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After talking about purchasing a blender for over half a year, we finally decided to get one last weekend. Ultimately, we decided to get a Ninja blender that comes with two single serving cups as well as the large pitcher (and we paid less than 1/3 the price of the “less expensive” Vitamix!). We are totally thrilled with our purchase and have been making smoothies every day since then. My husband loves cramming his smoothies full of kale and berries, but I set my sites on going a different direction. After a lot of experimenting (and far too much espresso!), I came up with a mocha oatmeal smoothie that I love. It has veggies, chocolate, and even coffee. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!
My measurements are based on making a single serving. I use the 16 ounce single serving cups that came with our blender, but you can always mix it in a larger pitcher or double the recipe. You could just double the recipe and not share…I won’t tell.
Our blender does a really good job of cutting up kale leaves, so I only rip it into chunks to help it fit in the blending cup. You can’t even taste a leaf or two in most smoothies!
Correctly layering you smoothie ingredients can have a big impact on how smoothly they blend. If you have your own tried and true method, feel free to use it, but the ingredients below are listed how I put them in my single serving blender cup. Because the cup flips upside down, the ingredients are backwards from the order you’d layer ingredients in a top-opening pitcher, so adjust the order if needed. You may also need to add a little extra liquid depending on how much protein powder you put, how many veggies you use, and whether you use liquid espresso or instant powder. I totally recommend adding “real” espresso, or even just normal coffee, instead of powdered instant espresso, but I know that isn’t always possible.
If you enjoy smoothies, you may also like this cranberry apple smoothie recipe:
Do you enjoy smoothies or juicing? What are your favorite smoothie ingredients?
Natasha is a former classroom teacher turned WAHM. She also is a registered yoga teacher & holds a certificate in natural skincare formulation from the School of Natural Skincare. She shares her passion for education, positive parenting, free printables, and recipes for DIY bath & home products. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.