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Pear, Oat, Cinnamon, and Ginger Shakes

Adding raw oats to this shake produces a pleasantly chewy texture while providing fiber, which helps keep cholesterol levels in check.
Martha Stewart Living, January 2012
  • Prep Time 10 minutes
  • Total Time overnight
  • Yield Serves 4
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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 medium to large pears, such as red Anjou, peeled, seeded, and chopped (2 2/3 cups)
  • 1 3/4 cups skim milk
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup rolled or quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus more for garnish
  • Coarse salt

Directions

  1. Freeze pears in a single layer on a baking sheet overnight.

  2. Combine pears, milk, buttermilk, oats, ice, maple syrup, almond butter, ginger, cinnamon, and a pinch of salt in a blender. Blend on low speed, then gradually increase speed to high. Blend until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour into chilled glasses, and garnish with ground cinnamon. Serve immediately.

Cook's Note

Freezing the pears overnight reduces the amount of ice needed for blending the next day and results in a thick and creamy texture.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (2)

  • 19 Feb, 2014

    The flavor was alright, but overall, I think the recipe could use some tweaking.

  • 23 Oct, 2012

    This smoothie was delicious! I love the combination of pear and ginger. The oats and buttermilk make for a creamy but also textured smoothie.