It is now two weeks after New Years, and I think we can safely say the holidays are over. I tend to come up with an excuse every day in January that conveniently pushes back the end of the holidays and my resolution to eat healthy and get fit. But it is best to ease into things, right?

This is a recipe I came up with ages ago, actually, and have wanted to share it with you. Julie helped me come up with the idea when she told me about a similar smoothie she makes for her kids that has bananas and oatmeal in it. It sounded like the ingredients you would put into banana bread, so I added walnuts to the recipe, and dates as the sweetener.

My friend Jon filmed and directed me in a little video where I show you how to make it:

What do you think? Go ahead, be honest.

And here is that recipe.

banana bread protein shake

8-10 ounces warm water
2 dates, pitted
1/4 cup oatmeal
1 scoop protein powder (I use raw, vegan protein powder, but you can use whatever you want, or just leave it out.)
1/4 cup raw walnuts
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 ripe banana
1 cup ice cubes

1. Combine all ingredients except for ice in a blender until very smooth.

2. Add in ice cubes and blend until ice is completely crushed and mixture is smooth.