A Shake for Spring Break.

Today. Is the first official day of spring break…. a week of wonder that many never fully remember at its finish. Here in Arlington, it’s actually quite rainy and cold which might seem a bit depressing but I assure you is the exact opposite- a perfectly relaxing pitter-patter-on-the-window-book-reading kind of day.
But because it is spring break, and most people are probably sun bathing rather than skiing as I plan to do,  I thought I might take the time to enjoy a burst of sunshine and tropical fun with this Pear, Oat, and Peanut Butter Shake.

Plus, I really love things I can drink with straws.

The interesting thing about this shake is, well, the lack of ice cream (I knowww I’m totally a blasphemous shake maker but it’s delicious I promise). Its replacement? A frozen pear, suped up with some peanut butter, cinnamon, milk, yogurt, and oats to thicken like there’s no tomorrow. Now for some, the combination of pears and peanut butter might seem a little unconventional. Not so! Totally worth every bite slurp.

Oh and don’t worry, you wont be crunching on chunks of oats or anything. Everything blends together quite nicely for one, very thick, hang-upside-down-and-nothing-falls-out shake.

Pear, Oat, and Peanut Butter Shake
Yield: 1          Prep Time: 5-10 minutes

Ingredients
1 pear, small to medium sized
1.5 teaspoons peanut butter
2 tablespoons whole grain oats
2 tablespoons low fat vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup plus 1/4 cup fat-free milk, divided
dash of cinnamon for garnish

Directions
1. Peel and chop your pear. Place it in a plastic bag and freeze about 2-3 hours or overnight (if you’d rather make it now because it sounds just oh so delicious, just throw in a few ice cubes, too).
2. In a small blender or food processor, combine pear, peanut butter, oats, yogurt, 1/2 cup of milk, and blend. Add remaining 1/4 cup of milk as needed. (If you have a large blender, you may need to double the recipe to ensure everything gets mixed together)
3. Garnish with a dash of cinnamon, a fun straw, and drink away!

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