This power smoothie is inspired by the traditional Mexican beverage, Horchata! Horchata is made by soaking rice and adding flavorings. Instead I make a heartier, healthier version using rolled oats.
- 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
- 1 cinnamon stick, broken into tiny pieces
- 4 cups water
- Agave nectar, as needed between 3 tablespoons and 1/4 cup
- 1 cup LACTAID® Fat Free Milk
- 1 banana
- 4 dates, pitted
- 2 cups of ice
- Ground cinnamon, for topping
- 2 dates, for garnish
In a large pitcher, soak the oats, cinnamon and water for a minimum of 30 minutes. Blend the mixture (including the cinnamon) in a blender. Strain and sweeten with agave nectar, to taste.
Use 2 cups of horchata for smoothie, you can refrigerate the rest and enjoy later. Combine 2 cups horchata, LACTAID® Fat Free Milk, banana, dates and ice in a blender and purée on high until smooth, about one minute. Serve with a sprinkle of cinnamon and garnish with a date. Best if served immediately. (Makes about 4 cups total.)