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Oats and Banana Smoothie

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Banana and oats smoothie
I am fond of Nigella rather than Ella. No diets, just taste. I'm always ranting about the hipster foods, pointless avoidance of gluten and dairy, imaginary intolerances, making fun of the kale-and-quinoa brigade – and imagine that here I am making a smoothie with chia seeds and milk substitutes! Before you fall over, let me explain how it came about.

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  • INGREDIENTS
  • 2 tbsp. rolled oats
  • 2 to 3 tbsp. hot or boiling water (enough to just cover the oats)
  • 1 cup (240ml) unsweetened almond milk, 1/3 cup light coconut milk and 2/3 cup almond milk or 1 cup soya milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 frozen banana, chopped
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds soaked in 4 tbsp. water

Chia seeds, oats and banana

METHOD
Freeze bananas when they start going black, peel them and wrap well in cling film. There’s no need to chop them before freezing as they’ll slice easily, chunks might just shoot out from under the knife a bit!

Place the chia seeds in a small bowl or cup, pour the water over the seeds and stir. Refrigerate for at least half an hour, best overnight. It will turn into a gelatinous, almost solid mixture.

Soaking chia seeds

Put the rolled oats in a small bowl and pour over the hot water, leave for 15 minutes. When they have swollen and absorbed the water, place all the ingredients in a blender and whiz at high speed for a minute. Blending a smoothie

Drink immediately. Great stuff to have for breakfast, just remember to soak the chia seeds overnight.

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