Almond cocoa smoothie

Everything they say about Vitamixes is true. Here's a great smoothie to prove it.

A tasty snack made easier by a super-powered blender.

Watch out, world. I got a Vitamix for my birthday.

Yancey coordinated with all our family members to go in on it. Thank you, tribe! I keep joking that someday I won't ask for kitchen appliances for my birthday, but that day hasn't come yet.

I will avoid devolving into an infomercial here, but it's true what they say about Vitamixes. They're amazing, and we're about to embark on the Summer of Pureeing. I love how no special prep is involved--nectarines with peel, whole oranges, half apples, a bit of juice concentrate from the freezer, a big handful of kale. I had briefly entertained asking for a juicer instead, but I'm glad I didn't. All that fiber, gone to waste!

Of course I am doing the green smoothies (the kids love to gross out) and oodles of fruit. But I made this one for breakfast, and it satisfied that "I just did a good job by having some protein for breakfast" thing.

Almond cocoa smoothie

1 banana

3/4 cup almond milk

2 tablespoons almond butter

1 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1/4 cup old-fashioned oats

Dash of cinnamon

Get our your blender and throw in all the ingredients. Blend until smooth.

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