A creamy, cool protein smoothie that tastes just like an oatmeal cookie with coconut. The extra fiber and healthy fats offer more staying power than your average protein shake! Whip it up in the blender in mere minutes and enjoy at home or on the go. Depending on your protein powder, you can even make this recipe vegan, too.
I am seriously addicted to coconut. It’s not even as though I am a lifelong coconut lover. I certainly never disliked it, but I didn’t seek it out the way I do now. I didn’t run away from Bounty bars, but they weren’t my first pick, either (that was a toss-up between Oh Henry and Eat-More bars – does anyone else even know what I’m talking about, or are those artifacts of an Eastern Canadian childhood?). I even remember that Mr. Golden Graham and I were on a vacation in Cuba not long after we were married (ah, the perks of being Canadian) and we visited a coconut farm (plantation?). The owner was extolling the virtues of coconut for whatever ails you (keep in mind this was before the advent of marketing of coconut as a miraculous superfood) – we should have “bought the farm” (not in the regular context of that expression) when we had the chance!
Now, it’s all coconut, all the time. I have non-stick cooking spray with a coconut oil base (a gift from our recent expatriate visitors); I bake with coconut flour and coconut oil and coconut butter (in fact, I consume the latter straight out of the jar on a spoon – shhh!); I cook with coconut oil and coconut milk and coconut cream; and I sprinkle coconut flakes (toasted or un-toasted) hither, thither and yon in my recipes (I just wanted to say “hither, thither and yon”).
Get YOUR coconut on (no need to talk about the oatmeal; we know I LOVE MY OATMEAL)!
Coconut Oatmeal Cookie Protein Smoothie
A creamy, cool protein smoothie that tastes just like an oatmeal cookie with coconut. The extra fiber and healthy fats offer more staying power than your average protein shake!
Author: The Golden Graham Girl
1 cup (8 fl. oz = 240mL) unsweetened almond milk
1/3 cup (27g) rolled oats – make sure these are gluten-free, if you require
1 scoop (28g) vanilla protein powder of choice – I used Quest Nutrition Vanilla Milkshake Protein Powder* (for a vegan option, use a plant-based protein powder)
2 tbsp (7.5g) unsweetened shredded coconut
6 – 8 large ice cubes
Optional 1/4 tsp (1g) xanthan gum* to thicken smoothie (creates more of a milkshake texture)
Optional sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, stevia) – depending on the sweetness of your protein powder, you may wish to add an additional sweetener, to taste. I opted to use a few drops of Now Foods Better Stevia Liquid Sweetener, French Vanilla*
1. Add all ingredients in the order listed above to a regular or high-speed blender (like a Vitamix). If using an additional sweetener, add now but note that this may alter the nutritional information vs. what is presented below.
2. Blend at high speed until the ice is completely crushed. If using xanthan gum, you may notice the blending sound gets lower in pitch as more air is whipped into the mixture.
3. Serve and enjoy immediately.
Calories: 275 Fat: 8g Carbohydrates: 25g Sugar: 1g Fiber: 5g Protein: 27g
Enjoy immediately – the complex carboyhdrates from the oatmeal and the healthy fat from the shredded coconut should keep you fueled up for at least a few hours (long enough to scrounge up your next meal or snack!). This is a great, balanced smoothie for post-workout recovery.
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