300ml (1 1/4 cups) milk (of choice, I use part skimmed cow milk)
4 dates, pitted
50g (1/3 cup) raw hazelnuts
60g (1/2 cup) old-fashioned oats
2 small apples, cored and sliced
1 small banana, sliced
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, more to taste
2 teaspoons honey, more to taste
For serving (optional)
2–3 TBSPs old-fashioned oats
2 TBSPs honey
Bring milk to a light simmer in a heavy saucepan OR warm it up in the microwave. You want it hot, but not boiling. Transfer to a pitcher or bowl, add the dates and hazelnuts and let them soak like this for about 15-20 minutes.
Transfer oats to your blender. Blend on high until they resemble coarse flour. Add the dates, hazelnuts and milk and keep blending until smooth. Add the apples, banana, cinnamon and honey and keep blending until completely pureed and smooth. Taste and check the consistency, see if you need more milk or maybe more honey.
Divide smoothie between two glasses (if making this for two). Add a straw with apple chips to each one. Lastly, in a bowl, stir together the oats and honey and top the smoothies with this. Serve.
For a smaller smoothie, leave out one apple or the banana.
You don’t have to soak the dates and hazelnuts, if you’re in a hurry, but they do blend a lot easier when soaked.