-like desert plants. It is very popular in Mexico.
It is not heated during production and is considered raw, which make it very healthy like raw honey. Unlike raw honey, agave nectar is easy to spread beacuse of its consistency.
You can find soy protein powder in any health food store like GNC or many supermarkets like Whole Foods. I like using protein powder as a supplement for my man who's a vegetarian! Just make sure you that the protein source is clearly labelled. You should get either whey or soy protein. If the source is unclear, it is very likely that the protein is derived from remnant animal parts.
Making vanilla flavored whipped cream is very easy. It tastes great on its own, and makes a perfect treat for those clandestine trips to fridge late at night. Whip 1 cup of cold heavy cream with a tablespoon of powdered sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Just make sure your handheld beater is clean prior to whipping the cream for an optimum result. Transfer to a little bowl and store in the refrigerator.Published By: on March 21, 2009.