Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sugar-Free "Oatmeal" Raisin Cookie Shake

Since I only bake grain-free, oatmeal raisin cookies are never in my rotation. It's not honestly a goodie my kids have missed, as neither is a huge fan. Or so I thought. When we had friends over last weekend they brought their family's favorite oatmeal raisin cookies. I don't know if it was the white flour, sugar or what... but my kids ADORED them.

I thought it would be fun to try to recreate the flavor of the cookie without any of the negative ingredients. I've made my own version of The Urban Poser's "oatmeal" creme pies in the past, but wanted to try something a little farther outside the box.

It was perfect timing that Plaid & Paleo recently posted what she dubbed a n'oatmeal cookie shake. My kids are wild about shakes and smoothies, so I couldn't wait to try it.

The verdict was slightly mixed, but I need to provide a caveat. My daughter doesn't "do" banana; sometimes I can sneak some frozen banana into a smoothie if other strong flavors dominate it. In this case, she took one slurp and called out the banana.

Her brother, on the other hand, loved the flavor. He did feel it was a little thick (the little bits of raisin kept getting stuck in his straw), so he used a spoon to finish off his portion.

This healthy treat needs no added sweetener, since both the raisins and banana add plenty. Since it's so thick and filling I was able to divide the shake into two kid-sized portions.

Sugar-Free "Oatmeal" Raisin Cookie Shake
adapted from Plaid & Paleo

1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/3 cup organic unsweetened raisins
2 tbs. ground flaxseed
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
1 small frozen banana, cut into chunks

Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth.

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