By Megan Band

Every summer we would spend a week or two with my grandparents in Ottawa. My grandma introduced me to banana milkshakes, and turned me into a massive milkshake lover. Back then I really didn’t care what type of ingredients went into the milkshakes, they were just “Nan’s Banana Milkshakes” – made with bananas, vanilla ice cream and milk. Simple, yet so delicious.

Today, I’m more mindful of what ingredients go into my milkshakes – now considered smoothies. My Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal Smoothie is the perfect on-the-go breakfast for kids and adults alike: it’s free from refined sugars (it’s sweetened with dates) and it’s filled with whole grains, healthy fats and of course bananas, in honour of my Nan. It has the texture of a delicious milkshake – your kids won’t suspect it’s healthy one bit!

Peanut Butter and Banana Oatmeal Smoothie, Courtesy of Megan Band, straightfromthejar.com, Val Caron, Ont.

All the flavour and texture of a traditional milkshake, made with healthy ingredients you can enjoy at breakfast.

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Prep time: 5 mins
Total time: 5 mins
Yield: 2 servings

Ingredients
3 pitted dates
1½ cups (375 mL) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup (250 mL) ice cubes
¼ cup (50 mL) rolled oats
1 frozen banana
1 tbsp (15 mL) peanut butter
1 tsp (5 mL) cinnamon

Directions
1. In small bowl, cover dates with warm water. Let soak for at least 30 minutes. Drain.
2. In blender jug, combine dates, almond milk, ice, rolled oats, banana, peanut butter and cinnamon. Blend until smooth.
3. If desired, garnish with additional peanut butter and cinnamon before serving.

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Hi there! My name is Megan and I am the healthy food blogger behind Straight From The Jar. I started SFTJ to document and share my love for healthy, whole foods and eating them from Mason jars!