A healthy, creamy and cool sipper for morning time, snacktime or anytime! Made with rolled oats, walnuts, dates and almond milk, it’s a good-for-you version of a cinnamon oatmeal cookie!
We drink a lot of smoothies for breakfast. Like, a lot. And they always start with the same base… yogurt, kefir, banana, honey- and into the blender goes whatever seasonal fruit I have lying around that needs eating. They’re a quick, healthy and easy breakfast on school mornings, and the kids love ‘em.
I felt like we were in a rut, and wanted to try something different.
I had what the kids deemed a brilliant idea to make a smoothie version of the beloved oatmeal cookie, blending the oats and walnuts right in there with the rest of the ingredients for a superfood breakfast treat. When I started tinkering with it though, we all liked it better without the usual smoothie thickeners, like yogurt and bananas.
This drink I came up with is pure and simple.
Only 6 ingredients, incredibly healthful, deliciously addictive, and reminiscent of one of the best kinds of cookies; cinnamon oatmeal raisin.
(I decided early on that raisins woudn’t make a great ingredient in a drink, so instead to sub softer and sweeter dates in their place.)
When I got it nailed down and exactly the way I wanted, I realized I couldn’t call it a smoothie. It’s a frappé!
Generally the version of frappé that you’d order at a cafe or coffee shop will blend in coffee, but really a frappé can be any sort of partially frozen beverage. My frappé is cool and frothy; a luscious glassful of almond milk, oats, walnuts, cinnamon and honey that you can enjoy any time of day.
Are there any tips or tricks?
- If your date isn’t soft and pliable, soak it in a little hot water for a few minutes so that it blends smoothly in the drink.
- Make sure to use unsweetened almond milk. An almond milk creamer or a variety that is sweetened will turn out way too sweet and off balance.
- Adjust the amount of honey to your liking. I don’t think it needs more than a teaspoon, so start there and taste. Add another drizzle if you’d like it more sweet.
- Blend, blend, blend! You don’t want to chew through any part of your frappé. You’ll need to puree for at least a minute, and depending on the strength of your blender, up to 2 or 3. Ditto for after you add the ice – you don’t want to have any ice chunks, so make sure to give it a good long time to thoroughly blend the drink.
Cinnamon Oatmeal Cookie Frappé
- 2 tablespoons rolled oats
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 medjool date pitted and rough chopped
- 4 walnuts
- 1-2 teaspoons honey
- ½ cup ice cubes
- Place all of the ingredients, except for the ice cubes, in a blender. Puree for a good 1-2 minutes, depending on the strength of your blender, to make sure the oats, dates, and walnuts are completely broken down.
- Add the ice cubes, and blend again until there are no large ice chunks. Pour into a glass and enjoy.