Healthy Cheesecake Smoothie

so this.

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It’s far better looking than the fruit leather that has been in my oven for 4 hours and is still complete mush.  And who decides to make a recipe in the summer that requires the oven to be on for 7 hours?  I think I’m making poor choices because I’m still a little delirious from save the date addressing.

I told myself I wasn’t allowed to begin looking at possible wedding invitations until after I had mailed out save the dates.  Gahh save the dates took four-ev-errr.  I kept delaying sending them out…not in a I’m-not-sure-about-this-whole-wedding-thing kinda way but in a I’m-sure-I’m-forgetting-someone kinda way.  But now since they’re in the mail, it’s now totally fair game to start spending hours looking up possible wedding invitation.  Wait, let’s call it “researching” wedding invitations.  Yes, that sounds more official and like a totally acceptable way to spend my time.

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And this smoothie it also far better looking than that one guy that’s left on The Bachelor that looks like he’s thirteen.  Not that I’m one to talk because when signing for a package the other day the UPS man told me I looked like I was still in high school.  Never wearning that outfit again.

But anyways, back to The Bachelor…how you gonna send home Juan Pablo? And then send home the guy that looks like Mike “The Situation.”  I only ever watch the last 15 minutes of The Bachelor so I’m basing my opinions of the men on appearance alone.  I think that makes me shallower than all of them combined.

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So I’ve added something new to my Summer Bucket List.  Specifically, donuts ice cream.  Or maybe I’ll just recreate my own.  And maybe for once I’ll make an “ice cream” recipe that doesn’t involve greek yogurt.  That’d be quite revolutionary for me.  Not that I don’t love me some greek yogurt, but a little change is good.  Like maybe I could make some other changes like order something other than a chicken bowl with pinto beans, pico, corn salsa and lettuce at Chipotle.  Haha..not.  Let’s not get crazy.

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So when I made this here healthy cheesecake smoothie I spent precisely 578493 minutes trying to decide whether to call it a smoothie or a milkshake.  Calling it a smoothie sounded weirder so I went with that.  When I put pineapples in my cookies I thought that was little weird.  Well, actually I didn’t think that was weird but Andrew did.  Haters gonna hate. 

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Yield: serves 2

Ingredients:

FOR CRUMBLED COOKIE TOPPING

3 tablespoon oat flour

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1 pinch salt

1 teaspoon coconut oil, melted

1 teaspoon honey

1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract

FOR CHEESECAKE CRUST BOTTOM

1/3 cup oat flour

1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

1 pinch salt

3-4 tablespoons bananas, mashed

1 tablespoon almond butter

1/8 tsp vanilla extract

CHEESECAKE SMOOTHIE LAYER

1 1/2 large bananas, frozen

1 cup Kefir, plain (or milk of choice)

1/3 cup vanilla greek yogurt (I used Chobani)

Directions:

FOR CRUMBLED COOKIE TOPPING

Preheat oven to 350F. In a small bowl combine oat flour, cinnamon and salt. Add in coconut oil, honey and vanilla extract. Stir until a dough is formed. Roll dough into two balls. Flatten into really thin cookies and place on non-stick baking sheet. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until dark-golden brown and crunchy. Allow to cool on a cooling rack while you prepare remaining ingredients.

FOR CHEESECAKE CRUST BOTTOM (NO-BAKE)

In a bowl mix together oat flour, cinnamon and salt. Add in mashed banana, almond butter and vanilla extract. Stir until a dough is formed. Divide into two balls and press into the bottom of two clear cups/jars. Place in the freezer (this is a no-bake crust) while you prepare your smoothie layer.

CHEESECAKE SMOOTHIE LAYER

Blend together frozen bananas, Kefir and vanilla greek yogurt.

ASSEMBLY

Remove cups/jars that have the cheesecake crust bottoms from the freezer. Pour in cheesecake smoothie layer. Top with crushed cookies.

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